International Harp Competition

January 5, 2015 in All Opportunities, Composers by newmusicscotland

The USA International Harp Competition was founded in 1989 by world-renowned harpist and teacher Susann McDonald. The triennial Competition is hosted by the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music in Bloomington, Indiana. It is considered to be one of the most prestigious competitions in the world.

As part of its mission to promote harp and harp music, the USA International Harp Competition sponsors a composition contest that occurs every three years, prior to the performance Competition. Composers are invited to submit new works for solo harp. A distinguished panel of harpists plus one composer select the winning composition.

A $2,000 USD prize is awarded to the winner and the new work becomes part of the 3rd stage of the required repertoire for the upcoming performance competition. The work is also performed by the Competition’s First Prize winner during their debut concert tour. It is published by Lyon & Healy and may be included on the First Prize Winner’s CD recording.

2015 Solo Harp Composition Contest Rules and Procedures
The Composition Contest for the USA International Harp Competition takes place prior to the triennial performance competition. The Contest was established as a part of its mission “to encourage composers to write new works for the harp and to promote the harp and harp music.” Composers are invited to submit new works for solo harp.

The work for solo harp must be unpublished, un-awarded and not have been recorded for commercial distribution.
Though the composition is for solo harp, other instruments may be included if played by the harpist.
The work must be between six and eight minutes in duration.
The contest is open to composers of all nationalities.
Previous winners are not eligible.
A distinguished panel of harpists including one composer, chaired by Dr. Ruth K. Inglefield, will select the winning composition. The decisions of the jury are final.
Important Deadlines:
October 30, 2015:
Online application form
PDF of anonymous score sent as an attachment to an email addressed to USAHARPCC@gmail.com Please include the TITLE ONLY on the attachment; however, include both the title and the composer’s name in the body of the email message. The score should not show the name of the composer anywhere. Please note that the jury will refer to scores by title only. Program notes are acceptable, as long as they do not include clues to the identity of the composer. The PDF should be “camera-ready” – meaning publishable quality. Immediately after the announcement of the winning composition, the winner will be asked to send an identical PDF with the composer’s name added. This PDF will be used for printing by the publisher.
The score should be page formatted at 8.5″ x 11″ with a 1/2″ minimum margin — portrait preferred if possible — and the note size should be comfortably legible when seated at the harp, approximately three feet away.

November 30, 2015: MP3 recording of submitted work played by a harpist sent as an attachment to an email to USAHARPCC@gmail.com Please include the TITLE ONLY on the attachment; however, include both the title and the composer’s name in the body of the email message. The MP3 file should not show the name of the composer anywhere. Digital or Midi recordings will NOT be accepted. Scores submitted without a recording will NOT be considered.
January 30, 2016: Winning composition announced on this website.
Submissions which are incomplete or do not follow the exact guidelines and parameters described here will be disqualified.
Prizes for Winning Composition Include:
$2,000 USD
Inclusion in 10th USA International Harp Competition’s Stage 3 required repertoire – performances by all semi-finalists in 2016 Competition.
Performance by 2016 Gold Medalist on debut concert tour.
Recording of work may be included on Gold Medallist’s CD release.
Score published by Lyon & Healy Publications.
Questions? Please check the Frequently Asked Questions section first. Questions not answered there should be addressed to Dr. Ruth K. Inglefield, USAIHC Composition Contest Chair: rkinglefield@gmail.com
Recommended source for information on notation, effects, etc: Writing for the Pedal Harp by Ruth K. Inglefield and Lou Anne Neill, second edition published by Vanderbilt Music (www.vanderbiltmusic.com). Note: Royalties go to the USAIHC to support the competition.