About the Young Composers Project

The Young Composers Project provides emerging harpist-composers ages 25 and under an extraordinary opportunity to develop their creative potential by pairing project participants with harpists and composers in compositional master classes and one-on-one personal feedback opportunities with leading composers, and the opportunity to perform their original work at a concert during the 2019 AHS Summer Institute. For 2019 the YCP is thrilled to welcome distinguised composers Dan Locklair and Alyssa Reit.

The program provides opportunities for musical as well as personal growth and celebrates the accomplishments of emerging composers at the harp. The featured composers receive a professional recording of their performance following the Institute and will be spotlighted in an article in The American Harp Journal. The American Harp Society, Inc., has a rich history of supporting young harpists and advocating for new music and the YCP aims to encourage and inspire young harpists to explore and develop their individual talents as performers and composers at the harp.

2019 Application Criteria

  • Submission deadline is 11:59pm Central Standard Time, March 14, 2019

  • Online application and file upload instructions are available here.

  • Applicants must be members of the American Harp Society, Inc. harpsociety.org/Membership/JoinRenew, and both a harpist and a composer

  • Compositions are to be original works (no transcriptions) for solo pedal or lever harp, in any compositional style, a maximum of eight (8) minutes in length. Compositions must be original and the sole creation of the applicant, and must not violate copyright laws

  • Each applicant may submit one (1) composition for consideration

  • Submission by email or online upload of an audio recording and printed score are required with the application

  • The application fee is $30.00

  • The YCP has established four (4) age categories for applications:

    Junior Age 12 and under as of June 1, 2019
    Teen I Age 13-15, as of June 1, 2019
    Teen II Age 16-18, as of June 1, 2019
    Young Adult Age 19-25, as of June 1, 2019

If selected as a featured composer, applicants will be invited to attend and perform their own pieces at the AHS 2019 Summer Institute, June 19 - 22 at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. The AHS, Inc., reserves the right to offer space to an alternate if a featured composer is unable to participate in person at the Institute.

Applicants must confirm their attendance at the Institute no later than May 1, 2019.