Musical life leads harpist and Miramar Beach resident Katie Ott to conduct Snowbird Singers


Harpist Katie Ott

Special to The Sun
Published: Friday, February 15, 2013 at 12:20 PM.

At the age of 8, Katie Ott of Miramar Beach fell in love with the harp.

“It was my first instrument, and I completely fell in love with my teacher,” Katie told The Sun. “The first song I played was Moonlight by Susann McDonald, and I still teach it to my beginning harp students.”

 Since that time, her music has advanced and, according to the Mobile Register, “has a shimmering ethereal quality that demonstrates why she is so much in demand by orchestras along the Gulf Coast.”

As the conductor of the Snowbird Singers, Katie chose Broadway classics and songs from her childhood for them to perform.

“My job as conductor is to lead and inspire them to sing well,” Katie said. “We all have a wonderful time together and I feel very fortunate to be able to work with them.”

In addition to the Singers, her father, composer/conductor David Ott of Destin, will report on the work of the Music for Healing Foundation and dancers from Destin Middle School, under the direction of Melody Gill, will perform to the melody of Dry Bones.

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