Samantha Bittle is a Chicago-based harpist, known for her “alluring and magical” performances. Samantha has had the pleasure of performing with several prestigious ensembles across the United States, including the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, the Capitol City Symphony, the Merit School of Music Philharmonic, and the Northwestern Symphony Orchestra. Her playing can also be heard on the National Orchestral Institute Philharmonic's album, "Bernstein, Gershwin, & Copland: Works."
Chamber music holds a special place in Samantha's heart, and she is one of the founding members of Noctis (flute, viola, harp) and Duo Teplo (flute, harp). She has actively participated in numerous performance projects, including the Colvin House Parlor Series, the sustainability-focused abun[dance] Leafhouse project, and premieres of Stephen Hartke's "Willow Run" at the University of Maryland College Park and American University.
When she's not performing, Samantha can be found coordinating classical performances at the historic Ravinia Festival or enjoying a bike ride through a nature preserve. Beyond her musical pursuits, Samantha is a talented freelance artist, accepting commissions for her art and designs. She aspires to bridge the gap between the visual and performing arts communities and spread the joy of the arts to a wider audience.
Samantha is a proud alumna of the University of Maryland College Park and Northwestern University, where she earned her Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Harp Performance, respectively. She had the privilege of studying under esteemed harpists Marguerite Lynn Williams, Sarah Fuller, and Jacqueline Pollauf.