New Orleans Jazz and Pop Harp Weekend

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This Harp Weekend is designed to improve the Jazz & Pop musical skills of our student harpists and also to generate interest among music students to study jazz harp on a more regular basis. Guest Artists: Ben Creighton Griffiths, Welsh Jazz harpist, Patrice Fisher, Rachel Van Voorhees,  Rebecca Babin and Luke Brechelsbauer.


2022 Program Dates

May 27-30, 2021 (Memorial Day Weekend)

Less than 1 week
Application Deadline
Early Registration-May 16, Late Reg- June 16
Harp Instructors
Ben Creighton Griffiths, Patrice Fisher, Rachel Van Voorhees, Rebecca Babin, Luke Brechtelsbauer,
All ages
Beginner, Advanced Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced, Professional
Type of Harp
Pedal harp , Lever harp
Students must provide instrument—rentals are available
Residency Options
Both overnight and commuting options are available
A limited # of host families are offering free accomodations. There are 2 hotels near the Library.
$150-$240: 3 days-$240, 2 days-$200, 1 day-$150
Financial Aid
Yes, partial scholarships are available
What makes this camp experience unique is:
Learn to play Jazz and Pop Music where Jazz was born, New Orleans
This camp is perfect for:
Harpists who want to expand their horizons, learn to improvise, play lead sheets, create arrangement
Students come back year after year for our camp's:
Fun French Quarter Jazz tour, great teachers & cool location!
More info

We will offer 3 courses:

3 day intensive course for harp students and professionals with some experience in playing jazz, divided in 2 levels: beginners & intermediate/ advanced.

2 day exploration course for students & professionals who are beginners in playing jazz, in 2 levels: beginner & intermediate

1 day exploration course for students, professionals and amateurs who are beginners in playing jazz, divided in 1 level: beginner

Check the Schedule page for information about our updated class schedules, which will enable you to play Jazz and Pop music on the harp.

Lunchtime Jam Session, with a New Orleans Rhythm Section!

Afternoon Tea  Artist Showcase at Windsor Court Hotel!

a Jazz Listening Trip to the New Orleans French Quarter!

Three Jazz Harp Weekend Faculty Concerts.

Open Mic lunchtime concerts featuring our students performing

Pedal & Lever harp Friendly

This project is supported by the grants from the Arts Council of New Orleans, Decentralized Arts Program and the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Foundation. It is sponsored by the New Orleans Chapter of the American Harp Society, Jefferson Public Library and Camac Harp Company of France

We encourage students to explore avenues of making music, other than orchestral playing and solo recitals. Harpists who are versatile in many styles have more opportunities to work as professional musicians. The world of the freelance harpist requires many skills. Detroit jazz harpist, Rizpah, said that, as classical harpists, we live in a harp bubble. We don’t learn the skills we need to adapt to the real world. To prosper, we need to break out of this harp bubble. Photos from Past New Orleans Jazz Pop Harp Weekends.