The Elizabeth Hainen Harp Colony is an advanced training ground for the world’s next generation of professional harpists. The colony is a true pedagogical institution, with emphasis on individual development for promising young harpists as well as professionals. The distinguished faculty conducts an intensive program of master classes, ensemble playing, and orchestral training.
Harpists looking for a rigorous program will benefit from an intensive week of orchestral training through mock audition, master classes with Elizabeth Hainen, and harp ensemble with Nancy Lendrim, culminating in a performance in the final concert. Whether looking to enter competitions or merely seeking a greater knowledge of the repertoire, students will benefit from a full exploration of harp literature.
Build friendships, share ideas, and enrich your musical talent in an intimate atmosphere—and enjoy yourself thoroughly in the process.
A few harps are available to participants for loan during the course. Preference is given to performers coming from long distances.
The Elizabeth Hainen Harp Colony continues a rich legacy dating back to celebrated harpist Carlos Leon Salzedo, who headed the harp department at the Curtis Institute of Music from the school’s founding in 1924 until his death in 1961, and has long been revered at Curtis as the founder of a tradition of harp study and practice that continues to this day. In 1931, he founded the Salzedo Harp Colony (also known as the Salzedo School), a harp workshop in Camden, Maine.
The Salzedo Harp Colony provided an environment for the type of intensive private study that was not possible during the regular concert season. Students lived with local families and performed for each other in weekly chamber music concerts, in addition to practicing and enjoying the beautiful environment of the area. When Salzedo passed away in 1961, one of his most noted distinguished former students, Alice Chalifoux, took over direction of the colony, teaching students until her retirement in 2002. Nancy Lendrim, ensemble faculty for the Elizabeth Hainen Harp Colony, spent several summers at Salzedo Harp Colony studying under Alice Chalifoux.
While Elizabeth Hainen was unfortunately never able to attend the Salzedo Harp Colony, in 2004, she founded the Saratoga Harp Colony, a similar retreat for promising young harpists in New York. Moving to the Curtis Institute of Music in 2016, the Elizabeth Hainen Harp Colony continues Salzedo’s rich tradition of harp pedagogy at Curtis.
*Registration fee: $65 before Thursday, March 15, 2018 at noon EST; $125 (after March 15, 2018).
Curtis Donors, from the Player's Circle (those who have given $75 to Curtis Institute) and above, receive 15% discount on tuition to the Professional Retreat or Auditor track. Contact email@example.com for your discount code to be entered at the end of registration.
Curtis Summerfest does not offer scholarships for the Elizabeth Hainen Harp Class. Students and parents are urged to seek financial assistance from local sources such as school music organizations; county, state, or national music education organizations; youth orchestras and bands; music clubs; service clubs (Rotary, Kiwanis, etc.); businesses; churches; and foundations.
Those attending the professional retreat or as an auditor will pay tuition at the end of the registration.
Starting NOON EST March 15, 2018, $60 will be added to the application fee. Applications close Friday, April 13, 2018 at noon. EST.
Questions about the application process? Ask Summerfest.
Recommended for intermediate to advanced performers of any age. Past participants have garnered international recognition, including two prizes at the 2017 Lyon & Healy Awards.
The center-piece to your time at the colony, all master classes are taught by Elizabeth Hainen, faculty at Curtis and principal harp of the Philadelphia Orchestra. Participants prepare two to four memorized pieces from the major solo harp repertoire and harp parts or cadenzas from the major orchestral repertoire (i.e. Swan Lake Suite, Symphonie Fantastique). Select performers will be chosen to perform at the final recital.
Play for the Pros: Mock Audition
Performers interested in pursuing an orchestral career will benefit from mock auditions. This is an invaluable opportunity to perform your orchestral excerpts in a simulated audition environment. Participants will play for a panel of Harp Colony faculty.
Repertoire for 2018 will be announced soon. Repertoire for the 2017 Play for the Pros Mock Audition included:
Grand Harp Ensemble
Rehearse and perform in the final concert as part of the harp ensemble, led by Nancy Lendrim.
Repertoire for 2018 will be announced soon. Repertoire for 2017 included:
Exploration of the Salzedo Archive Collection
Participants explore and gain access on an informative private tour of the Curtis Institute of Music and an exclusive peek into the Salzedo Archive Collection.
Experience the faculty in performance. Details to be announced.
In a world of social media, reality television and self-promoting incentives at every turn, it is becoming increasingly difficult to decide how much or how little to engage with the wide range of promotional tools available. This seminar suggests how we can find a balance by asking this question: “How do we as harpists best serve ourselves while serving our listeners with quality performances that are worth the campaign trail?”
Each performer meets briefly with Elizabeth Hainen at the end of the program for informal artistic-advising chats.
Saturday, June 23 - Tuesday, June 26, 2018
Whether you are a full-time professional harpist or looking for the tools and inspiration to reach the next level, this program is a great way to revitalize, strengthen, and broaden your harp skills while meeting other harpists from around the country.
Come share some Bach or your latest Beyoncé arrangement! The professional retreat participants gather to play for each other and Elizabeth Hainen in this open forum.
In a world of social media, reality television, and self-promoting incentives at every turn, it is becoming increasingly difficult to decide how much or how little to engage with the wide range of promotional tools available. This seminar suggests how we can find a balance.
Experience the faculty in performance (details to be announced).
Paris in Philly
Enjoy an evening with faculty and new friends at Parc Bistro and Cafe, Philadelphia's finest French brasserie. Dinner at participants' expense.
Grand Harp Ensemble
Rehearse and perform in the final concert as part of the harp ensemble alongside talented young colonists, led by Nancy Lendrim. Repertoire for 2018 will be announced soon. Repertoire for 2017 included:
GOULD Pavane, arr. Susan Brady
SALZEDO Chanson dans la nuit
“Tango” from Suite of Eight Dances
“Rumba” from Suite of Eight Dances
SAINT-SAËNS “Aquarium” from Le Carnaval des animaux, arr. Eleanor Turner
FALLA Spanish Dance No. 1 from La vida breve, arr. Marguerite Lynn Williams
Exploration of the Salzedo Archive Collection
Participants will have exclusive access to the Salzedo Archive Collection during an informative private tour of the Curtis Institute of Music.
Any harpist may participate as an auditor. Auditors observe master classes. No audio submission is necessary. There is no limit to the number of auditors. Choose to audit one master class or several master classes