Where Good Harpists Become Great Musicians

Sunday, June 9–Saturday, June 15, 2019 

The Curtis Summerfest Harp Colony is an advanced training ground for the world’s next generation of professional harpists. The colony is a true pedagogical institution, with emphasis on individual development for promising young harpists as well as professionals. The distinguished faculty conducts an intensive program of master classes and orchestral training.

Harpists looking for a rigorous program will benefit from an intensive week of orchestral training through mock audition, and master classes with Elizabeth Hainen and renowned Curtis alumna, Judy Loman (Harp ’56), culminating in a performance in the final concert. Whether looking to enter competitions or merely seeking a greater knowledge of the repertoire, students will benefit from a full exploration of harp literature.

Build friendships, share ideas, and enrich your musical talent in an intimate atmosphere—and enjoy yourself thoroughly in the process.

 

A few harps are available to participants for loan during the course. Preference is given to performers coming from long distances.


The Curtis Summerfest Harp Colony 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, the Curtis Summerfest Harp Colony continues Salzedo’s rich tradition of harp pedagogy at Curtis.


  • 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.

Performer

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

Professional Retreat

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

Auditor

  • 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.

Curtis Summerfest does not offer scholarships for the Elizabeth Hainen Harp Colony. Students and parents are urged to seek financial assistance from local sources such as school music organizations; county, state, or national music education organizations; youth orchestras and bands; music clubs; service clubs (Rotary, Kiwanis, etc.); businesses; churches; and foundations.

 


Every participant selects the track appropriate for them:

 

Performers play in intimate master classes with Elizabeth Hainen and Judy Loman

Recommended for intermediate to advanced performers of any age. Past participants have garnered international recognition, including two prizes at the 2017 Lyon & Healy Awards.

Master class
The center-piece to your time at the colony, master classes are taught by Elizabeth Hainen, faculty at Curtis and principal harp of the Philadelphia Orchestra. Participants prepare two to four memorized pieces from the major solo harp repertoire and harp parts or cadenzas from the major orchestral repertoire (i.e. Swan Lake Suite, Symphonie Fantastique). Select performers will be chosen to perform at the final recital.

Play for the Pros: Mock Audition
Performers interested in pursuing an orchestral career will benefit from mock auditions. This is an invaluable opportunity to perform your orchestral excerpts in a simulated audition environment. Participants will play for a panel of Harp Colony faculty.

Repertoire for the 2018 Play for the Pros Mock Audition was:

Selections, Concerto for Orchestra BARTÓK
Intermezzo interrotto: Allegretto
Finale: Pesante—Presto

Selections, Concerto in G major RAVEL
Allegramente (cadenza)

Exploration of the Salzedo Archive Collection
Participants explore and gain access on an informative private tour of the Curtis Institute of Music and an exclusive peek into the Salzedo Archive Collection.

Faculty Recital
Experience the faculty in performance. Details to be announced.

Today's Harpist
In a world of social media, reality television and self-promoting incentives at every turn, it is becoming increasingly difficult to decide how much or how little to engage with the wide range of promotional tools available. This seminar suggests how we can find a balance by asking this question: “How do we as harpists best serve ourselves while serving our listeners with quality performances that are worth the campaign trail?”

Wrap-up sessions
Each performer meets briefly with Elizabeth Hainen at the end of the program for informal artistic-advising chats.

 

Adults: Register for the Professional Retreat

Thursday, June 13–Saturday, June 15, 2019
Whether you are a full-time professional harpist or looking for the tools and inspiration to reach the next level, this program is a great way to revitalize, strengthen, and broaden your harp skills while meeting other harpists from around the country.

Click here to view the Professional Retreat Schedule.

Performance Forum
Come share some Bach or your latest Beyoncé arrangement! The professional retreat participants gather to play for each other and Elizabeth Hainen in this open forum.

Today's Harpist
In a world of social media, reality television, and self-promoting incentives at every turn, it is becoming increasingly difficult to decide how much or how little to engage with the wide range of promotional tools available. This seminar suggests how we can find a balance.

Faculty Recital
Experience the faculty in performance (details to be announced).

Exploration of the Salzedo Archive Collection
Participants will have exclusive access to the Salzedo Archive Collection during an informative private tour of the Curtis Institute of Music.

 

Only available for part of the week? Audit a master class

Any harpist may participate as an auditor. Auditors observe master classes. No audio submission is necessary. Choose to audit one master class or several master classes.