Boston University Tanglewood Institute Young Artists Harp Program

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Boston University Tanglewood Institute is recognized as a premier summer training program for young musicians and is the only program of its kind associated with one of the world’s great symphony orchestras. Under the guidance of distinguished professionals, and in the presence of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, students are immersed in an atmosphere of extraordinary music making fueled by high artistic standards, rigorous programming, and a rich legacy of learning and performance.

2021 Program Dates

2021 program dates TBA

In-person and online options for 2021
In-person, transition to online if in-person is not possible
4 or more weeks
Application Deadline
January 15, 2021
Harp Instructors
Ann Hobson Pilot, Franziska Huhn
Intermediate, Advanced
Type of Harp
Pedal harp
Harps are provided by the program
Residency Options
Both overnight and commuting options are available
Students reside on campus in dormatory-style housing
$7,720 total: $4,020 tuition + $3,200 Room&Board + $500 Fees (summer 2020 tuition figures)
Financial Aid
Yes, full scholarships are available
What makes this camp experience unique is:
The opportunity to experience all aspects of harp playing from solo to chamber music to symphony.
This camp is perfect for:
Advanced high school harp students interested in a challenging and inspiring summer experience.
Students come back year after year for our camp's:
Access to all Boston Symphony Orchestra concerts and our harp teachers.
More info

The Young Artists Harp Program (YAHP), directed by Ann Hobson Pilot and Franziska Huhn, is a six-week program limited to four students, enabling highly individualized and thorough instruction. Weekly lessons, chamber music, harp ensemble, and playing in the Young Artists Orchestra and Young Artists Wind Ensemble lend to a full-immersion program, providing young players a comprehensive overview of all facets of harp playing.

The Young Artists Harp Program curriculum includes:

  • Two private lessons a week, one with world-famous artist-teacher Ann Hobson Pilot, former principal harp of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, and one with Assistant Director Franziska Huhn
  • Focus on technique and the interpretation and performance practices of standard harp repertoire and orchestral excerpts
  • Chamber music and harp ensemble performances, culminating in an end-of-season recital
  • Music theory classes
  • Rehearsal and concert rotation between the Young Artists Orchestra and Young Artists Wind Ensemble with three performances in Seiji Ozawa Hall at the Tanglewood Music Center
  • Master classes with some of the world’s most esteemed music professionals (past visits and classes include Paula Page, Alice Giles, Elizabeth Morse, Elisabeth Remy Johnson, and Jessica Zhou)
  • Access to all Boston Symphony Orchestra and Tanglewood Music Center concerts, as many as 15 events a week
  • 6 hours of transferable Boston University course credit