listed in alphabetical order, not by date.
Please note L for lever harp, P for pedal harp.
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USA and Canada.
2018 Summer Harp Camps with early registration
International Music Festival
Session 1 June 23-July 14, 2018. Session 2: July 14 – August 4, 2018.
in Brunswick, Maine. For serious, advanced performers of classical music.
Private and group instruction, masterclasses, and the study and performance
of chamber music. Instructor: June Han.
855-832-3393 (toll free). Priority deadline January
Boston University Tanglewood
Institute P. July 1-August 11, 2018 in Lenox, Massachusetts.
The Young Artists Harp Program for ages 14-19 (pre-college) is a
full-immersion program providing young players a comprehensive overview of
all facets of harp playing. Faculty:
Ann Hobson Pilot and
deadline January 22, 2018
Celtic Harp Camp L.
July 26-28, 2018 on Horn Pond in Acton, Maine. ‘Tunes and Techniques’
covering strong Celtic harp technique, easily learned dance tunes, scale
work, and some accompaniment tricks. Teaching is 'by ear' but participants
will receive sheet music and MP3s. This is for advanced beginner level, but
email Regina Delaney if you have any questions at
Eastern Music Festival
June 23-July 28, 2018 in Greensboro, North Carolina. Age 14-23. Orchestral
training institute. Every student rehearses six times a week and presents a
full-length concert of standard orchestral repertoire. The two Young Artists
Orchestras are of equal ability; seating assignments change weekly, and
students generally perform with both orchestras during the course of the
Festival. They are held to the same professional standards as our faculty
regarding performance, attendance, and punctuality. Students may also
perform with the faculty orchestra and visiting artists. Student to faculty
ratio of 3:1. Harp instructor: Anna Kate Mackle.
336-333-7450 x227. Deadline February 21, 2018.
Springs Music Festival P.
3-16, 2018. Hot Springs, Arkansas. Age 18+. For pre-professional
apprentices. Full tuition scholarships and housing. Orchestral, chamber,
solo repertoire. Harp mentor: Deborah Fleischer.
501-623-4763. Deadline February 15.
Idyllwild Arts Harp Workshop
Session 1 July 8-21, 2018; session 2 July 22-August 4, 2018 in Idyllwild,
California. Intense workshop of harp ensemble, chamber music coaching,
private lessons, final recital. Recorded audition required.
Limited enrollment. High school age.
Instructor: Allison Allport. Harp students can also earn the "regional/
state/national honor group" discount by participating in an American Harp
Society national or local competition, completing American Harp Society
Music Education Evaluation program or participating for a full year in their
school or community youth orchestra within the last year. Here is a link to
the page about discounts and related deadlines: https://www.idyllwildarts.org/summer/teens-kids/.
Contact Allison Allport at
Auditions started December 1, 2017.
Illinois Summer Harp Class
May 31 – June 2, 2018 in Champaign-Urbana, Illinois. Instructor: Ann Yeung,
An intensive three-day class with Ann Yeung that offers the possibility of
morning and afternoon master classes, private lessons, presentations, harp
ensemble with a new work by Julia Kay Jamieson, recitals, and the
participants' recital on the final evening. Limited number of participants.
Priority application deadline March 1, 2018.
Interlochen Arts Camp Harp Programs
Interlochen, Michigan. Intermediate Division (students currently in grades
9-12) June 23 - August 6, 2018. Students work with world-renowned
conductors, teachers and guest artists in private lessons, studio classes
and harp ensemble. Students have opportunities to perform as soloists, in
small groups and with large ensembles. Instructor: Joan Raeburn Holland.
Auditions are required. Apply by February 1,
2018 for priority review. http://camp.interlochen.org/program/music/hs/harp
P. July 15-28, 2018 at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor,
Michigan. For high school harpists.
Intensive two weeks designed to enhance the technical and musical skills of
the dedicated young harpist.
Performance study, including individual practice, private lessons, studio
class, and harp ensemble, will be integrated with instruction in performance
concentration, productive practice techniques, and the opportunity to
prepare for college auditions. Instructor: Joan Holland.
