Young Composers Project

2021 Young Composers Project

The 2021 American Harp Society, Inc. Young Composers Project is scheduled to take place at the National Conference, June 20-23, in Orlando, Florida. The program is open to harpists aged 25 and under who are national members of the American Harp Society, Inc.

The Young Composers Project offers an opportunity for young harpist/composers to work with professional mentors to experience, explore, and develop a deep connection to the harp through composition. All applicants will receive written feedback from professional harpist/ composers and a handsome certificate of participation. Applicants chosen to be featured at the conference (Featured Composers) will work in master classes and individually with guest composers, and perform their works in a concert setting during the course of the national event.

The selected Featured Composers will be categorized by their age as of June 1, 2021:

  • Junior Age 12and Under
  • Teen II Age 16-19
  • Teen I Age 13-15
  • Young Adult Age 20-25

Applicants chosen as Featured Composers will receive:

  • Personalized feedback opportunities with composers Charles Mason, Clare Shore, and Laura Zaerr, including master classes, individual coaching sessions, and Q & A opportunities;
  • Opportunities to interact socially with the other Featured Composers;
  • A live performance and awards ceremony and reception in their honor.

Application Criteria

  1. Submit an originally composed score of up to eight (8') minutes in length. Arrangements or transcriptions are not allowed. Entries must not be plagiarized or violate copyright laws. Each applicant may submit only one composition for consideration.
  2. The harp solo may be of any genre (pop, classical, folk, jazz, spiritual, etc.) and composed for any make of harp (pedal, lever, electric, cross-strung etc).
  3. Make a video or audio recording of you performing your composition (check this page for further instructions shortly).
  4. Complete and submit the Young Composers Project Application form, along with your audio recording (Audio mp3 format or similar, up to 30MB) and PDF written copy (up to 10MB) of your original score (may be legibly hand-written or from a computer program such as Sibelius or Finale). Entries will not be judged on the quality of the audio recordings.

Applications deadline is 11:59pm CST, April 15, 2021 Young Composers Project

Application fee: $30 Discounted 10% for 2021 with the code YCP10

Selection Process for Featured Composers

  1. All project application submissions will be reviewed by the Young Composers Project Committee, made up of AHS professional harpists/composers.
  2. All applicants will receive written feedback about their original composition.
  3. Featured Composers will be notified by May 15, 2021.
  4. Applicants selected as Featured Composers must confirm their participation in the program in writing, by May 30, 2021.
  5. All decisions of the review committee are final.