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 Mobile Symphony Orchestra & Opera, Pensacola Symphony Orchestra & Opera, the Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra, and the Panama City Symphony Orchestra. She plays regularly with many chamber, ballet and choral groups throughout the southeast region. As a soloist, she has performed major works including Sacred and Profane Dances by Debussy, Concerto for Flute and Harp by Mozart, Introduction and Allegro by Ravel, and Angel’s Harp written by her dad, composer David Ott. She is currently a member of the American Harp Society and lives in Santa Rosa Beach, FL with her husband and their 4 young children.