Calisa is a freelance orchestral and chamber musician in the bay area. Her passion for contemporary music has led to the premieres and commissions of a variety of pieces for mixed instrumentation. As the flutist of the New Spectrum Ensemble, Wild Rumpus, the Harte Duo, and a flutist in Ensemble Parallèle’s recent opera, Calisa is recognized for her diverse, engaging and exciting performances that challenge the traditional classical music model.
Calisa also brings her passion for music to students of all ages. She is the flute director for the Peninsula Youth Orchestra’s flute chamber programs in the South Bay, maintains a private flute studio in San Francisco and is a licensed Kindermusik educator.
Calisa Hildebrand currently resides in San Francisco, where she studied with Timothy Day as a post-graduate at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. As a Master’s student, she had the honor of studying with famed flutist Jill Felber at UC Santa Barbara. Calisa received her Bachelor’s degree from Cal State Long Beach, where she received a double major in Music Performance and Music Education, as well as a minor in Marketing. There she received a strong pedagogical foundation from her studies with Dr. John Barcellona and Rena Urso-Trapani.