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.

2017 Summer Harp Camps with early registration deadlines

Boston University Tanglewood Institute  P. July 2-August 12, 2017 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. Application deadline January 29, 2017.

Illinois Summer Harp Class L, P. June 8-10, 2017 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. Limited number of participants. or7 Priority application deadline March 1, 2017.

 Interlochen Arts Camp Harp Programs P.   Intermediate Division June 24 - August 7, 2017. Interlochen, Michigan. 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, 2017 for priority review.  

International Harp Festival L, P.  May 25-28, 2017 in Danville (San Francisco Bay area), California. Three levels of workshops; seminars; yoga; concerts. Two days of workshops for the advanced, preprofessional and professional harpist, and two days dedicated to the young student harpist. Presenters and performers include Kim Robertson, Felice Pomeranz, Frank Voltz, Julie Ann Smith Jessica Siegel, Jennifer Ellis.  Early bird registration ends March 1.

The Vancouver Symphony Orchestral P. June 25 – July 4, 2017 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.  Whistler Institute Orchestra 2016 program includes Richard Strauss’ Don Juan. The harp students will be coached by Elizabeth Volpé Bligh.  Auditions due March 12, 2017.

Young Artist's Harp Seminar P. July 1-15, 2017 in northern Georgia. Private lessons, master classes, harp ensemble, various workshops and concerts. Two divisions: beginning to intermediate on pedal and intermediate to advanced on pedal. Faculty: Kathryn Andrews, Kristi Shade, Susan Bennett Brady, Kimberly Rowe, Emily Levin, Angela Schwarzkopf. 2017 Guest artist: Bridget Kibbey.   Applications received after March 15 will be on a space available basis.

2016 Summer Harp Camps 

Acadia Trad Festival L.  June 26 – July 1, 2016. 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: Maeve Gilchrist.

Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp L, P. Four sessions. Grades 7-12: June 29-July 10, and July 13-24, 2016. (Second session concentrates on developing skills for orchestral and chamber playing.) Grades 5-9: July 27-August 7 and August 10-21, 2016. In Manistee National Forest, Michigan. Five hours daily harp instruction including private lessons, harp ensemble, intensive practice, classes in theory, harp history, performance skills. Student recital. Harps provided. Six students per session. Instructors include Jackie Pollauf, Chen-Yu Huang and Amy Ley. or 800-221-3796

Bowdoin International Music Festival  P.  June 25-August 6, 2016 (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. or 855-832-3393 (toll free).

Cammac Summer Program July 17-24, 2016 in Lake MacDonald, Quebec, Canada. Celtic and chamber music. Bilingual instructors. Sharlene Wallace teaches Celtic harp classes for all levels. 

Canadian International Summer Harp Institute (CISHI) L, P. July 3-10, 2016 in Caroline, Alberta, Canada. Intensive one-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, Julia Kay Jamieson and Judy Loman.  604-915-9300. 

Cascades Harp Retreat L, P. June 17-19, 2016 near Sisters, Oregon. A packed weekend of workshops for pedal and lever harpists of all levels. Special guest Kim Robertson. Instructors: Hilary Smith and Laura Zaerr, 541-757-8313 or

Central Coast Harp Workshop L, P. August 12-14, 2016 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 7/12/12016. 

Celtic Harp Camp August 2-4, 2106 in Acton, Maine.  For advanced intermediate - advanced harpers.  Instructor, Maeve Gilchrist. For further information please contact Regina Delaney -

Coda Mountain Academy Summer Music Festival, L, P. July 2-15, 2016 in Hilltop, West Virginia. Harp students ages 12-23, intermediate to advanced. Harp students will have lessons 2x weekly, work closely with other student musicians and a faculty leader in chamber music groups (harp ensemble and/or mixed instruments), and play in orchestra. Harp faculty: Colleen Thorburn, More information at

Connecticut Valley Harp Intensive Summer Camp  L, P.  July 23-31, 2016  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 26-July 9, 2016. At the Crane School of Music, SUNY-Potsdam, in Potsdam, NY. All harpists participate in orchestra, wind ensemble, master classes, harp ensemble, solo recital and private lessons. Pedal harp only, ages 12-18. Instructor: Dr. Jessica Suchy-Pilalis.

