The Elizabeth Hainen Harp Colony is an advanced training ground for the world’s next generation of professional harpists. The distinguished faculty lead master classes, harp ensemble, and mock audition.
Play in intimate master classes with Elizabeth Hainen , faculty at Curtis Institute of Music and principal harp of the Philadelphia Orchestra.
Harpists 21 and up may register with no audition for the Professional Retreat: June 23 – June 26
Any harpist may participate as an auditor.
The Elizabeth Hainen Harp Colony continues a rich legacy dating back to celebrated harpist Carlos Leon Salzedo, who headed the harp department at the Curtis Institute of Music from the school’s founding in 1924 until his death in 1961, and has long been revered at Curtis as the founder of a tradition of harp study and practice that continues to this day. In 1931, he founded the Salzedo Harp Colony (also known as the Salzedo School), a harp workshop in Camden, Maine.
The Salzedo Harp Colony provided an environment for the type of intensive private study that was not possible during the regular concert season. Students lived with local families and performed for each other in weekly chamber music concerts, in addition to practicing and enjoying the beautiful environment of the area. When Salzedo passed away in 1961, one of his most noted distinguished former students, Alice Chalifoux, took over direction of the colony, teaching students until her retirement in 2002. Nancy Lendrim, ensemble faculty for the Elizabeth Hainen Harp Colony, spent several summers at Salzedo Harp Colony studying under Alice Chalifoux.
While Elizabeth Hainen was unfortunately never able to attend the Salzedo Harp Colony, in 2004, she founded the Saratoga Harp Colony, a similar retreat for promising young harpists in New York. Now, moving to the Curtis Institute of Music, the Elizabeth Hainen Harp Colony continues Salzedo’s rich tradition of harp pedagogy at Curtis.