Jacqueline Pollauf was recently appointed coordinator of the harp department at Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp. The harp program was founded and run by Avis Heger and later coordinated by Gretchen Brumwell Johnson. Pollauf has been teaching at Blue Lake for the past four years and was previously a student at the camp. She says, “I had the opportunity to attend Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp as a camper when I was growing up, and I found the experience of focusing on the harp and seeing how much progress I could make in a short time to be really inspiring. I’m so excited to offer such experiences to young harpists today.” When asked about her aims for the program, she adds that she is excited about the opportunities to draw attention to the harp department and facilitate ensemble opportunities for student harpists.
Pollauf is the founder and director of the Baltimore Harp Camp and teaches at Baltimore School for the Arts and University of Maryland, Baltimore County, in addition to Blue Lake. She is a member of Trio Sirènes and will be releasing both a solo album and an album of music for cello and harp in 2018. Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp is a summer program for grades 5-12, located in Twin Lake, Michigan. The harp program is offered all four sessions over the course of the summer for grades 7-12 and has both pedal and lever harps available for students. These sessions include private lessons, harp ensemble, music theory, harp history, and students can elect to take one of 27 “minors,” including subjects such as campfire guitar, ceramics, and yoga.