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2015, Student Harp Competition

Philadelphia Chapter of the American Harp Society 
2015 Student Competition

The Philadelphia Harp Society is sponsoring a student competition to be held Saturday, June 6th, 2015  at the Community Music School (775 W Main Street, Trappe, PA) from 5:00 PM-8:00 PM. Winners must be available to perform in a concert on Saturday June 13th, 2015 at the Mary Louis Curtis branch of the Settlement Music School (416 Queen St in Philadelphia) at 7:00 PM. The top two harpists in each division will be awarded prizes.

Students may compete in one of four categories based on their age and type of harp. Harpists age 14 and under on June 1st, 2015, are eligible for the junior division; harpists age 18 and under on June 1st2015, may compete in the senior division. Students may compete in either the pedal harp or lever harp division. Harpists may compete in only one division. Students must play all the pieces listed for their division. All music must be performed from memory. (Please note that the competition reserves the right to eliminate a division if not enough entries are received.)

An application is available for download below. If you have trouble downloading it from this website, contact for a new copy. The application form including teacher’s signature, entry fee of $30, and a copy of the contestant’s birth certificate must be received by April 1st, 2015. 

Both the harpist and the harpist’s teacher must be members of the Philadelphia Chapter of the American Harp Society to enter the competition. Visit to join. Both student and teacher must join by May 1st, 2015 to be eligible for the competition. 

All music must be performed by memory.

Senior Pedal Harp Division
    Petite Valse - Hasselmans
    Bagatelles Mvt. 1 and 2 - Joio

Junior Pedal Harp Division 
    Grandmere raconte une histoire - Renie
    Valse Isabel - Rogers

Senior Lever Harp Division
    "Muscade" and "Vanille" from Spices - Andres
    Pasacaille - Handel

Junior Lever Harp Division 
    La Donna e Mobile (Verdi) - From Eleanor Fell's Pop N Easy Classics
    Lullaby (Brahms) - From Eleanor Fell's Pop N Easy Classics

Senior Pedal Harp Division 
Honorary Prizes Only (not enough contestants)

Senior Lever Harp Division
Honorary Prizes Only (not enough contestants) - Awarded by Lyon and Healy - Honorary Mention to Michael Rublesky

Junior Pedal Harp Division
1st prize: $200 given by the Virginia Harp Center - Awarded to Keo Pangan
2nd prize: $100 given by the Virginia Harp Center - Awarded to Michelle Zhang

Junior Lever Harp Division
1st prize: $200 given by Vanderbilt Music - Awarded to Jane Cutcher
2nd prize: 2 year subscription to the Harp Column - Awarded to Mary Katharine McCann

Maryanne Mayer, Harpist
MM, Temple University
BM, Indiana University

Madeline Blood, Harpist
BM, Curtis

Silvia Atmadja, Pianist
BM, MM, DMA West Virginia University

Rebecca Simpson,
Mar 11, 2015, 8:06 AM