Young Composers Project Application
Submission deadline 11:59pm CST, April 1, 2017


Applicants must be members of the American Harp Society, Inc. to apply (please visit if needed), and must be both a harpist and a composer. Applicants do not have to be formally studying composition to be eligible.

Pieces should be original works for solo harp (pedal or lever) in any style (no transcriptions or arrangements) up to 8 minutes in length.  Any genre (pop, classical, folk, jazz, spiritual, etc.) is welcome, and it may be composed for any style or size of harp (pedal, lever, Celtic, etc). Compositions must be original and the sole creation of the applicant. Entries must not be plagiarized or violate copyright laws. Each applicant may submit only one composition (per Institute) for consideration in the program.  Submission by email or online upload of an audio recording and printed score are required with the application. The application fee is $30.

The selected Featured Composers will be categorized by their age as of June 1, 2017:

  • Junior              Age 12 and Under          
  • Teen I             Age 13-15
  • Teen II            Age 16-18
  • Young Adult     Age 19-25

If selected as a Featured Composer, applicants will be asked to attend and perform their own pieces at the AHS Summer Institute, June 25-28, 2017 at St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN. Under special circumstances they may ask that another harpist play it instead. They will also enjoy group and individual coaching during the Institute with professional composers Libby Larsen and Rachel Brandwein.

If a Featured Composer is unable to participate in person at the Institute, their piece will not be featured at that Institute, so that another composer who is present may have the opportunity. Applicants will be notified of acceptance by April 10, and must confirm their attendance at the Institute no later than May 1, 2017.

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A copy of the score as a PDF file (up to 10MB), either very legibly handwritten or from a computer program such as Sibelius or Finale, and a sound recording of the piece in mp3 (or similar) format (up to 30MB) should uploaded below. All files should be named YCP_lastname_firstname.mp3 (and .PDF, etc.). Do not use the name of the composition as the file name. Video is also accepted but not required (mp4 or similar, up to 60MB). Entries will not be judged on the quality of the recording.

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Please recheck your information above, and then press the "Submit" button below.  You will be directed to PayPal to submit a credit card for the $30 application fee.  A Paypal account is not required.  Please be certain to complete payment, or your application will not be reviewed.

Any questions may be directed to  Thank you for your application.