Rena Urso-Trapani

Rena Urso-Trapani

Flute + Piccolo

Office: UMC-C304
Phone: 562-985-4781

Rena Urso-Trapani enjoys a flourishing career as a freelance orchestral and chamber musician all over California. She holds the positions of Second Flute of the Oakland Symphony, Second Flute and Piccolo of the San Francisco Opera Center Orchestra, and Second Flute of the Oregon Coast Music Festival Orchestra. She previously held Piccolo positions and toured extensively with the New York City Opera National Company and San Francisco Opera’s Western Opera Theater.

Ms. Urso-Trapani regularly performs with many of the orchestras throughout California including the San Francisco Opera, Pacific Symphony, Los Angeles, Santa Barbara and San Francisco Chamber Orchestras, Monterey, Marin, Santa Rosa, Modesto, Long Beach, and California Symphonies, Pageant of the Masters Orchestra, Carmel Bach Festival, and Festival Mozaic. She has also performed with the Seattle Symphony, American Ballet Theater, Bolshoi Ballet, Mark Morris Dance Group, Hawaii (formerly Honolulu) Symphony, and the Detroit Symphony Orchestra.

Ms. Urso-Trapani’s extensive chamber music collaborations include those with Bella Musica, a Los Angeles based flute and string quartet, and Alcyone Ensemble, a two flute and piano trio, of which both she is a founding member. Her solo appearances include performances with the Concerto Soloists of Philadelphia as well as many collaborative performances as a faculty soloist with the BCCM ensembles.

A dedicated member of the National Flute Association, Ms. Urso-Trapani has performed at and adjudicated for several NFA Annual Conventions, including those in Chicago, Las Vegas, Nashville, San Diego, Anaheim, and Albuquerque. As a Licensed Andover Educator (Body Mapping Instructor), she presents clinics and masterclasses around the country. Recent engagements include the Juilliard School, Manhattan School of Music, SUNY Stony Brook, Rutgers, the Butler School of Music at the University of Texas, Austin, and many of the other schools of music within the CSU system. Additionally, Ms. Urso-Trapani is a Course Coordinator for CSU Summer Arts as well as a frequent guest artist at the Iowa Flute and Piccolo Intensive summer courses.

A native of Detroit, Ms. Urso-Trapani received her Bachelor of Music from Wayne State University, and her Master of Music, with honors, from California State University Long Beach. Her principal teachers include Robert Patrick, Clement Barone, John Barcellona, Anne Diener-Zentner, and her father, Santo Urso.

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