AHS National Competition

24th AHS, Inc. National Competition (2021)

Enjoy the National Competition final rounds LIVE June 25-28, 2021, here on our live Competition web page, or download the mobile 2021 Competition app now to your Apple or Android device.  Division results will also be posted as available in those locations as well as in Noteworthy News.

The American Harp Society, Inc. is pleased to announce the 24th American Harp Society, Inc. National Competition. The 2021 Competition will be held June 25-28, 2021 at the Colburn School in Los Angeles, California.  The Young Professional and Advanced divisions are schedule to be presented in person at Colburn on June 25 and 26.  (Please note that due to COVID regulations, these final rounds will not be open for any public audience.)  The remaining divisions will be live but online-only on the following two days.  The schedule will be available in the Competition app and live website link above.  The competition is open to harpists up to the age of 30 who are national members of the American Harp Society, Inc. and who are United States citizens or who are citizens of the Americas.  Finalists were chosen by a recorded preliminary round.

For online finalists:  Recommendations for Successful Online Competition Participation 

• 2021 repertoire and division age requirements are available for download. (PDF)

• Complete National Competition rules are available for download. (PDF)

2021 National Competition Required Repertoire

JUNIOR DIVISION (Maximum age 12 years on June 1, 2021)
Bernard Andres   Aquatintes, Six pièces brève
Marcel Grandjany   Two French Folksongs
Le Bon Petit Roi d’Yvetôt and Et Ron Ron Ron Petite Patapon
Josef Haydn   Theme and Variations in C Major, Hob XVII 5, any edition
INTERMEDIATE I DIVISION (Maximum age 15 years on June 1, 2021)
Giovanni Baptiste Peschetti (for harpsichord, edited for the harp by Mary Kay Waddington)   Allegretto in C Major
Marcel Tournier   Féerie Prélude et Danse
Choose one:
Robert Litton
Bernard Andres
Prelude for Harp

INTERMEDIATE II DIVISION (Maximum age 18 years on June 1, 2021)
Free choice:   Any sonate from the classical era (1730 -1830)
Marcel Grandjany   Aria in Classic Style
Choose one:
Marcel Tournier
Nino Rota
Jesus Guridi
Vers la Source dans le Bois
Sarabande e Toccata
Viejo Zortzico
ADVANCED DIVISION (Maximum age 21 years on June 1, 2021)
Domenico Scarlatti   Keyboard sonatas (all repeats, any edition)
Choose two:
K. 27 in B minor
K. 113 in A major
K. 198 in E minor
K. 209 in A major
André-François Marescotti   Mouvement
Franz Liszt (edited by Henriette Renié)   Concert Étude in D-flat Major, S. 144 Un Sospiro
Choose one:
Mikhail Glinka/M. Balakirev (edited by Milda Agazarian, Harp Masters edition)
Franz. Liszt (arranged by Henriette Renié, Lyon & Healy/Salvi Publication)
The Lark

Le rossignol, S. 250/1 after the Russian air by Alexander Alyabyev
YOUNG PROFESSIONAL DIVISION (Maximum age 30 years on June 1, 2021)
Choose one (any edition):
Gabriel Faure
Marcel Grandjany
Albert Roussel
Gioachino Rossini (arranged for harp by Nicholas Charles Bochsa, edited by Isabelle Moretti)
Impromptu, Op. 86
Rhapsodie, Op. 10
Impromptu, Op. 21
Zitti-Zitti from The Barber of Seville
Free choice piece for harp solo up to 12 minute    
Choose one:
Andre Caplet
Pierick Houdy
Divertissements, à la française, & à l'espagnole
Sonata for Harp


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

In addition, the 1st Prize winner will be awarded AHS Concert Artist status
  2nd PRIZE $2,000
  3rd PRIZE  $1,500
  4th PRIZE $1,000
  5th PRIZE $750
  6th PRIZE $500
  2nd PRIZE $1,250
  3rd PRIZE $1,000
  4th PRIZE $500
  5th PRIZE $500
  6th PRIZE $500
  2nd PRIZE $1,000
  3rd PRIZE $750
  4th PRIZE $250
  5th PRIZE $250
  6th PRIZE $250
  2nd PRIZE $750
  3rd PRIZE $500
  4th PRIZE $250
  5th PRIZE $250
  6th PRIZE $250
  2nd PRIZE $750
  3rd PRIZE $500
  4th PRIZE $250
  5th PRIZE $250
  6th PRIZE $250


Previous Competition Repertoire (PDF download, 2001 onward)