Have summer plans yet? You’re sure to find just the right experience in our roundup of over 50 summer harp programs
Want to find out how to get the most from your summer camp experience? Check out our article extra on how to Maximize Your Summer. Know of a program we missed? See our ongoing online Summer Harp Camp Directory to add a program or check for updated information. Download the PDF of this issue (right) to see our “at a glance” chart of all program dates and locations.
Ever wish those long, warm, carefree days of summer would never end? Free of the break-neck pace of our regular schedules, relaxed summer days give us an opportunity to experience life and music in a different way. Attending a summer harp camp is a great way to make the most of that time away from your regular schedule. Whether it’s a camp, retreat, workshop, seminar, institute, or festival, attending a summer harp event will stick with you long after those warm summer days are over.
ACADIA TRAD SCHOOL
Bar Harbor, Maine; June 23–28
Instructor: Maeve Gilchrist
Focusing on the Celtic tradition, the week-long program offers traditional music and dance classes, and emphasizes technique, theory, and an understanding of the historic Celtic culture. Suitable for students of all ages and abilities. The mornings are spent focusing on harp, with afternoons dedicated to workshops and jam sessions.
AMERICAN HARP SOCIETY CAMP INNOVATION
Winston–Salem, N.C.; June 16–22
Instructors: Elisabeth Remy Johnson and Maria Luisa Rayan
This new program is intended for lever and pedal harpists ages 12–17 who want to be immersed in the impressive array of American Harp Society Summer Institute programming. Campers will receive individual, group, and ensemble instruction in addition to performing in the institute’s closing concert.
AMERICAN YOUTH HARP ENSEMBLE SUMMER HARP INSTITUTES
Frederick, Md.; July 7–13
Richmond, Va.; (Week 1) July 15–19; (Week 2) July 2–26
International tour; July 27–Aug. 5
Instructors: Rebecca Anstine Smith, Aponi Brunson, and Lynnelle Ediger Kordzaia
The Summer Harp Institutes offer multiple locations for intensive study of the harp. A supportive environment for students at all levels—from beginners to advanced—prepares young harpists, with an emphasis on the development of effective practice skills, memorization techniques, and performance etiquette.
ASPEN SUMMER MUSIC FESTIVAL AND SCHOOL
Aspen, Colo.; June 27–Aug. 18
Instructors in 2018: Nancy Allen, Anneleen Lenaerts, and Sivan Magen
At the Aspen Music Festival, students receive intensive instruction from principals of the Vienna Philharmonic and the New York Philharmonic through private lessons, masterclasses, and by performing major orchestral repertoire alongside the instructors. This program is perfect for the serious, dedicated musician.
BATON ROUGE HARP FESTIVAL
Baton Rouge, La.; June 3–7
Instructors: Lillian Lau, Kimberly DeRosa, Rafael Galvan Herrera, and Rebecca Todaro
With four camper options, this weekday camp offers an immersive harp experience for harp enthusiasts of any level. Young students receive exploratory harp training, and more advanced students have opportunities in chamber music, composition projects, and harp ensemble. All students are given opportunities to perform on the Lunchbox Concert Series and the final festival concert.
BERKLEE COLLEGE OF MUSIC SUMMER PROGRAMS
Boston, Mass.; (Full Credit Summer Course) May 14–Aug. 9; (Summer String Intensive) June 24–28; (5–Week Program) July 6–Aug. 9
Valencia, Spain; June 3–21, June 24–July 12
Instructors: Felice Pomeranz and Mairi Chaimbeul
Students explore a wide variety of string styles in depth, including folk, jazz, bluegrass, classical, old time, and Celtic. The summer study abroad program includes a mix of technology and practical experience, with classes in music business and film scoring.
BLUE LAKE FINE ARTS CAMP
Twin Lake, Mich.; (high school session 1) June 26–July 7; (high school session 2) July 10–21; (middle school session 3) July 24–Aug. 4; (middle school session 4) Aug. 7–18
Instructors in 2018: 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. Four 12–day sessions each conclude with a recital for family and friends. Daily classes include private lessons, ensemble rehearsals, theory, history, and practice time. Students may also select from a wide range of minor classes in other arts areas, including musical theater, painting, campfire guitar, and yoga.
