We encourage the general public to attend the Minnesota Scottish Harp Competition! Come hear harpists of all ages play winsome and delightful Scottish tunes.
There are competition categories available for all ages and skill levels. In addition to the solo harp categories, special categories will feature singing, storytelling, non-traditional interpretation, harp in ensemble, and more. Competitors are encouraged to participate in more than one category. We run according to Scottish Harp Society of America’s Competitor’s Handbook.
All competitors will receive a certificate of participation and comments (of a non-pedagogical nature) from the judge. Some special awards will also be presented.
Times are approximate!
All harp competitors must join the Scottish Harp Society of America ($18 fee) AND register for the competition ($10 fee). Advanced registration for the society and the competition is encouraged, but you may register the morning of the competition. The first to arrive get to choose their preffered presentation slot!
Why Should You Pre-Register? Deadline: July 6th
ONE Scholarship available – contact the Organizer.
For a short version of the rules, refer to Scottish Harp Society of America Rules Summary. The extended version of the rules are in the Scottish Harp Society of America Handbook. This contains competition categories and requirements. Competitors are HIGHLY encouraged to read this, including the notes at the end. Knowing what SHSA judges are looking for will give you the competitive advantage!
If you’re looking for recommendations on music to play in the competition, check out our blog series on music book recommendations. Do your research before selecting a song and be sure that your piece is of Scottish origin.
Competition Attire & Checklist
Participants in the harp competition may be asked to perform an afternoon showcase at the fair. Please plan accordingly!
This is an outdoor event. Pack your sunscreen! Please come prepared for average temperatures ranging from 65-85 (F) degrees. We will have a tent for shade and protection from the rain. We will also be providing some snacks and water for the competitors, but you are encouraged to bring your own.
Yes, some of the items on here or painfully obvious, but if you’re travelling for a whole weekend, it can be easy to forget the simplest things.
While the awards are fairly consistent from year to year, our prizes do vary depending on budget and number of competitors.
For 2017’s competition, we are giving away a total of $300 in cash prizes, which we will divide up among the first place winners of the graded category. There are also two additional bonus awards, “Most Promising Harper” & “Harper of the Day” which have pre-set prizes, outlined below.
These awards are given to two competitors who have won a graded or special category award.
Most Promising Scottish Harper 17 & Under
Prize: $50 Gift Certificate to Musicmakers + $28 Registration Fees Refunded
Harper of the Day All Ages
This general award could be given out for a variety of reasons: enthusiasm, poise, presentation, most progress, inventiveness, or resourcefulness.
Prize: $50 Gift Certificate to Musicmakers
Tentative for July 2018
An annual event for harpers and music lovers in the Twin Cities metro.