If you aspire to further your individual study of the harp and develop your ensemble skills, the harp summer program is an outstanding opportunity. Through solo repertoire study, private lessons, and ample ensemble experiences, you will grow as an artist and experience 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 one-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.
Harp students rehearse and perform with the Intermediate Symphony Orchestra (see repertoire) and Intermediate Wind Symphony (see repertoire). These large ensembles present two public concerts per three-week session, with repertoire carefully selected to challenge and inspire young musicians.
This program features a highly educated and experienced harp faculty, with whom you will have weekly private lessons. Dedicated practice time is available on days when no lesson is scheduled.
Use your elective class option to study another art form, or choose from a variety of classes in the music department, including composition, choir, music theory, computer music, jazz, and more. When you're not in class, you'll have numerous opportunities to enjoy student, faculty, and renowned guest artist presentations in a variety of art forms.
Each session of this program is three weeks long, and students are welcome to attend two three-week sessions. A multiple session discount is offered.
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.
Audio or video files #1 and #2: Two solo works of contrasting style. There is no required repertoire, but the audition should demonstrate the applicant's overall ability. Piano accompaniment is optional. Ideas for suitable repertoire include:
- La Gimblette, Pieces d'Automne, Epices by Bernard Andres
- Petite Suite by Grandjany
- Pieces d'Automne by Renie
- Harp Olympics Book 4
- Little Fountain by Pratt
Students may compete for the opportunity to perform a concerto with the intermediate division's full orchestra or wind symphony. Learn more about the concerto competition.