Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2021 session will take place online Monday, June 14 to Saturday, June 19, 2021.
Curtis Harp Days is an advanced training ground for the world’s next generation of harpists. The program is a true pedagogical institution, with emphasis on individual development for promising young harpists as well as professionals. Distinguished faculty Elizabeth Hainen and Judy Loman (Harp ’56) conduct an intensive week of orchestral training through mock auditions and master classes, culminating in a performance in the final concert.
Curtis Harp Days is accepting applications for 15 students, and recommended for intermediate to advanced performers of any age. The application deadline is April 7, 2021.Apply Today
Curtis Harp Days remains committed to creating a rewarding online curriculum and welcoming community for participants, while preserving the safety and well-being of our students, faculty, and staff. Students will pre-record pieces to review live during master classes held via webinar. Whether looking to enter competitions or merely seeking a greater knowledge of the repertoire, students will benefit from a full exploration of harp literature. Accepted students will receive additional details about online learning via e-mail.
View a preliminary schedule of activities (subject to change; all activities in Eastern Time)
Curtis Harp Days 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.
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 as the Curtis Summerfest Harp Colony, today’s Curtis Harp Days continues Salzedo’s rich tradition of harp pedagogy at Curtis.