The USA International Harp Competition (USAIHC) is a triennial performance competition held at Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music in Bloomington, Indiana that recognizes the accomplishments and fosters the careers of gifted young harpists worldwide. Founded in 1989 by Susann McDonald, world-renowned harpist and Distinguished Professor of Music at Indiana University, the USA International Harp Competition is open to harpists of all nationalities between the ages of 18 and 32.
The USAIHC performance competition is paired with a globally recognized triennial Composition Contest producing myriad new works for the harp. The USAIHC also recognizes the need to engage its local community by presenting a biannual Concert Series of distinguished harpists and introduces hundreds of students to the harp through its educational program, Harp Start.
Spanning the diversity of performance, new music, and education, the USA International Harp Competition offers inspiration, appreciation, and excellence for the harp and harpists worldwide.
Join us for the 11th Competition!
July 3-13, 2019
40 contestants from 19 countries will compete in four stages for the chance to win thousands of dollars in prizes. The Competition consists of two stages of required repertoire, one of a 40 minute free-choice solo program, and a fourth concerto stage, where the Jacobs School of Music Festival Orchestra will accompany the top three finalists. The event will also feature three laureate recitals, a Composition Forum, a Stars of Tomorrow Concert, and an Educational Forum!
Laureate Recital Series
10th Competition Gold Medalist
July 5, 2019 | 7:00 PM | Auer Hall
Remy van Kesteren
9th Competition Gold Medalist
July 6, 2019 | 7:00 PM |
Buskirk Chumley Theater
20th International Harp Contest of Israel Gold Medalist
July 7, 2019 | 1:00 PM | Auer Hall