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.

2022 Summer Harp Camps with early registration deadlines

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 25- August 6, 2022. In Brunswick, Maine. We are planning to hold an in-person Festival. All students, faculty, and staff are required to be fully vaccinated with an FDA authorized COVID-19 vaccine. We will continue to monitor COVID over the coming months and adhere to CDC guidelines and recommendations as well as the safety protocols of Bowdoin College. Instructor: June Han. www.bowdoinfestival.org/institute  or 207-373-1441. Priority deadline February 11, 2022

 Boston University Tanglewood Institute  P. Young Artists Harp Program July 3-August 13, 2022.  A premier summer training program for talented young musicians ages 14 to 20 in Lenox, MA. As part of Boston University, we will work closely with the university’s designated health and safety teams to make decisions about COVID-19 protocols in consultation with public health authorities, epidemiologists, and other experts at BU and around the world. This may include and not be limited to: vaccination requirements, testing, reduced capacity, masking, or any other tools available to keep our campus safe. For an idea of the comprehensive nature of BU COVID safety protocols, please take time to review BU’s current COVID policies for the university’s Boston campus. Young Artists Harp Program faculty: Ann Hobson Pilot and Franziska Huhn.    www.bu.edu/cfa/tanglewood/ Questions? tanglewd@bu.edu or 617-353-3386.  Priority deadline Jan.  21, 2022.  Rolling application review will begin February 14th, and continue on a weekly basis.

Eastern Music Festival P. June 25-July 30, 2022 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. Weekly private instruction. Student to faculty ratio of 3:1.  Harp instructor: Anna Kate Mackle. www.easternmusicfestival.org. 336-333-7450 x227.  Application Deadline: February 22, 2022

Greenspring Academy of Music  in Maryland and Virginia. Session 1 (online) July 4-8, 2022; Session 2 (Maryland, harp only) July 11-15, 2022;  Session 3 (Richmond, all instruments) July 18-22, 2022. Half and full-day schedules. Daily private harp lessons, choice of electives and workshops. More info at https://www.greenspringmusic.org/harp-summer-camp . Early registration deadline 11:59 PM March 15 for fee reduction

Illinois Summer Harp Class L,P. June 9-11, 2022 in Urbana-Champaign, IL.

This intensive three-day class will offer daily master classes, private lessons, and the Participants’ Recital on the final evening. Participants will have the opportunity to work with Ann Yeung and associates. An optional Harp Ensemble Jam will also be available to a limited number of participants. There will be special presentations on various topics such as throughout the ISHC. Featured artists include Julia Kay Jamieson, who has been commissioned to write a new work to be premiered by the ISHC Harp Ensemble Jam! https://music.illinois.edu/illinois-summer-harp-class Applications by March 15 for priority consideration.

Interlochen Arts Camp Harp Programs P.  Interlochen, Michigan. June 25–August 7, 2022. Age range: Students currently in grades 9-12. 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. For audition requirements, etc. https://camp.interlochen.org/program/music/hs/harp   Priority application deadline January 15. Admission decisions released March 1.

MPulse Harp Institute  P. July 24-30, 2022. At University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. 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/. Priority Application Deadline March 15, 2022.

Young Artist’s Harp Seminar L, P.  In Chestertown, Maryland. June 25-July 9, 2022 for pedal harpist ages 12-26 by audition.  Prep program June 26-July 3, 2022 for lever and pedal harpists ages 8-17, no audition. Faculty: Susan Bennett Brady, Kimberly Rowe, Judy Loman, Emily Levin, Angela Schwarzkopf, Kathryn Andrews, Kristi Shade; Ellie Kirk and Katherine Siochi. Re info at https://harpseminar.com  Application deadline March 15, 2022.

The Summer Harp Academy P. July 10-17, 2022 in Lake Junaluska, NC. 

