Saturday, July 23, 2011


2011 Lyon & Healy Awards
University of North Texas College of Music
June 18 - 19, 2011

Alexandra Katelyn Mullins (Matthews, North Carolina)
Samuel Karlinski (Atkinson, New Hampshire)
Elizabeth Anne White (Salt Lake City, Utah)
Sarah Nicole Davis (San Diego, California)

Each winner received a $2,000.00 monetary award from Lyon & Healy, a $500 Lyon & Healy gift certificate and a commemorative plaque. The Awards preceded the American Harp Society’s 9th Summer Institute.

Normally awarded to three participants, following a long debate, the jury decided to award a fourth prize. This year's 26 participants brought an extremely high level of musicianship to a very difficult repertoire, that of Grandjany’s Rhapsodie and Renie’s Legende. (Listen to various artists play these pieces on harpinla radio).

During the winners’ recital Mr. Antonio Forero, President of Lyon & Healy Harps, announced the expansion of the prize to include a joint recital at Lyon & Healy Hall, as part of the 2011-2012 Lyon & Healy Hall Concert Series.



Harp In LA asked the winners, and this year's impressive honorable mentions, about their teachers and what they did the day after the awards event. Here are a few of their responses:

Sarah Nicole Davis
Age: 23
San Diego, CA
(Awards Winner)

My first harp teacher was Elena Mashkovtseva. My current teacher is JoAnn Turovsky.

The day after the awards event, I drove out to Georgetown, TX to visit family and celebrate the huge honor of being a Lyon & Healy Awards winner.


Sam Karlinski
Age: 18
Atkinson, NH
(Awards Winner)

My very first harp teacher was Marilinda Garcia; she was an eighteen year old freshman in the Tufts-NEC program. I soon moved on to Stephanie Curcio. They both live and teach in NH. My harp teacher now is Ina Zdorovetchi at the NEC Preparatory School, but starting in September I'll begin studies with Nancy Allen at the Columbia-Juilliard Exchange.

The day after the awards event, I attended a workshop on harp maintenance by David Williams, then listened to a competitor in the Young Professional division of the AHS National Competition. Later, I also attended Joan Holland's masterclass on audition repertoire preparation and then went to the drawing for the Advanced division of the AHS National Competition, in which I would take one of the top prizes. (Congratulations again!)


Chen-Yu Huang
Age: 27
Urbana, IL    
(Honorable Mention)

My first harp teacher was Bi-Ya Lin. I studied with her in my hometown, Tainan, Taiwan. I'm currently studying in University of Illinois with Dr. Ann Yeung.

The day after the award ceremony/ winner's recital, I drove back to Illinois. Obviously, that took me the whole day (note: big smiley icon). 


Harp In LA would like to congratulate all of this years participants - you kept the judges very busy!

Left to right: 2011 Lyon & Healy Award Participants Alisa Coffey, Amber Carpenter, Emily Klein, Natalie Salzman, Marissa Knaub, Haley Rhodeside, Alexandra Katelyn Mullins, Samuel Karlinski, Elizabeth Anne White, Sarah Nicole Davis, Carolyn Lund, Hannah Blalock, Tess Epperson, Michelle Heuer, Emily Clarkson, Peggy Houng, Chen-Yu Huang and Hsin Huei Poe.

above photo of Chen Yu courtesy of Krannert Center of Performing Arts


2011 Lyon & Healy Awards Page
Sarah Davis Web Site
Chen-Yu Huang Bio courtesy of KCPS
Lyon & Healy Hall Concert Series

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