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Biennial Philadelphia Harp Competition 2021

Biennial Philadelphia Harp Competition

Sign up to compete in our 2021 competition with prizes sponsored by Lyon & Healy, the Virginia Harp Center, and Harp Column!

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Biennial Philadelphia Harp Competition
Biennial Philadelphia Harp Competition

Time & Location

Apr 17, 2021, 9:00 AM

Biennial Philadelphia Harp Competition 2021


About The Event

The Philadelphia Chapter of the American Harp Society is sponsoring a student competition to be held on April 17th, 2021. 

  • This competition will be held virtually beginning at 9am on April 17th. Participants will be emailed the Zoom link and password prior to the competition with a specific time they will play. 
  • Participants are required to attend a sound check on Saturday, April 3rd (time TBD) to ensure their Zoom microphone is properly configured. 
  • First and second place winners will perform in a virtual recital the following day, Sunday, April 18th, at 2pm. 

Students may compete in one of four categories based on their age and type of harp. Levels I and II may be played on either a lever or a pedal harp. Levels III and IV must be played on a pedal harp. Harpists must be 10 or under for Level I, 14 or under for Level II, 17 or under for Level III, and 19 and under for Level IV. Harpists may compete in only one division. Harpists may not be in a college program. Students must play all the pieces listed for their division. All music must be performed from memory. The competition reserves the right to eliminate a division if not enough entries are received. Previous first place winners may not compete in the same division.

Both the harpist and the harpist’s teacher must be members of the Philadelphia Chapter of the American Harp Society to enter the competition. Both student and teacher must join by March 17, 2021, to be eligible for the competition.

To enter, send a completed entry form and the entry fee of $40 to the following address by March 17, 2021. Applications may be filled out online or printed and mailed to the address below: 

Rebecca Simpson

PHS Competition

640 N. Broad St. #435 

Philadelphia PA 19130

Please e-mail or visit with any questions. 


All music can be purchased at the Virginia Harp Center in Haddonfield, NJ. 

All music must be performed by memory.


LEVEL I: BEGINNER (Age 10 and under) 

●  #9 from Marelles Volume 2 by Andres 

●  El Numero Uno from First-Grade Pieces for Harp by Grandjany


●  Processional from Harp Solos Volume Two by McDonald and Wood 

●  Reveriefrom Nightfall Suite by Curcio 

LEVEL III: INTERMEDIATE (Age 17 and under)

●  Pavane by Unknown, arr. Salzedo 

●  Sonate en Re by Albeniz arr. Mildonian 

LEVEL IV: ADVANCED (Age 19 and under)

●  Theme and Variations by Haydn arr. Salzedo, available in the Carlos Salzedo Collection for Harp 

●  La Fille aux Cheveux de Lin by Debussy, arr. Salzedo

Please e-mail with any questions. 

Paper application form can be found here: 

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  • Entry Fee for Harp Competition

    Buying a "ticket" is one way to pay the $40 entry fee. Applicants can also mail a check to the address in the application or pay the fee through the "Donate" button on the harp society's website. All three methods (ticket, donate button, check) are acceptable. Make sure to write a note that the $40 is the competition entry fee, and be sure to fill out the application online or on paper.

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