Facts About the AHS, Inc.

The American Harp Society, Inc., a 501(c)3 charitable organization, is the largest national  organization of harpists in the world. Its mission is "to celebrate our legacy, inspire excellence, and empower the next generation of harpists."  Members include leading soloists, orchestral players, commercial, jazz and popular performers, freelancers, harp therapists, college and university professors, adult amateurs, and students of all ages. AHS National Conferences are held on even number years and Summer Institutes on odd number years. See National Conference and Summer Institute for more information.

Membership Size:  3000+ Members

National Conference:  500+ members attend biennial convention.

Founded:  1962

Demographics:  Members are from all 50 states and more than 20 Countries.

Local Chapters:  AHS has 68 chapters throughout the United States.

Awards/Competitions/Scholarships: 
Foundations Awards for College Scholarships

AHS National Competition held on odd numbered years in conjunction with the AHS Summer Institute, offers monetary prizes in five divisions: Junior, Intermediate I, Intermediate II, Advanced, and Young Professional.

Additional awards for best performances of specific works in the National conference, for the study of the harp, for the study of music therapy using the harp, and for assistance to attend summer music camp.

Publications:
The American Harp Journal
Regional Newsletters
e-Newsletters

Membership Directory:  Annual directory of members.

Conference Program Book: 70+-page book containing programs, schedule, biographies, and more harp - and conference-related information.

International Harp Archives at BYU: Serves as a support center for research relating to aspects of the harp, its music and harpists, and includes the AHS Archives, AHS Audio & Video Tape Libraries and Interview Series.

AHS Repository: Holdings of the American Harp Society housed in the Library of Congress.

Commissions:  New works are commissioned, primarily for performance at AHS National Conferences.