Eastman Community Music School Harp Workshop is not being offered this year. 

Elizabeth Hainen Harp Colony at Curtis Summerfest 2016 P. June 19-25, 2016. Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia. Week-long intensive program of master classes, ensemble playing, and orchestral training.

Evergreen Music Festival (session II)  P.  July 24-30, 2016 at Central Washington University in Ellensburg, Washington. Week-long intensive orchestra training, choir, music theory, music history lectures, lessons, chamber music, evening recitals by students and music faculty. Harp instructor Catherine Case. 

Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival L, P. July 17-31, 2016 in Fairbanks, Alaska. Private lessons (any level) and harp ensemble opportunities as well as master classes (any level welcome). Instructor: Marcia Dickstein. or 907-474-8869.

Féis Seattle  L. June 13 – June 19, 2016 at historic Fort Worden near Port Townsend, Washington. Biennial festival of Scottish Gaelic language and culture. Spend a week away from all your worries and distractions learning Gaelic, songs, dancing, eating great cuisine and making new friends.  Clàrsach, fiddle, pipes, song, and culture. Explore the living traditions of Gaeldom together. or 206-903-9452.

Glissando Summer Harp Fest  L, P.  June 20-24, 2016 at the Peabody Preparatory Annapolis Campus in Annapolis, 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 June 24. Faculty and co-directors: Michaela Trnkova, Anatasia Pike.  View more on

Harp in the Mountains Summer Festival 2016 L, P.  July 19-25 in Madisonburg, Pennsylvania. Camp atmosphere and intense harp study for ages 13-20. We will be taking a new look at the ways we learn, practice and perform as well as refreshing theory and musicianship skills, ensembles. As always, we will be creating a unique composition that we will perform at the closing concert. Instructor: Anne Sullivan.

HarpArts Adult Study Retreat L, P. June 5-12, 2016 at American Harp Center, Petoskey, Michigan. All levels. Master classes, performance classes, practice time, and solo, duo, and trio work. Instructors: Lynne Aspnes, Rachel Brandwein, Joan Raeburn Holland, Christopher Kantner, flute. Also Noa Kageyama, Ph.D  The Bulletproof Musician.

Houston Summer Harp Festival L, P. July 11-16, 2016 in Houston, Texas. Incoming 6th graders - graduated 12th graders with minimum of 6 months harp instruction. A non-competitive comprehensive studies on the many aspects of the harp. Intensive and comprehensive studies on the many aspects of the harp and its music, its history and ensemble playing. This year's theme is "Dancing with my Harp". Kimberly DeRosa, director. Other instructors: Therese Honey, Susanna Campbell, Hope Cowan. Scholarships available.

International Harp Festival L, P.  May 26-29, 2016 in San Francisco Bay area, California. Intensive immersion, 1-2 hour workshops, ensembles, concerts. Regulation available. Presenters include Deborah Henson-Conant, Beth Kollé, Heidi Lehwalder, Joanne Mell and many others.

Magical Strings Summer Harp (& Dulcimer) Camp L. July 29-31, 2016 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.

Marrowstone Summer Music Festival P. July 24- August 7, 2016 at Western Washington University in Bellingham, Washington. Three divisions: Pre-college, University, Fellowship (advanced 18-25). Lessons, coaching, orchestras, master classes. Harp instructor: Heidi Lehwalder.

