Winners Outreach Program

Guidelines and Application

The Winners Outreach Program is designed to help with giving performance experience to American Harp Society National Competition prize winners other than the Concert Artist. Chapters may request financial support of up to $300 for assistance in presenting the current competition prize winner(s) residing within that chapter’s region.

Who may apply?
Chapter officers on behalf of their chapters.

Who may not apply?
Individual competition winners.
Any chapter receiving past Winners Outreach Program support which has final reports outstanding or retains unused money.

What does the Winners Outreach Program support?
Travel and accommodations for the soloist, within the region of the applying chapter, associated with imminent, concrete performance and/or community outreach opportunities (note: please check for the current federal gas mileage standard rate to estimate travel costs).

Expenses involved in production: hall rental, stage managing fees, lighting, publicity and printing.

Winners Outreach Program does not support:
• Performers' honoraria or fees (none are expected)
• Advanced study with a significant mentor
• Medical, legal or accounting fees
• Purchase of equipment (harps, benches, stands, amplifiers, microphones, etc.)
• Performance opportunities for national competition winners residing outside of the applying chapter’s region
• Assisting musicians' fees
• Opportunities for the Concert Artist

What is the award process?
Evaluation of applications will be made by the Audience Development Committee and the Executive Committee of the American Harp Society. Applications will be considered in the order in which they are received.

What does the Executive Committee consider?
Because the intent of the award is to help chapters with expenses incurred in presenting national competition winners in performance, applications should clearly enumerate budget items for the proposed opportunities.

How much money is awarded?
Up to $400 will be awarded for the Winners Outreach Program projects.

When are the chapters notified?
Chapters will be notified within one month of receipt of the application.

What must be done following receipt of an award?
A one-page final report and submission of receipts or record of expenses are due within two months after completion of performance opportunities. Funds not used by the chapter must be returned at that time. Chapters who fail to do so will forfeit the chance to apply for future Winners Outreach Program awards.

Current artists who can be presented through this program:

Young Professional Division (up to age 30)   
1st: Caroline Wilkins (Pacific Region)
       2nd: Hannah Cope (Western Region)
  3rd (tie): Adam Phan (Northwestern Region) and Juan Riveros (MidCentral Region)
  4th: Noël Wan (NorthCentral Region)
  5th: Chelsea Lane (Northeastern Region)
  6th (tie): Anna Ellsworth (MidCentral Region) and Hope Wilk (Northeastern Region)
  Honorable mention: Haley Rhodeside (Western Region)
Advanced Division (up to age 21)   
1st (tie): Claire Thai (Western Region) and Morgan Short (MidAtlantic Region)
2nd: Kaila Geisinger (Southeastern Region)
  3rd: Caroline Mellott (Northeastern Region)
  4th: Clara Warford (Southern Region)
Intermediate II Division (up to age 18)   
1st: Annette Lee (Pacific Region)
2nd (tie): Priyanka Gohal (MidCentral Region) and Shaylen Joos (Northeastern Region)
  3rd: Danielle Nam (Pacific Region)
  4th: Amanda Kengor (MidAtlantic Region)
  5th: Lily Primus (Western Region)
  6th (tie): Julia Johnson (Western Region) and Erika Rosen (Western Region)
  Honorable mention: Beth Henson (Southeastern Region)
Intermediate I Division (up to age 15)   
1st: Kathleen Hopkins (SouthCentral Region)
2nd: Eunice Park (MidAtlantic Region)
  3rd: Isabel Cardenes (MidAtlantic Region)
  4th: Sophia Jho (MidAtlantic Region)
  5th: Ava Crook (Southeastern Region)
  6th: Jadelyn Ding (MidAtlantic Region)
  Honorable mentions: Judy Liu (Pacific Region), Elizabeth Johnson (MidAtlantic Region), Skyler Moon (MidAtlantic Region), and Belle Divine (Southeastern Region)
Junior Division (up to age 12)   
1st: Olivia Lee (Northeastern Region)
  2nd: Erin Choi (Pacific Region)
  3rd: Kaila Blodgett (Western Region)
  4th (tie): Grace Hong (Pacific Region) and Tessa Jackson (Southeastern Region)
  5th (tie): Sophia Love (Westerm Region) and Aaron Stewart (Northeastern Region)
  6th (tie): Calene Lee (Pacific Region), Sarah Smith (Northeastern Region), and Megan Williams (Western Region)

Chapters may confirm their region in the Chapters section of this website.


How to Apply
Guidelines | Application Form

Submit to:
Lucy Clark Scandrett
9 Ensis Road
Hilton Head Island, South Carolina 29928
United States
Mobile: 412-491-6555
Fax: 724-327-8363

Winners Outreach Concert Held on Millennium Stage of the Kennedy Center
The AHS-DC chapter hosted a Winners Outreach concert on the Millennium Stage of the Kennedy Center on May 4, 2008. It was a very successful event, with the audience numbering about 450. Performers were Helen Gerhold, Hannah Blalock, Katelyn Mullins, and Grace Browning, all finalists in the 2007 competition.
read more | watch video's of the performances