Harp Summer Program for High School Students

Why Take Harp

The harp's natural resonance and expansive ring is a calling card for many. As a harpist, fully embrace your potential with dedicated, focused study. In this program, you'll have the chance to challenge and develop yourself with the support of fellow students and our stellar faculty.

What You'll Learn

Your days will consist of solo, small group, and large ensemble rehearsals. In each, you'll learn advanced techniques, discuss practice methods, and tackle advanced, exciting repertoire. In addition to receiving individual attention from instructors, you'll have the chance to practice with others and sharpen your performance skills. Our curriculum will include:

  • Private lessons
  • Studio classes
  • Harp ensemble
  • Advanced large ensembles
  • Master classes with guest artists
  • Musician Artistry (music theory and literature, aural skills, improvisation)  
  • Numerous recitals
  • Access to performances from multiple genres

Audition Requirements


Program Snapshot
Program Length
6 weeks
Program Dates
  • June 23, 2024 to August 4, 2024
Age Range
High School (Grades 9-12)
  • Applications CLOSED

Meet the Faculty

Our faculty are passionate artists in their own right and have extensive experience in some of the world's top conservatories and institutions. Their dedication to the new generation of musicians sets them apart.

Please note the gallery may showcase previous instructors.

All Faculty

Joan Holland

Joan Raeburn Holland

Nelson Family Harp Chair

Sylvia Norris

Sylvia Norris

Instructor of Harp

Guest Artists

Past guest artists have included:

  • Atlantic Harp Duo
  • Lynne Aspnes, University of Michigan
  • Bridget Kibbey professional harpist
  • Sivan Magen professional harpist

Program Highlights

Performance Opportunities

Each large ensemble performs multiple concerts throughout the summer. Students also have the chance to participate in numerous quartet, chamber, and solo recitals.

The Music Center

Our state-of-the-art 60,000 square-foot music facility has two 3,500 square-foot rehearsal halls, two recording studios which allow for rehearsal and performance recordings in multiple venues on campus with multiple ensemble and practice rooms, and individual faculty teaching studios. Learn more about The Music Center.

Additional Opportunities

Interlochen is also home to the Arts Academy boarding high school, which offers six music programs for students in grades 9-12, as well as a post-graduate year.

A girl plays the harp

My experience at Interlochen has been life-changing, eye-opening, and wonderful. Interlochen is my safe haven where I am surrounded by teenagers who are as dedicated and motivated as I am. I have made many lifelong friends and connections; they truly make my day one hundred times better!

Isabel, Harp

"It's like an open heart."

Students and instructors share the intensity, challenge, and ultimate reward of dedicating their summer to studying the harp at Interlochen.