Natalie Pate is currently an undergraduate student studying Harp Performance under Chen-Yu Huang at Michigan State University. Natalie has performed with several of the major ensembles at MSU, including the MSU Symphony Orchestra, MSU Wind Symphony, MSU Concert Orchestra, and MSU Symphony Band. Natalie has also performed various chamber works with smaller ensembles, such as harp duos, harp and violin duets, harp and saxophone duets, and string ensemble pieces.
Natalie is the harpist for “The _____ Experiment,” a contemporary chamber ensemble consisting of saxophone, clarinet, and harp. The group actively commissions pieces from composers in different levels of their careers, from various regions of the country. They have enjoyed playing full recitals featuring their commissioned pieces at both MSU and Bowling Green State University, as well as outreach concerts at mid-Michigan high schools.
In addition to the academic realm, Natalie has experience performing at many different types of events and venues, such as weddings, religious events, corporate gatherings, and holiday parties, and has gigged regularly in the greater Flint area for several years. Natalie has a passion for outreach, and has spent time performing and sharing the harp with audiences in non-traditional settings, as well as giving harp demonstrations for schools and children’s music classes.
Before college, Natalie studied harp with Brittany DeYoung at the Flint Institue of Music, where she was also part of the Flint Youth Symphony Orchestra, touring France in 2012 and Ireland in 2014. Throughout high school, Natalie was regularly awarded merit scholarships toward her harp studies, and participated and placed in local competitions.
An avid John Denver fan, Natalie also enjoys arranging and performing his music for the harp. Natalie loves sharing the harp with everyone, and looks forward to doing just that for the rest of her life here on earth.
Contact Natalie if you are interested in hiring a harpist for your next event!