It’s back! Our summer camp roundup is jam-packed with more than 60 musical opportunities for harpists.
Want advice about how to get the most from your summer camp experience? Check out our article extra Summer Suggestions. Know of a program we missed? See our ongoing online Directory to add a program or check for updated information. Download the PDF of this issue to see our “at a glance” chart of all program dates and locations.
It may still be early enough in 2017 that you haven’t broken your New Year’s resolutions yet, but it’s not too early to start thinking about what you’ll be doing this summer. That’s right, sunshine and sandals are right around the corner, which means it’s time to start thinking about where you will hone your harp skills when the mercury rises.
Rest easy, though, we’ve done the ground work for you, assembling our bi-annual roundup of summer harp programs from which to choose—64 to be exact. Whether you want to be secluded deep in the woods, or work on your solo skills, or bolster your orchestral rep, there is a program that is just right for you.
Once you choose your program, be sure to check out Angelica Hariston’s article on pg. 31 for tips on how to get ready and make the most of your summer harp experience. See you this summer!
Frederick, Md.; July 10–14
Richmond, Va.; (Week 1) July 17–21; (Week 2) July 24-28; (Week 3) July 31–Aug. 4
England, U.K.; Aug. 5–14
Instructors: Lynnelle Ediger-Kordzaia, Aponi Brunson, Rebecca Anstine Smith, and Bridgett Stuckey
Now in its 22nd year, the Summer Harp Institutes offer five separate weeks of intensive study of the harp. A supportive and inspiring environment for students at all levels—from beginners to advanced—the Summer Harp Institute prepares young harpists, with an emphasis on the development of effective practice skills, memorization techniques, and performance etiquette.
Anderson, Ind.; June 5–9
Instructor: Heaven Fan
Anderson University Harp Camp is a week-long camp that provides aspiring harpists the opportunity to expand the knowledge and appreciation of the harp, develop new techniques, and sharpen solo and collaborative performing abilities. Anderson University Harp Camp is being offered in conjunction with the Anderson University String Camp, which offer participants unique opportunities to work with world-class string faculty including members of the Pittsburgh Symphony and Indianapolis Symphony in chamber music settings.
Aspen, Colo.; June 21–Aug. 20
Instructors: Nancy Allen and Anneleen Lenaerts
At Aspen Music Festival students receive intensive instruction from principals of the Vienna Philharmonic, the Cincinnati Symphony, and the New York Philharmonic through private lessons, masterclasses, and by performing major orchestral repertoire alongside them. This program is perfect for the serious, dedicated musician.
Boston, Mass.; July 8–Aug. 11
Instructor: Felice Pomeranz
Learn from some of the world’s leading string virtuosos and educators. Under the direction of David Wallace, chair of the Berklee String Department, you’ll explore in-depth a wide variety of string styles, including folk, jazz, bluegrass, classical, old time, and Celtic. Expand your musical horizons and discover new performance possibilities as a string player.
Twin Lake, Mich.; four two-week sessions June 28–Aug. 20
Instructors: Stephanie Gustafson, Chen-Yu Huang, Amy Ley, and Jacqueline Pollauf
Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp offers harpists of all levels the opportunity for intensive summer study in a traditional camp environment. Twelve-day sessions conclude with a recital for family and friends. Daily classes include: private lessons, ensemble skills, theory, history, and practice time. Enrollment is limited to six students per session. Students may also select from a wide range of minor classes in other arts areas. This program is perfect for students who are enthusiastic about their art form and are looking for a traditional camp life experience.
Greenville, S.C.; July 16–20
Instructor: Emily Waggoner
Harp camp at Bob Jones University isn’t your typical cabin-insect-lake experience. BJU camps are designed around campers’ particular interests. The mission of BJU summer camps is to help you grow Christ-like character as you learn about a specific field. In addition to the daily ensemble rehearsals, solo masterclasses, private lessons, and performances, all camps includes chapel, personal Bible study, nightly group devotions in the residence halls, and recreation. This camp is perfect for serious students who love to have fun and are looking to grow in a Christian atmosphere.
