Clarinet

Christopher Di Santo
Principal

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Dr. Christopher Di Santo, a native of Columbus, Ohio, joined the faculty of Stockton University in January 2012 as Associate Professor of in the university’s School of Arts and Humanities.  His duties at Stockton include teaching courses in music appreciation, music theory, conducting, and conducting instrumental ensembles.  He is also the director of the Bay-Atlantic Symphony’s Music Mentorship program, an initiative that affords selected Stockton music students the opportunity to be paired with musicians from the Bay-Atlantic Symphony who act as mentors in a unique setting as visiting instrumental specialists in local middle and high school music programs.  

Dr. Di Santo’s former teaching positions include appointments on the music faculties of Moravian College, as Artist-Lecturer, and as adjunct faculty in the music departments of Swarthmore College and West Chester, Lehigh and Rowan Universities.  In December 2006, he accepted an invitation to Shanghai, China where he performed as soloist with the Shanghai Conservatory Symphony Orchestra and conducted a series of masterclasses with the Shanghai Conservatory of Music’s highly talented and advanced clarinet students.  A recent highlight was being invited to appear as guest conductor of the Atlantic Cape Honor Band for a performance on December 4, 2016.  In this performance Dr., Di Santo had the privilege of conducting almost ninety, hand-selected, highly-talented high school students from twelve music programs in southern New Jersey.  

Dr. Di Santo is currently the Principal Clarinetist of the Bay-Atlantic Symphony, a position he has held since 1991.  A participant in music festivals in both North America and Europe, he has performed throughout venues in the United States, Canada, Austria, Germany and Italy.  Recording credits include Lee Pui Ming’s She Comes to Shore:  concerto for improvised piano and orchestra in 2010 with the Bay-Atlantic Symphony as well as Verdi’s Requiem and Mozart’s Requiem K. 626 with Philadelphia’s Vox Ama Deus Ensemble.  His clarinet playing and commentary were highlighted on NPR’s Morning Edition on October 9, 2004, later broadcast in translation over Voice of America, throughout Europe and the former Soviet Republics.  

Publishing credits include articles in The Clarinet (the official journal of the International Clarinet Association), and the International Alliance for Women in Music journal.  Other media credits include a feature article entitled A Marriage of Music and Harmony in the March 2007 issue of Down Jersey Magazine, a front-page photo on the October 13, 2011 edition of The Press of Atlantic City’s At the Shore Magazine (with his wife Karen, also a member of the Bay-Atlantic Symphony), and two recent interviews appearing in the Arts and Entertainment section of the Press of Atlantic City.

Dr. Di Santo earned his Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Temple University, where he held a Conwell Fellowship, a Master of Music degree from the University of Illinois and a Bachelor of Music Education degree, cum laude, from The Ohio State University.  Dr. Di Santo was chosen for inclusion in the ninth edition of Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers, 2005 and was elected to Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges in 1993. His clarinet teachers include Anthony Gigliotti, Alan Hacker, Howard Klug, Dr. Donald E. McGinnis, and Dr. Robert A. Titus.  


Karen Di Santo
Second

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.