Repertoire: Pièce symphonique, en trois episodes by Henriette Renié (Leduc); Dance, “Laideronnette, impératrice des pagodes” (Ma mère l’oye) by Maurice Ravel/Dulova (Lyra); and the orchestral excerpt: La Bohème by Giacomo Puccini (Kalmus) entire opera
Winners: Chlóe Tula, Sophie Graf, Molly O'Roark
Chloé Tula of Delafield WI is an undergraduate student at Rice University where she is a student of Paula Page. She is currently second harpist with the Santa Fe Opera. She made her solo debut with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra in 2012, and has since been featured as a soloist with the Madison Symphony and the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra.
San Diego native Sophie Graf is a junior harp performance major at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where she studies with Gretchen Van Hoesen. Sophie was a winner of the 2013 Duquesne University Concerto Competition and performed G. F. Handel’s Concerto for Harp in the winners’ concert with the Duquesne University Symphony.
Molly O’Roark of Memphis TN is currently pursuing a graduate degree at the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign, in the studio of Ann Yeung. As a winner of the Artist Presentation Society Auditions in St. Louis, Missouri, she will be a featured recitalist in the upcoming 2014–2015 Artist Presentation Society concert season.
Patricia Adams-Harris (daughter of Founders Burton and Anne Adams), Molly O'Roark, Sophie Graf, Chloé Tula, Martha Griffith (daughter of Founding President Emeritus Sally Maxwell), New Orleans, Sunday, June 22, 2014.
Repertoire: Pescetti/Salzedo, Sonata in C minor; Fauré, Impromptu; Bruch, Scottish Fantasy
Winners: Emily Jean Melendes, Katherine Siochi, Yue (Grace) Guo
Emily Jean Melendes of Waukesha WI studied with Geraldine Elliott, Danis Kelly, Ann Lobotzke, and works with Delaine Leonard at the University of Texas in the Austin Butler School of Music. She has played as principal harpist at the Breckenridge Music Festival and performed with the New World Symphony. Her professional goal is to become a symphony, opera, or ballet company harpist.
Katherine Siochi of Iowa City IA studied with Linda Wilson, Pamela Weest-Carrasco, and Gretchen Brumwell. A student in her sophomore year at the Juilliard School with Nancy Allen, she hopes to pursue both a master’s and doctorate of musical arts degree with the goal of becoming a professional orchestral harpist, chamber musician, and soloist. This summer she has been accepted to the Aspen Music Festival and is pursuing a fellowship in the Gluck Community Service Program.
Yue (Grace) Guo began her musical studies at the age of five, with harp lessons beginning at age twelve in Beijing under Linlin Wei. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Harp Performance from the Oberlin Conservatory with Yolanda Kondonassis. Currently she is pursuing a master’s degree in Harp Performance at Yale School of Music with June Han. She dreams of using her talent as a bridge between western and eastern culture, sharing the music of China with western audiences and bringing traditional harp music back to Chinese audiences.
Repertoire: Bach/Grandjany, “Andante” from Sonata # 2 in A minor for solo violin; Houdy, Sonate pour harpe; Wagner, “Liebestod” from Tristan und Isolde
Winners: Heidi Van Hoesen Gorton, Emily Levin, Rachel Miller
Repertoire: Grandjany, Fantaisie sur un thème de Haydn; Rota, Sarabanda e Toccata; Ravel, Tzigane (cadenza)
Winners: Allegra Lilly, Xiao Shelly Du, Carolyn Jo Lund
Allegra Lilly of Bloomfield Hills MI is studying at the Juilliard School with Nancy Allen.
Xiao Shelly Du of Oklahoma City is studying at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music as a student of Yolanda Kondanassis.
Carolyn Jo Lund of Evans GA is pursuing a master’s degree at the University of Arizona and will be working as a teaching assistant to Dr. Carrol McLaughlin.
Repertoire: Glinka, Variations on a Theme of Mozart; Tailleferre, Sonate pour harpe; Bartók, Concerto for Orchestra
Winners: Michelle Gott, Colleen Potter, Megan Levin
Michelle Gott is a fourth-year undergraduate student at the Juilliard School, where she studies with Nancy Allen. As a child, Michelle studied with her mother, Caryn Gott, in Nevada, and later worked with Lynne Aspnes, Gretchen Van Hoesen, JoAnn Turovsky, Isabelle Perrin and Carrol McLaughlin. After graduation, she plans to pursue a Master’s Degree, strengthening her qualifications for a university teaching position.
Megan Levin started the harp as a student of Delaine Fedson in Austin, Texas, and in May 2005 received a Bachelor of Music degree at Rice University under the tutelage of Paula Page. She studied at the École Normale de Musique de Paris and received a Diplome Superieur. She plans to pursue a Master’s Degree in music performance and eventually would like to work as an orchestral harpist.
