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Harp Camps in the United States and Canada

listed in alphabetical order, not by date.
Please note L for lever harp, P for pedal harp.
Click here for camps outside the USA and Canada.

2014 Summer Harp Camps 

Adult Summer Harp Institute  This is not taking place in 2014.

American Youth Harp Ensemble Summer Harp Institutes In Frederick, Maryland (July 7-11, 2014) and Richmond Virginia (July 28-August 17, 2014). L, P.  Coaching, daily ensembles and classes, many choices of seminars and workshops for harpists ages 6-22, beginners through advanced levels, lever and pedal harps. A European tour for advanced students. Lynnelle Ediger, Artistic Director and Aponi Brunson, Assistant Artistic Director; additional faculty: TBA. See all the possibilities at www.harpensemble.org/summer or www.summermusicinstitutes.com.

Aspen Music Festival  P. June 18 – August 17, 2014 in Aspen, Colorado. Faculty: Nancy Allen and Deborah Hoffman. Applications are accepted as of Oct. 1, deadline January 2 so apply early for this camp next year. www.aspenmusicfestival.com/ .

Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp L, P. Four sessions. Grades 7-12: June 25-July 6 and July 9-22, 2014. Grades 5-9: July 23-August 3 and August 6-17, 2014. Twin Lake, Michigan. Five hours daily harp instruction including private lessons, harp ensemble, classes in theory, harp history, performance skills. Harps provided. Instructors: Ayren Huslig, Amy Ley, Cheryl Losey, Megan Metheny. www.bluelake.org or 800-221-3796

Boston University Tanglewood Institute  P. June 29-August 9, 2014 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 Franziska Huhn, plus master classes with Paula Page, Alice Giles, Elizabeth Morse, Elisabeth Remy Johnson and Jessica Zhou. Application deadline February 7, 2014. www.bu.edu/cfa/tanglewood/program/yahs/

Bowdoin International Music Festival  P.  June 28-August 9, 2014 (3-week and 6-week sessions) 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.

Brevard Music Center  P. In Brevard, North Carolina. College Division: June 15 - August 3, 2014, High-School Division: June 20 - August 3, 2014. Students work with and perform alongside world-renowned conductors and guest-artists, including Itzhak Perlman, Garrick Ohlsson, Miguel Harth-Bedoya and Keith Lockhart among many.  Daily orchestra & opera rehearsals, weekly concerts, private lessons & orchestral parts sectionals, mock auditions, concerto competition, chamber music (optional) and 3 harp ensemble concerts. Faculty: Ina Zdorovetchi. Scholarship awards and work-study opportunities are available!  www.brevardmusic.org or 828-862-2100Application deadline: February 25.

Cammac Summer Program July 20-27, 2014 in Lake MacDonald, Quebec, Canada. Celtic and chamber music. Bilingual instructors. Sharlene Wallace teaches Celtic harp classes for all levels. www.cammac.ca

Canadian International Summer Harp Institute (CISHI) L, P. July 2 - 11, 2014 in Vancouver, BC, Canada. Intensive one- to two- week training programme for students of all levels. All students receive private lessons focusing on technique, repertoire and ensemble coaching as well as a variety of special classes including performance preparation, morning stretch, orchestral repertoire, South American rhythms and improvisation. Instructors: Gianetta Baril, Elizabeth Volpé-Bligh, Cristina Braga and Judy Loman. www.cishi.ca   www.facebook.com/CanadianInternationalSummerHarpInstitute. 604-915-9300.

Central Coast Harp Workshop L, P. August 8-10 2014 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 by 7/8/14. See www.debussytrio.com for registration.

Coda Mountain Academy of Music, Fayetteville, WV, June 8-22, 2014. New harp track being added this summer, harp students ages 12-23 encouraged to apply. Harp students study and perform alongside other instrumental students, with their own lessons, master-classes, harp ensemble, and chamber music performance opportunities. Harp faculty: Colleen Potter Thorburn. More information at codamountain.com, or call 304-663-6688.

 Crane Youth Music June 29-July 12, 2014. State University of New York in Potsdam, NY. All harpists participate in orchestra; master classes, harp ensemble. Instructor: Dr. Jessica Suchy-Pilalis. www.potsdam.edu/academics/Crane/cym/index.cfm

 Eastern Music Festival P. June 21-July 26, 2014 in Greensboro, North Carolina. Age 14-22. 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 perform with faculty soloists and visiting artists. Student to faculty ratio of 2:1.  Harp instructor: Anna Kate Mackle. www.easternmusicfestival.org. 877-833-6753. Deadline March 1, 2014.

