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The American Harp Foundation is pleased to announce that the 2024 Marcel Grandjany Memorial Competition will take place on May 30, 2024, at Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University, in New Brunswick, NJ. The competitions will conclude with the winners’ recital on the evening of May 30, which will be open to the American Harp Society, the Rutgers community, and the public. Rutgers is located 25 minutes from Newark Liberty International Airport and is accessible by train from New York City. More information about local hotels and accommodation will be provided to applicants.

Competitors will perform in Nicholas Music Center. This 704-seat music hall serves as the largest performance space on campus. Designed by the distinguished architect Pietro Belluschi—whose roster of other projects includes Alice Tully Hall in New York City, the Davies Symphony Hall in San Francisco, and the Meyerhoff Symphony Hall in Baltimore—the center was built in 1981 and underwent extensive renovations in 2018.

The Grandjany Memorial Competition has one winner, who receives an award of $3,500. 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.

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 Grandjany Memorial Competition took place in conjunction with the 2022 Adams Awards Competition virtually May 24 (Adams) and May 25 (Grandjany).

2024 Repertoire Committee

Sarah Bullen — Principal Harp, Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Kathleen Bride — Professor of Harp, Eastman School of Music
Frances Duffy — Principal Harp, Hudson Valley Philharmonic, Wheeling Symphony and Allentown Symphony, New York City, and Broadway freelance harpist

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.

For those seeking to pay Competition Application Fees, please use this link:

2024 Required Repertoire

Grandjany — Children at Play, Op. 16

Bach/Grandjany – Etude No. 2, Fugue in D minor
from Bach/Grandjany — Etudes for Harp

Grandjany – Children’s Hour Suite, Op. 25
(entire)

Past winners of the Marcel Grandjany Memorial Competition are ineligible to compete

Requirements:

  • Members of the American Harp Society
  • The age limit is 35 as of the due date of the application, which is now available in the link on this webpage.

Applicants are 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 (via DONATE Button or by check/money order) by April 5, 2024. 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.

For further information:

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

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