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, San Francisco Opera Center Orchestra 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 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, Pacific Symphony, Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra, Monterey Symphony, 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.
Among the various chamber groups she performs with, Rena is a founding member of Bella Musica, a Los Angeles based flute and string quartet, and Alcyone Ensemble, a two flute and piano trio. Rena's solo appearances include performances with the Concerto Soloists of Philadelphia as well as collaborative performances as a faculty soloist with the Cole Conservatory ensembles.
A dedicated member of the National Flute Association, Ms. Urso-Trapani has performed at and adjudicated for several NFA Annual Conventions, including those of Las Vegas, Nashville, San Diego, and Albuquerque. She has also appeared as a Guest Artist for the California State University, Summer Arts programs, including the 2013 "Comprehensive Seminar for Flutists" at CSU, Monterey Bay.
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. Additionally, Ms. Urso-Trapani is a Licensed Andover Educator (body mapping instructor). Her principal teachers include Robert Patrick, Clement Barone, Dr. John Barcellona, and Anne Diener-Zentner, and her father, Santo R. Urso.