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Harp Institute

Key Information

U-M Faculty Director: Professor Joan Holland

July 20 - August 2, 2014

Priority Deadline: February 14 (closed for 2014 applications)



Focused on individual instruction for high school harpists, the Harp Institute will provide an intensive two weeks designed to enhance the technical and musical skills of the dedicated young harpist. Performance study, including individual practice, private lessons, studio classes, and daily harp ensemble, will be integrated with instruction in performance concentration, productive practice techniques, and the opportunity to prepare for college auditions. Class offerings include:

  • Two private lessons each week
  • Studio classes
  • Daily Harp Ensemble
  • Extensive practice time
  • Theory/musicianship classes
  • Dalcroze classes

Application Procedure

The application consists of three parts. (Applications are not complete until the application fee has been received.)

  • Online Application
  • Application Fee
  • Audition Upload


Performance Video (Upload)

Upload a single video file that includes two solo pieces of contrasting style and one etude, such as those by Pozzoli, Salzedo, Grandjany or Bochsa. Each selection need not exceed five minutes, but should represent your highest level of accomplishment, and demonstrate both technical and musical skills.

Recommendation (Upload)

(Optional) You may have one of your current music teachers (school teacher or private teacher) assess your work in a letter of recommendation. In addition to your musical abilities, the letter may discuss your personal characteristics such as initiative, dependability, and your commitment to increasing your musical skills. To invite a recommender, submit your recommender's email address, when prompted, on the audition upload link. Once you submit your audition (by selecting Final Submit), the recommender will receive a notification and link to use for sending your confidential recommendation. E-mailed submissions will not be accepted.

Admission Notification

Priority deadline for all application/audition materials is February 14, 2014. Admission notifications for priority applicants will be e-mailed on March 28, 2014.   

Late applications may be accepted while space is available, however priority will be given to applications received by the priority deadline. Admission and notification after the priority deadline will be on a rolling basis.

Decisions will not be given by phone.

Tuition, Fees, and Scholarships


Please visit the Tuition, Fees and Scholarships page for more information.




The General Information page includes many important items.

"Going into this camp, I didn't believe I would make best friends. But the way the residence life activities were arranged, and given the opportunities to meet so many new people from all over the world, I can officially say, you will meet best friends at this camp! That's also a huge part of a music camp experience: bringing people together to share what they love to create.
Sarah, Harp 2013, OH
MPulse Harp Duet MPulse Harp Ensemble

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Photography Credits:

U-M Photo Services

Joe Welsh

Peter Smith

David Smith

Glen Behring

Tom Bower