Lenox, Mass.; July 2–Aug. 12
Instructors: Ann Hobson Pilot and Franziska Huhn
BUTI’s Young Artists Harp Program (YAHP) is a six-week program limited to four students. Students have weekly lessons with artist-teacher Ann Hobson Pilot, former principal harpists of the Boston Symphony, and harp ensemble and orchestral coachings with her assistant, Franziska Huhn. The program focuses on technique and the interpretation and performance practices of standard harp repertoire and orchestral excerpts.
Brevard, N.C.; June 23–Aug. 6
Instructor: Ina Zdorovetchi
Brevard provides a congenial summer community for young musicians of exceptional gifts. Four hundred students, ages 14-29, enroll each year representing nearly every state and several countries. Brevard presents 80 public concerts throughout its seven-week festival including major orchestral, chamber, and operatic repertoire.
Buffalo, N.Y.; Aug. 14–18
Instructor: Kela Walton
Harp students ages of all levels, methods, and traditions are invited to a week of harp ensemble, masterclasses with guest artists, music theory, enrichment classes, and more with Kela Walton and the faculty at Buffalo Suzuki Strings.
Calgary, Alberta; July 21–28;
Instructors: Gianetta Baril, Julia Kay Jamieson, and Judy Loman
CISHI offers an intensive, individualized program for students of all levels. Focus is primarily classical and includes improv as an integral part of the program. CISHI is perfect for beginner to advanced students looking for an intense week of lessons, ensembles, and camaraderie.
Morro Bay, Calif.; Aug. 11–13
Instructor: Marcia Dickstein
We spend time on the individual needs of the participants whether it is repertoire, interpretation, technique, stage presence, or physical issues. Chamber music and ensemble playing are special opportunities. What makes this camp experience unique is the intimate interaction between students and faculty, in a stress-free and beautiful location.
Hilltop, W.V.; July 23–Aug. 5
Instructor: Colleen Potter Thorburn
Intermediate to advanced pedal harpists preferred. High school and early college students usually find this a useful, nurturing, fun camp experience. Coda’s Summer Music Festival is an intensive, two-week residential music program led by Coda’s artistic faculty in wild and wonderful West Virginia.
Simsbury, Conn.; July 22–Aug. 5
Instructors: Susan Knapp Thomas, Franziska Huhn, Kathryn Sloat, and Rachel Miller
A week at CVHI offers harp students individual and monitored practice time, ensemble rehearsals, workshops, masterclasses, and Morning Round Up—a combination of theory, technique, and music games, in a group format. This program is perfect for harpists who wish to improve their ensemble skills and who wish to have a lot of practice time.
Potsdam, N.Y.; June 25–July 8
Instructor: Jessica Suchy-Pilalis
Up to six harpists are admitted to this program and all play in orchestra and wind ensemble concerts, harp ensemble, and a solo recital. Daily masterclasses are included. Alumni of CYM have gone on to major music schools and conservatories. This camp is perfect for harpists who would like orchestral and large ensemble experience, who may be considering a career in music, or who are preparing for entrance into a college music program.
Philadelphia, Pa.; June 14–20
Instructors: Elizabeth Hainen and Nancy Lendrim
Founded in 2005 by Philadelphia Orchestra Principal Harpist Elizabeth Hainen, the Elizabeth Hainen Harp Colony is an advanced training ground for the world’s next generation of professional harpists and a retreat for current professionals.
Philadelphia, Pa.; July 16–Aug. 5
Instructor: Coline-Marie Orliac
Harpists will experience conservatory-style living with a rigorous musical schedule and opportunities to perform with peers in an intimate, challenging, and supportive environment. The three-week course features personalized attention from faculty. Students rehearse and perform alongside their musical peers and select Curtis students through program-wide choir, orchestra, chamber music rehearsals, and coachings. Masterclasses with faculty, weekly private instruction, sectional coachings, studio classes, theory classes, and weekend recitals with performers selected weekly by faculty members are just a few of the many things students enjoy in this program.
