- Erika Schafer
- Assistant Professor, Assistant Band Director, Jazz Band Director, Applied Trumpet
- DMA Trumpet Performance, Catholic University of America (2007); MM Trumpet Performance, Yale University (2001); BM Music Education, University of Massachusetts (1999)
- (423) 425-4641
- (423) 425-4603
- 103 Fine Arts Center
Dr. Erika L. Schafer is in her sixth year as Assistant Professor of Trumpet and Assistant Director of Bands at UTC. She teaches trumpet lessons, directs the Jazz Band and Trumpet Ensemble, and is the Assistant Director of the Marching Band and Pep Band. She performs regularly with the Chattanooga Symphony and recently visited Chile to present master classes at the University of Chile and Catholic University of Chile. Furthermore, Dr. Schafer is the host of the 2014 Trumpet Festival of the Southeast. She has hosted such world renowned trumpet players as Thomas Hooten, principal trumpet of the L.A. Philharmonic, and Anthony Plog, composer of solo trumpet and brass chamber music. Jazz artists she has hosted include Jeff Coffin, saxophonist with Bela Fleck and the Flecktones, and his group Mu’tet, and the U.S. Army Jazz Ambassadors.
Prior to her position at UTC, Dr. Schafer was a member of the United States Navy Band in Washington, D.C. where she was a featured soloist and performed with several chamber ensembles including the U.S. Navy Band Brass Quartet and the Joint Services Brass Quintet. She was also active in several orchestras in the D.C. area including the McLean Symphony Orchestra, the Fairfax Symphony Orchestra, the Folger Consort, and the Orchestra of the 17th Century. She is a former student of the Aspen Music Festival and School. Her primary teachers include Chris Gekker, Steven Hendrickson, Allan Dean, Louis Ranger, and Walter Chesnut.