(Editor’s note: this article appeared in our January-February 2013 issue. We update it every two years, so look for another installment in January-February 2015. To have your program included, look for an information submission form on this site in fall, 2014.)
—by Nadia Botkin
Summer may seem distant now, but it’s not too early to start planning for it! For most harpists, it’s a perfect season to get together with other harp lovers from around the nation (or even the world) and just focus on the harp. We hope that our fourth—and biggest-ever!—summer camp listing will help you weigh the many options out there, from season-long orchestra festivals to weekend retreats. We’ve brought together as many programs as we could gather information on, but this is just a starting-point—use the contact info provided to find out more about the programs that interest you.
Note: for a comparison chart including age range, location, cost, and other information about each program, please download the issue PDF. Costs include tuition, room, and board unless otherwise noted. Some are approximate and/or subject to change, and there may be additional fees associated with participation. Check for early application discounts and, if you live locally, tuition-only commuter prices. If you would like to apply for financial aid to attend a program, be aware that the deadline for that may be earlier than the final registration deadline listed here.
ABRSM Summer Harp Academy Madison, Ind.; July 15–19 Instructors: Carol McClure, Sarah MacDonald, Sally Duran, Abigail Crouch, Amy Shafer, Roseanna Shafer, Alison Warford, Wes Ramsay Focuses on meeting international standards of excellence; includes personal coaching, supervised practice, master classes, topical seminars, harp ensemble, harp orchestra, technique and musicianship games, afternoon recreation, and evening recitals. www.harpschool.org
Arizona/Utah Harp Experience Salt Lake City, Utah; June 24–28 Instructors: Dr. Carrol McLaughlin, Dr. Cathy Clayton, teaching assistants A course focusing on motivation and personal development, from solidifying technique and overcoming self-doubt to learning to improvise and play jazz; includes daily master classes, lessons, buddy practices, and special workshops on publicity, designing bios, getting gigs, and more. www.azharpexperience.com