Canadian International Summer Harp Institute

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A unique program for lever and pedal harpists of all levels to immerse themselves in a week of lessons, ensembles and workshops with exceptional teachers and enjoy the camaraderie of similarly motivated students. Participants feel supported to explore their instrument in depth, according to their own goals and abilities. All students and faculty reside at the spectacular Sanctum Retreat sharing meals, laughter, quiet walks, spontaneous jam sessions and fireside chats.

Dates of Program
July 20 - July 27, 2019
Will this program take place in 2019?
1 week
Application Deadline
Early bird registration to March 15, Final June 1
Harp Instructors
Judy Loman, Julia Kay Jamieson, Ellen Gibling, Gianetta Baril
14-18, College, Adult
Beginner, Advanced Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced, Professional
Type of Harp
Pedal harp , Lever harp
Students must provide instrument—rentals are available
Residency Options
All participants reside overnight
Each student has private bedroom and a separate practice room
$1650 ($1240 U.S.) Early bird rate until March 15, $1750 for registrations from March 16 - May 1
Financial Aid
No scholarships are available
What makes this camp experience unique is:
Students reside with faculty so every moment offers opportunities to share and learn from each other
This camp is perfect for:
Students looking for an intensive, tailored harp retreat in a beautiful, secluded setting
Students come back year after year for our camp's:
High-quality programming, spectacular location, camaraderie of old and new friends
More info

CISHI 2019 will take place in a beautiful and tranquil location about 1 1/2 hr drive northwest of Calgary ( For students flying into Calgary, CISHI staff will be happy to help with arranging a ride-share with local participants or a shuttle if need be. They also have the option to pay an additional night to stay at the retreat centre on July 19th.

Our returning students say it all: “I’ve attended several harp festivals and one other one week ‘harp camp’. CISHI was by far the most integrated, the most rewarding, and the most fun thus far. Well worth the 2000 km/ 1400 miles of travel!” Karen Jougla Shelton (Santa Barbara, CA USA)

“CISHI gave me an incredible opportunity to set aside time to learn and grow with my harp! The faculty was great and so encouraging and I loved the opportunity to connect with so many other harpists! The facility was amazing and is a nice change from the race of life. This was definitely one of the very best weeks of my life!” Laura Mest (Gibson City, Illinois)