Office: Shea Auditorium, Room 168
Phone: (973) 720-3199
Area Specialization: Flute, Music History
Dr. Karen Demsey, M.M. Eastman School of Music, D.M.A. Rutgers University, is Associate Professor of Flute and Music History at William Paterson University of New Jersey. She has published articles on flute pedagogy, and presents clinics and master classes throughout the country. She is currently doing research in the US and Europe for an upcoming book on undergraduate performance pedagogy.
She recently performed as a soloist in Nanjing and Hangzhou, China, and as a member of the International Flute Orchestra throughout Belgium and the Netherlands. Her CD, Recollections of the Inland Sea, internationally distributed on Capstone Records, and featuring music for flute and marimba with duo partner Greg Giannascoli, includes the premiere of a work commissioned for the duo. She is a member of the Artists International Award-winning chamber group, UpTown Flutes, and is featured on their three CDs. She has performed at NFA Conventions as a soloist in Washington, DC in 2002 and in New York City in 2009 with UpTown Flutes. UpTown Flutes’ third CD features world premieres of two pieces written for the ensemble by internationally known composer Peter Bacchus. The CD prompted composer Catherine McMichael to describe it as “Fabulous work. It casts a spell...rich, full, strong...fabulous texture, color, musicality; compelling playing!” UpTown Flutes’ Carnegie Hall debut was described in New York Concert Review as "organic...mesmerizing....UpTown Flutes deserves major attention as they are top-notch and one of a kind."