Decorah, Iowa; (Middle School) June 11–17; (High School) June 18–24
Instructor: Rachel Brandwein
Harp students spend a week at Luther College to study, explore, and perform music under the mentorship of Luther’s music faculty. The harp program is for harpists with some lesson experience on either pedal or lever harp. Workshops and lessons will include technique, theory/ear-training, and orchestral/harp ensemble performances. A dedicated, caring group of college-age counselors supervise the residence halls and daily activities.
Greensboro, N.C.; June 24–July 29
Instructor: Anna Kate Mackle
Experience the best at Eastern Music Festival, a summer orchestra and piano training program for gifted musicians ages 14-23.
Boston, Mass; TBA
Instructor: Amanda Romano
Four Strings Academy is a unique summer program where harpists of all levels are able to participate in orchestra, chamber music, harp ensemble, lessons, and theory daily. There are three different orchestra levels.
Annapolis, Md.; June 19–23 (tentative)
Instructors: Anastasia Pike and Michaela Trnkova
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 coachings will culminate with all students performing in a concert on the last afternoon of the program.
West Chester, Pa.; June 26–29
Instructor: Gloria Galante
An intensive week to focus on repertoire to perform at the Thursday concert. What makes this camp unique is its focus on repertoire.
Nellysford, Va.; July 31–Aug. 4
Instructors: Sunita Staneslow, Eve Watters, Howard Bryan, Kate Tamarkin, Katyusha Fogg, Robin Eastham, Angela Kelly, and Virginia Schweninger
Harp Camp Virginia, a catered four-day, four to five night summer camp held in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. Harp Camp is open to harpists of all ages with pedal or lever harps.
Archbold, Ohio; May 18–21
Instructors: Richard Ash, Aislinn Gagliardi, Lynda Kuckenbrod, Kim Robertson, Cynthia Shelhart, Denise & Michael Grupp-Verbon, Harper Tasche, Sharon & Dave Thormahlen, and Frank Voltz
The Harp Gathering features harp ensemble experience, a stress-free atmosphere, close camaraderie, and a first-class vendor hall. Harpists come back each year for the performers and the presenters, friendships, and family atmosphere.
Madisonburg, Pa.; July 23–29
Instructor: Anne Sullivan
A recreational camp atmosphere and intense harp study combine in a great summer harp experience. With a focus on learning together, campers practice and perform, study technique and musicianship, and enjoy making new harp friends. The spirit of collaboration, cooperation, and creativity that blossoms makes this camp experience unique.
Petoskey, Mich.; June 4–11
Instructors: Lynne Aspnes, Rachel Brandwein, and MJ D’Arville
Beginning students are able to delve deeply into establishing the best habits possible for productive learning. More advanced players have the time to explore new repertoire and polish their performing skills. Everyone who attends HarpArts finds a supportive, inclusive environment based on shared interests and goals, and leaves the week with new friends, new energy, new insights, and renewed excitement about playing the harp.
Muechenbuchsee, Switzerland; July 24–Aug. 6
Instructors: Milda Agazarian, Mara Galassi, Petra van der Heide, Catrin Finch, Judy Loman, and Irina Zingg
Harpists join a group of dedicated professionals to learn, inspire, and establish friendships. Year after year we build a community of exchange between the world’s leading masters and young artists from all over the world, all in a supportive and friendly atmosphere. With patience and dedication, HarpMasters Academy invests in the talents of young harpists while creating, developing, and promoting excellence in harp performance.
Sisters, Ore.; TBA
Instructor: Laura Zaerr
Secluded in an airy Cascades forest, attendees choose from a variety of small classes to explore new styles, improve practice habits and technique, arrange music, and above all to improve their musicianship. The modest group size and lack of cell phone service make this program unique.
Hot Springs, Ark.; June 4–17
Instructor: Deborah Fleisher
An action-packed two weeks with three orchestra concerts, chamber music and street concerts, private lessons and coaching, and a required visit to the Historic Hot Springs Bath House.