Priority deadline February 9, 2018
Vancouver Symphony Orchestral Institute at Whistler P. June
24 – July 3, 2018 at Whistler, British Columbia, Canada. Students will be
immersed in a collaborative musical environment alongside and mentored by a
world-class symphony orchestra, under the direction of the VSO's
internationally acclaimed music director, Maestro Bramwell Tovey.
Participation in the Whistler Institute Orchestra, chamber music, individual
and group coachings, as well as a variety of unique performance
opportunities. VSOIW students will have an opportunity to participate in the
VSOIW Concerto Competition. The grand prize winner will perform with
Vancouver Symphony Orchestra. Whistler Institute Orchestra 2018 program
includes Stravinsky’s Petrouchka, Ravel’s Daphnis et Chloé Suite. No. 2 and
Strauss’ Till Eulenspiegel’s Merry Pranks. The harp students will be coached
by Elizabeth Volpé Bligh. http://www.vsoinstitute.ca.
Auditions due March 11, 2018.
addition, students may extend their time in Vancouver by applying for the
brand new University of British Columbia Chamber Orchestra Festival (July
3-8), featuring an elite, intimate chamber orchestra experience,
opportunities for concerto performances, and intensive study for student
conductors. For more info on the UBC Chamber Orchestra Festival, please
Young Artist's Harp Seminar
7-21, 2018 at Kenyon College in Ohio. Private lessons, master classes, harp
ensemble, various workshops and concerts. Two divisions: beginning to
intermediate on pedal with Kathryn Andrews, Kristi Shade and intermediate to
advanced on pedal with Susan Bennett Brady, Kimberly Rowe, Emily Levin,
Angela Schwarzkopf. 2018 Guest artist: Nancy Allen. www.harpseminar.com.
Applications received after March 15
will be on a space available basis.
2018 Summer Harp Camps
Beginning in the Middle 2018 March 1-4, 2018 in
Williamsburg, Virginia. Faculty include Lynne Aspnes, Robbin Gordon-Cartier,
Deborah Henson-Conant, Kim Robertson and Frank Voltz.
Berklee Summer Harp Programs
Three summer programs include harp: a one week summer String Intensive the
last week of June; the Five Week Program July 7-August 10; and the 12 week
college credit program end of May through 2nd week in August.
students receive weekly harp lessons and coaching to accompany the ensembles
and many other playing opportunities- jazz bands, rock groups, chamber
music, and eclectic string orchestra and recording sessions. The harpists
receive a lot of individual attention every week. Faculty: Felice Pomeranz.
Lake Fine Arts Camp L,
P. Four sessions. Four sessions June 27-August 10, 2018 in Manistee
National Forest, Michigan. Age range is grades 7-12. Five hours daily harp
instruction including private lessons, harp ensemble, intensive practice,
classes in theory, harp history, performance skills. Student recital. Harps
provided. Eight students per session. Instructors include Jacqueline Pollauf,
Harp Department Coordinator, Stephanie Gustafson, Chen-Yu Huang and Amy Ley.
https://bluelake.org/summercamp/majors/harp.php or 800-221-3796.
Cammac Summer Program L July
15-22, 2018 on Lake MacDonald, Quebec, Canada.
Sharlene Wallace’s Celtic harp program (all levels) is in counterpoint to a
chamber music program and the Utrecht String Quartet - all against the
backdrop of the Cantata for choir and orchestra, Ein’ feste Burg ist unser
Gott, by the Grand Master of Counterpoint, J.S. Bach. Classes available:
Celtic harp, chamber music, choir, orchestra, piano, voice masterclass, wind
ensemble, string ensemble, recorder, yoga, introduction to counterpoint,
reading music, active listening and folk dance.
Canadian International Summer Harp Institute (CISHI) L,
20-27, 2018 at Sanctum Retreat Centre in Caroline (near Calgary), Alberta,
Canada, appr. 1 ½ hr. drive NW of Calgary. Intensive one-week training
programme for students of all levels. All students receive private lessons
focusing on technique and repertoire as well as ensemble coaching, healthy
harping and daily stretch. Additional classes may also include
performance preparation, orchestral rep, harmonization of lead sheets and
improvisation, healthy playing depending on students’ needs. A limited
number of rental harps are available on a first come, first serve basis so
early registration is advised.
