Caitlin Mehrtens is currently studying at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, pursuing a Bachelor of Music degree in Harp Performance under Yolanda Kondonassis, and a second, Independent Major called “Communication through Multi-Cultural Music and Movement”. In 2014 she won the First Prize and Audience Favorite awards in the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Young Artist Competition. Consequently, she performed twice as a soloist with the Texas Music Festival Orchestra, and she was invited to perform in October 2015 with the Akademisches Orchester in Leipzig, Germany at the Gewandhaus. She was also featured in interview and performance on Houston Public Media’s classical radio station and Fox TV News in Houston. Ms. Mehrtens is rotating principal harpist in the Oberlin Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra, Sinfonietta, and Contemporary Music Ensemble under Maestro Raphael Jiminez and Timothy Weiss, with whom she has toured, recorded, and premiered multiple works. She has also been accepted into a Performance Improvisation Ensemble under renowned world percussionist, Jamey Haddad.
Her festival credits include the National Repertory Orchestra, Texas Music Festival, Eastern Music Festival, the Monteux School and the Hot Springs Music Festival. In addition to performing on Oberlin’s esteemed Dannenberg Honors Recital and working as the guest principal harpist with the Warren Philharmonic, Ms. Mehrtens also recently had the honor of performing as a concerto soloist with the Orchestra Society of Philadelphia. She is an active secondary harp teacher at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, and a freelance performer in the contemporary, classical, and jazz genres. Ms. Mehrtens has studied the piano since age 4, and continued her studies through secondary lessons in Jazz Keyboard in Oberlin. She began her study of the harp at age nine, and is a native of Thornton, Pennsylvania.