Rena Urso-Trapani is a member of the flute faculty at The Bob Cole Conservatory of Music at California State University, Long Beach. A member of the Oakland East Bay Symphony and the Oregon Coast Music Festival Orchestra, she has also played for radio, television and film. Ms. Urso-Trapani has held Piccolo positions and toured extensively with the New York City Opera, National Company and the San Francisco Opera's Western Opera Theater
An active freelance chamber and orchestral musician in Los Angeles and San Francisco, Ms. Urso-Trapani has performed with many of the orchestras in California including the San Francisco Opera Center, Pacific Symphony, Long Beach Symphony, Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra and the Pageant of the Masters Orchestra. She has also performed with the Seattle Symphony, American Ballet Theater, Bolshoi Ballet, Mark Morris Dance Group, Honolulu Symphony, and the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. As a soloist, she has appeared with the Concerto Soloists of Philadelphia.
A dedicated member of the National Flute Association, Ms. Urso-Trapani has performed at and adjudicated for several NFA Conventions, including Las Vegas, Nashville, San Diego, and Albuquerque
A native of Detroit, MI, Ms. Urso-Trapani received her Bachelor of Music degree from Wayne State University. She received her Master of Music degree with honors from California State University, Long Beach. Her principal teachers include Robert Patrick, Clement Barone, Dr. John Barcellona, and Anne Diener-Zentner. Other influential teachers include Ervin Monroe, Jeffery Zook, Philip Dikeman, and her father, Santo R. Urso.