The American Harp Society Foundation Awards
Grandjany Memorial Competition
The American Harp Society Foundation is pleased to announce the repertoire for the Grandjany Memorial Competition to be held in 2020. We thank the large and diverse AHSF Repertoire Committee of nationally renowned harp professors for collaborating to create this list.
The American Harp Society Foundation 2020 Adams and Grandjany Memorial Competitions will take place at Roosevelt University’s Chicago College of Performing Arts May 19 through 21, 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.
The Grandjany Memorial Competition will take place May 21, 2020, at the Chicago College of Performing Arts, with one winner to receive a $5,000 award. This competition was established in 1979 by the American Harp Society and was funded by Bernard Grandjany in honor of his father Marcel Grandjany and was enhanced by bequests from Mary Wheeler and Hermine Herbring.
Lyon & Healy, Inc. will sponsor the Winners’ Recital following the competitions on the morning of May 22, 2020 in their beautiful Lyon & Healy Hall in Chicago. This concert will be livestreamed and recorded.
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 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.
For further information:
American Harp Society Foundation Awards
c/o Carrie Kourkoumelis
28 Cargill Street
Melrose, MA 02176