2013 European Summer Harp Institute & Tour:
August 5-19, 2013
The breathtaking Alpine city of Mariazell, your “home away from
home” during the 2013 European Summer Harp Institute & Tour!
Summer Music Institutes is pleased to announce the second annual European Summer Harp Institute and Tour, providing an unparalleled opportunity for musical and cultural growth! In addition to an intensive week of training in Richmond, VA in preparation for the tour, the experience will include a concert tour of Austria, the world capital of classical music (the land of Mozart, Beethoven, Strauss, and Brahms to name a few!).
Having led ensembles on European tours nine times over the last decade, Artistic Director Lynnelle Ediger-Kordzaia says one common thread stands out- the students who took part found these experiences to be among the most memorable and pivotal events of their education. This tour promises to be an amazing musical adventure and the perfect opportunity to take your musical and cultural understanding to a whole new level!
Click here to download the itinerary with full details as a PDF.
Because this is such an incredible opportunity, the interest in the tour has already been very strong. However, space is limited. Don't miss out!
1. Harpists must be between the ages of 14 and 21 by 7/1/13 2. Harpist must be at an intermediate or advanced level (there will be two tracks) 3. Harpists must be able to attend the Richmond Summer Harp Institute from July 29- August 9th in preparation for the tour 4. Harpists must pass a qualifying audition which includes a DVD, CD or a live performance of: (a) two solos of contrasting styles and periods and (b)one etude or orchestral excerpt. 5. Applicants must provide a reference who is familiar with their musical abilities
Limited spaces are available for harpists age 14-22 by audition only. Applications will be considered based on space availability.
Applications should be sent to:
European Summer Harp Institute and Tour
Attn: Amanda Ellerbe, Registrar
4200 Dover Road,
Richmond, VA 23221
Maryland Summer Harp Institute Concert Series
The Maryland Summer Harp Institute, in collaboration with the American Youth Harp Ensemble (AYHE), is pleased to announce the Maryland Summer Harp Concert Series with performances for the public in the Frederick area in July. This extraordinary series presents harp soloists, chamber groups, and a large ensemble concert. In lieu of tickets, free-will offerings will be collected at each event to benefit the American Youth Harp Ensemble Scholarship Fund. All concerts will be held at St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church located at 10621 Old Frederick Rd., Thurmont, MD 21788.
The American Youth Harp Ensemble Faculty Recital Date TBA
The outstanding faculty of the American Youth Harp Ensemble hail from all around the United States, and have studied and performed around the world. This exceptional group of performers will offer a program of solo and chamber works for harp.
An Evening of Solo Works for Harp Date TBA
From classical to folk to jazz, this concert will showcase the versatility of the harp and the talents of the young musicians taking part in the Maryland Summer Harp Institute.
Final Concert of the Maryland Summer Harp Institute Date TBA
Under the direction of Frederick native Lynnelle Ediger-Kordzaia, young harpists of the Maryland Summer Harp Institute present a concert of “works-in-progress," performing works studied throughout the week.
Richmond Summer Harp Institute Concert Series
The Richmond Summer Harp Institute, in collaboration with the American Youth Harp Ensemble (AYHE), is pleased to announce the Richmond Summer Harp Concert Series with performances for the public in the Richmond area in July. This series presents three harp ensemble concerts, one at the end of each of our Institute weeks to demonstrate what the students have learned. All concerts will be held at Grace Baptist Church located at 4200 Dover Rd., Richmond, VA 23221.
Richmond Summer Harp Institute, Week 1 "Works in Progress Concert" Friday, July 26th, 4:00 p.m.
Richmond Summer Harp Institute, Week 2 "Works in Progress Concert" Friday, August 2nd, 4:00 p.m.
Richmond Summer Harp Institute, Week 3 "Works in Progress Concert" Friday, August 9th, 4:00 p.m.
Now in their eighteenth year, the Summer Harp Institutes offer five separate weeks of intensive study of the harp.
The Summer Harp Institute Includes:
A daily schedule of classes
Coaching by our distinguished faculty
Daily individual attention
Daily ensemble rehearsals
Fun extracurricular activities
Final "Works in Progress" concert
And much more!
Harpists focus on practice, performance, musicianship and ensemble skills in a supportive and inspiring musical environment. Music is chosen to challenge and engage each student based on their performance level. An extraordinary number of students return year after year (over 90% of students have attended more than one year) as the Summer Harp Institutes not only nurture musical ability but provide all of the camaraderie of a summer music experience where students form friendships that last a lifetime.
