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The American Harp Foundation is pleased to announce that the  Anne Adams Awards Competition took place by virtual auditions on May 24, 2022.

Three scholarship awards of $3,000 each for full-time study of the harp are given to the top finalists, thanks to the generous support from the Anne Adams Fund, The Sally Maxwell/Doris Calkins Fund, and the Jack/Doris 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 Jack/Doris 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.

2022 Repertoire Committee

Courtney Hershey Bress — Principal Harp, Colorado Symphony and Adjunct Professor of Harp, Lamont School of Music, University of Denver
Frances Duffy — Principal Harp, Hudson Valley Philharmonic, Wheeling Symphony and Allentown Symphony, New York City, and Broadway freelance harpist
Elizabeth Hainen — Principal Harpist, Philadelphia Orchestra, Curtis Institute of Music
Andrea Mumm — Principal Harp, Charlotte Symphony, Adjunct Harp Instructor at Davidson College
Paula Page — Principal Harp (ret.) Houston Symphony, Associate Professor of Harp, Shepherd School of Music, Rice University

Download a PDF of the 2022 Anne Adams Application form.

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

Other Foundation Awards are described on the Scholarships  page.

The American Harp Foundation is very proud to acknowledge our sponsors: Lyon & Healy Harps.

 2022 Required Repertoire

Augustin Lara — Concert fantasy on Granada (​Fantasia Española) by Carlos Salzedo

Germaine Tailleferre — Sonate pour Harp (with repeats)

Bach/Grandjany — Bourée from Études for Harp (#8) (with repeats)

Orchestra/Ballet (BOTH are required):
Carl Maria von Weber (Berlioz orchestration) — Invitation to the Dance, Op. 65 (Hp. 1 entire)

Maurice Ravel — Tzigane
    Quasi cadenza — 4 to 5
    4 before 8 to 8 (4 measures)
    12 to 14
    19 to end


Misprints in Sonate pour Harp
by Germaine Tailleferre
(Les Nouvelle Éditions Méridian)

Movement 1
p.1 m. 11: should be the same as m. 13
p. 4 m. 73: LH last eighth note should be E not F
p.4 m. 84: LH beat 2 should be G# not A#

Requirements (Deadline extended to 4.5.2022!):

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 resumé (Application Link now available here) and both video and audio recordings, along with a non-refundable application fee of $40 (Donate Button above or by check/money order) by April 5, 2022. Letters of recommendation are not required (in an effort to reduce the burden on both teachers and students).

Prescreen Instructions: Video recordings are to be sent via unlisted/private youtube, and audio recordings are to be extracted and sent electronically along with the full application packet. Recordings do not have to be completed in one session for Prescreen, though they must be recorded uninterrupted for Final Round. No editing in either Prescreen or Final Rounds is allowed.

Here are a few additional guidelines. (Note: No one will be penalized for playing repeats or recording in multiple takes. These are suggestions intended only to be helpful.)

For further information:

American Harp Foundation Awards
c/o Carrie Kourkoumelis
28 Cargill Street
Melrose, MA  02176

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