Harp Camps US and Canada

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.

2021 Summer Harp Camps with early registration deadlines

(Most recent information is marked in green)
Harpists should check camp websites to see if there have been any changes since this list was posted

Bowdoin International Music Festival  P.  6-week session June 26- August 7, 2021. In Brunswick, Maine. Currently planning to hold an in-person Festival with the hope that it will be safe to invite students and faculty to Brunswick in 2021. However, they are also planning a robust online Festival if gathering in person is not possible. Instructor: June Han. www.bowdoinfestival.org/institute  or 207-373-1441.

Boston University Tanglewood Institute  P. “Due to the ongoing pandemic and the uncertainty about when widespread vaccinations will allow us to ease public health restrictions, Boston University has made the difficult decision not to host any in-person pre-college programs this summer. Our focus now is on launching a signature BUTI online program. Please help us by taking this brief survey, which will inform our decision-making.” Usual instructors: Ann Hobson Pilot and Franziska Huhn www.bu.edu/cfa/tanglewood/ Questions? tanglewd@bu.edu or 617-353-3386.

Curtis Harp Days  P. June 14-18, 2021 with Final Recital on June 19, 2021. The program will be offered online.  Masterclasses will be led by Elizabeth Hainen and Judy Loman. Maryanne Meyer will be leading an ensemble project to be broadcast by Curtis Summerfest https://www.curtis.edu/summerfest/harp-days/curtis-harp-days/

Eastern Music Festival P. June 26-July 31, 2021 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. 

Harp in the Mountains Summer Festival 2021. L, P.  July 11-17, 2021, 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. Instructors: Anne Sullivan and Candace Lark Masucci. https://www.harpmastery.com/HITM21 or anne@harpmastery.com

Idyllwild Arts Harp Workshop P. There will be no camps this year because of Covid -19. For more information contact Allison Allport at allisonallport@me.com

Illinois Summer Harp Class L, P. 10-12, 2021 in Champaign-Urbana, Illinois. An interactive online three-day class for all ages and levels with Ann Yeung: master classes, presentations, workshops, "extras," social time, recitals and more. 2021 featured artists include Julia Kay Jamieson, Molly O'Roark, and Noël Wan with performances by Daniel Benedict, Dai-An Liu, and Renée Murphy. Limited number of participants. Auditors welcome. annyeung@illinois.edu or http://www.music.illinois.edu/illinois-summer-harp-class

Interlochen Arts Camp Harp Programs P.  Interlochen, Michigan. June 26 –August 8, 2021. Age range: Students currently in grades 9-12. The Harp summer program is an excellent opportunity for the motivated student to develop as a musician and as an artist. During your time here, you will work with world-renowned conductors, teachers, and guest artists, in a curriculum that emphasizes musicianship, growth, and the joy of playing with an outstanding group of fellow musicians. Instructor: Joan Raeburn Holland. Auditions are required. For audition requirements, etc. https://camp.interlochen.org/program/music/hs/harp.

MPulse Harp Institute  P. July 25-31, 2021. Due to University of Michigan COVID-19 restrictions, the MPulse Harp Institute will be held online for the Summer of 2021. Intensive one week designed to enhance the technical and musical skills of the dedicated high school harpist. A week-long program focusing on individual and group instruction for high school harpists. The institute will provide private lessons, built-in practice time, harp ensemble and studio classes, with occasional guest artists. Topics of focus will include solo repertoire, standard harp cadenzas, performance concentration and confidence, use of the inner ear and imagination for musical delivery, playing with relaxed, organized technique and peer-to-peer observation. Studio Classes provide a very productive way to explore not only harp playing, but collegial support and “real time” experience. Instructor: Joan Holland.https://smtd.umich.edu/programs-degrees/youth-adult-programs/youth-programs/mpulse/harp-institute/.

