High School Harp Summer Program

Interlochen's six-week harp program is for motivated students seeking comprehensive individual and ensemble training. Students work with world-renowned conductors, teachers and guest artists in private lessons, studio classes and harp ensemble. Students have opportunities to perform as soloists, in small groups and with large ensembles. The program emphasizes quality, personal growth and the joy of playing with a group of outstanding fellow musicians.

Program length: 6 weeks
Program dates:
June 21, 2014 to August 4, 2014
Tuition: $8,355
Age range: Grades 9-12

Summer 2014 programs have concluded, but we'd love to have you join us next summer! Join our mailing list, and you'll be among the first to know about summer 2015 programs.

Students in the six-week summer harp program participate in the following:

  • Orchestra and wind ensemble rehearsals and performances. Interlochen has two high school orchestras and one high school wind ensemble. The World Youth Symphony Orchestra (watch video) and Interlochen Philharmonic are the country’s leading orchestral experiences for advanced high school students. The faculty includes preeminent instructors who have extensive experience with major symphony orchestras. Repertoire is chosen from traditional and contemporary masterpieces as well as other influential genres. The orchestra programs regularly feature some of the greatest artists in the world. Recent guest soloists include Yo-Yo Ma, Jennifer Koh, Joshua Bell, Awadagin Pratt and many more. The World Youth Wind Symphony is the most advanced high school summer band experience available in the country.
  • Harp ensemble takes place during a daily, two-hour class and focuses on the skills, art and joy of chamber music through harp ensemble repertoire.  Studio classes will also occur at this time, with opportunities for performance, practice, discussion of practice methods and occasional guest appearances.
  • Private lessons with a highly educated and experienced harp faculty.
  • One elective class is required; one additional elective is optional (view list)

Performance venues include the 3,900 seat Kresge Auditorium, the 950 seat Corson Auditorium, the open-air historic Interlochen Bowl, and the Dendrinos Chapel and Recital Hall.

Audition Requirements

  • 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


Applicants who excel at the harp and apply by February 1, 2014, are automatically considered for the Emerson Scholars Program, which offers a number of full-tuition scholarships. Other need-based and merit-based financial aid is also available.

Concerto Competition

Interlochen offers a separate concerto competition for High School and Intermediate divisions. Winners in the High School division will perform with one of the division’s orchestras or wind symphony. Concerto competition details >>

Additional Opportunities

Interlochen is also home to the Arts Academy boarding high school, which offers a harp major for grades 9-12, as well as a post-graduate year.

Photo Galleries

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