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

Published: Friday, February 15, 2013 at 12:20 PM.

Katie has been principal harpist of the Mobile Symphony Orchestra, Pensacola Symphony Orchestra, Mobile Opera and Pensacola Opera since 2006, and principal of the Gulf Coast Symphony Orchestra since 2007. She was also a principal harpist with the Philharmonic Orchestra of Northwest Florida from 2002-2008 and the Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra from 1998-2001.

“My forte is orchestral playing,” she said. “My favorite type is 20th Century French music and I love opera — anything written by Puccini or Ravel is on the top of my list. I would hope my harp playing would be described as passionate yet controlled, and I want it to seem effortless but still rhythmic.”

Performing at her church, Point Washington United Methodist, about once a month, in recitals and at special appearances, Katie has performed major works as a soloist, including Angel’s Harp by her father, Concerto for Flute and Harp by Mozart, and Sacred and Profane Dances by Debussy.

With more than 10 years of experience playing for wedding ceremonies, receptions, holiday parties and corporate events, Katie is in demand and says she has played for hundreds of weddings — mostly on the beach.

Katie loves to perform in many venues, but her main focus is the Pensacola, Mobile and Biloxi Symphony Orchestras.

“I love performing everywhere, but I especially love small intimate concerts where I can talk to the audience and let them see the harp up close and personal,” Katie said.

Katie has a record as one who strives for perfection in her work and her life, being highly motivated and a diligent worker.

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