BOB JONES UNIVERSITY HARP CAMP
Greenville, S.C.; July 8–12; July 14–19
Instructor: Emily Waggoner
BJU camps are designed around campers’ particular interests. The mission of BJU summer camps is to help students grow Christ–like character as they 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.
BOSTON UNIVERSITY TANGLEWOOD INSTITUTE YOUNG ARTISTS HARP PROGRAM
Lenox, Mass.; June 30–Aug. 10
Instructors: Ann Hobson Pilot and Franziska Huhn
BUTI’s Young Artists Harp Program is a six–week program limited to four students. Students have weekly lessons with artist–teacher Ann Hobson Pilot, former principal harpist 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.
BOWDOIN INTERNATIONAL MUSIC FESTIVAL
Bowdoin, Maine; June 22–July 13; July 13–Aug. 3
Instructor: June Han
The Bowdoin International Music Festival provides an intensive and in–depth exploration of solo and chamber music. Students receive private lessons, studio classes, ample practice time, lectures and seminars, and chamber music coachings. Performance opportunities include community concerts, young artists series, masterclasses, and collaborations with student composers.
BREVARD MUSIC CENTER SUMMER INSTITUTE AND FESTIVAL
Brevard, N.C.; June 21–Aug. 4
Instructor: Allegra Lilly
Brevard provides a congenial summer community for young musicians. Over 400 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 SUZUKI STRINGS SUMMER HARP WORKSHOP
Buffalo, N.Y.; Aug. 12–16
Instructors: Katie Berquist, Kela Walton, and Grace Wong
Harp students ages 5–18 of all levels, methods, and traditions gather for a week of harp ensemble, masterclasses with guest artists, music theory, enrichment classes, and more with the faculty at Buffalo Suzuki Strings.
CANADIAN INTERNATIONAL SUMMER HARP INSTITUTE
Calgary, Alberta; July 20–27
Instructors: Judy Loman, Julia Kay Jamieson, Ellen Gibling, and Gianetta Baril
CISHI offers an intensive, individualized program for students of all levels. The focus is primarily classical and includes an extensive array of workshop programming.
CRESTED BUTTE MUSIC FESTIVAL CHAMBER MUSIC INTENSIVE
Crested Butte, Colo.; July 8–13
Instructor: Anastasia Pike
With a participant to coach ratio capped at 3:1, harp students receive training in a supportive and intimate environment. Perfect for chamber music enthusiasts, participants will not only be coached by faculty but will perform alongside them, all while nestled in the stunning Rocky Mountains.
CURTIS SUMMERFEST HARP COLONY
Philadelphia, Pa.; June 9–15
Instructors: Elizabeth Hainen and Judy Loman
Founded in 2005 by Philadelphia Orchestra principal harpist Elizabeth Hainen, the harp colony is an advanced training ground for 15 of the world’s next generation of professional harpists with one week of intensive masterclasses and mock auditions.
CURTIS SUMMERFEST YOUNG ARTIST SUMMER PROGRAM
Philadelphia, Pa.; July 13–Aug. 3
Instructor: Elizabeth Steiner
Harpists ages 14–22 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 are just a few of the many things students enjoy in this program.
EASTERN MUSIC FESTIVAL
Greensboro, N.C.; June 22–July 27
Instructor: Anna Kate Mackle
Eastern Music Festival is a summer orchestra training program for gifted musicians ages 14–23. EMF participants receive six orchestra rehearsals a week, one hour weekly of individual instruction, plus sectional and chamber music coachings.
Paladru, Rhône-Alpes, France; July 6–7
Instructors: Isabelle Lalire, Elisa Vellia, Pop’Harpe, and others
Featuring classes in both acoustic and electric harp, Festiv’Harpes offers unique workshops with a mission to make the harp more popular and accessible. Harp makers are on exhibit, and participants are treated to astronomy, mythology, gastronomy, and culture as connected to the harp’s heritage.
