AHS National Competition

25th American Harp Society National Competition (2023)

The 25th National Competition will be held May 31- June 4, 2023 at the Colburn School in Los Angeles, California.  The competition is open to harpists up to the age of 30 who are national members of the American Harp Society and who are United States citizens or citizens of the Americas (North, Central, and South).  A list of all past competition winners is available here.

The application deadline is April 1, 2023 at 11:59 pm.  The online application portal, including video file upload, will be available in early 2023 by logging into your membership portal and clicking the link in the drop down menu. Additional information will be available on this page in the coming months.

2023 National Competition Required Repertoire

ALL COMPOSITIONS IN ALL DIVISIONS MUST BE PERFORMED BY MEMORY.
REPEATS ARE OPTIONAL, except where stated otherwise below.
EDITIONS ARE AT THE DISCRETION OF THE CONTESTANT, except where stated otherwise below  

JUNIOR DIVISION (Maximum age 12 years on June 1, 2023)
C.P.E. Bach Solfeggio in C minor, H.220 (“Solfeggietto”)
Carlos Salzedo Suite of 8 Dances (choose 3)
Choose one:
     John Thomas

        or
     Marcel Tournier

from, Welsh Melodies for the Harp, Volumn 2, No, 13,
Watching the Wheat ( 'Bugeilio'r gwenith gwyn')

Berceuse russe, Op. 40
   
INTERMEDIATE I DIVISION (Maximum age 15 years on June 1, 2023)
Libby Larsen Theme and Deviations (1973)
Bernard Andres Sweet Blues
Choose one:
     Alphonse Hasselmans
          or
     Mikhail Glinka

Petite Valse, Op. 25

Variations on a theme of Mozart (from ‘Die Zauberflöte’, The Magic Flute)
   
INTERMEDIATE II DIVISION (Maximum age 18 years on June 1, 2023)
Choose one:
     Claude Debussy

 
          or       
     Marcel Grandjany

Deux Arabesques, L. 66
     No. 1 Andantion con moto
     No. 2 Allegretto Scherzando

Children’s Hour,  Suite for Harp  Op. 25

Choose one:
     Paul Hindemith
          or
     Michael Mauldin

Sonata for Harp (1939)

Birds in Winter: six preludes for harp (1989)

Choose one:
     G.F. Handel
   
          or
     Domenico Zipoli

Concerto in B-flat major, Op. 4 No. 6,  HWV 294,
Movement 1, Andante Allegro, with repeats.  Any edition.

Keyboard Sonata in B minor, Op.1 No.17 (Suite in B minor)
   
ADVANCED DIVISION (Maximum age 21 years on June 1, 2023)
Germaine Tailleferre Sonata for Harp
Kati Agócs Every Lover is a Warrior (2006, edited 2019)
Marcel Grandjany Rhapsodie, Op. 10
   
YOUNG PROFESSIONAL DIVISION (Maximum age 30 years on June 1, 2023) *
J.S. Bach Lute Suites, BVW 995, 996, 997, 998, or 1006a - choose one
Choose one:
     Benjamin Britten
          or
     Carlos Salzedo


Suite for Harp (1969)


Variations on a Theme in Ancient Style, Op. 30, Edition Leduc
For competition performance, take composer’s ossia* as noted in Variation VIII m. 23*
Choose one:
     Caroline Lizotte
          or
     Caroline Lizotte

Suite Galactique, opus 39

Odyssée, opus 37

* The First Prize winner in the Young Professional Division is named the AHS Concert Artist.  For this reason finalists will submit a printed recital program and deliver spoken program notes from the stage, as a part of their competition performance.

2023 repertoire and division age requirements are available for download. (PDF)

Downloadable Guidelines for Making and Submitting Digital Video (DV) Recordings is available here.

There will be monetary awards for winners in all divisions of the competition.


A non-refundable entry fee will be charged in each Division

All entries must be received by 11:59 pm, April 1, 2023  

THERE WILL BE NO EXCEPTIONS