The Christopher Newport University (CNU) Harp Competition named winners of its 2021 event, held virtually in March. Eunice Park, student of Nancy Allen, won first place in the junior division (grades 9–10). Jocelyn Chang, student of Melissa Tardiff-Dvorak, was named runner-up in that division. Mary Brigham, student of Amber Koeppen, took home first prize in the senior division (grades 11–12). Competition winners were featured in a video during the CNU Harp Festival. Prizes included a cash award from the university, a Harp Column Academy membership, and accessories from Vanderbilt Music, Virginia Harp Center, and Lyon & Healy.
The CNU Harp Competition is held in conjunction with the CNU Harp Festival in Newport News, Va. As a result of the ongoing pandemic, participants had the option to participate in the festival online in 2021. “This was our first year running a hybrid event,” festival coordinator Anastasia Pike says. “One of the best things about running a hybrid model was the ability for harpists who were either uncomfortable or unable to join us in person to still be able to take part in the day’s activities online.” For more information about the program, visit the festival website.