The Vancouver Symphony Orchestral Institute.  Due to the continued health, safety, and travel challenges created by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Vancouver Symphony Orchestral Institute will be offered in a hybrid model this summer. Applications are invited for 3 unique programs. Applications are due May 1, 2021 

Students local to the Greater Vancouver area: 

1. Weekends June 12-24. Students local to the Greater Vancouver area are invited to participate in an in-person Chamber Music Intensive. In order to participate, enrollment in either the VSOI Professional Training Program or VSOI Young Musicians Program is required.

Students from around the globe are invited to participate in one of our exciting, inspirational Virtual Programs

 2. July 5-16  Professional Training for ages 15-28 offers in-depth performance and mentorship experiences for advanced instrumentalists, conductors, and composers aspiring to a career in music.

 3. July 5-16   Young Musicians Program for ages 14-18, a new addition this year designed for dedicated, motivated intermediate and advanced high school instrumentalists looking to improve their skills, deepen their experience with music, and spend time with other like-minded students.


Young Artist's Harp Seminar P. July 6-16, 2021 Join us in July 2021 for 10 days of learning with world-class instructors and guest artist Judy Loman! We’re offering online three programs for all ages and levels, including adults! No audition is required to apply for any division of YAHS online. See tech requirements at https://harpseminar.com/yahs-2021-online/. Private lessons via Zoom, master classes, harp ensemble, various workshops and concerts. Three divisions: Prep Division- beginning to intermediate, ages 8-17 on lever and pedal harp; YAHS Division-advanced, young professional, ages 12-26, on pedal; Adult Division – 18 and over, lever and pedal. Faculty: Susan Bennett Brady, Kimberly Rowe, Judy Loman, Emily Levin, Angela Schwarzkopf, Kathryn Andrews, Kristi Shade; Ellie Kirk and Katherine Siochi. https://harpseminar.com/yahs-2021-online/

The Summer Harp Academy P. in Lake Junaluska, NCIt is our goal to host The Summer Harp Academy 2021 in person if possible. See Covid-19 considerations at https://www.summerharpacademy.org/covid-19/.
Intermediate to advanced harpists 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.  Applications accepted through April1, 2021


2021 Summer Harp Camps

Acadia Trad Festival  This festival has “ended its run.”

American Harp Academy. June 13-19, 2021. All skill levels welcome, ages eleven to adult. The Virtual American Harp Academy (AHA) is the perfect home-based option for harpists seeking the creative and collaborative spirit of a UNCSA summer intensive in the comfort of your own home. AHA believes in “nurturing the artist within the harpist,” and offers a customized virtual harp program to inspire and guide you to artistic freedom. Join us this summer to focus on your goals in a nurturing, safe, and supportive environment.  Meet and hear harpist peers from around the world.  Daily lessons; masterclasses, interactive seminars, competition solo polishing. Faculty: Maria Luisa Rayan and Jacquelyn Bartlett. Registration deadline May 1, 2020. https://www.uncsa.edu/summer/music-summer-intensives/harp/index

Berklee Summer Harp Programs We are not yet sure if the programs will be hybrid or completely in person. Check our website. https://www.berklee.edu/summer Three summer programs include harp: The one week Global String Intensive, June 21-June 25, 2021, the Five Week Program July 10-August 13, 2021, and the Berklee Summer Semester, which is a 12-week college credit program end of May through August 13, 2021.  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  

Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp  aims to enthusiastically welcome students in June of 2021, and our administrative team is working daily to prepare for our upcoming season. But as the Coronavirus pandemic continues to evolve while news of treatments and vaccines turn positive, there is no effective way to predict what next summer will look like across the world. At Blue Lake, we are certain that the need for the arts, for in-person learning, for camp and all the experiences it brings, has never been greater. While it is our goal that all Blue Lake summer programs operate as normally as possible, we fully recognize coronavirus mitigation will likely require that significant health and safety measures be in place for our community. If we are fortunate that the risk has been greatly reduced as we approach summer, we will adjust accordingly. We remain hopeful but realistic. Our administrative team continues to track national and state guidelines, consult with medical professionals, and develop plans and protocols with the latest recommendations. The safety, health, and well-being of members of our camp community remains our top priority and continues to drive our decisions.  https://bluelake.org/coronavirus-updates/

Canadian International Summer Harp Institute (CISHI) L, P. Unfortunately, as we are still facing so many uncertainties, we have decided not to offer a CISHI programme in 2021. We very much regret that we will not be together this year but you remain close to our hearts. We pray you all keep well and safe until we see each other again.

