The Chicago Harp Quartet is dedicated to bringing the harp ensemble to center stage.
Since its formation in 2012, harpists Marguerite Lynn Williams, Cathy Litaker, Katie Ventura, and Emily Granger have presented unique and charismatic performances on the concert stage across the country. Members of this dynamic quartet have performed on stages across the globe spanning five continents. By combining the unique backgrounds of each member as extensively trained orchestral and chamber musicians, the CHQ bring an unprecedented level of ensemble skill to harp chamber music.
Harpists with the CHQ have performed with some of the world’s greatest ensembles including the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Minnesota Orchestra, Milwaukee Symphony, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Phoenix Symphony, San Diego Symphony, St. Louis Symphony, Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Civic Orchestra of Chicago and New World Symphony. Members of CHQ have also participated in a wide range of summer music festivals including the Verbier Festival, Ravinia Festival, Aspen Music Festival, National Repertory Orchestra, Colorado Music Festival, Spoleto USA Festival, Pacific Music Festival, and the Youth Orchestra of the Americas.
The 2013-2014 Season marks the unveiling of the CHQ Composition Contest funded through a generous grant from the American Harp Society. The CHQ will be premiering a new arrangement of Vivaldi's L'Estro Amrmonico Op. 3 Concerto No. 10 for four harps and orchestra with the International Chamber Artists funded by a grant from The Saints Foundation, performing a LIVE from WFMT concert, performing at the 150th Birthday Festival at Lyon & Healy Hall, performing at the 41st National Conference of the American Harp Society in New Orleans, and celebrating the release of their debut album produced by 4 time Grammy Award winner, Chris Willis.