Katie Ott’s “playing was always stylish and deftly articulated” (music critic, Lawrence Budman). She began her harp studies at the age of seven with Harriet Moore of DePauw University and spent three summers in residence at Interlochen Music Camp while continuing her studies with Anne Benjamin. Today she holds a Bachelor of Music in Harp Performance from the University of West Florida.
As an active performer, her playing has been described as having “a shimmering ethereal quality that demonstrates why she is so much in demand by orchestras along the Gulf Coast” (Mobile Register). Katie is currently Principal Harpist with the Pensacola Symphony Orchestra & Opera and the Mobile Symphony Orchestra & Opera and the Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra. She plays regularly with many orchestral, chamber and choral groups throughout Florida, Alabama, Mississippi and Georgia. As a soloist, she has performed major works including Sacred and Profane Dances by Debussy and Mozart’s Concerto for Flute and Harp and Angel’s Harp by David Ott.
She is currently a member of the American Harp Society and lives in Santa Rosa Beach, FL with her husband, daughter and golden doodle dog.