The six-week harp summer program is an excellent opportunity for the motivated student to develop as a musician and as an artist. During your time here, you will work with world-renowned conductors, teachers, and guest artists, in a curriculum that emphasizes musicianship, growth, and the joy of playing with an outstanding group of fellow musicians.
Solo, small group, and large ensemble rehearsal and performance are at the heart of the harp program. Harp student participate in the following:
Harp ensemble is a daily, two-hour class that focuses on the skills, art, and joy of chamber music as we explore challenging harp ensemble repertoire. During this block of time, you will also have studio classes, with opportunities for performance, practice, discussion of practice methods, and the occasional guest artist masterclass.
Harpists rehearse and perform with the World Youth Symphony Orchestra (see repertoire), Interlochen Philharmonic (see repertoire), or the World Youth Wind Symphony (see repertoire). These advanced large ensembles perform frequently throughout the summer, tackling challenging, mature repertoire under the direction of some of the world's preeminent conductors. Recent guest soloists include Yo-Yo Ma, Jennifer Joh, Awadagin Pratt, Joshua Bell and many others.
This program features a highly educated and experienced harp faculty, with whom you will have weekly private lessons.
Use your two elective class options to study another art form, or choose from a variety of classes in the music department, including composition, Alexander Technique, music theory, computer music, jazz, orchestration, music literature, and more. View elective classes.
Performance Venues and Opportunities
Performance venues include the 3,900-seat Kresge Auditorium, the 950-seat Corson Auditorium, the open-air historic Interlochen Bowl, and the beautiful Dendrinos Chapel and Recital Hall. Kresge Auditorium was recently named one of the ten best outdoor performance venues in the nation by USA Today.
Each large ensemble performs six concerts throughout the summer. There are also numerous chamber and solo recitals. Students may compete for the opportunity to perform a concerto with one of the high school division's full orchestras or wind symphony. Learn more about the concerto competition.
Students are encouraged to take advantage of the artistic diversity here at Interlochen, and enjoy presentations in theatre, music, dance, visual art, creative writing, and film. And each summer, we present an impressive lineup of world-renowned classical, jazz, and popular guest artists.
Video file #1: One movement from a piece on the suggested audition repertoire list below, or a piece of comparable difficulty. Piano accompaniment is optional.
Video file #2: Choose another piece, demonstrating contrasting style and the applicant's versatility.
Video file #3: One major and one minor scale, 4 octaves, hands together.
Suggested Audition Repertoire
- Debussy – First Arabesque; Claire de Lune; Danses Sacrée et Profane
- Dussek – Sonata in C minor
- Grandjany – Fantasie on a theme of Haydn
- Pierne – Impromptu Caprice
- Pescetti – Sonata in C minor
- Salzedo – Suite of Eight Dances
- Haydn/Salzedo - Variations on a Theme of Haydn
- Salzedo - Suite of Eight Dances; Chanson dans la Nuit
- Solos for the Harp, compiled by Lucile Lawrence: such as: Tambourin, Giga, Rigaudon, Flagello Berceuse
- Handel - Harmonious Blacksmith; Concerto in B Flat Major: Andante Allegro
- David Watkins - Petite Suite
Interlochen is also home to Interlochen Arts Academy boarding high school, which offers a harp major for grades 9-12, as well as a post-graduate year.
Instructor of Harp, Interlochen Arts Academy and Interlochen Arts Camp