Midwest Harp Festival

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2021 Online Offerings:
Sight-Reading Challenge: Open to pedal/lever harpists of all ages. With daily warm-ups, small group instruction, and workshops/masterclass in the afternoons, challenge yourself to see how much of your sight-reading piece you can learn in 5 days! Solo Competition: All ages welcome! Video entries due July 13th. Meet the Harp: This class is open to 7-12 year-olds with no prior harp experience. It includes harp rental for a month and small group instruction for the week.


2021 Program Dates

July 18-23, 2021

In-person and online options for 2021
Online only
1 week
Application Deadline
May 31st
Harp Instructors
Dr. Joanne King, Janelle Lake, Dr. Charles W. Lynch III, Elizabeth Richter, and Faye Seeman
10 and under, 11-13, 14-18, College, Adult, All ages
Beginner, Advanced Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Type of Harp
Pedal harp , Lever harp
Students must provide instrument—rentals are available
Residency Options
Both overnight and commuting options are available
When in person, double or single rooms in Wheaton College townhouses available
Sight-Reading Challenge = $400, Solo Competition = $20-$45, Meet the Harp = $260
Financial Aid
Yes, partial scholarships are available
What makes this camp experience unique is:
Even though there is a competition during the week, the atmosphere is friendly and nurturing.
This camp is perfect for:
Everyone! We particularly enjoy our mix of adults and children.
Students come back year after year for our camp's:
Everyone is exhausted by the end yet leaves with new friends and a renewed passion for the harp.
More info

We encourage you to do both, but you do not need to register for the Sight-Reading Challenge to register for our Solo Competition. In the Sight-Reading Challenge, our goal for the week is to provide a safe and friendly space for you to grow as a harpist. We want you to challenge yourself to see how much of your new piece you can learn in 5 days, and we want to help you succeed with the proper technique and practice suggestions!