Eastman Community Music School Harp Workshop  L, P. July 7-11, 2014 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Rochester, New York. Beginning and intermediate level harpists (high school to adult) provides individual and ensemble instruction, music theory, and orchestral repertory classes for pedal and lever harpists. Highlights include concerts and other performance opportunities. 
Nan Gullo Richmond, director. http://www.esm.rochester.edu/summer/high-school/#HS_Harp.

Evergreen Music Festival (session II)  P.  August 3 -9, 2014, at Central Washington University in Ellensburg, Washington. Week-long intensive orchestra training, choir, music theory, music history lectures, lessons, chamber music, harp ensemble, master classes, evening recitals by students and music faculty. Harp instructor: Juliet Stratton, M.M. www.tysamusic.org/EMF.htm

Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival L, P. July 13-27, 2014 in Fairbanks, Alaska. The harp program is during Week 2, July 20-27: private lessons (any level) and harp ensemble opportunities as well as master classes (any level welcome). Instructor: Marcia Dickstein, who will be playing the Debussy Danses on the final orchestra concert on July 27. www.fsaf.org or 907-474-8869.

Glissando Summer Harp Fest  L, P.  July 7-11, 2014 at the Preparatory Division of the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University,  Baltimore, Maryland.  NEW: College/adult student division! A one-week intensive harp summer program for students of all ages and levels, designed to assist in their development through the exploration of solo and ensemble performance, stage presence and harp maintenance, culminating in a concert on July 11. Enrichment activities, rehearsals, coaching and masterclasses will form an integral part of the student's learning experience. Faculty: Michaela Trnkova, Anatasia Pike, Harlan D. Parker.  More info:  http://www.peabody.jhu.edu/preparatory/departments/harp/harpfest.html

GMG Harp Forum L, P. June 22-27, 2014 in West Chester, Pennsylvania. Celtic harp and pedal harp tracks. This year is directed mainly toward the intermediate to advanced players with at least 2-4 years experience. Build repertoire, skills and techniques, interact with other harpists. Instructors: Gloria Galante, Madeline Doherty.  http://www.gmgstudios.com. Registration:  call Gloria at 215-342-9397.

HarpArts Adult Study Retreat L, P. June 1-8, 2014 at U. of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, Virginia. Master classes, performance classes, practice time, and solo, duo, and trio work. Instructors: Lynne Aspnes, Mary Jane D'Arville. ww.harparts.org. or harpartsretreat@bellsouth.net.

High Cascades Harp Retreat L, P. June 13-15, 2014 near Sisters, Oregon. A packed weekend of workshops for pedal and lever harpists of all levels. Instructors: Laura Zaerr 541-757-8313 or lauraz@peak.org, Hilary Smith 541-549-1229 or harpsisters@gmail.com. Guest instructor: Julia Kay Jamieson.

High Spirits Music Intermediate Harp Workshop  L.  April 11-13, 2014 in Naramata, BC, Canada. Technique, arranging, stage presence, improv. Guest artist-presenter: Kim Robertson. Information: Caroline Mackay at theharplady@shaw.ca www.highspiritsmusic.com.

Hot Springs Music Festival P. June 1-14, 2014. Hot Springs, Arkansas. Age 18+. For pre-professional apprentices. Full tuition scholarships and housing. Orchestral, chamber, solo repertoire. Harp mentor: Deborah Fleischer. (www.hotmusic.org) 501-623-4763.  Deadline March 14, 2014.

15th Houston Summer Harp Festival at Houston Baptist University L, P. July 28 - August 2, 2014 in Houston, Texas. Incoming 6th graders - graduated 12th graders. A non-competitive comprehensive study of the harp. 3 Ensembles, private lessons, masterclasses, workshops, finale concert. Overnight dorm facilities available. Scholarships available. Kimberly DeRosa, director. www.houstonsummerharpfestival.com

Illinois Summer Harp Camp L, P. June 12-14, 2014 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, harp ensemble, recitals, and the participants' recital on the final evening. annyeung@illinois.edu or http://www.music.illinois.edu/public-engagement-programs/summer-harp-class. Applications due before March 15, 2014 for priority consideration.