HARP CAMP VIRGINIA
Faber, Va.; dates TBD
Instructors: Virginia Schweninger, Eve Watters, Howard Bryan, and Kate Tamarkin
Harp Camp Virginia is a four–day summer camp held in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. The camp is open to pedal and lever harpists ages 11–18. Physical activities include Floor Barre exercises to start each morning and outdoor activities such as swimming and canoeing to take advantage of the picturesque setting.
HARP IN THE MOUNTAINS SUMMER FESTIVAL
Madisonburg, Pa.; July 23–29
Instructors: Anne Sullivan and Candace Lark Masucci
A recreational camp atmosphere and intense harp study combine in this summer harp experience. With a focus on learning together, campers practice and perform, study technique and musicianship, and enjoy making new harp friends.
HARPARTS MUSIC RETREAT
Location TBD; June 2–9
Instructor: Lynne Aspnes
A retreat designed for adult students, HarpArts allows beginning students 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.
Münchenbuchsee, Switzerland; July 13–Aug. 4
Instructors: Milda Agazarian, Mara Galassi, Francesco Guarneri, Petra van der Heide, Isabelle Moretti, Park Stickney, and Irina Zingg
Year after year a community of exchange is built 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.
HOT SPRINGS MUSIC FESTIVAL
Hot Springs, Ark.; June 2–15
Instructor: Deborah Fleisher
Hot Springs Music Festival pairs mentor musicians from major orchestras with talented pre–professional apprentices, all of whom receive a full–tuition scholarship. Apprentices and mentors perform side by side in orchestral and chamber music settings. The two-week festival includes three orchestra concerts, chamber music and street concerts, private lessons and coachings, and a visit to the Historic Hot Springs Bath House.
HOUSTON SUMMER HARP FESTIVAL
Houston, Texas; July 8–13
Instructors: Kimberly DeRosa, Therese Honey, Susanna Campbell, and Hope Cowan
Houston Summer Harp Festival is a non–competitive comprehensive program that includes harp ensemble, lessons, a wedding workshop, history, various musical styles, rhythms, and more.
IDYLLWILD ARTS SUMMER PROGRAM
Idyllwild, Calif.; June 8–21; July 22–Aug. 4
Instructor: Allison Allport
Idyllwild is 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.
ILLINOIS SUMMER HARP CLASS
Urbana, Ill.; June 6–8
Instructor: Ann Yeung
In the three-day Illinois Summer Harp Class, participants are treated to masterclasses, recitals, and workshops, and a harp jam featuring the world premiere of a new work by Julia Kay Jamieson.
INTERLOCHEN ARTS CAMP
Interlochen, Mich.; (High School) June 22–Aug. 5; (Intermediate) June 22–July 13, July 14–Aug. 5
Instructors: Joan Raeburn Holland and Sylvia Norris
The Interlochen Performing Arts Camp offers intermediate and high school programs focusing on serious individual study, ensemble training, private lessons, daily harp ensemble, studio classes for performance practice and discussion, orchestra and wind ensemble, and performance opportunities. The high school program is perfect for serious harpists who are ready for a very active six weeks of solo and ensemble experience.
INTERNATIONAL MUSIC CAMP
Dunseith, N.D.; (Session 6, grades 7–12) July 21–27; (Session 7, ages 21+) July 27–30
Instructor: Callie Stadem
The IMC 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. Beginners on the harp are encouraged to participate in a special track during the harp session.
THE INTERNATIONAL SUMMER HARP ACADEMY IN BULGARIA
Sofia, Bulgaria; July 24–31
Instructors: Rita Costanzi, Maria Bildea, and Gabriela Garcia
Just outside of Sofia at the Bankya Palace Hotel, ISHA is a place where harp students can share ideas, get inspired, establish new connections, and have fun while learning. Both pedal and lever harpists of all abilities are invited to attend a variety of courses and receive private lessons.
