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American Harp Society

 Organization

Dates

  • Existence: 1962-

Administrative History

The American Harp Society is a non-profit organization that was founded in 1962. With over three thousand members and ninety chapters in the United States and Canada, it is the largest organization of harpists in the world. The current president of the society is Lucy Clark Scandrett.

The idea for a society of harpists first came from Pierre Jamet of France in 1959 while at the First International Harp Contest in Israel. Marcel Grandjany was intrigued and decided to look into the idea and eventually chaired a committee of leading harpists. Three years later, in 1962, he had the Founding Committee meet in his apartment and the American Harp Society was born. The main goal of the American Harp Society is "to promote and foster the appreciation of the harp as a musical instrument, to encourage the composition of music for the harp and to improve the quality of performance of harpists." Every two years, the society holds a conference with lectures, workshops, masterclasses, and performances. In the off-years between conferences, they hold a summer institute for student harpists. This allows the students to work with some of the world's most renowned harpists and teachers and compete in the competitions put on by the society for monetary prizes. In addition, the American Harp Society publishes the American Harp Journal on a bi-annual basis. The journal features articles about various harpists, bibliographies, educational content and all things relating to the harp.

Citation

American harp journal, winter 1976, surrogate: masthead (American Harp Society)

Wikipedia, May 2, 2011 (non-profit organization; founded 1962; 3000+ members; 90 chapters; Pierre Jamet had the idea in 1959; goal: "to promote and foster the appreciation of the harp as a musical instrument, to encourage the composition of music for the harp and to improve the quality of performance of harpists"; holds conference every 2 years; publishes the American Harp Journal)

Found in 3 Collections and/or Records:

Sylvia Meyer papers

 Collection
Identifier: MSS 7764
Scope and Contents The collection contains letters, newspaper clippings, photographs, books, articles, concert programs, correspondence, and World Harp Congress harp publications collected by Sylvia Meyer throughout her career as a harpist. Approximate dates range from 1930 to 2001. The items are associated with the American Harp Society. It also contains directories, notes, and certificates regarding members of the American Harp Society.

Roslyn Rensch papers

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: MSS 7843
Scope and Contents This collection contains materials collected by Roslyn Rensch ranging from approximately 1984 to 1994. It includes World Harp Congress newsletters, concert programs, American Harp Society directories, news clippings, and correspondence.

Sylvia Meyer personal papers, 1916-1997

 Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 7764 Series 1
Scope and Contents This series contains letters, newspaper clippings, photographs, books, articles, concert programs, correspondence, and other materials relating to Sylvia Meyer's personal life and career as a harpist, 1916-1997.