Dr. Karla Ordóñez holds a Bachelor of Music from Louisiana State University where she studied with Dr. Katherine Kemler and Judy Hand. In 1999, she received a MM in flute performance with a minor in Music History from the University of North Texas. Dr. Ordóñez has participated in regional MTNA competitions, Collegiate Honor Band, and a Kennedy Center debut as a member of the L.S.U. Wind Ensemble. A member of the UNT Wind Symphony, she performed on several recordings of contemporary music for wind ensemble under the direction of Eugene Corporon. Karla has also performed in several masterclasses for acclaimed artists such as Julius Baker, Claire Johnson, Jim Walker, Kate Lucas, Linda Chessis, Sandra Miller, and Carol Wincenc. She has recently completed a D.M.A. degree in Flute Performance and Literature at the Eastman School of Music, where her principal teacher was Bonita Boyd. Karla was a member of the Eastman Wind Ensemble, ESM Philharmonia, & Musica Nova.
With a minor in Early Music, Baroque flute studies have included giving lectures on Jacque “Le Romain” Hotteterre's use of ornamentation and treatise, under the tutelage of Helen Valenza and Paul O'Dette. Karla has won and performed in masterclass competitions on traverso as well as participated in the Baroque Performance Institute at Oberlin College.
Summer studies have included performances with the Chautauqua Institution in Jamestown, NY, the European International Music Program through the North Carolina School of the Arts, and the Classical Music Festival in Eisenstadt, Austria. Professional ensembles include performing as 2nd flute/piccolo in the Tulsa Symphony Orchestra, OK Mozart Festival, and Moscow Chamber Orchestra.
As a teacher, Karla Ordóñez continues to be active as a clinician and adjudicator at music festivals throughout the US. She was former faculty at Houghton College, Oklahoma State University, Eastman's Community Music School, and Belvoir Terrace Fine Arts Camp (Lenox, MA). Karla maintains a private studio in Texas and was the founding director of the Sine Nomine Flute Choir, the first amateur flute ensemble made up of western NY New Horizons adult members.