Up to three awards of $2000 each for full time study of the harp are given every even year. (See the Competitions page for requirements and application information.)
Repertoire: Suite Galactique by Lizotte; Dance, Fantasie by Spohr or Prelude, Fantasia, and Toccata from Grandjany's Music for the Harp by Handel; and the orchestral excerpt: Wagner: The Flying Dutchman from Sarah Bullen's Principal Harp, Volume 2; Berlioz: "Harold in Italy" (entire)
Recipients: Anna Ellsworth, Anya Garipoli, Dana Schneider
Anna Ellsworth is currently an undergraduate student at The Boston Conservatory, where she studies with Ina Zdorovetchi. She has won prizes in The Boston Harp Festival Soloists of Tomorrow Competition, the New Albany Symphony Concerto Competition, The Boston Conservatory Concerto Competition, and most recently, the American Harp Society's Anne Adams Awards competition. Anna has performed with renowned artists such as the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), soprano Tony Arnold, and violinist Hilary Hahn, and she has appeared as a soloist with the Hemenway Strings and the Boston Conservatory Conductor's Orchestra. In 2015, Anna became a substitute member of the Boston Lyric Opera.
Anya Grace Garipoli resides in West Long Branch, New Jersey. She currently studies harp performance under Yolanda Kondonassis at the Oberlin Conservatory in Ohio, where she will be a sophomore this fall. She previously studied harp under Joan Holland at Interlochen Arts Academy as well as Elizabeth Hainen, Kimberly Rowe, and Barbara Biggers. Anya received an Emerson Scholarship and Fine Arts Achievement in Harp from Interlochen Arts Camp in 2014, 1st Place in the Senior Pedal Division from the American Harp Society Philadelphia Chapter's competition in 2013, and Honorable Mention at the Young Artist's Harp Competition in 2012. Anya has performed in numerous local civic and religious venues gigging and performing concerts.
Dana Schneider is from Harmony, Pennsylvania. She is currently pursuing a Master of Music degree in Harp Performance at the New England Conservatory, where she is a student of Jessica Zhou. Dana completed her undergraduate degree from Yale University in Political Science and graduated with distinction. While at Yale, she was a student in the studio of June Han and played with the Yale Symphony Orchestra. Dana was a winner of the Yale Friends of Music Honors Recital Competition. She has attended summer festivals such as the Aspen Music Festival, the Saratoga Harp Colony, and the Castleton Festival led by the late Maestro Lorin Maazel. Dana credits her love of the harp to her lessons with Gretchen Van Hoesen.
An award of $3,000 is given to continue performances and appreciation of the works of Marcel Grandjany.
Repertoire: Dan la Foret du Charme, Children's Hour, Colorado Trail
Recipient: Anna Dunlap
A native of Maryland, AnnaDunlap is currently a student at the Eastman School of Music in the studio of Kathleen Bride. Anna has performed as concerto soloist with the Peabody Youth Orchestra, Londontowne Symphony Orchestra (MD), and the Graduate Chamber Orchestra at Eastman. She has performed in masterclasses for Courtney Hershey Bress, Douglas Rioth, Elizabeth Hainen, Ina Zdorovetchi, and Yolanda Kondonassis. Anna has participated in the Saratoga Harp Colony, “The Practical Harpist” Seminar at Eastman, and the Young Artists Harp Seminar. Her previous teachers are Michaela Trnkova and Rebecca Anstine Smith.