ISLAND MOUNTAIN ARTS HARP AND CELLO SCHOOL
Wells, B.C.; Aug. 19–23
Instructors: Tristan Le Govic, Seumas Gagne, Sharlene Wallace, and Morag Northey
Set in the historic gold mining community of Wells/Barkerville, the Island Mountain Arts Harp and Cello School is perfect for harpists who want to delve into their craft and participate in fun activities, such as a student BBQ, Breton dance workshop, and the annual Céilidh.
Aveyron, France; July 13–20
Instructor: Emmanuel Ceysson
An intensive harp retreat led by Metropolitan Opera Orchestra principal harpist Emmanuel Ceysson, this eight day all–inclusive summer camp is set in a peaceful haven in the center of France. Participants receive four hours of individual lessons, group masterclasses, and a visit to the nearby city, Conques. Harpists looking to perfect their solo and orchestra skills will love this program.
LONGHORN HIGH SCHOOL HARP SOLO AND ENSEMBLE WORKSHOP
Austin, Texas; June 9–15
Instructors: Delaine Leonard and Kela Walton
Open to harpists entering grades 9–12, the Longhorn Music Camp includes a week of solo and ensemble experiences. The program focuses on developing creativity through mastery of practical music skills, and students will benefit from classes in improvisation, harp maintenance, pilates and yoga, and career discussions.
Spartanburg, S.C.; June 16–July 14
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 Christian backgrounds participate in this unique festival that combines artistic excellence and Biblically-sound teaching.
MIDWEST HARP FESTIVAL
Chicago, Ill.; July 14–20
Instructors: Charles W. Lynch III, Elizabeth Richter, and Faye Seeman
Newly relocated to Chicago, the Midwest Harp Festival includes ensembles, independent study, workshops, an optional 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.
Ann Arbor, Mich.; July 21–27
Instructor: Joan Raeburn Holland
This harp institute is designed to enhance the musical and technical skills of dedicated harpists. Students receive daily private lessons, individual and guided practice time, studio classes, performance opportunities, and harp ensemble.
NATIONAL MUSIC FESTIVAL
Chestertown, Md.; June 2–15
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. With a mission to present world–class musical celebrations and to provide affordable arts education, all apprentices receive a full scholarship.
NATIONAL ORCHESTRAL INSTITUTE AND FESTIVAL
College Park, Md.; May 30–June 30
Instructor: Sarah Fuller
With inspiring conductors, world–renowned faculty, and adventurous programming, NOI has the goal of nurturing gifted young orchestral musicians. Rehearsals, masterclasses, sectionals, and seminars help prepare students for the next steps in their professional careers.
OHIO SCOTTISH ARTS SCHOOL
Oberlin, Ohio; June 22–28
Instructors: Sue Richards, Rachel Hair, Rachel Clemente, and Jen Narkevicius
Held on the campus of Oberlin College for students ages 12 and up, 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 on lever and wire harps.
ORFORD MUSIC ACADEMY
Orford, Canada; Aug. 4–10
Instructor: Caroline Lizotte
Students receive one week of masterclasses with harpist Caroline Lizotte and are offered an array of workshops and concerts to attend.
ROCKY MOUNTAIN SPRINGS HARP PROGRAM
Steamboat Springs, Colo.; June 23–July 13
Instructors: Rachel Browne and Carly Nelson
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 FESTIVAL INSTITUTE
Round Top, Texas; June 2–July 14
Instructor: Paula Page
The Round Top Festival Institute offers six weeks of intensive training for young talented musicians seeking a transition from conservatories and universities to a future professional career. Symphony orchestra, chamber music, and solo repertoire are all included in this concentrated program.
SEWANEE SUMMER MUSIC FESTIVAL
Sewanee, Tenn.; June 15–July 14
Instructors: Paula Bressman and Rachel Miller
The Sewanee Summer Music Festival is an intensive four-week program of orchestra, chamber music, solo, and harp ensemble. Every harpist performs in concerts, receives chamber music assignments, and attends weekly lessons, faculty recitals, and special events. This camp is perfect for harpists who want an immersion in all aspects of harp performance.