Interlochen Arts Camp Harp Programs P. Interlochen, Michigan. Intermediate Division June 21 - July 12, 2014 and July 13 - August 4, 2014 (one or both sessions). http://camp.interlochen.org/program/music/int/harp. High School Division: June 21–August 4, 2014. 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. Instructors: Rachel Brandwein, Joan Raeburn Holland and Sylvia Norris. Auditions are required. These camps fill their registrations very early, so don't delay. Apply by February 1, 2014 for priority review. http://camp.interlochen.org/program/music/hs/harp. 


International Harp School 2014 L. August 11-15, 2014 in Wells, British Columbia, Canada. For harpists 14 through adult, beginners to advanced. Instructors: Sharlene Wallace, Sunita Staneslow and Maeve Gilchrist. Further information at http://www.imarts.com/.

Isabelle Perrin Summer Harp Workshop L, P. In Traverse City, Michigan. Not available this year as Isabelle is artistic director of the 2014 World Harp Congress in Sydney. Please check back in 2015.

Longhorn Music Camp Harp Week L, P. June 22-28, 2014 in Austin, Texas. Grades 9-12. Solo and ensemble experiences exploring classical traditions and improvisational styles. Master classes on orchestral audition excerpts, chamber music, harp maintenance, career discussions. Instructor: Delaine Fedson. http://www.music.utexas.edu/campsConferences/Default.aspx#harp

Magical Strings Summer Harp (& Dulcimer) Camp L. July 18-20, 2014 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. www.magicalstrings.com

Marrowstone Summer Music Festival P. July 27- August 10, 2014 at Western Washington University in Bellingham, Washington. Three divisions: Pre-college, University, Fellowship (advanced 18-25). Lessons, coaching, orchestras, master classes. Harp instructor: Catherine Case Barrett. http://marrowstone.syso.org/ms/index.html

Masterworks Performing Arts Festival P. June 15-July 13, 2014 in Winona Lake, Indiana. MasterWorks is an intensive four-week festival for advanced and passionate students of music, dance and theatre. Each year, 250 students from around the world and with a wide variety of Christian backgrounds participate in this unique festival that combines artistic excellence and biblically sound teaching. Instructor: Heaven Fan. Master class guest clinician: Susann McDonald www.masterworksfestival.org or 888-836-2723.

Midwest Harp Festival L, P. July 20-26, 2014 at the University of Tulsa, Tulsa, Oklahoma. Open to students and harpists of all ages. Ensemble, chamber music, workshops, master class, private coaching. Harp maintenance by Peter Wiley. Clinicians: Faye Seeman, Mary Bircher, Elizabeth Richter. Special guest: Janet Witman. www.midwestharpfestival.org/home

mpulse Harp Institute P. July 20-August 2, 2014 at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan. For high school harpists. 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. Deadline February 14, 2014. www.music.umich.edu/special_programs/youth/mpulse/harp.htm

Ohio Scottish Arts School L and wire-strung harp. June 28-July 3, 2014 in Rocky River, Ohio. Scottish dance music, airs and songs, ornamentation, learning by ear, sessions. Option to assemble, finish and string your own 27-string wire harp assisted by Ann and Charlie Heymann. Instructors: Sue Richards, Ann and Charlie Heymann, Corrina Hewat. www.ohioscottishartsschool.com/

Rocky Mountain Springs Harp Program (intended for P, but L accepted) June 29-July 20, 2014 in Steamboat Springs, Colorado. Three weeks of intensive harp study and personal development. Technique, musicianship, performance, physical and mental health. Ensemble and chamber opportunities, twice-weekly lessons. Instructors: Catherine Case Barrett, Grace Bauson. http://www.rmsharp.org/

San Francisco Early Medieval Renaissance Workshop L. June15-21, 2014 at Sonoma State University, Rohnert Park, California. Harp instructor: Adam Knight Gilbert.  http://www.sfems.org/med12.shtml

Saratoga Harp Colony P. 10th Anniversary Season: August 3-17, 2014 in Saratoga Springs, NY. New for 2014: Play With The Pros Concerto Competition now open to all harpists, special rate for Alumni Homecoming Weekend, and a performance and workshop with special guest Park Stickney. Private lessons, master classes, recitals, mock auditions, harp orchestra, flexible Practice Retreat residency for professional harpists. Instructors: Elizabeth Hainen, Nancy Lendrim, Maria Luisa Rayan-Forero and members of The Philadelphia Orchestra. (www.saratogaharpcolony.org)

Sewanee Summer Music Festival P. June 21 – July 20, 2014 in Sewanee, Tennessee. Harpists participate in chamber and orchestral groups and harp ensembles. Instructors: Marian Shaffer, Frances Cobb. www.sewaneemusicfestival.org/summer-study/program-of-study) or MarianShaffer@aol.com.

