Together we will inspire, empower, and celebrate the next generation of harpists

The American Harp Society announces that it will participate in 2021 Giving Tuesday, a new tradition where the public is encouraged to give to charitable organizations. The AHS is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to celebrate the legacy of the Society, inspire excellence, and empower the next generation of harpists. 

On Tuesday, November 30th, the American Harp Society will be live virtually all day. Brought together by our love for the harp and our passion for ensuring the longevity of the Society, we're streaming live performances, talkbacks and interviews throughout the day. Subscribe to our channel on YouTube and "like" our Facebook page to make sure you catch all the events!

10 am ET: JUNO Award winner Angela Schwarzkopf performs "Detach", composed by Monica Pearce and supported in part by a grant from the AHS. This is from Angela's 2020 JUNO Award-winning Classical Album of the Year.

11 am ET: Harpist/Composer/Arranger Stephanie Claussen performs live Scottish lever harp music, including some of her original works, followed by a talkback.

12 pm ET: Harpist Mallory McHenry and Flutist Karen Baumgartner, the e(L)ement duo, perform a flute & harp composition supported in part by a grant from the AHS. Enjoy a live talkback following the performance.

1 pm ET: AHS Lifetime Achievement Award recipient Cathy Anderson, her son cellist Kyle Anderson, and husband bassist Dave Anderson perform an arrangement by Dan Reiter of the Mahler Adagietto from Mahler Symphony #5.

2 pm ET: Puerto Rico Chapter President and AHS Board Member Elisa Torres talks about the impact for her harp community of the support from the AHS Grants program for a new work for harp by Johanny Ravello. Ms. Torres and AHS President Lynne Aspnes discuss the Puerto Rico Chapter's invigorating community engagement work and the emerging and vibrant harp community in Puerto Rico.

3:30 pm ET: Past AHS President Ann Yeung and flutist Jonathan Keeble (Past President of the National Flute Association) — the Aletheia Duo — talk about their performance from the 2016 National Conference and the value of careers devoted to serving professional music organizations.

4:00 pm ET: AHS Board Member and certified Lyon & Healy harp technician Karen Gottlieb shares her top tips for harp maintenance in a live conversation with AHS President Lynne Aspnes.

5:00 pm ET: AHS Board Member Vincent Pierce performs live.

6:00 pm ET: 2021 National Competition Winner Daniel Benedict appears in a short Q&A about what the AHS competition experience meant to him.

7:15 pm ET: AHS Pacific Regional Director Jennifer Ellis and saxophonist Jonathan Hulting-Cohen, the Admiral Launch duo, share a recorded performance followed by a live talk back. 

On Giving Tuesday the AHS is raising money to support empowering the next generation of harpists. Contributions on Giving Tuesday will go directly toward supporting the programs and opportunities that inspire and directly benefit young harpists. AHS membership dues represent approximately 33% of the annual revenue required to mount programs for youth, including the Chapter Ambassador Awards, the Concert Artist Program, the Music Education Auditions & Evaluations and Winners Outreach programs and The Young Composer’s Project. 

The AHS is celebrating its 60th anniversary in 2022 with a gala celebration at their national conference. “We postponed meeting for national events in person in 2020 and 2021 and our community is thrilled to be meeting in person in 2022! We’re going to experience live music performances, rebuild relationships, and bond over our shared passion for the harp,” writes president Lynne Aspnes.

For more information, visit Giving Tuesday.


Last Modified: Dec 3rd, 2021