Connecticut Valley Harp Intensive Competition/Workshop  L, P. Our goal for 2021 is to continue offering competition opportunities for harp students up to age 19 that will inspire, motivate and educate young harpists in the art of competing and finding their very best selves. We continue to follow emerging news and events surrounding safe practices as we look toward our program for the summer of 2021. Whether our program runs virtually as last year, or on-site, we will hold our program this summer! Please continue to monitor this site and the Hartt School Community Division Summer Programs site for updates. https://www.hartford.edu/hartt-community-division/classes-lessons/music/summer-study/default.aspx.

            Meanwhile, please click here for our  2021 COMPETITION REPERTOIRE REQUIREMENT LIST.  NEW FOR 2021: We have added a Novice Beginner category for our youngest and most motivated beginners!  Instructor: Susan Knapp Thomas   www.ctvalleyharp.com  

Crane Youth Music  PStart date is currently planned as June 28, 2021. Information about CYM 2021 will be announced soon, please check back.
At the Crane School of Music, SUNY-Potsdam, in Potsdam, NY.   cym@potsdam.edu or 315-267-2616 

Fèis Seattle (Slighe nan Gaidheal)  L. Sorry to have to report that due to Covid-19 we have had to postpone the next Fèis to June 2022 Most likely, it will be the last week of June but dates are yet to be determined.  We can’t ask our friends in Scotland and Canada to make travel commitments when there is still so much uncertainty around vaccines and opening of borders.www.slighe.org    

Harps in the Glen, Wisconsin L, P  July 29-August 1, 2021  in West Bend, Wisconsin. We are having either a simultaneous retreat on line or separate times for online coaching but share the workshops.  We are still sorting out the details. Adults. Limit 10 people. A 3-day harp retreat in a peaceful, rural setting with instructors Kim Robertson & Sunita Staneslow. Five to six hours of activities daily with workshops, master classes, optional ensemble playing and an add-on Special Focus Day on Thursday. Topics to be covered: Musicality • Arranging • Slow Airs • Sacred Music • Jigs & Reels• Memorisation • Improvisation  * Musicality • Left hand Patterns •  Stage Fright. sunita@sunitaharp.com,  http://www.sunitaharp.com/2000/01/harps-in-glen-with-sunita-kim.html.

High Spirits Music Retreat’s 21st Annual Spring Celtic Harp Workshop

Not happening this year. Please check back next year.

2021 Virtual Jazz Harp Camp!  With Park Stickney. 5 days of interactive classes (over a period of 3 weeks) direct from Switzerland to you.  Finally, a jazz harp camp without jetlag!  https://www.harplab.net/2021-virtual-jazz-harp-camp

Marrowstone Summer Music Festival P. SYSO plans to continue offering youth musicians the opportunity to grow their musical skills and connect with peers and dedicated faculty during summer of 2021. We are closely monitoring Washington State’s public health guidelines to determine the type of programs we can offer in July or August. Please check back in April 2021 to learn more about the status of the Marrowstone Music Festival. https://marrowstone.org  If you would like to be added to our mailing list so that you are notified of summer program plans, please click here and be sure to select Marrowstone Music Festival.

Midwest Harp Festival L,P. July 18-24, 2021 The 2021 Midwest Harp Festival will be virtual due to COVID-19. Solo Competition videos are due July 13th. Stay tuned for more ways to participate! www.MidwestHarpFestival.org. 