Slighe nan Gaidheal's bi-annual Féis, L. June 11-15, 2014 at historic Fort Worden near Port Townsend, Washington. Gaelic, clàrsach, fiddle, pipes, song, and culture. Explore the living traditions of Gaeldom together. http://www.slighe.com/topic_page.php?topic_id=4&page_id=2

Southeastern Harp Weekend  L. October 24-25-26, 2014, in Asheville, North Carolina. Clinicians include Wendy Stewart of Scotland, Kim Robertson, Sunita Staneslow, Frank Voltz, Billy Jonas, Sue Richards, Rhett Barnwell, and more. Largest vendor hall in the Southeast, workshops, harp tasting, and concerts at a wooded retreat center. Thursday, Friday and Monday and Tuesday are optional add-ons of all-day classes. http://www.southeasternharps.com/southeasternharps.com/Home.html

Spanish Peaks International Celtic Harp Retreat and Music Festival September 24-28, 2014 in Huerfano County, Colorado. Classes, workshops, harp circle, symposium. Guest artists: Aine Minogue, Kelly Stewart, Heather Yule. "Celtic Weddings: Music and Traditions" with AIne Minogue. Music of Protests, Battles, and Laments: 700th anniversary of the Scottish Battle of Bannockburn; the 1000th anniversary of the Irish Battle of Clontarf; the 546th anniversary  of the seven year siege of Harlech Castle. www.spanishpeaksharpretreat.com or Nancy Joroff at 978-369-2712 (EST) or ngondal2@gmail.com

The Summer Harp Academy  P  June 29 - July 6, 2014 in Lake Junaluska, North Carolina. A comprehensive program designed to develop the versatile harpist to hone practice, performance and professional skills. Instructors: Elzbieta Szmyt and Jan Jennings. The Academy includes daily masterclasses, workshops, and ensemble rehearsals, as well as faculty and student recitals. Visit www.summerharpacademy.org for more information or to register. Register by March 1 for tuition discount

Summerkeys Adult Music School L. August 18-22, 25-29, 2014 in Lubec, Maine. Celtic Harp Workshops have daily private lessons, group classes, chamber ensemble opportunities. Limited to six students per week, all levels. Instructor: Sue Richards. http://summerkeys.com/2012-celtic-harp-workshop/43/

TCU Summer Harp Workshop P. June 18-19, 2014 in Fort Worth, Texas. Two days of solo masterclasses and ensemble rehearsals as well as interactive classes in harp technique, practice strategies and college preparedness. Festival Recital Performance at the conclusion of the workshop. Open to young pedal harpists 8th grade and above, intermediate to advanced level. For more information, contact Laura Logan at 817.257.6099 or l.logan@tcu.edu. http://www.music.tcu.edu/smi.asp
    Also Explore the Harp on June 20: A half-day workshop experience for beginning harpists, or those interested in learning more about the harp. No prior harp experience required. Practice harps will be provided, or you may bring your own. Open to ages 10-14. Learn basic beginning harp technique and three simple songs in a fun, relaxed group setting. Hours: 8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.  For more information, contact Laura Logan at 817.257.6099 or l.logan@tcu.edu.  http://www.music.tcu.edu/smi.asp

University of Redlands Summer Harp Camp  P. July 21-26, 2014 in Redlands, California. Music for harp ensemble taken from orchestral music; cadenzas and important harp excerpts.  Faculty: Lynne Aspnes, Mary Dropkin, Carolyn Lund, John Wickey. www.redlands.edu/harpcamp or arrfa@aol.com. Possibility of “Lever Harp Friendly” camp July 24-27. Email arrfa@aol.com for more information.

Young Artist's Harp Seminar P. July 5-19, 2014 in northern Georgia. Private lessons, master classes, harp ensemble, various workshops and concerts. New program added this year for beginning harpists ages 8-17. Faculty: Kathryn Andrews (beginners), Susan Bennett Brady and Kimberly Rowe. Guest artist: Skaila Kanga. www.harpseminar.com.

2015 Summer Harp Camps 

Northern Lights Harp Fest October 2-4, 2015 in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. Workshops and concerts with Tina Tourin, Frank Voltz, Alison Vardy, Martha Gallagher and more. www.northernlightsharpfest.com.

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