National Music Festival

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The mission of the National Music Festival is to present world-class celebrations of music and to provide affordable arts education and entertainment year round; as well as to foster economic development by contributing to the greater Kent County community.

All NMF apprentices attend tuition free! For two weeks each June, these musicians live and work together, presenting over 35 concerts — ranging from solo recitals to large symphony orchestra performances with chorus.


2021 Program Dates

June 5 – 18, 2022

In-person and online options for 2021
In-person only
2 weeks
Application Deadline
Revolving applications, open 2/1/22
Harp Instructors
Susan Bennet-Brady, harp mentor
College, Adult
Advanced, Professional
Type of Harp
Pedal harp
Students must provide instrument—rentals are not available
Residency Options
Both overnight and commuting options are available
Housing is provided in college dormitories and private homes in the Chestertown area as well.
Free to qualified musicians
Financial Aid
Yes, full scholarships are available
What makes this camp experience unique is:
NMF is free to all participants! Harpists can do it all: orchestra, chamber, solo, harp ensemble.
This camp is perfect for:
Harpists who are wanting a career in orchestral harp playing.
Students come back year after year for our camp's:
The fantastic repertoire and opportunities for solo and chamber playing.
More info

Generally 3 qualified, orchestrally minded harpists are selected to participate. There are also opportunities for harp ensemble, solo and chamber playing for harpists. The harp apprentices at NMF will enjoy a busy schedule of harp heavy repertoire, under the guidance of harp mentor, Susan Bennett Brady. The harp studio gives its own performance of solo and chamber works. We also have a ton of fun at this harp intensive, with a focus on orchestral harp playing.