STAGES DE HARPE
Nice, France; Flexible dates
Instructor: Elizabeth Fontan–Binoche
Stages de Harpe offers group and individual harp lessons with French harpist Elizabeth Fontan–Binoche, former student of Marcel Tournier. Held in the home of Madame Fontan-Binoche, the program offers a flexible length of stay (one day to three weeks). Participants stay in the property’s guesthouse. French language experience preferred but not required.
STEPHEN F. AUSTIN STRINGS CAMP
Nacogdoches, Texas; July 7–13
The SFA Strings Camp is a one–week intensive study of string orchestra literature. Geared towards junior high and high school students, participants have orchestra rehearsals, chamber music seminars, masterclasses, and are offered optional All–State preparation and private lessons.
SUMMER CLASSICAL STUDIES
Rochester, N.Y.; July 8–26
Instructor: Rosanna Moore
This program is for academically inquisitive performers currently in grades 9–12 who are considering a career in music. Summer Classical Studies emphasizes solo performance and chamber music, offering two weekly private lessons, repertoire classes, career seminars, small ensemble, theory, ear training, music history, and a creative venture, individually chosen by each participant.
THE SUMMER HARP ACADEMY
Lake Junaluska, N.C.; July 14–21
Instructors: Elzbieta Szmyt and Jan Jennings
The Summer Harp Academy is a comprehensive program designed to develop the versatile harpist. Harpists hone their performance and professional skills by participating in daily masterclasses, ensemble rehearsals, and workshops.
Lubec, Maine; Aug. 12–16; Aug. 19–23
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. Participants receive daily private lessons, morning group class, scheduled practice time, plus the opportunity to play and be coached in ensemble music.
TCU SUMMER HARP WORKSHOP
Fort Worth, Texas; July 10–12
Instructors: Laura L. Brandenburg and Sonja Westburg
TCU Summer Harp Workshop is a three–day, intensive, small camp experience, featuring harp ensemble, masterclasses, informative enrichment sessions, and a closing recital with all camp participants. The workshop is open to young pedal harpists eighth grade and above, intermediate to advanced level.
TEXAS MUSIC FESTIVAL
Houston, Texas; May 31–June 29
Instructor: Paula Page
An intensive four–week orchestral fellowship program on the University of Houston campus, TMF is led by guest conductors, members of Houston’s orchestras, and faculty from the Moores and Shepherd schools of music.
UNT SUMMER HARP MASTERCLASS AND WELLNESS WORKSHOP
Denton, Texas; Aug. 3
Instructor: Jaymee Haefner
The UNT Summer Harp Masterclass is a one–day harp immersion event held at UNT’s 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.
VANCOUVER SYMPHONY ORCHESTRAL INSTITUTE
Vancouver, B.C.; June 22–July 3
Instructor: Elizabeth Volpé Bligh
Students are immersed in a collaborative musical environment and mentored by members of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra on the oceanfront campus of the University of British Columbia. Students participate in the institute orchestra, chamber music, coachings, masterclasses, and a variety of performance opportunities.
VIENNA HARP DAYS
Vienna, Austria; July 22–26
Instructors: Oscar Rodriguez do Campo and Elisabeth Plank
With classes available for German, English, Spanish, and French speakers, Vienna Harp Days includes daily individual lessons, masterclasses, and special group sessions that deal with a variety of subjects, such as sound, posture and technique, Latin American music, and efficient practicing.
YOUNG ARTIST’S HARP SEMINAR
Gambier, Ohio; (YAHS) July 6–20; (YAHS prep) July 7–14
Instructors: Susan Bennett Brady, Kimberly Rowe, Kristi Shade, Kathryn Andrews, Angela Schwarzkopf, Emily Levin, Katherine Siochi, and Sivan Magen
Founded in 2002, the Young Artist’s Harp Seminar is designed to improve performance skills and practice habits, and intensify preparation for solo performances, orchestral auditions, and competitions through interacting with artist faculty and guest artists. The Preparatory Division (Prep) is designed for lever and pedal harpists at a beginner to intermediate level, who may not be ready for the full YAHS experience. •