Houston, Texas; July 10–15
Instructors: Kimberly DeRosa, Therese Honey, Susanna Campbell, and Hope Cowan
A non-competitive comprehensive program that includes harp ensemble, lessons, wedding workshop/mock wedding, history, classical/sacred/popular/Celtic/Latin American music, rhythms, and more. Students come back each year for the encouraging and experienced teachers, and our grand finale concert.
Idyllwild, Calif.; June 11–Aug. 6
Instructor: Allison Allport
An intense workshop open to high school harpists with at least one year of experience. The program culminates in a recital featuring works learned during the session and performance-ready solos. This program is perfect for a high school harpist considering a harp performance major at the next level.
Urbana, Ill.; June 8–10
Instructor: Ann Yeung
The Illinois Summer Harp Class is a three-day intensive and inspiring class. Students come back year after year for our supportive and social environment.
Interlochen, Mich.; June 24- Aug. 7
Instructors: Joan Raeburn Holland, Sylvia Norris, and Rachel Brandwein
The Interlochen Performing Arts Camp offers intermediate and high school programs focusing on serious individual study and ensemble training, private lessons, daily harp ensemble, studio classes for performance practice and discussion, orchestra and wind ensemble, and performance opportunities. Junior division does not have an actual harp program, but offers harp classes and occasional private harp lessons. The high school program is perfect for serious harpists who are ready for a very active six weeks of solo and ensemble experience.
Dunseith, N.D.; (Grades 7-12) July 23–29; (21+) July 29–Aug. 1
Instructor: Ann Germani (tentative)
The Harp Session at IMC is a unique program, with many opportunities for harp players at all levels. The Harp Program includes masterclasses and optional private lessons from a member of IMC’s artist-teaching faculty, and participation in a harp ensemble. Harp campers will learn technique, solo and ensemble performance style, and repertoire for all levels of experience. A special invitation is issued to piano students with at least three years of private study, and beginners on the harp are encouraged to participate in a special track during the Harp Session.
Wells, British Columbia; Aug. 14–18
Instructors: Tristan LeGovic, Sharlene Wallace, and two additional TBA
Set in the historic gold mining community of Wells/Barkerville, the Island Mountain Celtic Harp School has been inspiring beginner to advanced harpists for almost 30 years. The community of harpists who come back together each year make this program unique.
Lake Luzerne, N.Y.; July 17–Aug. 13
Instructor: Kristina Finch
With a focus on chamber music, private lessons, orchestra, electives, and recreation in the Adirondacks, the LMC experience is one of a kind. This program is perfect for those looking for an intensive musical experience, combined with a traditional, woodsy camp experience.
Olalla, Wash.; July 21-23
Harp instruction for beginning to intermediate/advanced players, drawing upon traditional Celtic repertoire with emphasis on learning by ear. This program is perfect for those who want to learn by ear, whether they read music or not.
Bellingham, Wash.; July 23- Aug. 6
Instructor: Heidi Lehwalder
A two-week intensive orchestral training program for students 14-24, featuring three full orchestras, full-ride fellowships, and internationally acclaimed faculty-artists from highly distinguished conservatories, orchestras, and schools of music. Marrowstone is perfect for musicians from high school to graduate school who want to work hard, play music, and gain life-long friendships and unforgettable experiences.
Winona Lake, Ind.; June 18- July 16
Instructor: Heaven Fan
MasterWorks is an intensive four-week festival for advanced and passionate students of music, dance, and theater. Each year, 250 students from around the world with a wide variety of Christian backgrounds participate in this unique festival that combines artistic excellence and Biblically-sound teaching. The program’s world-class faculty, brilliant performances, and dynamic and supporting Christian atmosphere make it unique.
Miami, Fla.; (a) June 27–July 22; (b) June 20–July 30
Instructor: Deborah Fleisher
With performances of orchestra, chamber music, and opera, participants will be busy and challenged.
Tulsa, Okla.; July 16–22
Instructors: Faye Seeman, Elizabeth Richter, and Mary Bircher
The Midwest Harp Festival includes ensembles, independent study, workshops, solo competition, private lessons, and evening public concerts. This program is perfect for both serious and recreational students who want to be motivated to a higher level of commitment and skill development.