 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, 2022

 

2022 Summer Harp Camps

American Harp Academy June 26-July 2, 2022. At University of North Carolina School of the Arts, Winston-Salem, NC. All skill levels welcome, ages 12 to adult. For harpists who want to be immersed in their music, surrounded by a community of artists that nurture creativity and artistic excellence. Harpists participate in intensive study with world-class performers and dedicated teachers, Jacquelyn Bartlett and Maria Luisa Rayan, in this 1-week program that is designed to prepare harpists for competitions, auditions, recitals, repertoire expansion, and other artistic ambitions .  Daily lessons; masterclasses, interactive seminars, competition solo polishing. Faculty: Maria Luisa Rayan and Jacquelyn Bartlett. https://www.uncsa.edu/summer/music-summer-intensives/harp/index.aspx  We strongly encourage all students to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19. Continuing in the program after a close-contact exposure depends on vaccination status, so proof of vaccination should be attached to the Summer Health form. All students, regardless of vaccination status, are required to submit a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken between 72 and 96 hours prior to arrival

Berklee Summer Harp Programs  P. In Boston MA. The one-week Global String Intensive, June 21-June 25, 2022, the Five-Week Program July 9-August 12, 2022, and the Berklee Summer Semester, which is a 12-week college credit program May 23 through August 12, 2022.  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. New: learn improvisation on Guzheng! Faculty: Felice Pomeranz.https://www.berklee.edu/summer

Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp L, P. June 22-August 16, 2022 in Manistee National Forest, Michigan. Harpists at any level welcome. Four sessions in 2022: Session 1 June 22-July 3 (grades 7-8, 9-12 next year). Session 2 July 6 -17 (grades 7-8, 9-12). Session 3 July 20-31 (grades 5-7 and 7-9). Session 4 August 3-14 (grades 5-7, 7-9). Intensive experience for young harp majors in a non-competitive environment. In keeping with Blue Lake’s core value of being a first-come, first-served program, harpists at any level are welcome. Each camper focuses on improving their musical skills through private lessons, harp ensemble, music theory, music history, and individual practice time. Student recital. Harps provided. Eight students per session. Instructors include Jacqueline Pollauf and Dr. Hui-wen “Heaven” Fan. or 800-221-3796 https://bluelake.org/majors/harp

Canadian Summer Harp Institute  In light of the ongoing uncertainties for international travel, we have made the difficult decision not to offer a programme in 2022.

Connecticut Valley Harp Intensive Competition/Workshop Not this year.

Curtis Summerfest Harp Colony  P.  Curtis Harp Days will return in Summer 2023. Updates will be posted in Fall 2022

 https://www.curtis.edu/summerfest/harp-colony/performer-application/.

Fèis Seattle is back! The event will be held June 21-26, 2022 at Seabeck Conference Center in Seabeck, WA.  We have an exciting line-up of presenters coming from Scotland and Cape Breton!  Judith Cummings is teaching the harp this time around and we’ve added guitar and whistle tracks this year. Murdo Cameron who plays with the Scottish band Dàimh, is teaching the guitar track.   Andrew MacPherson is teaching whistle and Alexis MacIsaac from Cape Breton is teaching fiddle, so the music in the céilidhs will be awesome (many more instruments are represented in the group). www.slighe.org

Questions? feis@slighe.org

Harps in the Glen, Wisconsin L, P  September 15-18, 2022  in West Bend, Wisconsin. Adults. Limit 25 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. Musicality • Arranging • Slow Airs • Sacred Music • Jigs & Reels * Memorization • Improvisation  • Left Hand Patterns •  Stage Fright. sunita@sunitaharp.com   https://hamars.uk/harps-in-the-glen/

Harp in the Mountains L, P July 10-16, 2022, in Central 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/HITM22 or  anne@harpmastery.com 

Harp Arts  Not this year.

High Spirits  No summer harp program this year.

Hot Springs Music Festival  P. no apprentices this summer, therefore no camp. Hot Springs Music Festival is committed to moving forward while carrying on the tradition of providing first-rate concerts to the community and providing a one-of-a-kind educational experience to the finest conservatory students from around the world. The educational component of the festival will return in 2023. https://www.hotmusicfestival.com/ 501-623-4763.

Houston Summer Harp Festival L, P   July 11-16, 2022 (in person); July 25-27, 2022 (virtual). Ages 11-19. At Houston Baptist University, TX. “We’ve Got Rhythm” - bringing together young harpists for a non-competitive immersion of the harp and its music. Ensembles, workshops, master classes and more. https://1noise.com/houstonsummerharpfestival/ . Questions: kimberlyharp@gmail.com

Idyllwild Arts Harp Workshop P. July 17-30, 2022. In Idyllwild, California. Ages 13-18. Intensive workshop of harp ensemble, chamber music coaching, private lessons, final recital. Recorded audition required. Limited enrollment.  http://www.idyllwildarts.org  For more information contact Allison Allport at allisonallport@me.com

Island Mountain Arts International Harp and Cello School August 15-19, 2022 in Wells, B.C., Canada. Adults of all levels. Lessons in the morning, other events in the afternoon. Instructors: Sharlene Wallace and more.  http://www.imarts.com or 1-855-994-3466.

