The American Harp Society Foundation Awards

Anne Adams Awards 2018

The American Harp Society Foundation is pleased to announce the 21st Anne Adams Awards Auditions to be held prior to the 43rd American Harp Society Conference in Redlands, California, June 27, 2018. These auditions will take place May 29-June 1, 2018 at DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana.

Three scholarship awards of $2,000 each for full-time study of the harp are given to the top finalists, thanks to the generous support from the Adams and the Doris E. Nebergall Funds, along with a travel stipend for the winners performing at this recital. Lyon & Healy Harps, Inc will enhance the awards with a $500 gift certificate for each of the three winners, along with a permanent plaque engraved with the winners' names. Each of the remaining Grand Finalists will receive a $300 Maxwell/Calkins Prize thanks to the generosity of the Sally Maxwell/Doris Calkins Fund.

The public portion of the event occurs all day and evening on both May 30 and May 31 (location to be announced). This year there was an unprecedented number of highly qualified applicants (24) who were selected to compete. There will be a Semi-Final Round of all competitors on May 30, with a Grand Final Round on May 31, with a recital to conclude the evening. All are invited to attend all of the proceedings on those two days (free admission, donations to the American Harp Society Foundation are welcome). Judges are secured behind a screen and competitors perform for the audience, though no applause or other acknowledgments are allowed.

History of the Anne Adams Awards

In 1990 as a tribute to his wife, Anne Adams, Dr. Burton Adams founded the Anne Adams Fund to be administered by the American Harp Society as a successor to the discontinued University of Oregon Close Awards, embodying a similar mission of helping the development of future professional harpists. In 1991, Lyon & Healy joined this project and became a proud, integral sponsor of these Awards by offering a gift certificate and plaque in honor of the winners to be displayed in their showroom. At this same time Sally Maxwell, long-time supporter and organizer of the Anne Adams Awards, worked with Dr. Adams to establish that the Doris Calkins Fund could be earmarked to support the Anne Adams Awards. When Sally Maxwell passed away, her family and friends changed the name of the Doris Calkins Fund to the Sally Maxwell/Doris Calkins Fund which led to increased funding. Jack Nebergall joined the mission and bequeathed funds in support of these awards via the Doris E. Nebergall Fund. In honor of Anne Adams, these awards have always included an orchestra, ballet, or opera excerpt in addition to the required solo repertoire.

2018 Required Repertoire

Choose one of the following:

Büsser — Pièce de concert, Op. 32

Salzedo — Scintillation

Renié — Ballade Fantastique

Walter-Kühne — Fantaisie sur un thème de l'opéra Eugène Onegin

Choose one of the following:

Caplet - Divertissement à l'espagnole

Caplet - Divertissement à la française

Bach -  Etude Number 2 from the Bach/Grandjany Etudes

Rochberg - Ukiyo-e (Pictures of the Floating World)

Orchestra/Choral (BOTH are required):

Donizetti - Lucia Di Lammermoor Cadenza /(any version)

Britten - A Ceremony of Carols

Requirements:

Applications will be accepted from advanced students who are:

  • Members of the American Harp Society
  • Enrolled full time in colleges or universities through a Master's Degree, or other post-high school institutions, 2018–2019.

Applicants will be asked to:

Submit an application with a non-refundable application fee of $35 to arrive no later than April 7th. (Please postmark by April 4, 2018 so it can be received in time to get the finalists notification back ASAP for travel arrangements.) This application should be sent to:

American Harp Society Foundation Awards

c/o Carrie Kourkoumelis

28 Cargill Street

Melrose, MA  02176

Checks should be made payable to the American Harp Society Foundation.
Online payments can be made via Paypal.

The American Harp Society Foundation Awards are held on behalf of the American Harp Society.

Other Foundation Awards are described on  the Foundation Funds page.

The American Harp Society Foundation is very proud to acknowledge our sponsors: Lyon & Healy Harps, Salvi Harps, Vanderbilt Music, and DePauw University.

Anne Adams Awards 2018 Application:

Please include the following with your application packet via email to: ahsfoundationawards@gmail.com

  • PDF scan of this application: 
  • Mp3 recordings of the two required solos. (Do not state your name but please title the tracks with your last name, first initial AAA2018 when you save them.)
  • A current bio
  • A current resumé
  • A headshot for use at the AHS National Conference, any publicity done for both the AAA and the AHS National Conference as well as the AHSF Website
  • Any current works you would be prepared to play on a recital at DePauw besides the required pieces.

Repertoire requirements are selected by a committee appointed by the American Harp Society Foundation and will include a cadenza or excerpt from an opera, ballet, or symphonic work; the exact portions of the works selected will be determined at the time of the auditions by the judges. Applicants may bring their own instruments or play on an instrument provided by the Society.

For further information, please contact:

Alexandra Perdew    Carrie Kourkoumelis

American Harp Society Foundation Awards

c/o Carrie Kourkoumelis

28 Cargill Street

Melrose, MA  02176

 

Anne Adams Awards 2018 Application:

Please include the following with your application packet via email to: ahsfoundationawards@gmail.com

  • PDF scan of this application: 
  • Mp3 recordings of the two required solos. (Do not state your name but please title the tracks with your last name, first initial AAA2018 when you save them.)
  • A current bio
  • A current resumé
  • A headshot for use at the AHS National Conference, any publicity done for both the AAA and the AHS National Conference as well as the AHSF Website
  • Any current works you would be prepared to play on a recital at DePauw besides the required pieces.

Repertoire requirements are selected by a committee appointed by the American Harp Society Foundation and will include a cadenza or excerpt from an opera, ballet, or symphonic work; the exact portions of the works selected will be determined at the time of the auditions by the judges. Applicants may bring their own instruments or play on an instrument provided by the Society.

For further information, please contact:

Alexandra Perdew    Carrie Kourkoumelis

American Harp Society Foundation Awards

c/o Carrie Kourkoumelis

28 Cargill Street

Melrose, MA  02176

 

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