Previous YAHS Guest Artists
YAHS Special Guests
Marguerite Lynn Williams
Principal Harp, Lyric Opera of Chicago
“I’m excited to work with the younger harp generation who are brimming with energy and creativity!” Principal Harpist of the Lyric Opera of Chicago, Marguerite Lynn Williams has performed extensively throughout the United States, Europe and Asia as soloist, chamber musician and with some of the World’s greatest Orchestras. She is the Principal Harpist of the Chicago Philharmonic and Ars Viva Symphony, a founding member of International Chamber Artists, Lyrica Trio and the Chicago Harp Quartet. Ms. Williams has won numerous National awards including the American Harp Society’s National competition in 1996 and 2009, the Anne Adams Award in 1997 and 1998, Young Arts Foundation, National Federation of Music Clubs, American Opera Society, and Sigma Alpha Iota. She has appeared as a featured performer and lecturer at American Harp Society conventions and at the World Harp Congress in Vancouver as well as served as judge for both the American Harp Society and Young Artist’s Harp Competitions. Ms. Williams founded the Chicago Harp Ensemble in 2010, and has been the Director for 5 successful seasons. She is Head of the Harp Department at Roosevelt University, on faculty at Trinity International University and has a large private studio. Along with being a passionate pedagogue, she is an avid arranger of harp music especially for harp ensemble. Read more about her at mlwharp.com
Principal Harp, Iceland Symphony Orchestra
“I look forward to hearing what the next generation of talented harpists has to offer in such a beautiful setting.” Contemporary music enthusiast Katie Buckley is Principal Harpist with the Iceland Symphony Orchestra. She is a founding member of Duo Harpverk with percussionist Frank Aarnink. To date, Duo Harpverk has premiered 120 pieces and have released two studio albums. They premiered the concerto ‘Poltroons in Paradise’ by Stewart Copeland in June, 2015 with the Iceland Symphony Orchestra. Katie often records as a part of the Bedroom Community music label and has been featured on numerous pop albums and movie soundtracks. Katie performs as a soloist and chamber musician throughout Iceland, Europe, and the United States.