Karen DiSanto, a native of Ontario, Canada, assumed the role of Executive Director in June 2016, having previously served as Network's Program Associate for three years. Her combined experience working in the non-profit sector as an arts administrator, fundraiser, musician and educator, spans over 30 years.
In addition to her work for Network, Karen is an active clarinetist with a passion for teaching; she received a MM degree in Clarinet Performance from Temple University as a student of Anthony Gigliotti, and has been a member of the Bay-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra (southern NJ) for over 20 years. Summer music festivals in the US and Canada have included the Banff Centre, where she was an Artist-in-Residence and performed a summer season with the Banff Centre Opera Orchestra. In addition to her free-lance work in the region, in 2013, Karen participated in a recording of a clarinet quartet by Robert Russell Bennett for Maurice River Press Robert Russell Bennett Publishing & Recording Project, a privately-funded project devoted to printing and recording Bennett’s unpublished works. In conjunction with this project, in June 2015, she also recorded Suite for Flute and Clarinet in B-flat.