American Harp Society Foundation

Founded in 1993, the American Harp Society Foundation provides a legacy for the future of the American Harp Society. The AHS Foundation houses 19 funds.

For Questions: Contact AHS Foundation President Carrie Kourkoumelis The AHS Foundation houses nineteen educational funds in which donations are held for specific educational projects, such as scholarships, awards and prizes, each in accordance with the intent of the original donor. The AHS Foundation houses many specific-named endowment funds. There are many ways you can participate in helping the funds grow. Besides your individual donation, you can raise money various ways within your AHS chapter. Some chapters have donated to the various funds, in particular, the Anne Adams Awards. These awards sustain the biennial auditions, and we encourage, welcome and appreciate your help. The longevity and excellence of the Society’s educational projects and scholarships are ensured by the work of the Foundation. Each of you can help the Foundation to grow. You can be a part of that legacy.

The AHS Foundation Funds Foundations Awards for College Scholarships AHS National Competition held on odd numbered years in conjunction with the AHS Summer Institute (www.harpsociety.org/ConferenceInstitute/2015Institute.asp), offers monetary prizes in five divisions: Junior, Intermediate I, Intermediate II, Advanced, and Young Professional. Additional awards for best performances of specific works in the National conference, for the study of the harp, for the study of music therapy using the harp, and for assistance to attend summer music camp. Scholarships for Advanced Study The following three funds are for study of harp at a college or university. Scholarships of $2,000 each are awarded to winners of national auditions. The auditions are administered and monitored by a panel appointed by the AHS/Foundation Committee. Anne Adams Award Established in 1990 by Burton Adams to honor his wife, well-know harpist, Anne Adams. *A temporary pass-through fund. Maxwell-Calkins Award Originally established in 1994 by the Calkins family to honor Doris Calkins, the Maxwell-Calkins fund was created in 2014 to honor both mother and daughter, Doris Calkins and Sarah E. Maxwell. Sally Maxwell was one of the leaders in the formation of AHS Foundation and President of the organization until 2012. Nebergall Award Established in 1993 by Jack Nebergall in honor of his mother, Doris, the Nebergall Award is a scholarship for advanced study of the harp at an accredited college or conservatory, based on need and potential. Kathy Bundock Moore Memorial Scholarship A scholarship of $2,000.00 given yearly to a deserving undergraduate student studying harp in the state of Colorado. Educational Funds Grandjany Memorial Fund Established in 1973 by the American Harp Society to improve the quality of performance by harpists through the support of the educational programs, scholarships and performances of compositions by Marcel Grandjany at an accredited college or conservatory. Music Education Auditions Originally a part of the Grandjany Memorial Fund, enhanced by a bequest from Lucien Thomson, founder of the program, the Music Education Auditions is now a separate fund to support the auditions for various AHS Chapters. The Lucile Lawrence Fund Established in 2007 by Richard Hunter, this fund honors the memory of Miss Lawrence by providing scholarships to deserving students. The Lucile Jennings Fund Established in 2009 by Chris Jennings to honor the memory of Lucile Jennings, this fund provides reimbursement for accredited college/conservatory undergraduate or graduate program application expenses, based on need and potential. The Dorothy Remsen Memorial Fund Established by the AHS Foundation to honor the memory of Dorothy Remsen, who was honored with the AHS Lifetime Achievement Award in 2004 for service to the harp and the American Harp Society spanning more than three decades. *NOTE: Pass-through funds are those continued by yearly donations. The other funds are endowed funds and only the interest is used. Awards, Scholarships and Prizes The following awards are given annually or biennially. Applications are reviewed by a committee of harpists and teachers who choose the winner(s). Wickersham Award Award based on musical promise and financial need, with preference given to those using the harp in a therapeutic setting. Established in 1995 by Anthony and Ruth Papalia in honor of her parents. Mildred Biehn Johnson Award The Mildred Biehn Johnson Award of $500 is given on the basis of financial need and musical promise in the study of the harp. This award was established in 1996 by Anthony and Ruth Papalia and the Johnson family honoring harpist and teacher, Mildred Biehn Johnson of Quakertown, PA. Karl Carlson Award Award for students of any age who have played/studied the harp for less than six years to assist with continuing harp study, based on potential with no age limits or requirement. Established in 1993 by Mary Carlson in honor of her husband, Karl. Kathrin Fouse Award Award based on musical promise and financial need to encourage students of the harp. Established in 1994 by Marion Fouse honoring her mother. Kids for Camp Award This Fund was established to make summer music camp a reality for a young harpist who might not otherwise have such an opportunity. An award of $500 is given on the basis of great financial need of a promising young harp student. *A pass-though fund founded by Felice Pomeranz. Inez Stafford Award Award for tuition to music camps, workshops or special lessons. Established and administered by the AHS Bay Area Chapter for students of Northern California, Oregon or Washington. Weiger Lepke-Sims Family Composition Award for Church Music Award to encourage new music to be written for solo harp, harp and choir, chamber music or orchestral music with harp appropriate for use in church settings. Established in 2000, 2001 by Michael and Barbara Sims. Performance Awards The following prizes are awarded for the best performance of a work or transcription by the named composers. Many times these prizes are in conjunction with the AHS National Competition. Grandjany Prize Established in 1980 by Bernard Grandjany and enhanced by a bequest from Mary Wheeler in 1995 in order to continue performances and appreciation of the works of Marcel Grandjany. Prix Renié Established in 1986 by John Hastings Jr. and enhanced by a large bequest from Mary Wheeler in 1995 in order to continue performances and appreciation of the works of Henriette Renié. Malone Prize Prize for a performance honoring Eileen Malone. *A pass-though fund sponsored by friends and students of Miss Malone.

