The New Orleans Chapter of the American Harp Society welcomed internationally acclaimed harpist, teacher, arranger, and composer Sue Richards in January 2014. Sue Richards presented several concerts and workshops at local libraries and hospitals over the course of three days. Ms. Richard's appearances in Metairie, Jefferson, and New Orleans, Louisiana were made possible in part by a grant from the American Harp Society.
January 27-31, 2012 Dr. Alfredo Rolando Ortiz gave a workshop and three performances in communities throughout southeastern Louisiana. The North Shore Chapter of the American Harp Society organized his four-day residency in partnership with the New Orleans Chapter. Dr. Ortiz’s workshop on Latin American Rhythms and Special Effect Techniques at Tulane University, as well as three performances in Covington and Metairie, LA were made possible in part by a grant from the American Harp Society.
The first Southwest Utah Harp Festival was held in October 2012 at Dixie State College in St. George, Utah. Harpists Adriana Horne and Megan Landfair created the festival to introduce and foster an appreciation for the harp in the community. The festival was sponsored in part by a grant from the American Harp Society and featured a concert by Duo de ‘Arpa.
On December 9, 2012 The Harpeggios and the Trinity Boys Choir of Trinity Church on the Green in New Haven, CT premiered Three Sparkles for the Season composed by Dr. Thomas Duffy of Yale University. The new composition for harp ensemble and treble choir was commissioned with a generous grant from the American Harp Society. Three Sparkles for the Season continues to be performed, most notably on April 6, 2013 at the NAfME (formerly known as MENC) Eastern Division Conference in Hartford, CT. The project was two and a half years in the making from conception to premiere; stay tuned for a conversation with the composer at the end of the video.
Due to the wonderful gifts given by the American Harp Society, USAIHC will have the ability to further promote the harp throughout 2012 and 2013. The 2012 Solo Harp Composition contest will continue to help create and foster 21st Century harp literature. We will receive over 70 world-wide new compositions, with the winning composition awarded the "American Harp Society" prize. At the same time USAIHC will expand our educational outreach program "Harp Start". Due to AHS support the "Harp Start" presentations will feature guest artists. Students will benefit greatly. We are very optimistic about reaching our goal of 20 "Harp Start" presentations within the next twelve months. On behalf of the USAIHC Board of Directors and staff, I thank you! USAIHS is extremely appreciative of the American Harp Society's generosity.
- Megan Landfair, Associate Director of the USA International Harp Competition