Young Composers Project

2023 Young Composers Project

June 1-4, 2023

The Young Composers Project will take place June 1-4 as part of the AHS Summer Institute at the Colburn School, Los Angeles. The program is open to harpists aged 25 and under who are national members of the American Harp Society.  Meet the 2023 Featured Young Composers, discover their exciting agenda during the Institute, and learn how everyone can participate along with them by submitting music and videos

The Young Composers Project offers an opportunity for young harpist/composers to work with professional mentors to experience, explore, and develop a deep connection to the harp through composition. All applicants will receive written feedback from professional harpist/ composers and a handsome certificate of participation. Applicants chosen to be Featured Composers will work in master classes and individually with guest composers, and perform their works in a concert setting.

Apply by March 1st!

The selected Featured Composers will be categorized by their age as of June 1, 2023:

  • Junior - Age 12 and Under

  • Teen I - Age 13-15

  • Teen II - Age 16-18

  • Young Adult - Age 19-25

Applicants chosen as Featured Composers will receive:

  • Complimentary registration at the 2023 AHS Summer Institute (travel and housing are the Featured Composers' expenses)

  • A performance of their original solo harp composition in a concert setting

  • Personalized feedback opportunities with leading professional composers, including master classes, individual coaching sessions, and Q&A opportunities

  • A feature article in the Summer 2023 issue of The American Harp Journal

Application Criteria

  1. Submit an originally composed score of up to eight (8’) minutes in length. Arrangements or transcriptions are not allowed. Entries must not be plagiarized or violate copyright laws. Each applicant may submit only one composition for consideration.

  2. The harp solo may be of any genre (pop, classical, folk, jazz, spiritual, etc.) and composed for any make of harp (pedal, lever, electric, cross-strung, etc).

  3. Make a video or audio recording of you performing your composition (check this page for further instructions shortly).

  4. Complete and submit the Young Composers Project Application form, along with your audio recording (Audio mp3 format or similar, up to 30MB) and PDF written copy (up to 10MB) of your original score (may be legibly hand-written or from a computer program such as Sibelius or Finale). Entries will not be judged on the quality of the audio recordings.

Applications deadline is 11:59 pm CST, March 1, 2023.
Young Composers Project Application fee: $30 

Selection Process for Featured Composers

  1. All project application submissions will be reviewed by the Young Composers Project Committee, made up of AHS professional harpists/composers.

  2. All applicants will receive written feedback about their original composition.

  3. Featured Composers will be notified by April 1, 2023

  4. Applicants selected as Featured Composers must confirm their participation in the program in writing, by April 15, 2023. If a Featured Composer is unable to participate in the classes scheduled for June 1-4, another applicant will be selected to fill their space.

  5. All decisions of the review committee are final.

Apply by March 1st!