Karisa Antonio is a multi-faceted arts and movement director, performer, and educator. As Director of Arts and Culture at Lantern Community Services, she designs and implements programs in supportive housing, working with formerly homeless individuals and families in 17 buildings across New York City. At Lantern, she was recently honored with the 2020 Champion of Collaboration Award. Previously, Karisa held the position of Assistant Director, RealArts and Education, at Lenox Hill Neighborhood House, where she programmed and managed over 70 weekly community arts and education programs. Karisa received her Doctorate of Musical Arts degree from Stony Brook University, a Masters degree from Yale University, and a Bachelors degree from Grand Valley State University. She has been a New York Community Trust Leadership Fellow, a New York Foundation for the Arts Emerging Leader Fellow, and a Carnegie Hall Choral Fellow. She was a 2019 Stony Brook 40 Under 40 honoree, for her work in civil service and activism.

In well over a decade of teaching experience, Karisa has designed and presented a broad range of music, movement, and career courses, including extensive work with early childhood, elementary, pre-college, college, and older adult students. Sought after as a clinician and lecturer, Karisa has presented most recently at the Supportive Housing Network of New York Annual Conference, Valparaiso University, Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance Technical Assistance Institute, Janian Medical-Project for Psychiatric Outreach to the Homeless-Grand Rounds, Association of Vocational Rehabilitation in Alcoholism and Substance Abuse, National Health Care for the Homeless Annual Conference, and University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

An active oboist, Karisa’s recordings can be found on Naxos, EMF, Northern Spy, Albany and Carrier record labels. She has received chamber music awards at the Fischoff Competition, the Coleman Competition, Chamber Music Yellow Springs, and the Chesapeake Chamber Music Competition; she has also been a featured soloist at the New York City Electronic Music Festival and the International Computer Music Conference.

Contact me at: kwerdon ‘at’ gmail ‘dot’ com