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 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 nationally and internationally. She is currently doing research in the US and Europe for an upcoming book on innovative teaching in performance pedagogy, and recently presented her research at the International Society for Music Education Conference in Thessaloniki, Greece. She recently performed as a soloist throughout China, and as a member of the International Flute Orchestra on tours of Spain, Belgium, the Netherlands, Croatia, Slovenia, and Turkey. Her CD, Recollections of the Inland Sea, internationally distributed on Capstone Records, features music for flute and marimba with Greg Giannascoli, including the premiere of a work commissioned for the duo. She has premiered numerous works nationally and internationally. She is a member of the Artists International Award-winning chamber group, UpTown Flutes, and is featured on their three CDs, with a fourth CD about to be released. 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."