Tignes, France; dates TBA
The course includes at least five private lessons, chamber music, and free entrance to the concerts. This program is perfect for musicians who want to develop and meet other young musicians coming from around the world.
Chestertown, Md.; June 4–17
Instructor: Susan Bennett Brady
Washington College in the historic village of Chestertown is the setting for two weeks of orchestra, chamber music, and solo performances in large group and harp-only concerts. Optional private lessons are available. All apprentices receive a full scholarship.
New Harmony, Ind.; July 2–9
Instructor: Martha Waldvogel-Warren
The harp study focuses wherever the student seeks improvement—in classical, Celtic, or improvisational skills—with daily private lessons. This program is perfect for those who enjoy a small, intimate environment, with only 28 students total accepted. Group activities and performances included in the community, as well as a daily group class involving students and faculty make this program unique.
Metairie, La.; June 16–18
Instructors: Ben Creighton Griffiths, Patrice Fisher, Rachel Van Voorhees, Rebecca Babin, and Luke Brechtelsbauer
The weekend offers three options for harp students, professionals, and amateurs: a three-day intensive course for those with some experience in playing jazz, divided into beginning, intermediate, and advanced levels; a two-day exploration course for those who are beginners in playing jazz, divided into beginner and intermediate levels; and a one-day exploration course for those who are beginners in playing jazz. The opportunity to learn to play jazz in the city where jazz was born makes this program unique.
Oberlin, Ohio; June 24–30
Instructors: Sue Richards, Dominique Dodge, Therese Honey, and Jen Narkevicius
Held on the campus of Oberlin College, this six-day program of Scottish music includes singing, sessions, lectures, and learning by ear. This program is perfect for people who want to learn Scottish repertoire and style.
San Juan, Puerto Rico; June 4–25
Instructor: Elisa Torres
Located in San Juan, Puerto Rico and held at the Puerto Rico Conservatory the PRSMF is created to enrich, motivate and inspire the local and international students by performing orchestral, chamber music concerts, attending private lessons, masterclasses, guest artist concerts, and more.
Steamboat Springs, Colo.; July 2–23
Instructors: Grace Bauson and Rachel Browne
This program features intensive, non-competitive instruction, twice-weekly private lessons, technique, performance classes, special topics, solo, ensemble, and chamber performances with RMS Conservatory, interdisciplinary courses, outdoor activities, and cultural events. This program is perfect for students who enjoy intensive learning, varied activities, and good fellowship in beautiful surroundings.
Round Top, Texas; June 4–July 16
Instructor: Paula Page
The Round Top Festival Institute offers six weeks (no absence is permitted) of intensive training for young talented musicians seeking a transition from conservatories and universities to a future professional career.
Somerset, U.K.; TBA
Teenage students work together on technique, solo repertoire, improvisation, jazz, and pop harp. The junior course is designed for students ages 9-13 to improve their existing skills in an environment that is fun, friendly, and challenging. The course will combine workshops, ensemble playing, and leisure activities such as swimming, team games, crafts, and our famous dress-up game. Students come back year after year for the great sense of fun and family atmosphere.
Sewanee, Tenn.; June 17–July 16
Instructor: Elizabeth Blakeslee
The Sewanee Summer Music Festival is an intensive four-week program of orchestra, chamber music, solo, and harp ensemble. Every harpist performs in at least two concerts every week and attends weekly lessons, faculty recitals, and special events. This camp is perfect for harpists who want to be able to work with other instruments in orchestra and chamber music, as well as with other harpists.
Parsippany, N.J.; July 20–23
Instructor: Sue Richards
Young harp players come together in a supportive environment to work on both group and individual playing skills. Connect with other players your age and have a fun time learning new harp skills and playing with your new-found friends in a harp ensemble. Students come back year after year for the unique opportunity to experience a major harp festival.
