Rena Urso

Rena Urso

Flute + Piccolo

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

Rena Urso enjoys a flourishing career as a freelance orchestral and chamber musician all over California. In addition to being a member of the flute faculty at the Bob Cole Conservatory of Music at California State University, Long Beach, 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.

As a freelance orchestral musician, Rena performs frequently with many orchestras throughout California including the San Francisco Opera, Pacific Symphony, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra, Monterey, Marin, Santa Rosa, Berkeley, and California Symphonies, Carmel Bach Festival, and Festival Mozaic. She has also performed with the Seattle Symphony, American Ballet Theater, Bolshoi Ballet, Mark Morris Dance Group, Hawaii Symphony, and the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. Additionally, Rena has recorded for video games, film, television, and radio.

As a Licensed Andover Educator (Body Mapping Instructor), Rena presents clinics and masterclasses all over the world, as well as her course at BCCM, Body Mapping for the Performing Artist. Recent engagements include the Juilliard School, Manhattan School of Music, SUNY Stony Brook, Rutgers University, the Butler School of Music at the University of Texas Austin, Arizona State University, Rice University, Elmhurst College, Roosevelt University, Wayne State University (her alma mater), and many schools of music within the California State University system, among others.

Rena is a Course Coordinator for California State University Summer Arts with her biennial flute course, The Complete 21st Century Flutist. Additionally, she is a guest artist at the Iowa Flute and Piccolo Intensive summer courses and the International Piccolo Festival in Grado, Italy.

A native of Detroit, Michigan, Rena 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 Jr., John Barcellona, Anne Diener-Zentner, and her father, Santo Urso.

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