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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 11 Collections and/or Records:

American Harp Society chair records, 1995-2015

 Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 8698 Series 4
Scope and Contents Contains correspondence, forms, reports, flyers, newsletters, surveys, and meeting minutes related to Barbara Lepke-Sims's position as a member and/or Chairman of the Board for the American Harp Society.

American Harp Society strategic planning reports, 1996-2014

 Series — Carton: 1, Folder: 1-11
Identifier: MSS 8698 Series 1
Scope and Contents Contains long-term planning reports for the American Harp Society from 1996-2014.

Barbara W. Lepke-Sims sound recordings and other material, 1980-2014

 Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 8698 Series 5
Scope and Contents Contains audio recordings, scores, articles, and fliers from Barbara Lepke-Sims's personal career.

Grace Follet papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 7875
Scope and Contents contain vocal scores for women's voices, vocal scores for mixed choirs, course booklets pertaining to harp instruction, research notes on the history and structure of harp, American Harp Society (AHS) conference booklets, programs and brochures of Follet and other prominent harpists, correspondence, two indexes and two appendixes to the AHS sound recording repository. Collection spans the dates 1927-1985, with publication dates ranging 1889-1959.

Barbara W. Lepke-Sims collection on the American Harp Society

 Collection
Identifier: MSS 8698
Scope and Contents Contains papers on Barbara Lepke-Sims's membership and leadership in the American Harp Society (AHS) from 1981-2015 in addition to audio recordings and papers from her personal career from 1980-2014. The papers on her time with the AHS include correspondence, meeting minutes, agendas, reports, newsletters, fliers, and surveys that reflect her work as chairman of the 1988 25th National Conference in Denver, CO, as president of the Mile High Chapter at various times from 1982-2006, as chairman of...

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.

Mile-High Chapter records, 1982-2006

 Series — Carton: 2, Folder: 13-20
Identifier: MSS 8698 Series 3
Scope and Contents Contains photographs, correspondence, directories, meeting minutes, flyers, forms, articles, and copies of the by-laws of the Mile-High Chapter.

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.

Ann Mason Stockton papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 7779
Scope and Contents This collection includes correspondence and minutes while Ann Mason Stockton was president of The American Harp Society. Other documents are related to her involvement in the World Harp Congress. This collection spans the years 1953-2004 and includes her personal papers as well as one of her musical instruments.

Sylvia Meyer papers on the Ginastera Concerto, 1967-1968

 Sub-Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 7764 Sub-Series 5
Scope and Contents Series contains correspondence, concert programs, newspaper clippings, and other material related to the Ginastera Concerto, 1967-1968.