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09-05_sam2_2Selected from the most talented harpists under the age of 19, Sam Karlinski (III) has been chosen to compete in the National American Harp Society Competition at Westminister College in Salt Lake City, Utah. To be considered for the honor, Sam composed a CD with a repertoire of music required by the American Harp Society (AHS) including Sonata in C minor, Fantasie on a Theme of Haydn and Whirlwind. He is one of a dozen finalists who will perform in the Intermediate II Division of the competition. Sam will travel to Salt Lake City on June 28 and perform before three nationally recognized judges, as well as an audience of harpists from across the United States. The winner of the competition receives a monetary prize and is awarded AHS Concert Artist status.

The American Harp Society aims “to promote and foster the appreciation of the harp as a musical instrument, to encourage the composition of music for the harp, and to improve the quality of performance of harpists.” (