JoAnn Turovsky



I competed in 1972 and 1975 winning Intermediate II and Young Professional. I judged in 1978 and then took over as Chairman in 1981. I have two main goals. First, to always maintain the competitors point of view and second to run as fair an event as possible. In addition, I always strive to improve. There have been many evolutions over the years: Five divisions instead of three or four. Competition every two years instead of three and most recently video uploads instead of audio tapes. I have enjoyed seeing young harpists grow and learn over the years and to watch the level of competition rise astronomically!

JoAnn Turovsky


JoAnn Turovsky is principal harpist with the Los Angeles Opera Orchestra, the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, and the Los Angeles Master Chorale and Sinfonia Orchestra. She has been the professor of harp at the USC Thornton School of Music for the past thirty-five years and is on the faculty of the Colburn Conservatory of Music and the Colburn School of Performing Arts.

Turovsky’s numerous awards and citations include first prize in the American Harp Society National Competition, Young Professional Division, the first prize in the Coleman Competition for Chamber Music, prizewinner at the Fifth International Harp Competition in Jerusalem, Israel, and an award from the Young Musicians Foundation. She is chairman of the American Harp Society National Competition.

Turovsky is also a “first call” musician for a plethora of film and television assignments. The composer John Williams wrote a solo piece for Turovsky that was featured on the soundtrack of the film Angela’s Ashes, while her performances also grace such films as Frozen, Big Hero 6, Tinkerbell, Avatar, Raiders of the Lost Ark, The Karate Kid, Toy Story (plus its sequels), The Kite Runner, and Thirteen Conversations About One Thing, among the more than 400 movie soundtracks in which she has participated.

Her spare time is happily devoted to being out smarted by her Australian Shepherd, Reggie and two equally busy cats Max and Nike.