ChristaPatton

Christa Patton

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, Folger Consort, Parthenia, New York State Baroque Orchestra, and ARTEK. In baroque opera productions she has appeared with New York City Opera, Wolf Trap Opera, Tafelmusik, and Opera Atelier among others.  She is the co-director of the Baroque Opera Workshop at Queens College and has been included in the faculty at Amherst Early Music Festival, Madison Early Music Festival, Pinewoods Early Music Camp, and the Medieval Summer Institute at 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 finishing a Doctorate at SUNY Stony Brook with early keyboard specialist Arthur Haas.