listed in alphabetical order, not by date.
Please note L for lever harp, P for pedal harp.
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USA and Canada.
2019 Summer Harp Camps with early registration
Boston University Tanglewood
Institute P. June 30- August 10, 2019 in Lenox,
Massachusetts. The Young Artists Harp Program is a six-week program limited
to four students, enabling highly individualized and thorough instruction.
Weekly lessons, chamber music, harp ensemble, and playing in the Young
Artists Orchestra and Young Artists Wind Ensemble lend to a full-immersion
program, providing young players a comprehensive overview of all facets of
harp playing. Faculty:
Ann Hobson Pilot and
January 21, 2019.
Bowdoin International Music Festival
22-July 13, 2019. Session 2: July 13 – August 3, 2019. 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.
www.bowdoinfestival.org or 855-832-3393 (toll free). Priority deadline
January 21, 2019.
Celtic Harp Camp L.
July 18-20, 2019 on Horn Pond in Acton, Maine. ‘Tunes and Techniques’
covering hand techniques, chording, rhythm and tunes. This is for
intermediate beginner-plus level. Contact Regina Delaney for info at
Curtis Summerfest Harp Colony
P. July 9-15, 2019 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Ages 13 and older)
The colony is a true pedagogical institution, with emphasis on individual
development for promising young harpists as well as professionals. The
distinguished faculty conducts an intensive program of master classes and
orchestral training. Harpists looking for a rigorous program will benefit
from an intensive week of orchestral training through mock audition, and
master classes with Elizabeth
Hainen and renowned Curtis alumna, Judy Loman (Harp ’56), culminating in
a performance in the final concert. Some loaner harps available.
Applications available October 2018. Discount until March 15, 2019.
Eastern Music Festival
June 22-July 27, 2019 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.
www.easternmusicfestival.org. 336-333-7450 x227. Deadline February 18,
Evergreen Music Festival (session II) P. July 28- Aug. 3,
2019 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. www.tysamusic.org/evergreen-music-festival.html
Illinois Summer Harp Class
June 6-8, 2019 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.
application deadline March 1, 2019, but applications will be considered past
Interlochen Arts Camp Harp Programs
P. Interlochen, Michigan. Intermediate Division
(students currently in grades 9-12) June 22 - August 5, 2019. 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, 2019 for
priority review. http://camp.interlochen.org/program/music/hs/harp
MPulse Harp Institute
P. July 21-27, 2019 at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor,
Michigan. For high school harpists. Intensive one week designed to enhance
the technical and musical skills of the dedicated harpist. Daily private
lessons, individual and guided practice time, studio classes, performance
opportunities, and harp ensemble. The studio class will focus on several
topics such as college preparation, performance concentration, and
peer-to-peer observation. Instructor: Joan Holland.
Priority deadline February 1, 2019
Young Artist's Harp Seminar
July 6-20, 2019 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
Applications are accepted starting in late fall. Those received after
March 15 will be on a space available basis.
2019 Summer Harp Camps
Acadia Trad Festival
June 23-28, 2019. Offered by the
Acadia School of Traditional Music and Arts in Bar Harbor, Maine. Classes,
concerts and jam sessions in the Irish, Acadian, Cajun, Old-Time and Cape
Breton styles. Harp instructor: Mairi Chaimbeul.
16-22, 2019 in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, in conjunction with the 2019
AHS Summer Institute and National Competition. All levels ages 12-17.
Masterclasses, workshops, private lessons, world premiere performances,
concerts. Faculty: Elisabeth Remy Johnson and Maria Luisa Rayan. Must be AHS
member. Registration deadline May 1, 2019.
Berklee Summer Harp Programs
Three summer programs include harp: The one week Global String Intensive,
June 24-June 28, 2019, the Five Week Program July 6-August 9, and the
Berklee Summer Semester, which is a 12-week college credit program May 20
through August 9, 2019. The students receive weekly harp lessons and
coaching to accompany the ensembles and many other playing opportunities-
jazz bands, rock groups, chamber music, Celtic music and ensembles, eclectic
string orchestra and recording sessions. The harpists receive a lot of
individual attention every week. Faculty: Felice Pomeranz, and for the
Global String Intensive, additionally Mairi Chaimbeul. https://www.berklee.edu/summer
Lake Fine Arts Camp
L, P. Four sessions. Four sessions June 26-August 18, 2019 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, Stephanie Gustafson, Chen-Yu Huang and Amy Ley.
Canadian International Summer Harp Institute (CISHI)
July 20-27, 2019 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. Participants will receive
multiple private lessons throughout the week. Students may bring solos they
are currently working on or polishing, as well as something new to start.