Instructors: Gianetta Baril,
Judy Loman and Julia Kay Jamieson. www.cishi.ca
Cascades Harp Retreat
June 15-17, 2018 near Sisters, Oregon.
weekend of workshops for pedal and lever harpists of all levels. Special
guests Kim Robertson and Phil and Gayle Neuman (early music specialists).
Instructors: Hilary Smith and Laura Zaerr,
Central Coast Harp Workshop L,
10-12, 2018 at Morro Bay, CA. Harpists of all levels and auditors. Master
classes, familiar and unusual repertoire for solo harp, multiple harps
and/or harp in mixed ensembles. Some scholarship aid available. Instructor:
Marcia Dickstein. Early registration discount deadline by 7/20/18.
click “harp workshops” in menu.
Mountain Academy Summer Music Festival,
L, P. July 22-August 4, 2018 in Fayetteville, West Virginia. Harp
students ages 12-23, early-intermediate through advanced. Harp students
enjoy one-on-one private instruction 2x weekly, work daily with other
student musicians in chamber music groups and large ensemble, and experience
the natural beauty of a mountain setting. Harp faculty: Colleen Thorburn. www.codamountain.com
Valley Harp Intensive Summer Camp
L, P. August
4-12, 2018 in Simsbury, Connecticut. Ages 12-20, all levels. Day and
overnight available. Campers will select between a solo, ensemble-based or
combined track to follow during the week plus courses in rhythm,
sight-reading and technique. Day or overnight available. Instructors: Susan
Knapp Thomas, Franziska Huhn and Kathryn Sloat.
Crane Youth Music
P.June 24-July 7, 2018. At the Crane School of Music, SUNY-Potsdam,
in Potsdam, NY. All harpists perform in orchestra, wind ensemble, master
classes, harp ensemble, solo recital and private lessons. Pedal harp only,
ages 12-18. Instructor: Dr. Jessica Suchy-Pilalis.
Crested Butte Chamber Music Intensive
23-28, 2018 in Crested Butte, Colorado. Private lessons, master
classes, opportunity for harp ensemble and chamber music with other
traffic lights or chain stores in this national historic town, but you will
find a friendly community with world-class music and outdoor offerings.
Instructor: Anastasia Pike.
Hainen Harp Colony at Curtis Summerfest 2018
20-26, 2018. Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia.
The Elizabeth Hainen
Harp Colony is an advanced training ground for the world’s next generation
of professional harpists. Harpists looking for a
rigorous program will benefit from an intensive week of orchestral training
through mock audition, master classes with Elizabeth
Hainen and harp ensemble
with Nancy Lendrim, culminating in a performance in the final concert. Instructors:
Elizabeth Hainen, Nancy Lendrim.
Music Festival (session II)
29- Aug. 4, 2018 at Central Washington University in Ellensburg, Washington,
in connection with the Tacoma Youth Symphony Association.This program is for students entering
grade 9 through age 21. Week-long intensive orchestra training,
choir, music theory, music history lectures, lessons, chamber music, evening
recitals by students and music faculty.Several works on the music list call for harp
participation. Harp instructor TBA.
Summer Arts Festival
15-29, 2018 in Fairbanks, Alaska. Private lessons (any level) and harp
ensemble opportunities as well as master classes (any level welcome).
Instructor: Marcia Dickstein. https://www.fsaf.org/
Biennial festival of Scottish Gaelic language and culture at historic Fort
Worden near Port Townsend, Washington. Will return in 2019.
Summer Harp Fest L,
2018 at the Towson Campus in Towson, Maryland. A one-week intensive harp
summer program for intermediate to advanced students of all ages, designed
to assist in developing harpists through the exploration of ensemble
performance, stage presence and harp maintenance. Enrichment activities,
rehearsals, and coaching will culminate in a concert on the final afternoon.
Vendor fair sponsored by the Virginia Harp Center. Faculty and co-directors:
Michaela Trnkova, Anatasia Pike. Application
deadline June 1, 2018.
L, but P
May (17) 18-20, 2018 in Sauder Village, Ohio. The Harp Ensemble Experience,
stress-free atmosphere and close camaraderie, first-class vendor hall.