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Igor Stravinskij "Four Songs"

The great Dorothy Remsen, one of the founding members of the American Harp Society Foundation, performing here

youtube.com for voice, flute, harp and guitar. (1954) I. The Drake II.A Russian Spiritual III. Geese and Swans IV. Tilim-bom Igor Stravinsky, conductor, Adrienne Albert,...

Wow, this is a wonderful tribute to our Foundation Board member, Frances Duffy! Brava Frances!

Allentown Symphony Orchestra principal harpist Frances Duffy joins us for a Q&A about her life of music, baseball, and the intersections between the two. Read the story now.
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​We're also excited to feature her in concert this Saturday, October 24 featuring Debussy's Danses sacrée et profane. Get access now for just $15/device. https://www.millersymphonyhall.org/calendar/event/881/

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harpfoundationahs.org Press Release: The American Harp Society Foundation is honored to name the finalists of the 2020 Anne Adams Awards and Grandjany Memorial Prize.

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harpfoundationahs.org Press Release: The American Harp Society Foundation is honored to name the finalists of the 2020 Anne Adams Awards and Grandjany Memorial Prize.

[05/22/20]   2020 Grandjany Memorial Competition Winner

The American Harp Society Foundation Board of Directors and Competition Committee are proud to announce the winner of the 2020 Grandjany Memorial Competition:

Hannah Cope Johnson, student of Prof. Jessica Zhou at New England Conservatory of Music

All of the finalists deserve our admiration for their fine performances. We wish them all the best in their future careers and look forward to hearing them often. We also thank all of the teachers, family members, and others who supported our finalists during this pioneer venture of an online competition.

We are very grateful to our dedicated and distinguished adjudication panel, each of whom delivered thoughtful and careful judging results for each competitor: Robert Sutter (Chicago, IL), Andrea Mumm (Charlotte, NC), and Courtney Hershey Bress (Lakewood, CO).

The Grandjany Memorial Competition winner will receive a $5,000 award. This 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.

With gratitude to all who helped make this competition possible,
American Harp Society Foundation Board of Directors and Competition Committee, Frances Duffy, Director Carrie Kourkoumelis, President
American Harp Society Foundation
Kathleen Bride, Vice President
Holly Avesian, Secretary
Penny Howk Beavers, Treasurer and Donor Relations
Frances Duffy
Kristina Finch
Jaymee Haefner
Elizabeth Huntley
Paula Page
Karen Lindquist Speyer, AHS Liaison

[05/21/20]   2020 Anne Adams Competition Winners

The American Harp Society Foundation Board of Directors and Competition Committee are proud to announce the three winners of the 2020 Anne Adams Competition (alphabetical listing):

Kaitlin Miller, student of Prof. Jaymee Haefner, University of North Texas
Juan Riveros, student of Prof. Yolanda Kondonassis, The Cleveland Institute of Music
Claire Thai, student of Prof. Elizabeth Hainen, The Curtis Institute of Music

We also congratulate:

Heather Cornelius, Honorable Mention, student of Prof. Kathy Kienzle, University of Minnesota Twin Cities

All of the finalists deserve our hearty congratulations for exceptionally fine performances, along with wonderful cooperative spirit, and professional comportment. We also thank all of the teachers, family members, and others who supported our finalists during this pioneer venture of an online competition.

