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Erika Schafer
Associate Professor, Applied Trumpet, Assistant Director of Bands, Director of Jazz Band
Department of Performing Arts
D.M.A. Trumpet Performance, Catholic University of America (2007); M.M. Trumpet Performance, Yale University (2001); B.M. Music Education, University of Massachusetts (1999)
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Dr. Erika L. Schafer is in her tenth year as Professor of Trumpet and Assistant Director of Bands at UTC. She teaches trumpet lessons, directs the Jazz Band, is the Assistant Director of the Marching Band and Pep Band, and teaches Brass Methods. She performs regularly with the Chattanooga Symphony, and has visited Chile to present master classes at the University of Chile and Catholic University of Chile. Dr. Schafer is a member of the UTC Faculty Chamber Trio, which also includes Ronda Ford, flute, and Jenny Parker, piano. She performed the world premiere of Rainy Reveille by Frederick A. Schipizky for two trumpets at the 2016 Trumpet Festival of the Southeast. She was also the host of the 2014 Trumpet Festival of the Southeast which featured guest artists Allan Dean and Tito Carrillo. Other guest artists she has hosted have included Douglas Hedwig, retired trumpeter from the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Anthony Plog, composer of solo trumpet and brass chamber music, and Thomas Hooten, principal trumpet of the L.A. Philharmonic. 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.