Prepare supplementary materials.
List of two to four solo pieces and/or harp parts or cadenzas from the major orchestral repertoire, to play in the master class if accepted.
A video recording of your playing, lasting 15 minutes to no more than 20 minutes. (It doesn’t have to be professional!) There are no repertoire requirements; however we suggest two contrasting works. Past performers of the Saratoga Harp Colony are not required to submit a new video, but are welcome to do so.
Contact information for current private teacher (your teacher will receive an email with directions from the registration system to submit a recommendation letter online).
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.)
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Pay the $65 application fee. You will be notified of your status by email; the notice will include directions on tuition and housing payments.
Starting noon EST Friday, March 15, 2019, $60 will be added to the application fee.
*Registrants for the Professional Retreat and auditors pay tuition and housing fees at the time of registration.
*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 email@example.com 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.
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.
Applications to the Curtis Institute of Music and/or Curtis Summerfest are separate. Entries, materials and fees are not transferable. If applying to both, applicants should submit all items separately and in duplicate if required. Please refer to the program and application pages on this site for specific faculty rosters, application requirements, and program overviews. Enrollment in Curtis Summerfest garners no preferential treatment when auditioning for the conservatory in concurrent or subsequent years. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for questions regarding Curtis Summerfest (summer programs) admissions, and email@example.com for questions regarding Curtis Institute of Music (conservatory) admissions.