Please note the notice above: The information regarding anything to do with the live final round and our prizes is now void due to COVID-19. Age requirements and tape round information is still valid.
Frequently Asked Questions
Here are answers to some common questions about the Young Artist’s Harp Competition. We’ll continue to update this FAQ leading up to the competition. Contact us directly if you have a question that isn’t addressed here.
How does the Dropbox procedure work?
Once we have received your application and entry fee, we will share a Dropbox folder with you where you can upload your video audition file. Most of our entries in the past have required between 1 and 2G of space on Dropbox, depending on your division. Please be sure that you have that much room in your Dropbox account for uploading your video. If not, you will need to reduce the file in some way, or increase the size of your account. We highly recommend that even if your video isn’t ready you submit your application and fee well before the May 1 deadline so that we can share the Dropbox folder with you, and you can confirm that you have access. That way you can upload your video when it’s ready without risk of missing the deadline.
Please use the following file name format for your materials: first name-last name-division-document. Example:
Can I play either lever or pedal harp in the Preparatory Division?
No. Beginning in 2020, the Preparatory Division competition repertoire requires a pedal harp. If you are a lever harpist who would like to experience YAHS, we encourage you to apply to our one-week Preparatory Division program.
Do you have an example of the Evaluation Form?
Yes. Download a sample evaluation form here.
What time zone applies to the deadline for entries on May 1?
All times are given in Eastern (New York City) Time.
Can I enter the competition even if I’m not planning to attend the Young Artist’s Harp Seminar?
Yes. The competition is open to harpists of any nationality who meet the age requirement. The Young Artist’s Harp Competition and the Young Artist’s Harp Seminar are held consecutively for the convenience of those wishing to attend both events, but it’s not mandatory.
I’m not sure how to set up the camera angle to record my video audition. What do you mean by “clear view”?
“Clear view” means that we want to clearly see the face and body of the harpist, unobstructed by the strings of the harp, as shown in this example:
Can you send me information about the Young Artist’s Harp Competition?
No. All the information we have is on this website. We encourage you to print these pages to share with your teacher.
Is lodging provided for competitors?
No, competitors are responsible for their own lodging and transportation to Kenyon College, in Gambier, Ohio. Early dormitory access for an additional fee may available for competitors traveling alone who are also attending the Young Artist’s Harp Seminar.
May I choose a piece from the A or B category list for my free choice?
Yes, as long as you meet the requirements for the A and B categories you may choose another required repertoire piece for your free choice.
Can I perform different music in the live final round than I included on my preliminary video audition?
No. If you are invited to the live final round, you must perform the same music that you included on your preliminary video audition.
Does music have to be memorized?
Yes, all must must be performed from memory, both in the preliminary video audition and in the final stage.
Can I perform repertoire in any order?
Yes, as long as you perform the required repertoire in one sitting, it may be performed in any order.
If the time restraint says 3-5 minutes, is that including the transition times of the movements?
No, it must be within 3-5 minutes of music. If the transition time makes it slightly longer, that’s acceptable.
Can I make modifications to the music?
Contestants will not be penalized for reasonable edits of the printed music that add to musical interpretation of the piece (ie: eliminating or adding notes to a chord, embellishing trills, etc.). Edits such as cuts or simplifications of the music beyond reasonable interpretations are not allowed.
Can I play a piece by Grandjany, Salzedo, or Renie for my free choice selection?
Yes. Since Grandjany, Salzedo, and Renie are the arrangers—not the composers—of some of the 2020 required repertoire, you can still choose a piece by one of these composers as your free choice selection.