Rena Urso 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, Second Flute of the Oregon Coast Music Festival Orchestra, Instructor of Flute at California State University Long Beach (CSULB), and has also played for radio, television and film. 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 regularly performs with many of the orchestras throughout California including the San Francisco Opera, Pacific Symphony, Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra, Monterey, Marin, Santa Rosa, Long Beach, Berkeley, 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’s extensive chamber music collaborations include those with Alcyone Ensemble, along with Oakland Symphony flutist Amy Likar and Bay Area pianist Miles Graber, and Bella Musica, a Los Angeles based flute and string quartet. Her solo appearances include performances with the Concerto Soloists of Philadelphia, as well as many collaborative performances as a faculty soloist with the various ensembles at CSULB.
A dedicated member of the National Flute Association, Ms. Urso 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, she presents Body Mapping workshops and masterclasses around the country. Her most recent engagements include Manhattan School of Music, SUNY Stony Brook, San Diego State University, Iowa Piccolo Intensive, CSULB, and CSU Summer Arts at CSU Monterey Bay..
A native of Detroit, Ms. Urso 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.