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Highland Harping

(Annual Celtic Harp Competition at the Southern Maryland Celtic Festival)

This will be a Scottish Harp Society of America (SHSA) sanctioned competition. Music from all Celtic Nations will be permitted, but we will be using the SHSA Rules, which are published here. Our judge is Sue Richards.

2017 Highland Harping Registration
Note: DO NOT print the page with the QR Code (square scanning code) in anything other than black. Color QR Codes will not scan!

Competitors will be required to hold membership in SHSA. Membership forms will be available at the competition, or you can click the following link to obtain a SHSA Membership.

When registering, please state your categories (e.g. Beginner, Novice, Apprentice, Journeyman, or Master). The definitions of the different categories and the competition requirements are detailed in the SHSA Rules. Competitors are responsible for reading and understanding the rules. If you have questions, contact the harping coordinator.

There will be NO on-site competition registration. All Festival Performers and Competitors must complete an online or paper “Hold Harmless Agreement” before the event. Children under the age of 18 years must have a parent or guardian complete a “Hold Harmless Agreement”. Completed registration (by a participant, parent, or guardian over the age of 18) will constitute implied acceptance of the contents of this document.
Hold Harmless Agreement – Online Hold Harmless Agreement – Paper Copy
Paper copies of the “Hold Harmless Agreement” must be signed and brought on the day of he event.
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Harpers arriving no later than 8:45 AM will be able to drive up to the harp venue and drop off your harps before moving your car to the parking area. If you arrive after the “drive on” to the park closes, you will be responsible for walking in from the parking area with your harp. You are strongly encouraged to arrive early enough to take advantage of the harp drop off.
Schedule for the day:
Harp Competition and Workshop Breckinridge Center, Site 8

  • 9:00 am REGISTRATION
  • 10:00 am WORKSHOP
  • 11:00 am – 12:00 pm COME AND TRY THE HARP – Have you always been interested in the harp but not known where to start? Come give it a go!
  • 12:00 – 1:00 pm Open Stage/Harp Circle
  • 1:30 pm COMPETITION
  • 4:30 pm Sue Richards on Acoustic Stage
  • 5:30 pm HARP CIRCLE