22nd AHS, Inc. National Competition (2017)

The American Harp Society, Inc. 22nd American Harp Society, Inc. National Competition was held June 25 -28, 2017, at St. Olaf College, Northfield, MN. The 2019 Competition will be held at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, Winston-Salem, NC, in June, 2019. Additional information will be available on this page in the coming months. The competition is open to harpists up to the age of 30 who are national members of the American Harp Society, Inc. and who are United States citizens or who are citizens of the Americas.

Finalists will be chosen by a recorded preliminary round and will be notified 30 days prior to the start of the competition. Application Forms and video file upload will be available online.

Finalists will compete in person.

Repertoire, deadlines and downloadable Guidelines for Making and Submitting Digital Video (DV) Recordings will be posted here when available.

Guidelines for Making and Submitting Digital Video (DV) Recordings

You will be prompted to fill out an application form and upload DV files through the competition application software.

Making and Submitting Your Video:

  1. The DV recordings may be made on either home or studio equipment.  Audio should be of a good enough quality to be representative of your playing. Video file formats may be MPEG, MPG, MP4, MOV, AVI, WMV, M4V, or VOB.
  2. Video yourself performing the entire required repertoire for the division that you are entering. All repeats are optional. 
  3. All pieces are to be played straight through with no edits in the recording.  You may stop recording between pieces and between movements of a musical work. You may not stop recording between movements of a “Theme and Variation” style work.
  4. Pieces must be performed from memory.
  5. Do not speak during the video.
  6. After you have recorded yourself, register and upload the DV by clicking the link on the American Harp Society website which will be posted here.
  7. Please note that you must be a member of the American Harp Society, Inc. in order to gain access to the registration site. If you are not a member, please pay your National Dues immediately so that you may have access to the link in time to register for the competition.
  8. Please remember to leave plenty of time for your video to upload as the files might be large and will take time.

There will be monetary awards for winners in all divisions of the competition.

YOUNG PROFESSIONAL DIVISION   1st PRIZE $2,500
In addition, the 1st Prize winner will be awarded AHS Concert Artist status
  2nd PRIZE $2,000
  3rd PRIZE  $1,500
  4th PRIZE $1,000
  5th PRIZE $750
  6th PRIZE $500
     
ADVANCED DIVISION 1st PRIZE $1,500
  2nd PRIZE $1,250
  3rd PRIZE $1,000
  4th PRIZE $500
  5th PRIZE $500
  6th PRIZE $500
     
INTERMEDIATE II DIVISION 1st PRIZE $1,250
  2nd PRIZE $1,000
  3rd PRIZE $750
  4th PRIZE $250
  5th PRIZE $250
  6th PRIZE $250
     
INTERMEDIATE I DIVISION 1st PRIZE $1,000
  2nd PRIZE $750
  3rd PRIZE $500
  4th PRIZE $250
  5th PRIZE $250
  6th PRIZE $250
     
JUNIOR DIVISION 1st PRIZE $1,000
  2nd PRIZE $750
  3rd PRIZE $500
  4th PRIZE $250
  5th PRIZE $250
  6th PRIZE $250


A non-refundable entry fee will be charged in each Division.

All entries must be received by the published deadline.

THERE WILL BE NO EXCEPTIONS.