Supporting and preserving
the art of the Harp

Overview

Founded in 1993, the American Harp Society Foundation provides a legacy for the future of the American Harp Society. The AHS Foundation houses nineteen educational funds in which donations are held for specific educational projects, such as scholarships, awards and prizes, each in accordance with the intent of the original donor.

The AHS Foundation houses many specific-named endowment funds. There are many ways you can participate in helping the funds grow. Besides your individual donation, you can raise money various ways within your AHS chapter. Some chapters have donated to the various funds, in particular, the Anne Adams Awards. These awards sustain the biennial auditions, and we encourage, welcome and appreciate your help.

The longevity and excellence of the Society’s educational projects and scholarships are ensured by the work of the Foundation. Each of you can help the Foundation to grow. You can be a part of that legacy.

AHS Foundation Members

Sally Maxwell (1935–2013), Founder, President Emeritus
Wenonah Govea, Founder, Emeritus

AHS Foundation Board of Directors

Carrie Kourkoumelis, President

Alexandra Perdew, Vice President

Penny Beavers, Treasurer

Holly Avesian, Secretary

Kathleen Bride

Jaymee Haefner

Richard Hunter

Eileen Mason

Irma Merrill

AHS Liaison by yearly appointment:

Rebecca Todaro

News

The 2016 recipients of the Anne Adams Award and the Grandjany Memorial Competition have been announced. See the Recipients page for more information.

 

See the Foundation Brochure.

For Questions:

Contact AHS Foundation President
Carrie Kourkoumelis at manystrings6@verizon.net 
or
American Harp Society Foundation
28 Cargill Street
Melrose, MA  02176

Send Donations to:

AHS Foundation

c/o Penny Beavers

646 Worcester Drive

Cambria, CA 93428-3230

 

History of the
AHS Foundation

AHS Foundation Founders

Burton Adams, Wenonah Govea, Sally Maxwell,
Jack Nebergall, Ruth Papalia, Dorothy Remsen

In 1990, a small group of long-time members of the AHS foresaw the potential of housing large donations and scholarship funds for the American Harp Society in a separate organization. It was their objective to hold the funds where they could grow and be used only for the purpose intended by donors. For 25 years these funds have been used to award scholarship funds for college students, national competition winners, high school students attending summer camp, and harp students in extreme need.

In 1993, the AHS Foundation began three new awards: the Nebergall Award, the Karl Carlson Award, and the Doris Calkins Award. The Foundation now houses 18 separate funds.

Each fund within the Foundation is designated for a specific purpose. Only a portion of the interest/gains is given for each award and scholarship, thereby creating and building an endowment to ensure the funds and their growth in perpetuity. (See Funds Housed in the AHS Foundation.)

Photo courtesy of Patricia Gilhooly