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.

1 week
Application Deadline
Early bird registration to Feb 29, 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
$1750 ($1325 U.S.) Early bird rate until Feb. 28, $1850 for registrations from March 1 - May 1
Financial Aid
No scholarships are available
What makes this camp experience unique is:
All students and faculty reside onsite so every moment offers opportunities to learn from each other
This camp is perfect for:
Students looking for an intensive, individually-tailored harp retreat in a 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 2020 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

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)

“As a lever harp teacher, it was a thrill for me to have a private lesson with each of the 4 instructors, and then free time to incorporate what I had learned. This followed a dazzling concert by the faculty, so I think we were all instinctively trying to up our game! Everyone also played in small ensembles, rehearsing through the week to develop our group piece, finally showing it off with a certain amount of “drama” on the last day!” Caroline Mackay (Penticton, BC)

“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)