11th USA International Harp Competition
Rules & Procedures

The 11th USA International Harp Competition (USAIHC) will take place July 3 - 13, 2019 in Bloomington, Indiana. It is open to harpists of all nationalities between the ages of 18 and 32. The age qualifying date is May 15, 2019.  Acceptance will be based upon submitted application materials, which are reviewed by a selection committee.

  1. All stages of the Competition are open to the public and take place on an open stage without a screen.
  2. Venues will be consistently set-up for each day of a Stage.  This includes identical placement of acoustical curtains as well as placement of reserved seats for jury members.
  3. Harp movers will place the performance harp on stage in a marked and pre-selected position. The placement will be the same for all contestants and cannot be changed by the contestant.
  4. For Stages 1, 2, and 3 audience applause will be permitted as contestants enter and leave the stage, and at the completion of their performance.  There will be no applause between pieces.
  5. Contestants draw numbers to determine the order in which they will perform. If necessary, minor adjustments may be made to the performance sequence to accommodate each contestant’s desired performance harp. The order of performance will be used throughout all stages of the Competition.  At time of acceptance, contestants will be notified of the date and time of the drawing, which is generally scheduled to occur during or immediately prior to the Opening Ceremony.
  6. After 10:00 P.M. EDT of the day of the Opening Ceremony, active contestants may not have any contact with jury members. This precludes attendance at practice sessions, exchanges of emails, text messages, Facebook comments or messages, phone conversations, and attendance at any piano or orchestral rehearsals for the final stage.
  7. All works must be performed by memory, with the exception of the required 6th Solo Composition Contest winning composition in Stage 3.  There are no numerical score benefits accorded to a contestant who memorizes the new composition.
  8. For Stages 1, 2, and 3 each contestant may choose the sequence of works to be performed.
  9. In Stage 3, the total of each contestant’s program (including both performance time and spoken program notes) should not exceed 40 minutes. The Jury President may stop a performance if the contestant’s program exceeds this time limit. One additional minute will be permitted for tuning the harp between pieces.
  10. If a string breaks during any round of the Competition, the Jury President will determine where the contestant should restart the work after string replacement.
  11. Harps and individual practice-room times are provided to all active contestants.  Guaranteed practice time will be consistent for all active contestants.  Participants may use their personal instruments at their own liability and cost. Contestants must check in and out at the Competition office (MA003) at the designated start and end times of their practice sessions.
  12. The results of Stages 1, 2, and 3 will be posted on a wall near the Competition Office (MA003), on the USAIHC website (www.usaihc.org), and on the USAIHC Facebook page (www.facebook.com/usaihc).
  13. The announcement of all performance prizewinners will take place during the Closing Ceremony immediately following jury deliberations after the Stage IV performances. Results and all prizes will be announced publicly from the podium as well as posted on the USAIHC website (www.usaihc.org), and on the USAIHC Facebook page (www.facebook.com/usaihc) following the Closing ceremony.
  14. Any harpist who has had access to the winning composition of the 6th Solo Harp Composition Contest prior to publication is not eligible to receive the prize for the “Best Performance of the Winning Composition”.
  15. Applicable deductions shall be withheld from the gross amount of prize payments as required by law.  If a deduction or withholding is required, the amount shall be remitted to the appropriate governmental authority within the required time and documentation shall be furnished to the prizewinner to support a claim for any entitled tax credit.  Import taxes may be applicable for the first prizewinner’s receipt of the Lyon & Healy harp.