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2011, October 29

National Competition Winners in Concert
The Philadelphia Chapter presented National Competition Winners in Concert at the Church of St. Luke and the Epiphany, Philadelphia. Featured were Elizabeth White Clark, Helen Gerhold, and Sam Karlinski. (See Attachments at bottom of page for program.)

Elizabeth White Clark
Elizabeth White Clark
1st Place winner Young Professional Division and new AHS Concert Artist
Lyon & Healy Award recipient

Harpist Elizabeth White Clark studies harp performance at Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia under the direction of Elizabeth Hainen and Judy Loman.  Previously, Elizabeth studied with ShruDeLi Ownbey in Salt Lake City for 13 years.  Recent venues of performance include: Field Concert Hall, The Kimmel Center, Carnegie Hall, and the Temple Square Concert Series.  Achievements and honors include: First place in the American Harp Society (AHS) National Harp Competition Young Professional Division, "Concert Artist" for the AHS  for 2011-2013, Utah State Music Sterling Scholar Finalist, Winner in the National Lyon and Healy Scholarship Competition in 2009 and 2011, second place in the AHS Advanced Division in 2009, and first place in the AHS Intermediate II Division in 2007.  Elizabeth soloed at the World Harp Congress in Dublin, Ireland in 2005, at the USA International Harp Competition in the “Stars of tomorrow” concert in 2004, and with the Utah Symphony, in the Salute to Youth concert in 2004.


Sam Karlinski
Sam Karlinski
2nd Place winner Advanced Division
Lyon & Healy Award recipient
Eighteen year old Sam Karlinski of New Hampshire is a first year student in the Columbia-Juilliard Exchange, a program in which he studies as a full time student at Columbia University and as a part time harp student at The Juilliard School with Nancy Allen. He began his harp studies at the age of eight and before college studied primarily with Stephanie Curcio and Ina Zdorovetchi. Since the age of sixteen, Sam has been the recipient of numerous prizes and honors, including two top prizes in the AHS National Competitions, a top prize and the Fatrock Ink Prize “for the best performance of a piece written after 1900” in the Young Artist’s Harp Competition, top prize in the Harvard Musical Association’s High School Achievement Awards, a Lyon & Healy Award, and a performance in the World Harp Congress Focus on Youth program. Sam aspires to be a scientific researcher, soloist, teacher, and composer.


Helen Gerhold
Helen Gerhold
2nd Place winner Intermediate II Division
Helen Gerhold, age 15, received a harp on her fifth birthday from her aunt, harpist Yi Liu. Gerhold began her harp training with Ms. Lucile Lawrence and Virginia Flanagan. At 13, Gerhold won 2nd Place in the Intermediate I Division of the American Harp Society National Competition, and thereafter performed in the 2010 "Stars of Tomorrow" concert at the USA International Harp Competition. Gerhold was principal harpist of the Philadelphia Young Artists Orchestra at age 12, and is now in her second season as the principal harpist of the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra. She was a runner up in the Big Break Contest sponsored by From the Top and Carnegie Hall, and performed at Carnegie Hall in April, 2011. She is a member of the Center for Talented outh of Johns Hopkins University and has attended summer programs at the Saratoga Harp Colony since 2008. Currently she studies harp with Elizabeth Hainen and periodically with Judy Loman.

National Competition Winners in Concert

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Manijeh Pickard,
Oct 30, 2011, 12:18 PM
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