The American Harp Society Foundation Awards

Anne Adams Awards 2020

The American Harp Society Foundation is pleased to announce the repertoire for the 22nd Anne Adams Awards Auditions to be held in the spring of 2020 (location and date to be announced later). We thank the large and diverse AHSF Repertoire Committee of nationally renowned harp professors for collaborating to create this list.

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.

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.

2020 Required Repertoire

Marcel Tournier–Voliere magique (found in Suite 4 of “Images”)

Caroline Lizotte–La Madone

Choose one of the following:

Marius Flothuis–Pour le tombeau d’Orphée, Op. 37

Marcel Grandjany–Rhapsodie, Op. 10

Carlos Salzedo–Ballade, Op. 28

Orchestra/Choral (BOTH are required):

Johannes Brahms–Vier Gesänge, Op. 17 Harp part  (Four Songs for Women’s Voices, Two Horns and Harp)  Available on IMSLP, Sheet Music Plus or from CF Peters publishers, #EP6617-HP

Bela Bartok–Concerto for Orchestra (Hp. 1 part)


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.

Applicants will be asked to:

Submit an application with a video recording and a non-refundable application fee in the spring of 2020. For further information:

American Harp Society Foundation Awards

c/o Carrie Kourkoumelis

28 Cargill Street

Melrose, MA  02176


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.

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