Workshop presenters/performers include Nicolas Carter, Martha Gallagher,
Cass Jendzurski, Diana Rowan, Harper Tasche, Tapestry, Frank Voltz.
Harps in the
23-26, 2018 in West Bend, Wisconsin. Adults.A 3-day harp retreat in a
peaceful, rural setting with instructors Kim Robertson & Sunita Staneslow.
Limited enrollment. Five to six hours of activities daily with workshops,
master classes, optional ensemble playing and an add-on Special Focus class
on Thursday. The focus is on musicality and expression combined with
practical tools to improve technique for any level.
Harps in the Glen, Washington
14-16, 2018 in Port Townsend, Washington. Adults. A 3-day harp retreat in a
peaceful, rural setting with instructors Kim Robertson & Sunita Staneslow.
Limited enrollment. Five to six hours of activities daily with workshops,
master classes and optional ensemble playing.The focus is on musicality and
expression combined with practical tools to improve technique for any level.
Harp in the
Mountains Summer Festival 2018
L, P. July 22-28, 2018 in Madisonburg, Pennsylvania. Fun camp
atmosphere and intense harp study for ages 13-20.
With a focus on learning together, campers work on technique and
musicianship while they play, practice and perform solo and in ensemble.
2018 theme is “Colors of the Harp” with music.
Instructors: Anne Sullivan and Candace
Adult Study Retreat
June 3-10, 2018 at American Harp Center, Petoskey, Michigan. All levels.
Offers an unparalleled opportunity for a limited number of adult harpists
looking to improve their harp playing and expand their musical horizons.
Master classes, performance classes, practice time, and solo, duo, and trio
work. Instructors: Lynne Aspnes,
Holland, Dr. Charles W. Lynch III.
and 5, 2018 in West Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada. The 2018 Spring
Celtic Harp Workshop program: producing a beautiful tone, 15-minute warmup,
ensemble piece, tasty Latin and Celtic pieces. Featured instructor: Sharlene
Wallace. Concert with Sharlene Wallace and Aaron Ord.
www.highspiritsmusic.com. Contact Caroline Mackay at
firstname.lastname@example.org or 250-862-1782
Houston Summer Harp Festival
9-14, 2018 in Houston, Texas, sponsored by Houston Baptist
University. For incoming 6th-recently graduated 12th graders. A
non-competitive week of comprehensive studies on the many aspects of the
harp and its music, history and ensemble playing. Instructors: Kimberly
DeRosa, artistic director, Therese Honey, Susanna Campbell and Hope Cowan.
Scholarships available, deadline June 1. Registration deadline June 11,
in northern California will not take place this year because of the AHS
Conference in that area.
Island Mountain Arts Harp & Cello School August 20-24, 2018 in Wells, British
Morning teaching sessions, and in the afternoons choose from musical topics
including ensemble. Enjoy special activities like the student BBQ, Breton
dance workshop, instructor concert and the annual Céilidh. Faculty so far:
Tristan LeGovic and Sharlene
Strings Summer Harp (& Dulcimer) Camp
July 27-29, 2018 at Magic Hill overlooking Puget Sound near Seattle,
Washington. Lessons, workshops, harp history, harp circles. Explore the
happy relationship between the Celtic harp and hammered dulcimer. Rentals
available. Instructors: Philip and Pam Boulding. Participants may camp in
the pasture near the studio or make reservations at nearby B&Bs and motels.
Summer Music Festival
22- August 5, 2018 at Western Washington University in Bellingham,
Washington. Three divisions: Pre-college, University, Fellowship (advanced
18-25). Over 200 musicians, ages 14 to 25, come from over 30 states and
several countries. Students are immersed in orchestral and chamber music
rehearsals, master classes, and repertoire building professional performance
opportunities. Harp lessons, coaching, orchestras, master classes. Harp
instructor: Catherine Case.
L, P. July 15-21, 2018 at the University of Tulsa, Tulsa, Oklahoma.
Open to students and harpists ages 9-adult.
An opportunity for
harpists to come together, take a break from the stress of life, and simply
enjoy being harpists together.
