MODEL: 1207 Gold Clad
ALTUS SINCE: 2016
AFFILIATION: Music Institute of Chicago
INFLUENCES: Nina Simone, early Bob Dylan, the Clash, Leonard Cohen, Paul Simon, Chris Thile, Billie Holiday, Suzanne Shulman, and von Karajan
Flutist Meret Bitticks maintains an active schedule as a soloist, chamber musician, and clinician in the U.S. and abroad while on faculty at the Music Institute of Chicago and DePaul University. Ms. Bitticks has joined Trio Chicago and Friends for international concert tours, including the United Arab Emirates and Australia, and is a regular member of the Chicagobased woodwind quintet, the Edgewater Ensemble. In 2013 she became the first flutist to receive a Certificate of Achievement for excellence in Suzuki instruction from the Suzuki Association of the Americas and is now a registered Suzuki Flute Teacher Trainer. Ms. Bitticks studied under Mary Stolper at DePaul University and Katherine Borst Jones at Ohio State to earn her Master’s and Bachelor’s degrees, respectively. She has also traveled to Matsumoto, Japan, to work with Suzuki Flute School founder Toshio Takahashi. A frequent volunteer at music camps in Haiti, Ms. Bitticks serves on the board of BLUME Haiti, an organization that promotes leadership through music education.