Orchestral excerpts and technical exercises may also be studied, based on
student needs. Students are also encouraged to bring their own arrangements,
compositions, or improvisation ideas for feedback. Depending on the number
of attendees, it may be possible to book extra private lessons with faculty
for an additional fee. Multiple workshops, ensembles, masterclasses,
recitals. A limited number of rental harps are available on a first come,
first serve basis so early registration is advised. Instructors: Gianetta
Baril, Ellen Gibling, Julia Kay Jamieson and Judy Loman.
Cascades Harp Retreat
is a biannual event. Look for it in 2020!
Crane Youth Music
P. June 30-July 13, 2019. 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 P July 8-13, 2019 in
Crested Butte, Colorado. With a participant-to-coach ratio capped at 3:1,
harp students receive training in a supportive and intimate environment.
Perfect for chamber music enthusiasts - participants will not only be
coached by faculty but will perform alongside them, all while nestled in the
stunning Rocky Mountains. Instructor: Anastasia Pike.
Elizabeth Hainen Harp Colony at Curtis Summerfest 2018
June 9-15, 2019. 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 culminating in a performance
in the final concert. Instructors: Elizabeth Hainen, Judy Loman. Apply
before March 15, 2019 and save $60.
Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival
July 14-28, 2019 in Fairbanks, Alaska. Private
lessons (any level) and harp ensemble opportunities as well as master
classes (any level welcome). Instructor: Marcia Dickstein.
www.fsaf.org or 907-474-8869.
Seattle (Slighe nan Gaidheal)
August 13-18, 2019. Biennial festival of Scottish Gaelic language and
culture, this year at Evergreen State College, Olympia, Washington. Daily
classes and workshops, ceilidhs every night. Harp instructor : Ingrid
Henderson. Many others in piping, fiddle, accordion, sinty, Gaelic language.
Bidh ho-ro gheallaidh ann gu dearbh and you don’t want to miss it!
Gilman School Summer Music Camp.
P, L June
12 - 14, 2019 in Baltimore, Maryland. Ages 9-18. We are proud to
announce that this is our Fourth year! This Summer Music Camp is a great
opportunity for older children, pre-teens, and teens to spend time focusing
on their harp, piano, strings, woodwinds, and brass. The harp camp is
designed to assist in developing harpists through the exploration of
ensemble performance, stage presence, and harp maintenance. Enrichment
activities, rehearsals, and coaching will culminate with all students
performing in daily concerts. Students will be assigned ensemble partners
depending on their grade and skill level. Students will also have the
opportunity to focus on solo music and Ensemble. Harp faculty Michaela
Greenspring Summer Harp Institutes L, P. In Frederick
Maryland. July 8-12, 2019 for all levels between ages 14 and 22. In
Richmond, Virginia Week 1 July 15-19, 2019 for beginner, intermediate and
advanced* harpists. In Richmond, Virginia, Week 2 July 22-26 – Tour only.*
July 27 - August 4 –Transatlantic Performance Tour on the Queen Mary 2*.
Harp ensemble, individual attention, coaching, individual practice time.
Full days (9am-4pm) and half days available (9am-12pm beginners, 1-4pm
intermediate/advanced). Boarding is available. See many more details about
lessons, classes, workshops, the tour, etc. at https://www.greenspringmusic.org/summer-1.
Artistic Director Lynnelle Ediger-Kordzaia. 804-837-9355.
required for advanced level and for tour
Harps in the Glen, Wisconsin
August 22-25, 2019 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 Days on Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday. The
focus is on musicality and expression combined with practical tools to
improve technique for any level.
in the Mountains Summer Festival 2019.
23-29, 2019 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. 2019 theme is “World Travelers” with music from every
continent. Instructors: Anne Sullivan and Candace Lark Masucci.
Spirits Music Retreat’s Spring Celtic Harp Workshop
April 5-6, 2019 in West Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada. Intermediate
level. Sessions focus on warm-ups, secrets to speed, an ensemble piece, new
Latin and Celtic solos; harp trio concert. Instructor: Sharlene Wallace.
Brochure available at
Houston Summer Harp Festival
8-13, 2019 in Houston, Texas. Sponsored by Houston Baptist University,
The Houston Summer Harp Festival brings young harpists together in a fun and
educational atmosphere for a week of intense and non-competitive study of
the harp, its history, and music. The festival is open to incoming 6th grade
through recently graduated 12th grade lever harp and pedal harp students who
are comfortable with reading bass and treble clef and have had a minimum of
6 months of harp instruction. In a relaxed atmosphere that encourages
camaraderie and artistic growth, students are equipped with practical tools
and experiences to become more confident musicians through ensemble playing,
small group projects, workshops and master classes. Join faculty Kimberly
DeRosa, Therese Honey, Hope Cowan, and Susanna Campbell this summer for a
fun, harp filled week that culminates in a harp ensemble concert. This
summer is extra special, as it is the 20th anniversary of the Houston Summer
Harp Festival. Registration and scholarship applications can be found at:
Island Mountain Arts Harp & Cello School August 19-23, 2019 in Wells, British
Columbia, Canada. Morning teaching sessions, and in the afternoons choose
from musical topics including ensemble. Enjoy special activities like the
student BBQ, Breton dancing, instructor concert and the annual Céilidh.
