Past Award Recipients

2014 Anne Adams Award

Repertoire: Pièce symphonique, en trois episodes by Henriette Renié (Leduc); Dance, “Laideronnette, impératrice des pagodes” (Ma mère l’oye) by Maurice Ravel/Dulova (Lyra); and the orchestral excerpt: La Bohème by Giacomo Puccini (Kalmus) entire opera

Winners: Chlóe Tula, Sophie Graf, Molly O'Roark

Chloé Tula of Delafield WI is an undergraduate student at Rice University where she is a student of Paula Page. She is currently second harpist with the Santa Fe Opera. She made her solo debut with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra in 2012, and has since been featured as a soloist with the Madison Symphony and the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra.

San Diego native Sophie Graf is a junior harp performance major at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where she studies with Gretchen Van Hoesen. Sophie was a winner of the 2013 Duquesne University Concerto Competition and performed G. F. Handel’s Concerto for Harp in the winners’ concert with the Duquesne University Symphony.

Molly O’Roark of Memphis TN is currently pursuing a graduate degree at the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign, in the studio of Ann Yeung. As a winner of the Artist Presentation Society Auditions in St. Louis, Missouri, she will be a featured recitalist in the upcoming 2014–2015 Artist Presentation Society concert season.

Patricia Adams-Harris (daughter of Founders Burton and Anne Adams), Molly O'Roark, Sophie Graf, Chloé Tula, Martha Griffith (daughter of Founding President Emeritus Sally Maxwell), New Orleans, Sunday, June 22, 2014.


2012 Anne Adams Award

Repertoire: Pescetti/Salzedo, Sonata in C minor; Fauré, Impromptu; Bruch, Scottish Fantasy

Winners: Emily Jean Melendes, Katherine Siochi, Yue (Grace) Guo

Emily Jean Melendes of Waukesha WI studied with Geraldine Elliott, Danis Kelly, Ann Lobotzke, and works with Delaine Leonard at the University of Texas in the Austin Butler School of Music. She has played as principal harpist at the Breckenridge Music Festival and performed with the New World Symphony. Her professional goal is to become a symphony, opera, or ballet company harpist.

Katherine Siochi of Iowa City IA studied with Linda Wilson, Pamela Weest-Carrasco, and Gretchen Brumwell. A student in her sophomore year at the Juilliard School with Nancy Allen, she hopes to pursue both a master’s and doctorate of musical arts degree with the goal of becoming a professional orchestral harpist, chamber musician, and soloist. This summer she has been accepted to the Aspen Music Festival and is pursuing a fellowship in the Gluck Community Service Program.

Yue (Grace) Guo began her musical studies at the age of five, with harp lessons beginning at age twelve in Beijing under Linlin Wei. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Harp Performance from the Oberlin Conservatory with Yolanda Kondonassis. Currently she is pursuing a master’s degree in Harp Performance at Yale School of Music with June Han. She dreams of using her talent as a bridge between western and eastern culture, sharing the music of China with western audiences and bringing traditional harp music back to Chinese audiences.

2010 Anne Adams Award

Repertoire: Bach/Grandjany, “Andante” from Sonata # 2 in A minor for solo violin; Houdy, Sonate pour harpe; Wagner, “Liebestod” from Tristan und Isolde

Winners: Heidi Van Hoesen Gorton, Emily Levin, Rachel Miller

2008 Anne Adams Award

Repertoire: Grandjany, Fantaisie sur un thème de Haydn; Rota, Sarabanda e Toccata; Ravel, Tzigane (cadenza)

Winners: Allegra Lilly, Xiao Shelly Du, Carolyn Jo Lund

Allegra Lilly of Bloomfield Hills MI is studying at the Juilliard School with Nancy Allen.

Xiao Shelly Du of Oklahoma City is studying at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music as a student of Yolanda Kondanassis.

Carolyn Jo Lund of Evans GA is pursuing a master’s degree at the University of Arizona and will be working as a teaching assistant to Dr. Carrol McLaughlin.


2006 Anne Adams Award

Repertoire: Glinka, Variations on a Theme of Mozart; Tailleferre, Sonate pour harpe; Bartók, Concerto for Orchestra

Winners: Michelle Gott, Colleen Potter, Megan Levin

Michelle Gott is a fourth-year undergraduate student at the Juilliard School, where she studies with Nancy Allen. As a child, Michelle studied with her mother, Caryn Gott, in Nevada, and later worked with Lynne Aspnes, Gretchen Van Hoesen, JoAnn Turovsky, Isabelle Perrin and Carrol McLaughlin. After graduation, she plans to pursue a Master’s Degree, strengthening her qualifications for a university teaching position.

Megan Levin started the harp as a student of Delaine Fedson in Austin, Texas, and in May 2005 received a Bachelor of Music degree at Rice University under the tutelage of Paula Page. She studied at the École Normale de Musique de Paris and received a Diplome Superieur. She plans to pursue a Master’s Degree in music performance and eventually would like to work as an orchestral harpist.

Colleen Potter received a Bachelor of Music degree in harp performance from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where she studied with Ann Yeung. She began her studies of harp with Laura Hearne of St. Louis, and has a background in piano performance, having played in many competitions and recitals. During her university studies, along with the harp, she received a minor in comparative literature and French. Colleen plans to continue her harp studies pursuing a Master’s degree.


