Christa Patton
harp, recorder
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Christa Patton specializes in early wind instruments as well as historical harps and has toured the Americas, Europe and Japan with New York's Ensemble for Early Music, Ex Umbris and Piffaro the Renaissance band. As a baroque harpist Christa has appeared with many of North America's premier early music groups including Apollo’s Fire, The King’s Noyse, The Toronto Consort, Seattle Baroque Orchestra, La Nef, Parthenia and ARTEK as well as productions of Monteverdi’s “Ulisse”, “Poppea”, and “L’Orfeo” with the New York City Opera, Wolf Trap Opera, Tafelmusik, and Opera Atelier. She is the co-director of the Baroque Opera Workshop at Queens College and is a member of the faculty of Amherst Early Music Festival, Madison Early Music Festival, Pinewoods Early Music Camp, and the Medieval Summer Institute at the Longy School of Music. A former Fulbright scholar, Christa studied the Italian baroque harp at the Civica Scuola di Musica in Milan, Italy with historical harp specialist, Mara Galassi. She is currently pursuing a Doctorate at SUNY Stony Brook with early keyboard specialist, Arthur Haas.