We are very grateful to our dedicated and distinguished adjudication panel, all of whom worked long into the night to deliver thoughtful and careful judging results for each competitor: Dr. Jeffrey Parsons (Corvallis, OR), Robert Sutter (Chicago, IL), and Prof. Marguerite Lynn Williams (Chicago, IL).

In the next few days the Competition Committee will be contacting each of the winners to confirm mailing addresses for the awards. The American Harp Society Foundation Board of Directors will be working with the American Harp Society Board to try and determine where or if a Winners' Recital can be organized eventually.

Three scholarship awards of $2,000 each are given to the winners, thanks to the generous support from the Anne and Dr. Burton Adams, Sally Maxwell/Doris Calkins, and the Doris E. Nebergall Funds. Lyon & Healy, an integral sponsor of this competition since its inception, provides a gift certificate to each of the three winners and honors them on a permanent plaque displayed in the Lyon & Healy showroom.

With gratitude to all who helped make this competition possible,

American Harp Society Foundation Board of Directors and
Competition Committee, Frances Duffy, Director
Carrie Kourkoumelis, President
American Harp Society Foundation
Kathleen Bride, Vice President
Holly Avesian, Secretary
Penny Howk Beavers, Treasurer and Donor Relations
Frances Duffy
Kristina Finch
Jaymee Haefner
Elizabeth Huntley
Paula Page
Karen Lindquist Speyer, AHS Liaison

[04/06/20]   Press Release: American Harp Society Foundation

2020 Anne Adams Awards and Grandjany Memorial Prize Finalists

The American Harp Society Foundation is honored to name the finalists of the 2020 Anne Adams Awards and Grandjany Memorial Prize to be held via an online competition, May 20 and 21, 2020. Congratulations to all competitors, their teachers, and their families on an excellent preliminary round.

2020 Anne Adams Awards Finalists

Alexa Coon
Heather Cornelius
Paulina Delgadillo
Caroline Mellott
Kaitlin Miller
Marti Moreland
Juan Riveros
Emily Stone
Claire Thai

Grandjany Memorial Prize Finalists

Jingyu Cai
Hannah Cope
Margaret Foster
Erika Rosen
Mia Venezia

[04/06/20]   The American Harp Society Foundation is honored to name the finalists of the 2020 Anne Adams Awards and Grandjany Memorial Prize to be held via an online competition, May 20 and 21, 2020. Congratulations to all competitors, their teachers, and their families on an excellent preliminary round.

2020 Anne Adams Awards Finalists

Alexa Coon
Heather Cornelius
Paulina Delgadillo
Caroline Mellott
Kaitlin Miller
Marti Moreland
Juan Riveros
Emily Stone
Claire Thai

Grandjany Memorial Prize Finalists

Jingyu Cai
Hannah Cope
Margaret Foster
Erika Rosen
Mia Venezia

2:27:2016 Gubaidulina In The Garden of Joy And Sorrow

American Harp Society Foundation Liaison with AHS, Karen Lindquist

This is a performance by The OMNI Ensemble of Sofia Gubaidulina's In The Garden of Joy and Sorrow for Flute, Viola and Harp. It was performed on a concert wi...

Jolivet: Chant de Linos

American Harp Society Foundation Board of Director member, Elizabeth Huntley, harp professor at Skidmore College

André Jolivet: Chant de Linos Performed at Arthur Zankel Music Center, Helen Filene Ladd Concert Hall at Skidmore College April 18th, 2015 Flute: Emily Przys...