2004 Anne Adams Award

Repertoire: J.S. Bach, choice of any piece, 5 minutes or less in length; Roussel, Impromptu; Guridi, Viejo Zortzico; Sibelius, Symphony # 1

Winners: Michelle Gott, Rachel Brandwein (Doris Calkins Award), Hillary Schefter (Nebergall Award)

2003 Anne Adams Award

Repertoire: Galuppi/Palmer, Sonata in D; Hindemith, Sonate; Britten, Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra

Winners: Michelle Gott

2002 Anne Adams Award

Repertoire: Pescetti/Salzedo, Sonata in C minor; Grandjany, Rhapsodie; R. Strauss, Ein Heldenleben

Winners: Kristie Withers, Nuiko Wadden, Sara Shute

2001 Anne Adams Award

Repertoire: Glinka, Variations on a Theme of Mozart; Rota, Sarabanda e Toccata; Berlioz, Symphonie Fantastique, Harp I

Winners: Julie Ann Smith , Kristie Withers , Lisa Spurlock

2000 Anne Adams Award

Repertoire: D. Scarlatti, choice of any two sonatas; Glanville-Hicks, Sonata; Bruch, Scottish Fantasy

Winners: Alyssa Michalsky, Yinuo Mu, Songyee Han

1999 Anne Adams Award

Repertoire: Loeillet/Grandjany, Toccata; Cras, Deux Impromptus; Bartók, Concerto for Orchestra, Harp I

Winners: Maria Luisa Rayan, Julie Smith, Albertina Chan

1998 Anne Adams Award

Repertoire: Bach/Grandjany, “Andante” from Sonata # 2 in A minor for solo violin; Falla/Grandjany, “Spanish Dance # 1” from La Vida Breve; Ben Haim, Poeme; Ravel, Tzigane (cadenza)

Winners: Tomoko Sato, Marguerite Lynne Williams, Bridget Kibbey

1997 Anne Adams Award

Repertoire: Respighi/Grandjany, Siciliana; Hindemith, Sonate; R. Strauss, Ein Heldenleben

Winners: Kate Hazzard, Marguerite Lynne Williams, Jessica Zhou

1996 Anne Adams Award

Repertoire: Rota, Sarabanda e Toccata; Rochberg, Ukiyo-E (Pictures of the Floating World); Britten, Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra, Variations I & J and Fugue

Winners: Jessica Zhou, Bo Cheng, Erik Nielson

1995 Anne Adams Award

Repertoire: Bach/Renié, Pièce en sol; Grandjany, Children’s Hour: Suite for Harp; Donizetti/Salzedo, Lucia di Lammermoor (cadenza)

Winners: Heaven Fan, Elizabeth Kaedle, Dan Yu

1994 Anne Adams Award

Repertoire: Salzedo, Variations sur un thème dans le style ancient; Houdy, Sonate pour harpe; Wagner, “Prelude” and “Liebestod” from Tristan und Isolde

Winners: Courtney Hershey Bress, Ya-Wen Lin, Dan Yu

1993 Anne Adams Award

Repertoire: Roussel, Impromptu; Spohr, Fantaisie, op. 35; Berlioz, Symphonie Fantastique, Harp I

Winners: Ya-Wen Lin, Ann Yeung, Celia Chan


Grandjany Prize

2013: 1st Prize: Hannah Cope, Intermediate II, for the best performance of "Colorado Trail"; 2nd Prize: Sunny Wu, Intermediate II, for the best performance of "Colorado Trail"

2011: Advanced: Alexandra Katelyn Mullins; Intermediate II: Helen Gerhold

2007: Junior: Anne Nielson

2005: Advanced: Cheryl Losey;
Junior: Noel Wan

2003: Elizabeth Jaxon

1999: Grandjany I: 1st Place: Lisa Spurlock; 2nd Place: Kristie Withers; Grandjany II:
1st Place: Maria Luisa Rayan; 2nd Place: Baltazar Juarez

1996: 1st Prize: Heather Horne; 2nd Prize: Carla Maria Roth; Honorable Mention: Elizabeth Keadle

1993: Grandjany I: Heather Horne; Grandjany II: Laura Michelle


Prix Renie

2013: Natalie Hoffman, Young Professional ($500) for the best performance of "The  Nightingale" Liszt (ed. Renie)

2011: Intermediate I: Heidi Morey

2007: Advanced: Hannah Kuipers; Intermediate II: Elizabeth Anne White

2005: Young Professional: Adriana Horne; Intermediate II: Joy Wan

2003: Rachel Brandwein

2001: Nuiko Wadden

1999: Prix Renie I: 1st Place: Annabelle Taubl; 2nd Place: Piper Runnion-Barsford;
Prix Renie II: 1st Place: Maria Luisa Rayan; 2nd Place: Erin Earl Wood

1993: Kirsten Agresta


Malone Prize

2007: Seika Dong

2003: Hannah Kuipers

2001: Inermediate II: Angela Dastrup; Intermediate I: Heidi Gorton


Kathy Bundock Moore Prize

2011: Junior: Caroline Jorgensen


Wickersham Award

2010: Stephanie Miller


Karl Carlson Award

2003: Angela Liu


Kathrin Fouse Award

2010: Aumanae Hitesman; David Renn;
Leah Crouthamal


Kids for Camp

2010: Marilla A. Clay



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