Principal Harpist of the Lyric Opera of Chicago, Marguerite Lynn Williams has performed throughout the
United States, Europe and Asia as a soloist, chamber musician and orchestra member. She has been awarded
prizes in numerous competitions including the American Harp Society's National Competition Intermediate II
and Young Professional Divisions), the National Endowment of the Arts Artist Recognition Talent Search, the
National Federation of Music Clubs, the American Opera Society, the Young Arts Competition, Sigma Alpha
Iota and two-time award winner of the Anne Adams Award.  

Among other solo engagements, Marguerite Williams has been featured as soloist with the Ars Viva Symphony,
Chicago Philharmonic Orchestra, Lake Shore Symphony, International Chamber Artists, New World
Symphony, Handel Society, Chamber Music Charleston, Colorado Music Festival Orchestra, and Roosevelt
University Chamber Orchestra.   She has premiered numerous compositions including Augusta Read Thomas'
...The Soul is Light...; and is under demand for her performances of contemporary music.  Recent
performances have included collaborations with Yo-Yo Ma, Renee Fleming, Maxim Vengerov, Jessye Norman,
Sting, Kanye West and appearances as royal entertainment for H.I.H. Princess Thi-Nga of Vietnam.

An experienced orchestra musician, Ms. Williams has appeared with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra,
Minnesota Orchestra, Milwaukee Symphony, Ravinia Festival Orchestra, San Diego Symphony, St. Louis
Symphony Orchestra, and Toronto Symphony.  She performed as substitute Principal Harp for the Chicago
Symphony Orchestra during the 2008-2009 season, and has been the Principal Harpist of the Colorado Music
Festival (Boulder, CO) since 2006. Previously she was Principal Harpist of the New World Symphony, Civic
Orchestra of Chicago, New Philharmonic Orchestra (Glyn Ellen, IL), and DuPage Opera Orchestra.  Ms.
Williams is a founding member of the Chicago Harp Quartet, International Chamber Artists, Project Copernicus
and Lyrica Trio.

Marguerite Lynn Williams attended the Eastman School of Music where she received both a Bachelor of Music
degree and Performer's Certificate studying with Kathleen Bride.  She then attended Roosevelt University to
study with Sarah Bullen, where she received a Master's Degree in Orchestral Studies.  Previously on faculty at
the Frost School of Music, University of Miami from 2006 until 2008, Ms. Williams maintains a private harp
studio in Chicago and is the Founder and Director of the Chicago Harp Ensemble. Along with being a
passionate pedagogue, she is an avid arranger of harp music including two volumes of harp ensemble music
published by Lyon & Healy as well as nearly 100 other arrangements and original compositions available
through her publishing house Harp Press.
Marguerite Lynn Williams
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Marguerite Lynn Williams
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773-791-7520

Chicago Harpist ~ Marguerite Lynn Williams
~ Professional musician in Chicago, IL~

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