National Conference

2022 44th American Harp Society, Inc. National Conference

"Facets of a Diamond"
Celebrating the 60th Anniversary of the American Harp Society

June 22-25, 2022

The Washington Pavilion, Sioux Falls, South Dakota

The 44th National Conference is scheduled for June of 2022 in the stunning Washington Pavilion in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Several performances will also be presented in First Lutheran Church and First Congregational Church, just steps away from the Pavillion. Interested parties are invited to submit proposals for workshops and performances by May 30th.

We will meet in the heartland to come together as a community of artists celebrating the AHS at 60 (founded in 1962!), rejoicing in the opportunities to be together again to learn with and from each other and to revel in the sounds of live performances coming from the award-winning Mary Sommervold auditorium stage. The exhibit spaces in the Washington Pavilion will be at the very center of the conference action. In keeping with the wide-open spaces of the American prairie, there will be room for everyone with room to spare, both lift gate and standard height delivery doors into the Pavilion itself, onsight security, and -- we trust -- quite a few harpists converging on Sioux Falls to come together in person, again! We hope you will join us for the 60th Anniversary celebration of the harp, harpists, and the AHS.

Conference programming will include participatory events, reading sessions featuring the harp in choral, chamber, and wind ensembles; lectures and workshops on multiple historical and cultural perspectives of the harp, and presentations on the harp in a myriad of traditions including liturgical settings, therapeutic applications, community building events, education, and the concert hall.  We are especially looking for presentations that highlight harps of varying sizes and music of varying styles representing world cultures.  The final program choices will be made to reflect how cultural diversity inspires performance and how inspiration comes in a variety of forms based on culturally diverse perspectives, traditions, and knowledge. Some of the topics we are eager to host will include:

  • The harp partnering with other musicians with emphasis on wind ensembles, chamber music for winds with harp, choral repertoire featuring harp and organ & harp duets

  • Historic development of the harp in a particular culture or in a particular style of music including our traditional repertoire

  • Use of the lever harp in performance today and in teaching settings 

  • Emerging and outstanding established artists sharing music that will enhance the understanding of other harpists and wider audiences, either as soloists or ensemble members 

  • Therapeutic use of the harp in today’s health care 

  • Topics on physical and mental health care for harpists 

  • Professional Development opportunities for harpists and our allies, including the possibility of continuing education credits in education, therapeutic music, and other fields where CEU standards are presented to us.  

Sioux Falls is located on the ancestral territory of the Oceti Sakowin (Seven Council Fires), an alliance that consisted of the Santee, Yankton, and Teton Lakota, commonly known as the Sioux by non-native people.  The Jubal Chapter of the American Harp Society honors and respects the diverse Indigenous peoples connected to this territory on which we gather.

Call for Proposals

2022 National Conference program proposals application deadline is MAY 30, 2021Download the requirements and submit your application materials to Proposals are reviewed by the National Event Chair (s) and members of the organizing committees. Decisions of the evaluation committee are final.


2024 45th American Harp Society, Inc. National Conference

(rescheduled from 2020 & 2021)

"That's Entertainment!"
June 16-19, 2024
Renaissance Orlando at Sea World

The 2024 National Conference in Orlando Florida, hosted by the Central Florida Chapter at the spectacular Renaissance Orlando at SeaWorld, will celebrate our musical legacy with the welcoming theme of enjoyment and entertainment.