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Marguerite Lynn Williams, Harpist

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“An outstanding and passionate artist, harpist Marguerite Lynn Williams brings brilliance to every performance.”


Marguerite Lynn Williams is the Principal Harpist of the Lyric Opera of Chicago. She has performed professionally at a wide variety of events for over 25 years ranging from fashion shows, private upscale events at exclusive locations, weddings, official political functions to intimate dinners at private homes and baby showers.


An avid chamber musician, Ms. Williams is a founding member of the Chicago Harp QuartetInternational Chamber Artists, and La Folia (Harp & Flute). Along with performing at music festivals around the world with these ensembles, she often collaborates with musicians from the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Lyric Opera of Chicago.

A distinguished pedagogue, Marguerite is a member of the faculty at both the Bienen School of Music at Northwestern University and the Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University. With a deep passion for teaching, she is the founder of the Chicago Harp Ensemble and was the Director of this student ensemble from 2010- 2022.

Ms. Williams has performed in a range of distinguished venues such as:

The Berliner Philharmonie, Carnegie Hall (New York), National Centre for the Performing Arts (Beijing), Philharmonie de Paris, Royal Albert Hall (London), Symphony Center (Chicago), Tchaikovsky Concert Hall (Moscow), and Tokyo Opera City Concert Hall.  She has also had the pleasure to work with some of the world’s most famous conductors including: Daniel Barenboim, Pierre Boulez, Sir Andrew Davis, Sir Colin Davis, Gustavo Dudamel, Valery Gergiev, Bernard Haitink, Lorin Maazel, Riccardo Muti, and Michael Tilson Thomas. She has appeared with some of the finest orchestras in North America including:The Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Milwaukee Symphony, Minnesota Orchestra, San Diego Symphony, St. Louis Symphony Orchestra and Toronto Symphony.


Ms. Williams was a prizewinner at the American Harp SocietyAmerican Opera SocietyAnne Adams AwardNational Federation of Music ClubsSigma Alpha Iota and Young Arts competitions. She has appeared as a featured performer and lecturer at American Harp Society conventions and the World Harp Congress in Vancouver as well as served as judge for both the American Harp Society and Young Artist’s Harp Competitions.


Born in Dayton, OH, Ms. Williams began her music studies at five on the piano and at fourteen on the harp. A student of Kathleen Bride, she received her B.M. and Performer’s Certificate from the Eastman School of Music. She continued her graduate studies at the Chicago College of Performing Arts, where she received her M.M. studying with Sarah Bullen. Following her studies, she served as Principal Harpist of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago and the New World Symphony (Miami, FL)

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