The American Harp Society Foundation Awards

Grandjany Memorial Competition 2020

The American Harp Society Foundation is pleased to announce the repertoire for the Grandjany Memorial Competition 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.

French-born American harpist and composer Marcel Grandjany (1891–1975) helped create the American Harp Society, which he organized with a Founding Committee that met for the first time in 1962 at his New York apartment. To this day the American Harp Society has had a profound influence on the shaping of young harpists and the promotion of the harp as a serious musical instrument. This visionary artist began his harp studies at age eight with Henriette Renié and at age eleven was admitted to the Conservatoire de Paris, where he studied with Alphonse Hasselmans and won the coveted Premier Prix at age thirteen. He appeared as soloist with major orchestras under the direction of Gabriel Pierné, Alfred Cortot, Walter Damrosch, Serge Koussevitzky, George Szell, Fritz Reiner and Vladimir Golschmann and a soloist with such luminaries as Maurice Ravel. Maestro Grandjany organized the harp department of the Conservatoire de musique et d'art dramatique à Montréal, and was head of the Harp Department at both the Juilliard School and the Manhattan School of Music. His students included premiere harpists Anne Adams, Nancy Allen, Kathleen Bride, Sarah Bullen, Catherine Gotthoffer, Ruth Inglefield, Karen Lindquist, Eileen Malone, Emily L. Oppenheimer, and Gretchen Van Hoesen.

The Grandjany Memorial Competition was established in 1979 by the American Harp Society Board and was funded by Bernard Grandjany in honor of his father Marcel Grandjany. It was enhanced by bequests from Mary Wheeler and Hermine Herbring to continue performances and appreciation of the works of Marcel Grandjany.

The award is $5,000 taken from the Grandjany Memorial Fund housed in the American Harp Society Foundation funds.

The Grandjany Memorial Competition will take place in conjunction with the 2020 Adams Awards Competition (location and date to be announced later).

2020 Required Repertoire

Children at Play, Op. 16 - Marcel Grandjany

Spanish Dance - Manuel de Falla (transcribed by Marcel Grandjany)

Rhapsodie, Op. 10 - Marcel Grandjany

Menuet from “Le Tombeau de Couperin” - Maurice Ravel  (transcribed by Marcel Grandjany)


  • Members of the American Harp Society
  • The age limit is 35 as of the due date of the application, which will be available in the spring of 2020.

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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