College Harpist in Distress

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  • Keymaster
    HBrock25 on #167254

    I am by no means a professional-level harpist. I had been
    playing harp seriously in high school, but I studied abroad my
    senior year and my playing was discontinued. Now I am in my
    second year of college at a school where there isn’t really much
    of a harp program, so last semester I took private lessons and
    hope to continue this semester. The problem is that I am out of
    practice. I really want to get back into playing the harp seriously
    and I really regret that I was not able to major in harp. What I
    want to know is if anyone knows of an intensive summer
    program for college students that would help me to get back in to
    playing but one that isn’t exclusively for harp majors. Also, I was
    wondering if it would be possible for me to do an exchange for a
    semester at another university. What I mean is to take harp
    lessons and harp/music related classes at another university for
    a semester. I am nearly done with the requirements for my major
    (which is Chinese) and I believe I would have the time to do so if
    it were possible. I am very frustrated with my situation right now
    and sort of feel like I don’t have many options because I am not a
    harp major. I don’t know if I want to pursue a career related to
    harp playing ( and at this point I don’t know if that is an option any
    longer) but I do know that I want to keep playing. Any advice
    would be appreciated.

    Participant
    Jennifer Ellis on #167255

    Try attending Alice Giles’ Summer Harp Course.

    Participant
    unknown-user on #167256

    It sounds like you need to go away for the summer and practice. You should contact Professor Ellen Ritscher of North Texas State University about her summer program, and there are a few other summer festivals with lessons like Eastern Music Festival, Brevard Music Center and Interlochen. You can also study privately with someone for an intensive period, two or three lessons a week without going to the country. Also, you should transfer to a school with a harp program or able to offer lessons. I don’t encourage dreaming of a professional career unless you are willing to dedicate yourself and take a lot of risks and chances, because it is still very difficult to do so, but a lot of people play part time, and there are other ways to contribute your music.

    Participant
    Evangeline Williams on #167257

    I don’t think it’s ever too late to pursue a harp career.

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