Harp 101 from WXXI-FM's Backstage Pass

our Foundation's marvelous Vice President

Watch in-studio as Eastman Harp Professor Kathleen Bride gives listeners a Harp 101 lesson. Visit http://wxxi.org/radio/fm/bsp.html for more info.

1991 Jesse Sparhawk at Eastman School of Music Harp Master Class

American Harp Society Foundation Vice President, Kathleen Bride teaching a Master Class at the Eastman School of Music, 1989

1991: Jesse Sparhawk in a Master Class with Kathleen Bride, Professor of Harp at the Eastman School of Music at The University of Rochester since 1989. Here ...

What have you prepared for the Anne Adams and Grandjany Memorial Competitions? Deadline is less than a week away! #harp #practicemakesperfect #anneadams #grandjany #competitions #chicago

The deadline for the Anne Adams and Grandjany Memorial Competitions is the Sunday! For details, visit https://www.harpfoundationahs.org/competitions-2/ #anneadams #grandjany #harp #competition #chicago

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American Harp Society Foundation 2020 Competitions:
May 19–22, 2020, Roosevelt University’s Chicago College of Performing Arts

The American Harp Society Foundation 2020 Adams and Grandjany Memorial Competitions will take place at Roosevelt University’s Chicago College of Performing Arts May 19 through 22, 2020. This collaboration is made possible with the help from former Adams winner, Marguerite Lynn Williams, currently harp professor at the Chicago College of Performing Arts and principal harpist of the Lyric Opera of Chicago.

The Adams Competition takes place May 19 and 20, 2020, at the Chicago College of Performing Arts. Three scholarship awards of $2,000, each for full-time study of the harp, will be given, funded from the Adams, Nebergall, and Maxwell/Calkins funds. Lyon & Healy Harps, Inc., will again generously provide matched concert grand harps for the competition and enhance the awards with a $500 gift certificate for each winner. In addition, this year’s winners’ names will be added to the permanent plaque in the Lyon & Healy showroom engraved with all Adams winners’ names.

The Grandjany Memorial Competition will take place May 21, 2020, at the Chicago College of Performing Arts, with one winner to receive a $5,000 award. 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.

Thursday evening, May 21, 2020, Professor Marguerite Lynn Williams will be featured in recital at Ganz Hall at Roosevelt University’s Chicago College of Performing Arts. All are welcome and encouraged to attend.

Finally, each of the four winners will be featured in a Winners Recital Friday morning, May 22, 2020, at Lyon & Healy Hall in Chicago. (All competitors must sign a contract committing to be present May 22 for this recital, which is generously sponsored by Lyon & Healy, Inc., followed by their additional gifts of a factory tour and lunch for competitors.)

Application Deadline: March 1, 2020.
All other rules and competition details will be published on the Foundation website:
https://www.harpfoundationahs.org/competitions/
Any questions can be directed to Foundation President Carrie Kourkoumelis.

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Ruth Wickersham Papalia

It is with great sadness that we note the passing of our founding member, Ruth Wickersham Papalia.

Cottage Grove, Wisconsin / Cortland, New York - Ruth Olivia Wickersham Papalia, age 84, of Monona, WI, died peacefully on Tuesday October 8, 2019 at Aster Retirement Community Home in Cottage Grove under the care of Agrace HospiceCare.

She lived 6 years with Parkinson's Disease without complaint. Ruth and her husband Anthony resided in Cortland, NY from 1962 to 2013.

Ruth was born February 5, 1935 in Quakertown, PA. Her parents were W. Clifford Wickersham and Fannie Clymer Wickersham. Ruth had an older sister, Esther, from whom she borrowed her first harp. Ruth began harp lessons when she was 9 years old. At 17, she entered Oberlin Conservatory of Music, in Ohio, majoring in harp performance under Lucy Lewis. During her college years she studied with Carlos Salzedo at the Summer Harp Colony of America in Camden, Maine. Also, during her college years, she met her husband to be, Anthony Papalia.

