Frequently Asked Questions
Here are answers to some common questions about the Young Artist’s Harp Competition. We’ll continue to update this FAQ leading up to the competition. Contact us directly if you have a question that isn’t addressed here.
How does the Dropbox procedure work?
Once we have received your application and entry fee, we will share a Dropbox folder with you where you can upload your video audition file. Most of our entries in the past have required between 1 and 2G of space on Dropbox, depending on your division. Please be sure that you have that much room in your Dropbox account for uploading your video. If not, you will need to reduce the file in some way, or increase the size of your account. Even if you are not ready to submit your video now, please consider submitting your application and fee before May 1, so that we can share the Dropbox folder with you. That way, you will be able to easily upload your video by May 1 without waiting for us to share the folder.
Please use the following file name format for your materials: first name-last name-division-document. Example:
Can I play either lever or pedal harp in the Preparatory Division?
Yes. As long as you perform the required repertoire, you may play any type of harp.
Do you have an example of the Evaluation Form?
Yes. Download a sample of our 2016 form here.
What time zone applies to the deadline for entries on May 1?
All times are given in Eastern (New York City) Time.
Can I enter the competition even if I’m not planning to attend the Young Artist’s Harp Seminar?
Yes. The competition is open to harpists of any nationality who meet the age requirement. The Young Artist’s Harp Competition and the Young Artist’s Harp Seminar are held consecutively for the convenience of those wishing to attend both events, but it’s not mandatory.
I’m not sure how to set up the camera angle to record my video audition. What do you mean by “clear view”?
“Clear view” means that we want to clearly see the face and body of the harpist, unobstructed by the strings of the harp, as shown in this example:
Can you send me information about the Young Artist’s Harp Competition?
No. All the information we have is on this website. We encourage you to print these pages to share with your teacher.
Is lodging provided for competitors?
No, competitors are responsible for their own lodging and transportation to Kenyon College, in Gambier, Ohio. Early dormitory access for an additional fee may available for competitors traveling alone who are also attending the Young Artist’s Harp Seminar.
May I choose a piece from the A or B category list for my free choice?
Yes, as long as you meet the requirements for the A and B categories you may choose another required repertoire piece for your free choice.
Can I perform different music in the live final round than I included on my preliminary video audition?
No. If you are invited to the live final round, you must perform the same music that you included on your preliminary video audition.
Does music have to be memorized?
Yes, all must must be performed from memory, both in the preliminary video audition and in the final stage.
Can I perform repertoire in any order?
Yes, as long as you perform the required repertoire in one sitting, it may be performed in any order.
Can I make modifications to the music?
Contestants will not be penalized for reasonable edits of the printed music that add to someone’s interpretation of the piece (ie: eliminating or adding notes to a chord, embellishing trills, etc.). Lever harp contestants will not be penalized for modifications that adapt a required repertoire piece from pedal to lever harp.