Roquefort-les-Pins, France; Flexible dates, please contact us to book
Instructor: Elizabeth Fontan-Binoche
Don’t miss an opportunity to be inspired by the renowned French harpist Elizabeth Fontan-Binoche, former student of Marcel Tournier. Stages de Harpe offers group and individual harp lessons in the home of Madame Fontan-Binoche, with a flexible length of stay of your choice (1 day-3 weeks). Participants stay in the property’s guesthouse. No French language experience required.
Lubec, Maine; Aug. 14–18, 21–25
Instructor: Haley Hewitt
SummerKeys is an adult music camp located at the easternmost tip of Maine. Harpists of all abilities, from complete beginner to advanced, are welcome. There are no auditions, and no requirements. Daily individual and group lessons, as well as ensemble work.
Lake Junaluska, N.C.; July 16–23
Instructors: Elzbieta Szmyt and Jan Jennings
The Summer Harp Academy is a comprehensive program designed to develop the versatile harpist. Harpists will be able to hone their performance and professional skills by participating in daily masterclasses, ensemble rehearsals, and workshops.
Fort Worth, Texas; June 7–9
Instructor: Laura Logan Brandenburg
TCU Summer Harp Workshop is a three-day, intensive, small camp experience, featuring harp ensemble, masterclasses, informative enrichment sessions, and closing recital with all camp participants. Ensemble repertoire for 2017 will include new arrangements by Cindy Horstman and Frank Voltz.
Houston, Texas; June 2–July 1
Instructor: Paula Page
This festival focuses on classical orchestral and chamber repertoire.
Athens, Ga.; June 4–8
Instructor: Monica Hargrave
The UGA Summer Music Institute is an intensive five-day experience offering students a place to grow musically in a fun and exciting learning environment. Summer Music Institute offers a performance-intensive curriculum serving advanced students. This program is perfect for students looking for a balance of performance and musicianship classes.
Winston-Salem, N.C.; July 2–15
Instructors: Jacquelyn Bartlett and Grace Ludtke
At the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, summer offers aspiring musicians of all ages rich learning experiences and an abundance of opportunities to perform. As a student, you will be immersed in an intensive and supportive musical environment with UNCSA School of Music faculty and guest artists who are both world-class performers and dedicated teachers. Wonderful concert halls, an extensive music library, and a conservatory campus that brings together students and teachers in all the arts make this a one-of-a-kind program.
Denton, Texas; Aug. 5
Instructor: Jaymee Haefner
The UNT Summer Harp Masterclass is a one-day harp immersion event which takes place UNT’s at Voertman Hall in the College of Music. The day includes masterclasses by Dr. Jaymee Haefner and a performance wellness clinic by Dr. Sajid Surve. The event is appropriate for all ages and all levels of harpists, beginners through advanced players.
Whistler, British Columbia; Dates TBA
Instructor: Elizabeth Volpé Bligh
Students participate in the Whistler Institute Orchestra, chamber music, individual and group lessons, and a variety of unique performance opportunities during warm summer days and cool, refreshing evenings in the mountains of beautiful British Columbia. Students will be immersed in a collaborative musical environment alongside and mentored by a world-class symphony orchestra.
Rabun Gap, Ga.; (Prep) June 20–July 7; (YAHS) July 1–15
Instructors: Susan Bennett Brady, Kimberly Rowe, Kristi Shade, Kathryn Andrews, Angela Schwarzkopf, Emily Levin, and 2017 Guest Artist Bridget Kibbey
Founded in 2002, the Young Artist’s Harp Seminar is a summer training program for today’s young harpists. YAHS alumni have gone on to attend major music schools and conservatories around the world, including Juilliard, the Curtis Institute of Music, the Paris Conservatory, and many others. The program is designed to improve performance skills and practice habits, and intensify preparation for solo performances, orchestral auditions, and competitions through interacting with our distinguished artist faculty and guest artists. The Preparatory Division (Prep) is designed for lever and pedal harpists at a beginning to intermediate level, who may not be ready for the full YAHS experience. The YAHS is perfect for serious students of the harp who also want a fun-filled summer camp experience. •