US National Scottish Harp Championship ™

The Ohio Scottish Games is proudly hosting the US National Scottish Harp Championship ™ 2022, sponsored by the Clan Currie Society.

We do encourage all competitors to pre-register as the competitor fee includes Saturday Highland Games gate access. All Harp events will take place in Building 27. We do allow registration on the day which starts at 8:00 AM on June 25, 2022 and ends at 9:30 AM. Competition begins at 9:30 AM.

There will be a free workshop for all harpers led by our judges on Friday evening, June 24, 2022. Workshop will go from 6 PM with a session beginning at 7 PM. Friday on-line gate ticket is $10 for adults, $5 for junior. 5 and Under are free.

Questions? Contact Tiffany Schaefer at [email protected].

Contest Registration

Harp Raffle

The OSG harp department will be raffling a beautiful wire harp on June 25, 2022.

  • Tickets: $20 each or 3 for $50. Proceeds benefit the OSG Harp Competition.
  • Tickets will be available in the harp building (Building 27).

2022 Harp Judges


Sue Richards

Sue Richards is an internationally known performer, teacher, composer and author. Sue has recorded dozens of CDs, and has entertained audiences throughout the U.S. and Europe. After first studying the concert harp in Ohio with Lucy Lewis and Jean Harriman, Sue turned to the Celtic harp and the Irish and Scottish traditional music of her heritage. Since then, Sue has performed numerous times for the Embassy of Ireland in Washington, DC, has twice played for President Bill Clinton, and recently added Queen Elizabeth II and President and Mrs. Bush to her list. Sue has sat in with The Chieftains and has appeared on A Prairie Home Companion. She has performed in Scotland at Celtic Connections in Glasgow and at the Edinburgh International Harp Festival, and she recently toured Norway and Sweden with the harp ensemble. Sue can be heard on dozens of recordings, both solo, with Ceoltoiri, and with Grammy-nominated Ensemble Galilei, a group of five women performing Celtic,

Early, and Original music. As a member of EG, she has written music and performed in two multi-media shows, A Universe of Dreams and First Person: Stories from the Edge of the World, the latter sponsored by the National Geographic Society.

In addition to multiple Wammie awards, Sue has won the American National Scottish Harp Championship four times, and is now a Scottish Harp Society of America (SHSA) Distinguished Judge. She has also served as president of SHSA, as well as of the Washington, DC, Folk Harp Society.

Sue has taught at the Alaska Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival, currently teaches at the SummerKeys Adult Music Workshop in Maine, and teaches and directs the harp program at the Ohio Scottish Arts School in Oberlin, Ohio. She offers private lessons the Asheville, NC, area.

Corrina Hewat

Corrina Hewat was brought up in the Black Isle in the Scottish Highlands. Growing up surrounded by music and song, art and stories in an expansive landscape helped to shape her musical narrative. She is a harper, singer and composer amongst other things and has been Principal Scottish Harp Tutor at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland since 2012. She achieved her Honours Music Degree and went on to win Tutor of the Year in 2013 at STMA. She has worked with musicians such as Karine Polwart, Kathryn Tickell, Bobby McFerrin, Eric Bibb, Peggy Seeger. She has recorded around 50 albums, 13 under her own or band name and composed many large scale commissions for ensemble. Her most recent work is MD/co-producer of the Edinburgh Fringe sell-out show run of Moon Dragon which is a new pre-school children's interactive stage show, with harp music and song, characterful puppets, and a wonderfully colourful story journey. She is also one of the musicians compiling the 100 Women Composers in Trad tunebook to be released on Faber in the near future. She also directs the Scots Folk 60-strong choir Sangstream. She has been trying to record a new album of music and song although it seems her needs are the last on her list, as is usual with musicians, and it hasn't yet been achieved. Her other focus is The Song of the Oak and the Ivy, a 10-harp, 6 player piece, commissioned jointly by the EIHF and The Clarsach Society, which is to be recorded for posterity in 2022.


To apply for the Scottish Harp Society of America Travel Scholarship, please visit https://www.shsa.org/competitions/travel-scholarship/.