Check back soon for more information on the 2019 Chicago Harp Quartet Composition Contest. 

2014 Chicago Harp Quartet Composition Contest Winner Announced


 HIlary Purrington winner of the 2014 CHQ Composition Contest

HIlary Purrington winner of the 2014 CHQ Composition Contest

CHQ is pleased to announce that Hilary Purrington has been selected as the winner of this year's competition.  Nicholas Davies has also been awarded Honorable Mention.

We look forward to working with Hilary in the exciting process of creating a new piece of music which will be premiered by CHQ during the 2014-15 season.  The CHQ Composition Competition is generously sponsored by the American Harp Society.

The CHQ will give Miss Purrington's Tattered Skies world premiere on Nov. 11th, 2014 at the Diane and Simon Zunamon Memorial Fine Arts Music Series.  More information can be found under the calendar. 

2014 Chicago Harp Quartet Composition Contest


$1,000 Commission by the Chicago Harp Quartet 

Performance by the Chicago Quartet during the 2014-2015 Concert Season

Recording of the Live Performance



Open to composers above the age of 18 and either resident of the United States or enrolled in full-time studies in the United States.


2 samples of composer's work 3-5 minutes in length. 1 sample must include harp.  

$40 Entry Fee in the form of a check addressed to the "Chicago Harp Quartet" to be mailed to:

Marguerite Lynn Williams

1750 N. Campbell Ave

Unit C

Chicago, IL 60647


Digital Score and midi or live recordings. 



Friday, January 31, 2014 8PM CST. 

Submit Entry Form Below in addition to score and recording submissions.

All scores and recordings must be e-mailed to:

Subject Line "Composition Contest Entry" 

Winner will be announced March 2014.


Questions? Please contact Emily at


*You must submit a composition that is unpublished, unawarded and has not been professionally recorded for commercial CD release.

Incomplete submissions will not be accepted.

The decisions of the jury are final.



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