BayouHarpiste, Hilda Trenise Gautier

At the tender of three, my parents Mr. and Mrs. Marion and

Brenda Love Gautier saw there was great musical talent lying dormant within me. The decision was made for me to begin my musical venture by studying piano at the age of three under Dr. Linda Achacioso. At age four, my talent was taken to a new utopia by beginning formal training on the harp at Louisiana State University with

Dr. Hye Yun Chung Bennett. By age five, operatic studies with Dr. Ostraqeliea and Ninfa Caruso was a prevelent part of my musical studies.

My dream was to become a concert harpist and opera singer.


God had a different plan. In 1990, hours after my mother's station wagon, affectionately called the "Harp Mobile", was stolen with my harp music inside, I performed the Malotte’s Lord’s Prayer before an audience of over 3,000 campers at the Louisiana Baptist Youth Encampment. It was that transforming performance that erupted a new found passion, religious music. Rev. Charles T. Smith deemed my desire a reality and I became a part of the Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church Music Ministry in 1990 at age 12. My passion to perform religious works was tested by transposing hymns, arranging hymns, and playing by ear. There are no African-American hymns manuscripted for harp. Shiloh is one of the leading African-American baptist churches in the nation

with a full-time African-American harpist on staff.


In 1996 I graduated from Capitol High School holding a 4.0 GPA. My academic achievements bestowed upon me the honor of Valedictorian. My passion to continue the study of the harp was furthered in educational music endeavors through The Juilliard School of Music, Louisiana State University, and the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. I am one of an elite number of African-American

classically trained harpists.


I have become an accomplished classical, professional harpist having attained the following accolades:

I have studied and performed across the length and breath of the United States as a solo, classical harpist for various United States dignitaries and symphonic orchestras.

I have also performed in various religious venues in the classical/religious realm.


I have performed as principal or second chair harpist for the following symphonic orchestras:

Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra

Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra

Acadiana Symphony Orchestra

Monroe Symphony Orchestra

New Orleans Philharmonic

Jackson Symphony Orchestra

Meridian Symphony Orchestra

Louisiana Youth Symphony

Louisiana Youth Orchestra,

World Youth Symphony Orchestra (Performed for The Olympics 1996 opening ceremony)

Interlochen Arts Camp

Eastern Music Festival

The Juilliard School of Music

University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music

Trinity University

University of Michigan

University of Minnesota

Interlochen Arts Camp

Guilford College

University of Indiana

University of Wisconsin

Northwestern University


American Harp Society Member

Bayou Harp Society Member

Susan McDonald Harp Competition Winner

American Harp Society Competition Finalist


Compose and Arrange Gospel Music compatible for the Classical Harp


Staff Harpist, Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church, the late Rev. Charles T. Smith, Pastor Emeritus, Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Ministers of Music: Dr. Everrett G. Parker, Darryl Wright, and Maria J. Foster


Performed for the following United States Officials:

United States President George Bush

United States Vice President Dan Quayle

United States Vice President Al Gore

Speaker of the House Tom Foley

LA State Senator Pat Irons

La State Senator William Jefferson

United States Senator Cleo Fields

United States Senator Mary Landrieu


1996 Olympic Arts Festival (Opening Ceremony) with the World Youth Symphony Orchestra


Performances with the following icons/groups:

Dr. Margaret Pleasant Douroux

Pastor Carl A. Pierce, Sr.

V. Michael McKay

Dr. Bobby Jones

Pastor K. Edward Copeland

Dr. Arthur T. Jones

Kathy Taylor

Betty Ransom Nelson

Rev. Clifton Davis

Albertina Walker

Bobby Sparks, II

Lecrecia Campbell

Yolanda Adams

Bishop I. V. Hilliard, New light Christian Center, Houston, TX

Pastor Joe Samuel Ratcliff, pastor of Brentwood Baptist Church, Houston, TX

Pastor Kirby Jon Caldwell, pastor of Windsor Village United Methodist Church, Houston, TX


National Baptist Convention, Inc.

Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals

Gospel Music Workshop of America

Hymns for Him, V. Michael McKay

GOD TALK Sounds Of A Sanctuary Album Release Concert, V. Michael McKay

The Gospel Music Heritage Month Celebration with

Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee, Houston, TX

Philia Works, Houston, TX

Dr. Everrett G. Parker and the Louisiana State University Gospel Choir

The Moody Blues Band

Kim Fields, actress

Ron Bell, actor

Jaleel White, actor

Jessie Jackson, Jr.

Malik Yoba

Religious Faith Performances: Baptist, Episcopalian, Methodist, Catholic, Jewish, Muslim


Numerous Weddings, Funerals, Receptions, Religious Celebrations, solo recitals, chamber recitals, and other social events


Music Director, cooking show The Devotional Chef with Rev. Robert Lacy, Baton Rouge, LA


I am an energetic, passionate and gifted, professional harpist and a stylistically versatile recording artist. My most recent accomplishment is having recorded and performed with R&B and jazz producer Bobby Sparks, II, violinist Omar Phoenix Lopez, and Master Musician-Producer Paul Richard on Award-Winning Gospel Singer-Songwriter V. Michael McKay's album, "God Talk: Sounds of a Sanctuary."


I find encouragement, strength, and daily healing through the scriptures found in II Corinthians 4:7-9…...”But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellence of the power may be of God and not of us. We are hard pressed on every side, yet not crushed: we are perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not forsaken;

struck down, but not destroyed-“

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