Congratulations to the two winners of the $1000 Anderson Group Scholarship to attend the the 40th AHS National Conference held at the Marriott Marquis, New York, New York. Read below to learn more about these promising young harpists.
Sarah Rose Clark of Hubbard, Ohio
Sarah is certainly deserving of this opportunity, undaunted, she has overcome challenges that would have stopped many in their tracks. Now principle Harpist for Youngstown symphony Youth Orchestra under Dr. Stephen Gage, she is a Gracious and Charitable 10th grader. An asset to her community and we are proud to award her this scholarship and to play a part in her endeavors.
Anna Deloi of Plaistow New Hampshire
Described by her teacher Stephanie Curcio as massively gifted and already featured, with other gifted musicians on BBC and PBS television, The World’s Greatest Musical Prodigies. Her achievements at the tender age of 16 are many, but our decision was influenced by her outstanding efforts in her community and the fact that she will surely keep the covenant and the mission of the Harp Society. Her hope is to inspire others, as she was inspired. It will be our privilege to award her the Anderson Group Scholarship.
Crystal Marie Napoli
Crystal, has shown outstanding discipline in every avenue of her life, At Anderson-Group, we believe that she deserves this scholarship as she has shown that she can succeed academically and musically. She is also generous with her time and projects within her community. Crystal’s enthusiasm, dedication and the ability to challenge herself will take her far in her Harp studies.
Samuel shows such promise, both as a Harpist and Composer, he was an easy choice to be a recipient of this scholarship. His performances in the Stars of Tomorrow Concert and being placed 2nd in the Emerging Artists division of the Young Artist’s Harp Competition last year, spell out what his future holds. We are honored to contribute to his ability to be at Denton this summer.
Katherine Denler received $1,500 for the Anderson Group Scholarship award to attend the AHS 39th National Conference. Katherine is a recent graduate of the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and studied under Dr. Ann Yeung.
Molly Arns, 20 years old, from Denver, CO, began playing violin at the age of 10 and pursued the harp thereafter. She is currently completing her Music Business Degree in Harp Performance at the University of Denver’s Lamont School of Music. She plans on pursuing a career in teaching harp as well as performing with an orchestra. A $1,000 scholarship was provided to her to attend the AHS 8th Summer Conference and 18th National Competition in Salt Lake. Molly wrote to us after her trip to let us know she had an amazing time and that she learned a great deal about competing. She was able to sit in on some Master Classes and Lectures from harpists around the world. We believe this opportunity will help Molly in the pursuit of her degree and future as a professional harpist.
Serena Eve Kamps, 18 years old, from Pickett, WI, began playing harp at 3 years old along with piano. She is one of six children in her home studying music. Serena has passed 8 grades of Performance Exams with the Royal School of Music with distinction. Her future plans involve earning a diploma in Harp performance from the Royal School of Music as well as pursuing advanced music theory classes at the International Academy of Music. Another goal is to pursue the Suzuki Harp Teacher Training Course in 2010. Serena was given a $1,000 scholarship to attend the AHS 9th Summer Conference and 18th National Competition in Salt Lake City. She wrote to us thereafter and expressed her appreciation for the opportunity to learn so much that will help her prepare to perform for her ABRSM Diploma recital in the Fall of 2009.