Meret C. Bitticks
Flute Teacher / Teacher Trainer
My true goal as a teacher is to help nurture beautiful hearts that are open to the potential in all things and all people. I work with the whole person as well as the whole musician with a vision of my students becoming accomplished, independent learners. When given the opportunity, all people, regardless of their background, can learn to play music.
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 Stolper.