Founded in 2012 by Jacobs School of Music alumnas Emily Granger (B.M. ’10) and Cathy Litaker (B.M. ’08), along with Marguerite Lynn Williams and Katie Ventura, the Chicago Harp Quartet is excited to announce plans to record their debut album.
Plans for the album include a range of classical and contemporary music, as well as a world premiere. The group is currently fundraising via a Kickstarter campaign to cover production costs for the CD.
The Chicago Harp Quartet’s upcoming 2013-14 season includes concerts at the Chicago Botanic Garden, Fourth Presbyterian Church with the International Chamber Artists, a LIVE from WFMT concert, a featured performance during the Lyon & Healy 150th Anniversary Festival as well as at the American Harp Society’s 41st National Conference in New Orleans, LA.
In addition to a full season of performances, the Chicago Harp Quartet will launch the CHQ Composition Contest in September of 2013, made possible by a grant from the American Harp Society. The winning piece will be recorded live during the 2014-15 season.
During their time at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, Litaker and Granger both studied with harpist Susann McDonald. Ms. Litaker recently completed her two-year engagement with the Civic Orchestra of Chicago and continues to freelance with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Lyric Opera of Chicago and New World Symphony Orchestra. Ms. Granger is currently the Principal Harpist of the Chicago Civic Orchestra and serves on the faculty at the VanderCook College of Music, British School of Chicago, and the WISH Program at the Chicago West Community Music Center.