Faculty so far: Tristan LeGovic, Sharlene Wallace, Seumas Gagne, Marilyn
Rummel and Morag Northey for cello.
Marrowstone Summer Music Festival
P. July 21- August 4, 2019 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.
Midwest Harp Festival
L, P. July July 14-20, 2019. Trinity Christian College in Palos
Heights, Illinois. 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:
Charles W. Lynch III, Elizabeth Richter, Faye Seeman. Guest artist: Frank
New Harmony Music Festival Summer School July 7-14, 2019 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 http://www.waldvogelwarren.com/ .For
more information on the festival, school, tuition and how to make a
reservation go to www.newharmonymusicfest.com.
Scottish Arts School
(OSAS) L. June 22-28, 2019 at Oberlin College, Oberlin, Ohio. The
nylon/gut harp classes will study Scottish dance music, airs, and songs,
focusing on ornamentation, Scottish style, accompaniment, and learning by
ear with music handed out after. Students 12 and up, excellent for teens.
Bring your own harp. Instructors: Sue Richards, Rachel Clemente, Rachel
Hair, Jen Narkevicius.
Rocky Mountain Springs Harp Program
(intended for P, but L accepted)
June 23 – July 13, 2019 in Steamboat Springs, Colorado. All
levels, middle school to conservatory or post-grad. Intensive harp study and
personal development. Harp technique, musicianship and performance, physical
health and conditioning, improving mental attitudes and abilities, and
connections between music and other disciplines. Ensemble and chamber
opportunities, twice-weekly lessons. Instructors: Rachel Browne, Carly
Saratoga Harp Colony
Please see Elizabeth Hainen Harp Colony at Curtis Summerfest, above.
Sewanee Summer Music Festival
P. June 15-July 14, 2019 in Sewanee, Tennessee. Harpists participate
in intensive program of chamber and orchestral groups and harp ensembles;
frequent master classes, weekly private lesson. Instructors: Paula Bressman,
Southeastern Harp Weekend
is taking another year off. Please check back next year.
Southern Harp Festival
March 15-17, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia. An exciting weekend of concerts,
masterclasses and seminars. Featured artists: Nikolaz Cadoret, Maria Luisa
Rayan, Frank Volts. Guest artists: Rhett Barnwell, Mary Jane D’Arville.
www.southernharpfestival.com or 770-619-2920 (Atlantic Harp Center).
Spanish Peaks International Celtic Harp Retreat and Music Festival
September 25-29, 2019 in Southeast Colorado. 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. Tutors: Sue Richards, Maire ni Chathasaigh, Chris Newman
(harp/guitar workshop), Don Hilsberg (compose a film score), Jaimee Joroff.
Julia Norem Hawley will lead the Harp Circle. www.spanishpeaksharpretreat.com.
Summer Harp Academy
P. July 14-21, 2019 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
www.summerharpacademy.org for more information or to register.
Registration begins March 1
Summer Harp Institutes
(see The Greenspring Summer Harp Institutes.)
Summerkeys Adult Music School
L. Celtic Harp workshops August 12-16, August 19-23, August 26-30,
2019 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.
Greenspring Summer Harp Institutes
L, P. In Frederick Maryland July 8-12, 2019 for all levels between
ages 14 and 22. In Richmond, Virginia Week 1 July 15-19, 2019 for beginner,
intermediate and advanced* harpists. In Richmond, Virginia, Week 2 July
22-26 – Tour only.* Harp ensemble, individual attention, coaching,
individual practice time. Full (9am-4pm) and half (1-4pm) days available.
Guest artist Claire Jones, former Royal Harpist. See many more details
about lessons, classes, workshops, the tour, etc. at
www.greenspringmusic.org Artistic Director Lynnelle Ediger-Kordzaia.
but P welcome.
May (16) 17-19, 2019 in Sauder Village, Ohio. Stress-free atmosphere and
close camaraderie. Informative workshops, breath-taking concert
performances, two-room vendor hall with harps, music, accessories and more.
Workshop presenters/performers include Christa Grix, Patrice Fisher, Kim
Robertson, Tapestry, Frank Voltz, Beth Stockdell, Joy Slavens, Janet Witman.
University of Redlands Summer Harp Camp
happening in 2019.
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