Competitors of any nationality may enter one of the following divisions, according to the age specifications. Entries must include all the materials listed on application page.
Emerging Artist Division—age 19 and under on July 1, 2018.
New Artist Division—age 14 and under on July 1, 2018.
Preparatory Division—age 11 and under on July 1, 2018.
Previous first place winners may not re-enter the same division.
Entries must be received electronically by May 1, 2018. Entries received after this date, incomplete entries, or entries that do not comply with the rules will not be considered. There will be no exceptions.
Contestants must select from the repertoire choices listed above for the appropriate division. All repertoire must be performed from memory. Preliminary video auditions and live round performances will be scored using our standard evaluation form. Download a sample of the 2016 Evaluation Form.
Contestants invited to attend the live final round must perform the same repertoire that they included on their preliminary video audition.
There is no overall time limit, except for the Category C free choice selection. Contestants may pause and put the harp down between pieces, but are not permitted to leave the stage.
Contestants who are invited to the live final round may bring their own instrument or use one provided by the competition. The competition will provide a selection of instruments but cannot guarantee a particular make, model, or size.
The decision of the judges is final.
Winning contestants must be available to perform in the winners concert at 7:00 p.m. on July 7, 2018, at the Rabun Gap-Nacoochee School, in Rabun Gap, Georgia. The concert will feature all winners in all divisions. (All final round contestants will be acknowledged and presented with a certificate on stage.)
Finalists from outside the U.S. are responsible for obtaining any necessary visas for travel to the U.S. (The competition will provide letters of support upon request.)
Contestants are responsible for their own lodging and transportation to Rabun Gap, Ga.