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Noël Wan wins second prize at the 2021 Prix Orford Musique

Noël Wan wins second prize at the 2021 Prix Orford Musique

Harpist Noël Wan recently won second prize in the 2021 Prix Orford Musique, held in Gilles-Lefebvre Concert Hall in Orford, Quebec. Her second prize award includes a $5,000 cash award and career coaching sessions. Wan, who is an assistant professor of harp at Western...

National Symphony of Ecuador announces opening for principal harpist

National Symphony of Ecuador announces opening for principal harpist

The National Symphony of Ecuador has announced an opening for the principal harp position. Under the direction of David Handel, the orchestra performs for 46 weeks each season in Quito, Ecuador. In addition to giving concerts in their home venue of La Casa de la...

Alix Raspé Gray appointed to two new positions

Alix Raspé Gray appointed to two new positions

Alix Raspé Gray has recently been appointed to two new positions. Raspé Gray won the principal harp position with the Lima Symphony Orchestra in Ohio, replacing former principal harpist Jan Bishop. "I am so excited to take on this new role as principal harpist and to...

Suzuki Utah harpists livestream concert with 150 harps

Suzuki Utah harpists livestream concert with 150 harps

With 150 harps on stage, Suzuki harpists in Utah will livestream their Celebration Concert featuring music from around the world. The performance will be held in the Salt Lake City Tabernacle on Temple Square at 3 p.m. CDT on Saturday, Aug. 28. You can view the...

Latin American Harp Association launches

Latin American Harp Association launches

A new nonprofit organization—the Latin American Harp Association—has been established to support Latin American harpists. Membership includes access to educational resources, such as workshops and masterclasses by Latin American and international harpists, advice for...

Korea International Harp Competition announces 2022 repertoire

Korea International Harp Competition announces 2022 repertoire

The Korea International Harp Competition announced the repertoire for its third competition, which will take place online in 2022. The event was last held in 2018, when Valerio Lisci of Italy took first prize in the Young Professional Division, Xinyue Zhang of China...

Ann Heymann receives Somerset Lifetime Achievement Award

Ann Heymann receives Somerset Lifetime Achievement Award

The Somerset Folk Harp Festival has presented its 2021 Lifetime Achievement Award to Ann Heymann, a pioneer in the wire-strung harp revival. Heymann also received the Historical Harp Society of Ireland's Lifetime Achievement Award this year for her research on the...

Remembering Kelly Yousoufian

Remembering Kelly Yousoufian

The Michigan harp community was shocked and saddened by the unexpected death of our dear friend Kelly Yousoufian, who died on July 26, 2021. Kelly was an accomplished harpist and a 1980 graduate of the Interlochen Arts Academy, who had performed in New York,...

Anastasia Pike appointed to James Madison University faculty

Anastasia Pike appointed to James Madison University faculty

Anastasia Pike has been appointed to the harp faculty at James Madison University. "I am delighted to join the exceptional faculty at James Madison University," Pike says. "I am a passionate educator and performer, and my vision is to build a collaborative studio...

United Kingdom harpist Ruth Lee launches Kickstart Composing course

United Kingdom harpist Ruth Lee launches Kickstart Composing course

United Kingdom harpist and composer Ruth Lee has launched Kickstart Composing, a new online course for young composers ages 7–15. Lee, named one of the United Kingdom Harp Association's Emerging Artists of 2020–2021, aims to help young musicians of any instrument...