Trial by Fire Music

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Marguerite Lynn Williams is the Principal Harpist of the Lyric Opera of Chicago, head of the harp department at Roosevelt University, and founder of the Chicago Harp Quartet.

Opera jobs are not for the faint of heart

Winning a professional audition is a thrill for anyone who has ever dreamed of a career as an orchestral musician. The thrill gives way to the reality of the job’s requirements when you begin your tenure in an ensemble. Every new gig involves a learning curve, but in an opera orchestra there are a few unexpected obstacles to overcome, as I discovered when I joined the orchestra of the Lyric Opera of Chicago in 2011.

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