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Music Student Wins Anne Adams Award from American Harp Society

The American Harp Society (AHS) has named Duquesne University student Sophie Graf as one of its 2014 Anne Adams Awards winners, which includes a $2,000 scholarship for full-time study of the harp.

A native of Scripps Ranch near San Diego, Graf was one of three winners selected through participating in a competition hosted by the AHS and the American Harp Society Foundation. Eligible participants for the competition had to be members of the AHS, be enrolled as a full-time undergraduate or master's level program and submit a CD recording in advance of his/her performing the event's required repertoire.

The works selected for the competition, according to the AHS, demand the high musical performance standards for both solo and orchestral works set by the award's namesake, renowned harpist Anne Adams.

Graf, who is entering her junior year at Duquesne's Mary Pappert School of Music this fall, was selected as one of nine finalists for the competition, which was held June 21 at the University of New Orleans. As the 2014 awardees, Graf and the other top two performers were invited to perform at a winners' recital and reception in conjunction with the AHS National Conference that also was held in New Orleans.

"One of my favorite parts about winning was being led into the exhibit hall where each of the harp makers had brought harps to display and sell," said Graf. "As a winner, I was allowed to choose any harp there to play at the winners' recital-I chose a lovely, natural concert grand harp."

In addition to the scholarship funding, each winner received $500 from the Maxwell-Calkins fund, $200 from the John B. Escosa fund and a $500 gift certificate to American harp maker Lyon & Healy Harps.

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