Altus Artist Meret Bitticks maintains an active schedule
as a soloist, chamber musician, and clinician in the U.S. and abroad. Based in
Chicago, Ms. Bitticks is a registered teacher trainer for the Suzuki
Association of the Americas and nurtures a large flute studio at the Music
Institute of Chicago. She is also on faculty at DePaul University.
Ms. Bitticks has joined U.S. State Department cultural
ambassadors, Trio Chicago and Friends, for concert tours of the United Arab
Emirates and Australia. Stateside, Ms. Bitticks regularly performs as a soloist
and with faculty ensembles at the Music Institute and is a member of the
Edgewater Ensemble woodwind quintet. She has also performed with the Rockford
Symphony, Concertante di Chicago, the Keith Brion New Sousa Band, and at
several National Flute Association Conventions. Ms. Bitticks’ recording credits
include the Head of Femur album, Hysterical Stars, for the SpinArt label as
well as the premier recording of Leslie Basset’s Sounds, Shapes, and Symbols
under the direction of conductor Russell Mikkelson.
A passionate and enthusiastic educator, Ms. Bitticks is
the first flutist to receive a Certificate of Achievement for excellence in
Suzuki instruction from the Suzuki Association of the Americas. In 2009 she
travelled to Matsumoto, Japan to study with Suzuki Flute Method founder, Toshio
Takahashi. Ms. Bitticks has completed additional Suzuki training with David
Gerry, Jerilee Kechley, Kim Lorimier, Kenichi Ueda, and Kelly Williamson.
Ms. Bitticks believes quality music instruction can only
break down barriers when it is available to every person, regardless of age or
economic background. With this in mind, Ms. Bitticks volunteered at music camps
for the École de Musique Sainte Trinite and École de Musique Dessaix Baptiste
in Haiti. She worked with foster children through DePaul’s Pathways program and
has also been a Tuition-free Conservatory instructor for the Merit School.
Summer instructorships have included workshops and
institutes such as the American Suzuki Institute, the Great Lakes Suzuki
Institute, the OSU Flute Workshop, and the University of Wisconsin Whitewater
Flute Camp. Ms. Bitticks was a clinician for the Denison University’s Flutes in
the Frost and Rockford Music Academy’s Winter Suzuki Flute Workshop and has
presented for the Chicago Flute Club, the Wisconsin Flute Festival, and the
National Flute Association.
Ms. Bitticks graduated magna cum laude from the Ohio
State University and went on to earn a Master’s of Music in Flute Performance
from DePaul University. She is a first place winner of the Columbus Women in
Music Competition and received a Presser Foundation Award. Her primary
instructors include Katherine Borst Jones, Louise Dixon, Carol Meves, and Mary