Ohio Scottish Arts School (OSAS) L. June 26-July 2, 2021 at Baldwin-Wallace University in Berea, 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. Afternoons will include lectures, practice time, and playing in sessions. Beginners, intermediates, advanced.  Students 12 and up, excellent for teens. Bring your own harp. Instructors: Sue Richards, Rachel Clemente, Rachel Hair, Jen Narkevicius. www.ohioscottishartsschool.com. Registration information will be posted in the Spring of 2021.

Rocky Mountain Springs Harp Program (intended for P, but L accepted) In Steamboat Springs, Colorado. Full Session A (27 days): June 20-July 17, 2021; Half Session B (13 days): June 20-July 3, 2021; Half Session C (13 days): July 4-July 17, 2021. Full and half sessions. All levels from middle school to conservatory or post-grad. Intensive harp study and personal development.  We are optimistically planning for 2021 summer sessions in Steamboat Springs, Colorado. If public health concerns prevent us from meeting in person, we will offer online opportunities. All interested students are encouraged to apply through our free application! http://www.rmsharp.org/apply.html.
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, Kathryn Harms, Carly Nelson. http://www.rmsharp.org/

(Saratoga Harp Colony  Please see Curtis Summerfest Harp Colony above.)

Sewanee Summer Music Festival P. June 19-July 18, 2021 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, Rachel Miller.  http://www.sewanee.edu/ssmf/ 

Southeastern Harp Weekend will not be returning.

Spanish Peaks Harp Retreat September 22-26, 2021  in Walsenburg, Colorado. Celtic and Appalachian music from Wales, Scotland and Ireland with instructors Aine Minogue, Kelly Stewart, Jaimee Leigh Joroff. Retreat includes a full day of harp and pipe instruction, a harp circle, concerts and a dulcimer workshop. Advanced – professional, intermediate, and advanced beginner levels with small classes and individual instruction.  All information: spanishpeaksharpretreat.com 

The Greenspring Summer Harp Institutes  L, P.  Session 1: June 28-July 2, 2021. Session 2: July 5-9, 2021. Session 3: July 12-16, 2021.  Session 4: July 19-23, 2021. Guided by our renowned artist teachers, you will grow as a harpist and enjoy an inspiring musical journey on a digital platform. This experience includes a daily private lesson, guided practice, classes, fun workshops, virtual performance opportunities, and much more! Half or full day offered in one-week or multi-week sessions. Multiple tracks, individually tailored for all levels of student harpists, pre-professionals, adult harpists, and a special mini-camp for harpists age 10 and younger. Distinguished faculty from around the world. https://www.greenspringmusic.org/harp-virtual-summer-camp. 804-353-7001.

The Harp Gathering  L, but P welcome.  “After much deliberation we have made the hard decision to postpone the 2021 Harp Gathering to 2022. With the COVID rules in Ohio still enforcing limited gatherings and the vaccine schedule still not being readily available to everyone, it just seems like a prudent measure. All of our Harp Gatherlings that are currently registered, your registrations will be transferred to the 2022 festival. The current dates are listed below and the Instructor/Performer roster will stay the same! We were truly looking forward to seeing all of our friends this year but as always, safety first! Any questions, email: info@harpgathering.com. See about free workshops and concerts on our YouTube page and follow us on Facebook too! https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCk08s7d6L7_abAiVMD0jEJw/featured.
May (12) 13-15, 2022 at Sauder Heritage Inn (adjacent to Sauder Village) in Archbold, Ohio. Stress-free atmosphere and close camaraderie. Informative workshops, breathtaking concert performances, two-room vendor hall with harps, music, accessories and more. Workshop presenters/performers include Nicolas Carter, Robbin Gordon-Cartier, Rachel Hair, Tapestry (Denise and Michael Grupp-Verbon), Sharon and Dave Thormahlen, Frank Voltz, Carmen Roebke, Lee Timer and Joy Slavens, One lucky harpist registrant will go home with an HG-30 Raven model harp by Lewis Creek Instruments! www.HarpGathering.com 

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