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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:

Catherine Gotthoffer papers

 Collection — Carton: 1
Identifier: MSS 7794
Scope and Contents Collection contains materials collected by Catherine Gotthoffer ranging from approximately 1964 to 1995. Materials include promotional photographs of Catherine as well as other prominent harpists, documents related to Marcel Grandjany, video recordings of the Grandjany video project, newsletters from Lyon and Healy in addition to the American Harp Society (AHS), and various handbooks and policy documents from AHS.

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...

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.