In the 1950's, Ruth toured the United States and Canada as a member of Columbia Artists' "The Angelaires," a Community Concert quintet of professional harpists. Ruth was co-founder of the Central New York Chapter of the American Harp Society (AHS). 1979 began her involvement at the national level: she served as AHS Secretary, AHS Treasurer and Chairman of the Board of Directors. In 2004, Ruth, Lucy Scandrett and Jan Bishop formed a trio named "The Three of Harps" which commissioned two pieces from the British composer Simon Proctor. The trio performed over 20 concerts together. Ruth also performed for over 40 years with the College Community Orchestra at State University of NY at Cortland. In 2008 Ruth received the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award, given to honor extraordinary service to The American Harp Society, Inc. and the harp.

Her family remembers her fondness for picnics, eating on the patio and family vacations. She threw marvelous birthday parties and hosted many dinner parties. Mom had a quick wit and a gracious manor. She supported her daughters in many pursuits: Lamont Circle softball, drama, 4-H, Girl Scouts, religious education, Soap Box Derby, concert band, etc. As a wife, Ruth was a good role model for her children. She moved the young family several times so Tony could complete his doctorate. She and Tony both had the knack of turning everyday times into "adventures".

Ruth is survived by her husband of 63 years, Dr. Anthony S. Papalia of Cottage Grove, WI. Four daughters: Mary (Milo) Clarke of St. Augustine, FL; Jean (Michael Beatty) Papalia of McFarland, WI., Anne (Jerry Berardi) Papalia of Lemoyne, PA. and Martha (Philip) Berry of McFarland, WI; 5 granddaughters: Willa, Zoe and Ava Papalia-Beatty, and Samantha and Jessica Berry.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 1:00 PM on Saturday October 12, 2019 at IMMACULATE HEART OF MARY CATHOLIC CHURCH, 5101 Schofield St. Monona WI. with Fr. Chad Droessler presiding. Visitation will be from 12:00 Noon until the time of the service at the church on Saturday.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Agrace HospiceCare, 5395 E Cheryl Parkway, Fitchburg, WI 53711 or Catholic Charities of Cortland County, 33-35 Central Avenue, Cortland, NY 13045.

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Ruth Wickersham Papalia was introduced to the harp by Mildred Biehn Johnson, in Quakertown, PA, at the age of nine. By the time she was in high school, Ruth was studying with Edna Phillips, First Harpist of the Philadelphia Orchestra. She entered Oberlin Conservatory of Music, in Ohio, majoring in harp performance under Lucy Lewis. During her college years she studied with Carlos Salzedo at the Summer Harp Colony of America in Camden, Maine. Ruth was accepted at Curtis Institute of Music upon graduation from Oberlin, but chose instead to join the Angelaires Harp Quintet, managed by Columbia Artists. She toured the US and Canada with this group for their two final seasons. Ruth has been soloist with various orchestras and retired from the Cortland, NY, College Community Orchestra after 41 years. In 2004, Ruth, Lucy Scandrett and Jan Bishop formed a trio named The Three of Harps which commissioned two pieces from the British composer Simon Proctor. The Three of Harps has performed over 20 concerts together.

Ruth has been active in the American Harp Society at the national level since 1979. Previous to that she was a co-founder and officer of the Central New York Chapter. Ruth was appointed to fill a vacancy as a Regional Director on the Board of Directors, and was later named to the Executive Committee. She has served as AHS Secretary, AHS Treasurer and Chairman of the Board of Directors. She was on the founding committee of the AHS Foundation and served as its first Treasurer. Ruth was responsible for writing a grant to fund the former Young Artist Program of the AHS. As Rules Committee Chairman, she led the revision of the AHS Bylaws in 1998. She has served on the American Harp Journal Board of Readers and as a judge for the AHS Competition. Ruth and her husband, Dr. Anthony Papalia, a psychologist have written articles and presented workshops at National Conferences on topics such as Dealing with Performance Tension and Teaching Styles. Ruth acknowledges the fine people who have served as her mentors and is a firm believer the AHS is a true ensemble of people sharing ideas, pursuing common goals and promoting the harp.

channel3000.com Cottage Grove, Wisconsin / Cortland, New York - Ruth Olivia Wickersham Papalia, age 84, of Monona, WI, died peacefully on Tuesday October 8, 2019 at Aster Retirement Community Home in Cottage Grove under the care of Agrace HospiceCare.

The American Harp Society Foundations celebrates the great legacy of Samuel Milligan while we join with the greater harp community to mourn his passing on August 28, 2019.
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