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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.

2018 Summer Harp Camps with early registration deadlines

Bowdoin International Music Festival  P.  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. https://www.bowdoinfestival.org/  or 855-832-3393 (toll free). Priority deadline January 22, 2018.

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 Franziska Huhn. www.bu.edu/cfa/tanglewood/program/yahs/.Application deadline January 22, 2018

Eastern Music Festival P. 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. www.easternmusicfestival.org. 336-333-7450 x227. Deadline February 21, 2018.  

Hot Springs Music Festival  P.  June 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. https://hotmusic.org/ 501-623-4763.  Deadline February 15.

Idyllwild Arts Harp Workshop P. 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 allisonallport@me.com Auditions started December 1, 2017.

Illinois Summer Harp Class L, P. 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. annyeung@illinois.edu or http://www.music.illinois.edu/illinois-summer-harp-classPriority application deadline March 1, 2018.

Interlochen Arts Camp Harp Programs P.  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

MPulse Harp Institute  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  www.music.umich.edu/special_programs/youth/mpulse/harp.htm.

The 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.

In 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 visit:  https://music.ubc.ca/chamber-orchestra-festival

Young Artist's Harp Seminar P. July 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. www.beginninginthemiddle.com.

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.  The 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. https://www.berklee.edu/summer

Blue 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. Bilingual instructors. https://cammac.ca/en/

Canadian International Summer Harp Institute (CISHI) L, P. July 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. A packed 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, 541-757-8313 or https://centraloregonharpist.com/high-cascades-harp-retreat/

Central Coast Harp Workshop L, P. August 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. www.debussytrio.com, click “harp workshops” in menu.

Coda 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

Connecticut 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.  www.ctvalleyharp.com

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. http://www.potsdam.edu/academics/Crane/camps/cym.

Crested Butte Chamber Music Intensive P. July 23-28, 2018 in Crested Butte, Colorado. Private lessons, master classes, opportunity for harp ensemble and chamber music with other instruments. No 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. https://crestedbuttemusicfestival.org/crested-butte-chamber-music-intensive/

Elizabeth Hainen Harp Colony at Curtis Summerfest 2018 P. June 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. https://www.curtis.edu/summerfest/young-musician-program/elizabeth-hainen-harp-colony/about/

Evergreen Music Festival (session II) P. July 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. https://www.tysamusic.org/evergreen-music-festival.html

Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival L, P. July 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/ or 907-474-8869.

Féis Seattle  L. Biennial festival of Scottish Gaelic language and culture at historic Fort Worden near Port Townsend, Washington.  Will return in 2019. 

Glissando Summer Harp Fest  L, P. June 18-22, 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. http://peabody.jhu.edu/preparatory/ways-to-study/departments/harp/harp-fest/

The Harp Gathering  L, but P welcome.  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. www.harpgathering.com

Harps in the Glen, Wisconsin L, P August 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. http://www.sunitaharp.com/2000/01/harps-in-glen-with-sunita-kim.html,sunita@sunitaharp.com

Harps in the Glen, Washington L, P September 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. http://www.sunitaharp.com/2000/01/harps-in-glen-with-sunita-kim.html, sunita@sunitaharp.com

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 Lark Masucci. https://www.harphappiness.com/p/harp-in-the-mountains-2018

HarpArts Adult Study Retreat L, P. 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, Director, Joan Raeburn Holland, Dr. Charles W. Lynch III.  www.AmericanHarpCenter.org. https://sites.google.com/site/harpartsretreat/

High Spirits Music  L.   May 4 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 caroline@highspiritsmusic.com or 250-862-1782

Houston Summer Harp Festival L, P.  July 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, 2018.  www.HoustonSummerHarpFestival.com

International Harp Festival 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 Columbia, Canada. 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 Wallace.  http://sharlenewallace.com/event/http-support-imarts-com-2018-summer-program/.

Magical Strings Summer Harp (& Dulcimer) Camp L. 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. info@magicalstrings.com or 253-857-3716.

Marrowstone Summer Music Festival P. July 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. https://marrowstone.org

Midwest Harp Festival  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. www.midwestharpfestival.org

The New 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 http://www.waldvogelwarren.com/For 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.  www.northernlightsharpfest.com

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

Rocky Mountain Springs Harp Program (intended 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. http://www.rmsharp.org/

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. www.SomersetHarpFest.com.Southeastern Harp Weekend is taking another year off. Please check back next year.  http://www.southeasternharps.com/southeasternharps.com/Home.html

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  

The Summer Harp Academy 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 6-22.  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 experience. Guest artist Claire Jones, former Royal Harpist.  See many more details about lessons, classes, workshops, the tour, etc. at http://www.summermusicinstitutes.com/page/harp-institutes. Artistic Director Lynnelle Ediger-Kordzaia. 804-837-9355.  

Summerkeys 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. http://summerkeys.com/2012-celtic-harp-workshop/43/

University of Redlands Summer Harp Camp will resume in 2019. www.redlands.edu/harpcamp or arrfa@aol.com.

 

 

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