The American Harp Society Foundation Awards

The American Harp Society Foundation is pleased to announce the repertoire for the 22nd Anne Adams Awards Auditions to be held at Roosevelt University’s Chicago College of Performing Arts on May 19 through 22, 2020. This collaboration is made possible with the help from former Adams winner, Marguerite Lynn Williams, currently harp professor at the Chicago College of Performing Arts and principal harpist of the Lyric Opera of Chicago. 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.

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.

A PDF of the 2020 Anne Adams Awards Application form can be found HERE.

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) (acceptable excerpts if one does not have a full part, from: S. Bullen, “Principal Harp: A Guidebook for the Orchestral Harpist, Book One”)


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 (full packet will be posted soon) and both video and audio recordings, along with a non-refundable application fee of $40 (by check/money order) by March 1, 2020. Letters of recommendation are not required (in an effort to reduce the burden on both teachers and students). 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.

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.)

  • Brahms Vier Gesänge and Bartok Concerto for Orchestra: please record each piece (all movements) in one take.
  • Brahms Vier Gesänge, no repeats, one verse is sufficient.
  • Bartok Concerto for Orchestra, movement 1, mm. 397-418, 22 repeated bars: Ignore this section.
  • In the Bartok Concerto for Orchestra, movement 3, mm. 10-18, 9 repeated bars of glisses: Ignore this section.

For further information:

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

American Harp Society Foundation