Tuesday, November 21, 2017
Florence Sitruk

Florence Sitruk, Harp - "Homecoming: From Bloomington to Berlin and Back"

The USA International Harp Competition is honored to present Florence Sitruk in a benefit concert. Ms. Sitruk will perform in the IU Jacobs School of Music Recital Hall on November 2, 2017 at 8:30 PM. The program includes a special performance of Debussy's Danses sacrée et danse profane with IU's Quartet-in-Residence, Pacifica Quartet.

Suggested Donation: $20/adult, $10/student

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2019 11th USA International Harp Competition 

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10th USA International Harp Competition Winners Announced!

Congratulations to Katherine Siochi, USA, Gold Medal winner of the 10th USA International Harp Competition!

Read more about Katherine and all 10th USAIHC winners here:  10th USAIHC Winners

Jeremiah Siochi

5th Solo Harp Composition Contest Winner Announced!

The winning composition is Sublimation by Jeremiah Siochi of Arlington, Virginia (USA).

With 114 score submitted by composers from 34 different countries, this was the largest Contest to date.

For more information, click here.

Listen to Sublimation here.

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The Mission of the USA International Harp Competition is:

to elevate exceptional harpists to extraordinary heights through performance, new music, and education.

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Harp Dreams wins 3 regional Emmys as well as the prestigious CINE Golden Eagle Award 

Harp Dreams, the WTIU-produced documentary of the 2007 competition, showcases the best young harpists in the world as they prepare for a high-stakes ten-day event held every three years at the Jacobs School of Music on the Bloomington campus of Indiana University.  The documentary is a celebration of contestants from around the world and, ultimately, the competition itself.

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2018 Solo Harp Composition Contest Rules and Procedures

The Composition Contest for the USA International Harp Competition takes place prior to the triennial performance competition. Established in 2003, the goal of the Composition Contest is to promote the harp as a solo instrument and to encourage composers to write new works for the harp.  To date over 350 composers from 41 countries have participated in the Composition Contest.

Rules & Procedures

  • The work for solo harp must be unpublished, un-awarded and not have been recorded for commercial distribution.

  • Though the composition is for solo harp, other instruments may be included if played by the harpist.

  • The work must be between six and eight minutes in duration.

  • The contest is open to composers of all nationalities.

  • Previous winners are not eligible.

  • A distinguished panel of harpists including one composer, chaired by Dr. Ruth K. Inglefield, will select the winning composition. The decisions of the jury are final.

  • Important Deadlines:

    • October 15, 2018:
      • Online application form (to be available on www.usaihc.org in January 2018)
      • One PDF of anonymous 8.5” x 11” score sent as an attachment to an email addressed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Please include the TITLE ONLY on the attachment; however, include both the title and the composer's name in the body of the email message. The score should not show the name of the composer anywhere. Please note that the jury will refer to scores by title only. Program notes are acceptable, as long as they do not include clues to the identity of the composer and are included in the same PDF as the score, not sent separately. The PDF should be "camera-ready" – meaning publishable quality. Immediately after the announcement of the winning composition, the winner will be asked to send an identical PDF with the composer's name added. This PDF will be used for printing by the publisher.

    • November 15, 2018: 
      • MP3 recording of submitted work played by a harpist sent as an attachment to an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Please include the TITLE ONLY on the attachment; however, include the title, the composer's name, and the name of the recorded harpist in the body of the email message. The MP3 file should not show the name of the composer or harpist anywhere. Digital or Midi recordings will NOT be accepted. Scores submitted without a recording will NOT be considered.

    • December 15, 2018:
  • Submissions which are incomplete or do not follow the exact guidelines and parameters described here will be disqualified.

  • Prizes for Winning Composition Include:
    • $2,000 USD

    • Inclusion in 11th USA International Harp Competition's Stage 3 required repertoire – performances by all semi-finalists in 2019 Competition.

    • Performance by 2019 Gold Medalist at debut concerts.

    • Score published by Lyon & Healy Publications.

    • Recording of work may be included on Gold Medalist's CD release.

Questions? Please check the Frequently Asked Questions section first. Questions not answered there should be addressed to Dr. Ruth K. Inglefield, USAIHC Composition Contest Chair: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Recommended resource for information on notation, effects, etc: Writing for the Pedal Harp by Ruth K. Inglefield and Lou Anne Neill, second edition published by Vanderbilt Music (www.vanderbiltmusic.com). [Note: Royalties go to the USAIHC to support the competition.]

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