Ensembles, 4 community concerts, workshops, harp maintenance, harp music
store. Salzedo and standard solo competition. Harp maintenance by Peter
Wiley. Instructors: Mary Bircher, Elizabeth Richter, Faye Seeman. Guest
artist: Frank Voltz.
Harmony Music Festival Summer School
July 9 - July
14, 2018, brings teachers in traditional music, jazz improvisation, and
classical music together with students who want to explore different styles
of music while sharpening their principal skills. During the 5 days of
classes, students can expect to study with their principal teachers during
the morning and early afternoon class periods. They may also want to attend
a “gypsy class” where students can join in or observe classes in other
styles. Students have the opportunity to perform as a part of several casual
concerts and jam sessions. Harp Instructor: Martha Waldvogel-Warre
more information on the festival, school, tuition and how to make a
reservation go to www.newharmonymusicfest.com
Northern Lights Harp Fest is
a biennial event - please check back in 2019.
A wealth of workshops and concerts, Celtic
Immersion day and vendors in Cornwall, Ontario, Canada.
Ohio Scottish Arts School (OSAS) L. June 23-29,
2018 at Oberlin College, Oberlin, Ohio. Scottish music taught on all levels,
including airs, songs, marches, and dance music. Music taught by ear with
music handed out after. Students 12 and up, excellent for teens. Bring your
own harp. Instructors: Sue Richards, Gillian Fleetwood from Scotland, Seumas
Gagne, Jen Narkevicius. www.ohioscottishartsschool.com.
Mountain Springs Harp Program
for P, but L accepted) June 17 – July 14, 2018 in Steamboat Springs,
Colorado. RMSHP accepts all levels, middle school to conservatory or
post-grad. Four weeks of intensive harp study and personal development.
Class topics include: technique, musicianship, performance, physical and
mental health, and connections between music and other disciplines. Each
student participates in harp ensemble, chamber opportunities, and
twice-weekly lessons. Instructors: Rachel Browne, Kathryn Harms.
Somerset Folk Harp Festival July 19-22, 2018 in
Parsippany, New Jersey. Early bird registration discount
begins January 1, 2018. 30+ presenters, 100+ workshops for all levels.
All ages and abilities welcome.
is taking another year off. Please check back next year.
Spanish Peaks International Celtic Harp Retreat and Music Festival
September 27-30, 2018 in Southeast Colorado. Theme: Across the Divide, that
will feature music and techniques that transcend time and cultures in Irish,
Israeli and Arabic cultures. This is a harp retreat in the midst of a full
Celtic Festival. Multi-level harp workshops and instruction. The small size
of the harp classes will guarantee individual attention for all attendees;
additional private lessons with the instructors can be arranged.
Instructors: Aine Minogue and Sunita Stanislow. Julia Norem Hawley
will lead the Harp Circle. www.spanishpeaksharpretreat.com
P. July 15-22, 2018 in Lake Junaluska, NC. Intermediate to advanced
harpist 13 and older. A comprehensive program designed to develop the
versatile harpist. Participants will be able to hone their practice,
performance and professional skills under the instruction of acclaimed
professors Elzbieta Szmyt and Jan Jennings. The SHA includes daily
masterclasses, workshops, and ensemble rehearsals, as well as faculty and
student recitals. Visit https://www.summerharpacademy.org/ for
more information or to register. Registration
begins March 1.
Summer Harp Institutes
L, P. In Frederick Maryland July 9-13, 2018 and Richmond, Virginia
July 16-August 3, 2018. One week camps of various levels for harpists ages
The Institutes not only nurture musical ability
but provide all of the camaraderie of a summer music experience where
students form friendships that last a lifetime. The combination of an
outstanding faculty, the beautiful setting, a rich musical environment and
talented students makes the Institute an exciting, memorable and rewarding
Guest artist Claire
Jones, former Royal Harpist. See
many more details about lessons, classes, workshops, the tour, etc. at
Lynnelle Ediger-Kordzaia. 804-837-9355.
Adult Music School
L. Celtic Harp workshops August 13-17, August 20-24, 2018 in Lubec,
Maine. Daily private lessons, group classes, harp ensemble and chamber
ensemble opportunities. Limited to five students per week, all levels.
Instructor: Haley Hewitt.
Redlands Summer Harp Camp
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