Midwest Harp Festival  L, P.  July 17 - 23, 2016 at the University of Tulsa, Tulsa, Oklahoma. Open to students and harpists ages 9-adult. Ensemble, chamber music, workshops, private coaching, regulations. Harp maintenance by Peter Wiley. Instructors: Mary Bircher, Elizabeth Richter, Faye Seeman. Guest artist: Felice Pomeranz Jazz Quartet.

MPulse Harp Institute  P. July 17 - 30, 2016 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.

Northern Lights Harp Fest L.  Will return October 13-15, 2017.  Cornwall, Ontario, Canada.

Ohio Scottish Arts School L and wire-strung harp. June 25-July 1, 2016 in Rocky River, Ohio. Scottish dance music, airs and songs, ornamentation, learning by ear, sessions. All levels. Instructors: Sue Richards, Ann and Charlie Heymann, Wendy Stewart.

Rocky Mountain Springs Harp Program (intended for P, but L accepted) July 3 – 24, 2016 in Steamboat Springs, Colorado. All levels, middle school to conservatory or post-grad. Three weeks of intensive harp study and personal development. Technique, musicianship, performance, physical and mental health. Ensemble and chamber opportunities, twice-weekly lessons. Instructors: Rachel Browne, Grace Bauson.

Saratoga Harp Colony  Please see Elizabeth Hainen Harp Colony at Curtis Summerfest 2016, above.

Sewanee Summer Music Festival P. June 18 – July 17, 2016 in Sewanee, Tennessee. Harpists participate in intensive program of chamber and orchestral groups and harp ensembles; frequent master classes, weekly private lesson. Instructor: Elizabeth Blakeslee.

Southeastern Harp Weekend is taking the year off.

Spanish Peaks International Celtic Harp Retreat and Music Festival  September 22-25, 2016 in Southeast Colorado. Multi-level harp workshop and instruction. Maire Ni Chathasaigh will be teaching the Retreat Class for the high intermediate through Professional players. There will be 10 hours of instruction spread out over Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Esther Mirja Griffoen from Brittany will teach the Intermediate Class all day Friday with music from Brittany.  Harp Circle.

Summer Harp Institutes L, P.  In Frederick Maryland July 11-15 and July 18-22, 2016  and Richmond, Virginia July 25-29 and August 1-5, 2016 for harpists ages 8-22.  Ensembles, individual instruction, distinguished faculty, seminars, master classes, workshops, concerts.  International Institute (Virginia, New England, Quebec) July 25-August 14 is by audition only. Early registration discounts. Artistic Director Lynnelle Ediger-Kordzaia. www.summer or 804-353-7001.

Summerkeys Adult Music School L. Celtic Harp workshops August 15-19, August 22-26 (limited to 5 students), August 29 to September 1, 2016 in Lubec, Maine. Daily private lessons, group classes, chamber ensemble opportunities. Limited to six students per week, all levels. Instructor: Sue Richards.

The Harp Gathering  L, but P welcome.  May 12/13-15, 2016 in Sauder Village, Ohio. The Harp Ensemble Experience,  stress-free atmosphere and close camaraderie, first-class vendor hall. Instructors/performers include Rhett Barnwell, Angi Bemiss, Christa Grix, Lynda Kuckenbrod, Diana Rowan, Cynthia Shelhart, Tapestry, Louise Trotter. One registrant will go home with a Grand Prize harp by Lewis Creek Instruments after winning a vendor hall treasure hunt drawing.

The Summer Harp Academy. P.  July 3-10, 2016 in Lake Junaluska, NC. The Summer Harp Academy is 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 for more information or to register. Registration begins March 1.

University of Redlands Summer Harp Camp   P.  August 1-6, 2016 in Redlands, California.  Mornings: large ensemble is open to all pedal harpists even if they choose not to enroll in the afternoon repertoire classes. Afternoons: repertoire classes. Repertoire to be announced, parts will be sent via email. Scholarships, on-campus housing available. Faculty: Lynne Aspnes, Mary Dropkin, Lisa Aniello (yoga) others TBA. or 

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