Acadia Trad School

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Bar Harbor, ME, United States
Compass Harbor Lane Bar Harbor Maine 04609 US

A five-day harp course in a beautiful setting with top young Scottish harpist Màiri Chaimbeul. Expand your folk harp repertoire & technique through Scottish/Irish tunes and exploration of the impact of harmonic & rhythmic ideas, phrasing, tone, ornamentation and more. Choice of harp workshops each afternoon or workshops in a huge variety of traditional instruments and disciplines. Each evening, attend concerts with world-class traditional musicians.

Dates of Program
June 26-30
Less than 1 week, 1 week
Harp Instructors
Màiri Chaimbeul
All ages
Advanced Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced, Professional
Type of Harp
Lever harp
Students must provide instrument—rentals are not available
Residency Options
Both overnight and commuting options are available
On campus shared rooms or off-campus housing available
$545/week classes or $120/day class + $465 On-Campus Shared Room w Full Meals OR off-campus housing
Financial Aid
Yes, partial scholarships are available
What makes this camp experience unique is:
Focused harp sessions alongside classes in other traditional instruments in a beautiful setting.
This camp is perfect for:
Harpists wanting to expand their knowledge of folk styles and contemporary Celtic harp technique
More info

Feel free to contact Màiri Chaimbeul at for more information on the harp classes.


The Acadia School of Music & Arts summer program is conducted on the College of The Atlantic campus in Bar Harbor, Maine. All of the activities surrounding the classes, meals, the evening activities, & jam sessions, also happen on campus. Participants are encouraged to be in residence on campus during the week if at all possible. Those with special needs should include a detailed, written description of those needs in the space provided on the registration form. There are also many options for other local accommodations.


Màiri Chaimbeul is a Boston-based harp player and composer from the Isle of Skye in Scotland. Described by Folk Radio UK as “astonishing”, she is known for her versatile sound, which combines deep roots in Gaelic tradition with a distinctive improvising voice and honed classical technique.


Màiri has toured throughout the UK and in Europe as well as North America, was twice-nominated for the BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award, finalist in the BBC Young Traditional & Jazz Musicians of the Year and twice participated in Savannah Music Festival’s Acoustic Music Seminar. She is a graduate of the Berklee College of Music, where she attended with full-scholarship, and was awarded the prestigious American Roots Award. She looks forward to joining the String Department faculty at Berklee this fall as Harp Instructor.

Màiri can currently be heard regularly in duo with fiddler Jenna Moynihan,

progressive-folk group Aerialists, the Brìghde Chaimbeul Trio, the Jacob Matheus Group, and legendary violinist Darol Anger & The Furies. She is featured in Series 2 of Julie Fowlis and Muireann NicAmhlaoibh‘s BBC Alba/TG4 television show, Port.

Recent highlights include performances at major festivals and events including the Cambridge Folk Festival, Fairport Cropredy Convention, Glasgow’s Celtic Connections, Encuentro Internacional Maestros Del Arpa, Bogota, and Gent Festival of Flanders. Màiri is honored to have played with artists including Bruce Molsky, Julian Lage, Zakir Hussain, Liz Carroll, Kuljit Bhamra, and AR Rahman.