Karen DiSanto, a native of Ontario, has been a member of the Bay-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra (BAS), for over 25 years. In addition to its annual classical concert season with concerts at Stockton University and the Landis Theatre in Vineland, NJ, the BAS performs at the Cape May Music Festival, the Symphony by the Sea concert series in Avalon, NJ, and the Borgata Hotel Casino and Spa. Other greater Philadelphia region orchestral and chamber music experiences for Karen include performances with: Academy of Vocal Arts, Bach Choir of Bethlehem, Chester County Choral Society, Concerto Soloists, Fairmount Strings, Maurice River Music, and Wayne Oratorio Society. She can be heard on recordings of Mozart’s Requiem K. 626 and Verdi Requiem with Vox Ama Deus Ensemble on the Lyrichord label, and on Clarinet Quartet and Suite for Flute and Clarinet in B flat, by Robert Russell Bennett; recorded by Maurice River Press LLC as part of the Robert Russell Bennett Publishing & Recording Project.
Middle school musical offerings in a rural, southern Ontario school consisted of learning solfege and playing various members of the recorder family. High school provided the opportunity to play an actual orchestral instrument, which is when Karen fell in love with the mellow tone of the clarinet; she began her pursuit of a music degree at the local University a few years later. While earning her BA in Honors Clarinet Performance from Wilfrid Laurier University, Ont., she studied with Victor Sawa (student of Harold Wright). For her MM in Clarinet Performance from Temple U., she studied clarinet with the late, Anthony Gigliotti (Philadelphia Orchestra), and chamber music with Principals of the Philadelphia Orchestra wind section. Karen has also enjoyed and benefitted from highly influential summer festival master classes, with Stanley Hasty, Wes Foster and Alan Hacker. At the Banff Centre she was an Artist-in-Residence and thoroughly enjoyed performing a summer season with the Banff Centre Opera Orchestra.
In 2016, Karen accepted the position of Executive Director for Network for New Music, a Philadelphia based organization that in 2014-15, celebrated 30 years of commitment to commissioning and performing music by living composers www.networkfornewmusic.org). Additionally, she has always loved to teach, and maintains a home studio in Springfield, PA, where she lives with her husband Christopher (Principal BAS clarinet), and son, Matthew, who will be heading off to college, FALL 2017. Daughter Katie is currently in her senior year at Temple U.