1. Prepare

Prepare supplementary materials.

A digital photo of yourself, from which a photo ID will be generated. The photo must be full-face view directly facing the camera with both eyes open, no glasses, and no hat or head covering that obscures or shadows your face. (Head coverings worn daily for religious purpose are allowed.)

2. Register

Click "register now" and create an account on the application platform. Complete the registration.

Register Now

3. Pay

Pay tuition and all fees on the application platform. Once you submit your auditor registration, you are confirmed to attend!

Pay the registration fee and tuition by noon EST March 15, 2018 and save $60; the application fee becomes $125 starting noon EST March 15, 2018.


  • October 2018: Applications available
  • Friday, March 15, 2019, noon EST: Additional $60 added to applications submitted after this time. Applications remain open as long as space is available in the program.
  • Early April 2019: Notification of admission status provided to all who submitted by March 15
  • April 30, 2019: Payment due for applicants accepted as performers*

*Registrants for the Professional Retreat and auditors pay tuition and housing fees at the time of registration.


  • Tuition: $1,350
  • Application Fee: $65 / $125*
  • Housing and Dining: $785

Professional Retreat

  • Tuition: $300
  • Registration Fee: $65 / $125*
  • Housing and Dining: $390


  • Tuition: $140/day
  • Registration Fee: $65 / $125*
  • Housing and Dining: $130/night

*Registration fee: $65 before Friday, March 15, 2019 at noon EST; $125 (after March 15, 2019). Applicants also submit a $25 transaction fee.

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 summerfest@curtis.edu for your discount code to be entered at the end of registration.


Students of the Lyra Society may apply to be Junior Colonists on a full scholarship. Contact the Lyra Society directly for more information.


Acceptance to the Curtis Summerfest Harp Colony Performer track is need-blind. Limited financial assistance from Curtis Summerfest may be available, but is not guaranteed. Notice of financial assistance awards will be included in the acceptance status e-mail.

Students and parents are also urged to seek financial assistance from local sources: self-organized fundraisers; school music organizations; county, state, or national music education organizations; youth orchestras and bands; music clubs; service clubs (Rotary, Kiwanas, etc.); businesses; local churches; and foundations.


Merit-based financial assistance

To apply for merit-based financial assistance, see section (Scholarship) of the online application. Answer “Yes” to the first question in this section (“Are you applying for merit-based financial assistance?”).

No further action is required to be considered for merit-based financial assistance.


Need-based financial assistance

To apply for need-based financial assistance, upload the following to section 4 (Scholarship) of the online application.

U.S. citizens:

  • The Curtis Summerfest Harp Colony 2019 Financial Assistance Application, on Section 4 (Scholarship) of the online application.
  • All parent/guardian 2017 tax returns
  • All parent/guardian 2018 W2 forms (include 2017 if W2 form not yet available)

International applicants:

  • The Curtis Summerfest Harp Colony 2019 Financial Assistance Application, on Section 4 (Scholarship) of the online application.
  • Copies of all parent/guardians’ most recent bank statements, in English or with translation provided
  • Letters, in English or with translation provided, from all parent/guardian employers stating total wages earned from January 2017–December 2017.

The majority of Harp Colony applicants are dependent upon parent or guardians. If you are an older applicant and are financially independent, income documentation should be your own.