Colleen Potter received a Bachelor of Music degree in harp performance from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where she studied with Ann Yeung. She began her studies of harp with Laura Hearne of St. Louis, and has a background in piano performance, having played in many competitions and recitals. During her university studies, along with the harp, she received a minor in comparative literature and French. Colleen plans to continue her harp studies pursuing a Master’s degree.
Repertoire: J.S. Bach, choice of any piece, 5 minutes or less in length; Roussel, Impromptu; Guridi, Viejo Zortzico; Sibelius, Symphony # 1
Winners: Michelle Gott, Rachel Brandwein (Doris Calkins Award), Hillary Schefter (Nebergall Award)
Repertoire: Galuppi/Palmer, Sonata in D; Hindemith, Sonate; Britten, Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra
Winners: Michelle Gott
Repertoire: Pescetti/Salzedo, Sonata in C minor; Grandjany, Rhapsodie; R. Strauss, Ein Heldenleben
Winners: Kristie Withers, Nuiko Wadden, Sara Shute
Repertoire: Glinka, Variations on a Theme of Mozart; Rota, Sarabanda e Toccata; Berlioz, Symphonie Fantastique, Harp I
Winners: Julie Ann Smith , Kristie Withers , Lisa Spurlock
Repertoire: D. Scarlatti, choice of any two sonatas; Glanville-Hicks, Sonata; Bruch, Scottish Fantasy
Winners: Alyssa Michalsky, Yinuo Mu, Songyee Han
Repertoire: Loeillet/Grandjany, Toccata; Cras, Deux Impromptus; Bartók, Concerto for Orchestra, Harp I
Winners: Maria Luisa Rayan, Julie Smith, Albertina Chan
Repertoire: Bach/Grandjany, “Andante” from Sonata # 2 in A minor for solo violin; Falla/Grandjany, “Spanish Dance # 1” from La Vida Breve; Ben Haim, Poeme; Ravel, Tzigane (cadenza)
Winners: Tomoko Sato, Marguerite Lynne Williams, Bridget Kibbey
Repertoire: Respighi/Grandjany, Siciliana; Hindemith, Sonate; R. Strauss, Ein Heldenleben
Winners: Kate Hazzard, Marguerite Lynne Williams, Jessica Zhou
Repertoire: Rota, Sarabanda e Toccata; Rochberg, Ukiyo-E (Pictures of the Floating World); Britten, Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra, Variations I & J and Fugue
Winners: Jessica Zhou, Bo Cheng, Erik Nielson
Repertoire: Bach/Renié, Pièce en sol; Grandjany, Children’s Hour: Suite for Harp; Donizetti/Salzedo, Lucia di Lammermoor (cadenza)
Winners: Heaven Fan, Elizabeth Kaedle, Dan Yu
Repertoire: Salzedo, Variations sur un thème dans le style ancient; Houdy, Sonate pour harpe; Wagner, “Prelude” and “Liebestod” from Tristan und Isolde
Winners: Courtney Hershey Bress, Ya-Wen Lin, Dan Yu
Repertoire: Roussel, Impromptu; Spohr, Fantaisie, op. 35; Berlioz, Symphonie Fantastique, Harp I
Winners: Ya-Wen Lin, Ann Yeung, Celia Chan
2013: 1st Prize: Hannah Cope, Intermediate II, for the best performance of "Colorado Trail"; 2nd Prize: Sunny Wu, Intermediate II, for the best performance of "Colorado Trail"
2011: Advanced: Alexandra Katelyn Mullins; Intermediate II: Helen Gerhold
2007: Junior: Anne Nielson
2005: Advanced: Cheryl Losey;
Junior: Noel Wan
2003: Elizabeth Jaxon
1999: Grandjany I: 1st Place: Lisa Spurlock; 2nd Place: Kristie Withers; Grandjany II:
1st Place: Maria Luisa Rayan; 2nd Place: Baltazar Juarez
1996: 1st Prize: Heather Horne; 2nd Prize: Carla Maria Roth; Honorable Mention: Elizabeth Keadle
1993: Grandjany I: Heather Horne; Grandjany II: Laura Michelle
2013: Natalie Hoffman, Young Professional ($500) for the best performance of "The Nightingale" Liszt (ed. Renie)
2011: Intermediate I: Heidi Morey
2007: Advanced: Hannah Kuipers; Intermediate II: Elizabeth Anne White
2005: Young Professional: Adriana Horne; Intermediate II: Joy Wan
2003: Rachel Brandwein
2001: Nuiko Wadden
1999: Prix Renie I: 1st Place: Annabelle Taubl; 2nd Place: Piper Runnion-Barsford;
Prix Renie II: 1st Place: Maria Luisa Rayan; 2nd Place: Erin Earl Wood
1993: Kirsten Agresta
2007: Seika Dong
2003: Hannah Kuipers
2001: Inermediate II: Angela Dastrup; Intermediate I: Heidi Gorton
2011: Junior: Caroline Jorgensen
2010: Stephanie Miller
2003: Angela Liu
2010: Aumanae Hitesman; David Renn;
2010: Marilla A. Clay