1. Prepare

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.)

2. Apply

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

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3. Pay

Pay the application fee on the application platform: $90. Contact summerfest@curtis.edu with description of financial need for an application fee waiver.

Applications are open until filled.

You will be notified of your status by email; the notice will include directions on tuition and housing payments.


Online Performer Cost

  • Tuition: $600
  • Application Fee: $90


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 2020 Financial Assistance Application, on Section 4 (Scholarship) of the online application.
  • All parent/guardian 2018 tax returns
  • All parent/guardian 2019 W2 forms (include 2018 if 2019 W2 form not yet available)

International applicants:

  • The Curtis Summerfest Harp Colony 2020 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 2018–December 2018.

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 summerfest@curtis.edu for questions regarding Curtis Summerfest (summer programs) admissions, and admissions@curtis.edu for questions regarding Curtis Institute of Music (conservatory) admissions.