Harp

The Curtis harp department integrates new students into the full musical life of the school from the moment they arrive.

Working with distinguished artist-faculty member Elizabeth Hainen, harpists study solo repertoire and concertos, orchestral repertoire, and chamber music.

Curtis aims to educate and train musicians for 21st-century careers as performers on the highest professional level, through a unique “learn by doing” approach. Students can expect to perform often on the Student Recital Series and in other school-sponsored recitals from the beginning of their Curtis careers.

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Curriculum

Applicants who are admitted enter either the Bachelor of Music or Master of Music programs, or the diploma programs. Those who already hold bachelor’s, master’s, or doctoral degrees or other certificates or diplomas are welcome to apply.

Audition Requirements

(updated 9/24/21)

To apply/Prescreening:

a) Interested prospective applicants will submit their proposed audition repertoire to the Admissions office via e-mail to admissions@curtis.edu for faculty approval.

b) After faculty approves repertoire, applicants should submit their application, including prescreening materials via Acceptd.

Applicants will play from memory:

  • One solo work from the Baroque or Classical period
  • One solo work from the 20th century
  • One free-choice solo work of any period
  • Two prepared excerpts from the standard orchestral literature (memorization not required)

All works should be performed from memory with the exception of the orchestral excerpts or with special approval from faculty. All works should be prepared in their entirety; no single movements.

c) Applicants that advance to the live audition will be notified in January.

 

Live Audition (if advanced)

Before applying, all applicants should submit their proposed audition repertoire to the Admissions office via e-mail to admissions@curtis.edu for faculty approval.

Applicants will play from memory:

  • One solo work from the Baroque or Classical period
  • One solo work from the 20th century
  • One free-choice solo work of any period
  • Two prepared excerpts from the standard orchestral literature (memorization not required)

All works should be performed from memory with the exception of the orchestral excerpts or with special approval from faculty. All works should be prepared in their entirety; no single movements.

All auditioning harpists may use Curtis harps to practice (48 hours prior to the audition only) and audition. Available harps:

  • Lyon & Healy 2 Style 30’s
  • Lyon & Healy Salzedo (audition harp only)

Student Performances