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Young Artist’s Harp Competition 2018

July 4, 2018 - July 7, 2018

We are pleased to announce that the next Young Artist’s Harp Competition will take place July 4–7, 2018, in Rabun Gap, Ga. A performance schedule for each division will be posted in spring, 2018, and an entry form will be available in winter 2018

Contestants in each division must perform three pieces from memory, choosing from the requirements listed below. There is no overall time limit, except for the Category C free choice selection. Contestants may pause and put the harp down between pieces, but may not leave the stage.

When not specified, contestants may choose any edition of a piece listed.

Contestants are encouraged to choose a program that is varied in style and tempo and that represents an appropriate level for their division. Judges will include a difficulty level rating in their score.

All repeats are optional.

Preparatory Division (Maximum age 11 on July 1, 2018)

Play each of the following:

  • Choose any two from Epices Vol. 1 and Vol. 2, by Bernard Andres
  • “Paquita’s Dance,” by Ludwig Minkus, from Suzuki Harp School, Vol. 4
  • “The Downstairs Spider,” by Volpe Bligh, from Solos for Lever or Pedal Harp

(Note: the Preparatory Division repertoire is set, and does not include a free choice selection.)

New Artist Division (maximum age 14 on July 1, 2018)

(A) Choose one of the following:

  • Concerto in B-flat, first movement only, by Handel, any edition
  • L’Egyptienne, by Jean-Phillipe Rameau
  • Choose one of the following sonatas by Thomas Augustine Arne from Anthology of English Music, Vol. 3 edited by David Watkins:
    • Sonata No. 3 in G Major
    • Sonata No. 6 in G Minor
    • Sonata No. 7 in A Major

 (B) Choose one of the following:

  • Vers la source dans le bois, by Marcel Tournier
  • Absidioles, by Bernard Andres
  • First or Second Arabesque, by Claude Debussy, any edition
  • “Introspection” from Five Preludes, by Carlos Salzedo

(C) Free choice selection of the contestant’s choosing (time limit, 10 minutes) Free choice composer cannot be the same as A or B choice. (see below)

Emerging Artist Division (age 19 and under on July 1, 2018)

(A) Choose one of the following:

  • Etude #2, from Etudes for Harp, by J.S. Bach/Grandjany
  • Toccata, by Jean Baptiste Loeillet
  • Choose any two:
    • “Tic-Toc-Choc,” by Francois Couperin
    • “L’Hirondell, by Louis-Claude Daquin
    • “Le Coucou,” by Louis-Claude Daquin

(B) Choose one of the following:

  • Choose one of the Divertisements, by Andre Caplet (“a la francaise” or “a l’espagnole,”)
  • Choose any two movements from Suite for Harp, by Benjamin Britten
  • Une Chatelaine un sa tour, by Gabriel Faure

(C) Free choice selection of the contestant’s choosing (time limit, 12 minutes) Free choice composer cannot be the same as A or B choice.

*Free choice selections should be taken from the standard solo classical harp repertoire (i.e., no pop or jazz) and should be of equal or greater difficulty than the pieces listed in the A and B categories for each division. Only one work may be chosen in the free choice category; one or more movements of a multi-movement work may be performed, provided the total timing does not exceed the limit for the division. Free choice selections must be for solo harp: do no choose a piece that requires accompaniment.


July 4, 2018
July 7, 2018
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Author Kristina Finch