Karen Purpura

B.M., The Juilliard School. Studied with Murray Panitz, Arthur Lora, William Kincaid, John Krell, Samuel Baron and Martha Bixler. Formerly Flute Professor at Caldwell College, Flute Professor and Woodwind Techniques teacher at Wagner College, and Director of Woodwind Ensemble Program at the Aspen Music Festival. Soloist performances with the Philadelphia Orchestra, American Symphony Orchestra and Brooklyn Philharmonic. Orchestral and chamber music credits include Spoleto (Italy) Festival Opera Orchestra, NJ Symphony Orchestra, Radio City Music Hall, Aspen Music Festival, Bronx Arts Ensemble, Soho Ensemble, American Symphony Orchestra, WQXR’s “The Listening Room,” Brooklyn Philharmonic, L.I. Philharmonic, American Ballet Theatre Orchestra, The Joffrey Ballet Orchestra, NYC Opera Orchestra, Natl. Grand Opera Orchestra, NY Grand Opera Orchestra, and the NYC Ballet Orchestra. Broadway, television and film credits include Porgy and Bess, Sweeney Todd, Annie, Evita, Nine, A Doll’s Life, Cyrano de Bergerac, Much Ado About Nothing – Royal Shakespeare Company, Les Miserables, Man of la Mancha and Jekyll & Hyde, “All My Children,” “As The World Turns,” “Live from Lincoln Center” specials, WNET specials, and the movie “Reds.” Formed Renaissance Ensemble – Music Antiqua. Member NYU Renaissance Ensemble, and founder and artistic director of Windsong Ensembles.