Magical Strings Summer Harp (& Dulcimer) Camp L. August 26-28, 2022 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 July 18-29, 2022. At Seattle Pacific University. Daily 9-5 schedule full of rehearsals, chamber music, and the opportunity to study with our world-class faculty in daily masterclasses and coachings. Students will share both large-scale orchestral works and smaller chamber performances with communities both in and outside of Seattle in the Festival’s culminating concerts. This year’s Festival will be non-residential. Out-of-area musicians interested in attending are responsible for providing their own lodging during the two weeks. https://syso.org/programs/marrowstone/

Midwest Harp Festival L,P. June 12-18, 2022. Wheaton College in Wheaton, Illinois. Harpists ages 8 and up and all abilities welcome. Join us for a week of learning, laughter, friendship, and growth! New: meet the harp – for ages 5-10. Ensembles, workshops, concerts. Faculty: Dr. Joanne King, Janelle Lake, Charles W. Lynch III, Elizabeth Richter, Faye Seeman. www.MidwestHarpFestival.org or 630-296-6975.

Ohio Scottish Arts School (OSAS) L. June 25-July 1, 2022  Baldwin-Wallace University in Berea, Ohio. Students 12 and up, excellent for teens. 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. Bring your own harp. Instructors: Seumas Gagne, Corrina Hewat, Sharon Knowles, Jen Narkevicius. www.ohioscottishartsschool.com

Rocky Mountain Springs Harp Program (intended for P, but L accepted) In Steamboat Springs, Colorado. June 26-July 16, 2022. All levels from middle school to conservatory or post-grad. Intensive harp study and personal development. Technique, private lessons, ensemble, chamber, performance. http://www.rmsharp.org/

Sewanee Summer Music Festival P. June 18-July 17, 2022 in Sewanee, Tennessee. Best-suited for ages 14-25. Harpists participate in intensive program of chamber and orchestral groups and harp ensembles; frequent master classes, weekly private lesson. Instructors. Gaye LeBlanc Germain.  https://ssmf.sewanee.edu/ Apply by February 18 for priority scholarship consideration.

Spanish Peaks Harp Retreat  L.  September 21-25, 2022. In Colorado. Celtic and Germanic Connections with Beth Kolle and Nancy Thym.  3 levels of harp classes: advanced, intermediate and advanced beginner. http://spanishpeaksharpretreat.com/

Summerkeys Adult Music School L. Celtic Harp workshops August 8-12 and August 15-19, 2022 in Lubec, Maine. Daily private lessons, group classes, harp ensemble and chamber ensemble opportunities. Instructors: Rachel Clemente and Haley Hewitt. https://www.summerkeys.com/course/celtic-harp/   

The Harp Gathering  May (12) 13-15, 2022 at Sauder Heritage Inn (adjacent to Sauder Village) in Archbold, Ohio. Stress-free atmosphere and close camaraderie. All levels welcome. 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), Kim Robertson, Frank Voltz, Joy Slavens, Lee Timer, Carmen Roebke. One lucky harpist registrant will go home with an HG-30 Raven model harp by Lewis Creek Instruments! www.HarpGathering.com 

The Vancouver Symphony Orchestral Institute July 4-15 and July 4-30, 2022 in Vancouver, B.C., Canada.  Ages 14-28. Harp instructor Alyssa Katahara.

The VSOI is a world-class summer music program taking place virtually and in-person at the VSO School of Music, from July 4th, offering students ages 14-28 a one-of-a-kind experience through three connected programs:

   Professional Training Program
   Young Musicians Program
   In-Person Chamber Program

 Please see their website for details on each program, at https://www.vancouversymphony.ca/the-vso-institute/about-vsoi/

The VSOI faculty is comprised of VSO musicians and led by Maestro Otto Tausk, Music Director of the VSO.  Applications open February 3rd, 2022

 

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