Joanne Griffin Memorial Award

Joanne Griffin was a freelance harpist and music educator, and one of the founding members of Northern Lights Harp Fest, which was the precursor and inspiration for the Huron Harp Fest. As a composer, author, and arranger she has a range of harp music available at Sadly, Joanne departed this world too soon, and we want to celebrate her love of music and ability to inspire others.

Huron Harp Fest wishes to recognize the contribution made by Joanne Griffin to the Canadian harp community by offering a scholarship in her name. The scholarship is intended to encourage promising harp players and/or teachers by providing financial assistance to cover the registration fee of Huron Harp Fest 2023 for a deserving candidate.

The scholarship is awarded on the basis of achievement and ability, and financial need, if necessary.

To be considered for this scholarship, kindly submit:
● Two letters of recommendation, one of them being from a recognized music teacher;
● A letter stating your personal goals and achievements;
● If financial need is a factor, please include an understanding of this in your letter;
● Your completed scholarship application form.

Your application package must be received by June 1, 2023. If you have already registered for the conference and wish to be considered, please submit an application. If you are selected, your registration will be refunded.

The recipient will be announced July 1. The scholarship will be presented at a special ceremony during the Huron Harp Fest.


Aimee Martel

Harpist Aimee Martel is honoured to accept the Joanne Griffin Memorial Scholarship and to participate in the 2019 Huron Harp Festival.  Also a pianist, flautist, and music teacher, Aimee has been studying the harp for about ten years.  Aimee was raised in rural Southwestern Ontario by a musical family who formed her foundation towards a lifetime of music; which also included dance and theatrical performances.  She achieved a Grade 10 piano certificate from the Royal Conservatory of Music and earned a Bachelor of Music Therapy degree at the University of Windsor.  Aimee has utilized music in therapeutic sessions for those suffering from mental illness, autism, brain injuries, and intellectual disabilities in both Essex County and in Michigan.  Aimee performs at special events, concerts, seniors’ residences and churches regularly as part of her career in music.  Aimee aims to further explore her passion for the harp and how she can share the joy of its sounds with the community.  She aims to incorporate the harp in her therapeutic musical practice and use its unique healing power to transform the lives of others, as well as her own.

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