MARYLAND SUMMER HARP INSTITUTE: July 15-19, 2013
For all levels of harpists
In scenic Frederick, Maryland
RICHMOND SUMMER HARP INSTITUTES: Week One: July 22-26, 2013
For new-to-harp beginners
In historic Windsor Farms, Richmond, Virginia
Week Two: July 29- August 2, 2013
For early intermediate to advanced harpists
In historic Windsor Farms, Richmond, Virginia
Guest Artist: Elizabeth Richter
Week Three: August 5-9, 2013
For beginning, intermediate and advanced harpists, (advanced session by audition by DVD or CD)
In historic Windsor Farms, Richmond, Virginia
Intensive focus on the harp, including group and individual attention, coaching and practice time, inspires participants to grow to the next level of musicianship and artistry.
Every day will include:
Intensive time is devoted to harp ensemble literature in preparation for a concert at the end of the Institute. A favorite class year after year, students have great fun while learning the necessary skills for ensemble playing.
Private instruction is a crucial element in the proper development of a player's skills. Students have the opportunity to work individually with one of our artist faculty teachers.
Students have the opportunity to work in chamber (small) ensembles with a faculty coach. Students may also chose to use their time with a faculty coach for guidance in the preparation of orchestral parts or recital repertoire.
Individual Practice Time
Each student is given an opportunity for uninterrupted individual practice time. Practice techniques and strategies are incorporated into all aspects of instruction. Students will utilize these methods during their practice to maximize their time.
In addition to instrumental instruction and rehearsal, SHI also includes lectures in the following subjects and techniques:
Each daily session explores Western music history in a broad fashion. The class serves as an introduction to music of the Ancient, Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque, Classical, Romantic and Modern periods. The focus of the course is on listening along with interdisciplinary links to history (such as a visit to Agecroft Hall above), architecture and other art forms.
All students are placed appropriately in a beginner, intermediate or advanced theory class, taking a theory placement test if necessary prior to the start of the Institute. Students learn the language, terminology and mechanics of music plus the fundamentals of sound, notation, intervals, chords, musical forms and analysis.
Aural Skills/ Ear Training
This class is designed to help develop a keener sense for listening and is integrated with the music theory class. Each student will be able to distinguish between different intervals, chords, scales and more. Depending on theory placement, varying levels of melodic and rhythmic dictation exercises will be given.
Learn basic skills of conducting and leading an ensemble. Students will prepare a short score while conducting their peers. Students will also be given a opportunity to conduct in the final concert. Click here to watch student conducting videos!
WORKSHOPS & SEMINARS
Maryland and Richmond Weeks 2 and 3 only. Seminars and Workshops to be chosen from:
Introduction to Dalcroze Eurhythmics
Founded by Swiss music educator Emile Jaques Dalcroze, Eurhythmics is a unique approach to developing musicianship through movement, ear training and improvisation activities.
Learn basic skills of conducting and leading an ensemble. Students prepare a short score while conducting their peers. Students will have an opportunity to conduct in the final performance. Click here to watch student conducting videos!
Students gain insights into orchestral playing from orchestral harpists as well as a professional symphony conductor during this informative session.
Introduction to Improvisation and Jazz for Classical Musicians
A brief lecture on the history of Jazz. All harpists learn the basics of improvisation.
Practical Seminar for the Music Student
Information will be given regarding careers in music, competitions and places for further study. Guest faculty, all of whom are teachers at major conservatories/music schools, will add their insights.
The Gig Harpist
The business aspects of music are explored, with its resources and realities. Students develop a wedding repertoire list and book, individualized contracts, marketing strategies and other practical aspects helpful to the professional harpist.
Harp Therapy Overview
Insight into the emerging field of harp therapy. Exciting new research, applications and possibilities will be explored.
This informative session with a harp technician helps students learn how to keep their instruments in shape between regulations.
Efficient, Effective Practicing
In this seminar, we explore tips, tricks and techniques for efficent and effective practicing. Learning how to work, or as we call it, "the habits of greatness" makes all the difference. Year after year, students (and their teachers) say this seminar has inspired the most profound growth in their harp playing.
Meet the world-class artist faculty for the Summer Harp Institutes.
Harpists applying for advanced Week 2, 3 and/or the 2013 European Institute must include an audition CD or DVD.
1. Two solo pieces in contrasting styles.
2. One etude of choice.
Recordings can be mailed to the Academy of Music Summer Music Institutes, 4200 Dover Road, Richmond VA 23221.Contact us for more information.
With the exception of Week One of RSHI, (July 22-26, 2013) and the European Summer Harp Institute & Tour, all Summer Harp Institute registrations received before March 15, 2013 will receive a $100 discount off full day tuition! This offer is limited to one per family.
The deadline for regular registration is June 15, 2013. For registration after June 15, please inquire as registration will be determined by space availability only. Registration includes a completed registration form and a non-refundable deposit of $100 to reserve your space. The balance is due on July 1st, 2013. Harpists applying for advanced Week 2, 3 and/or the 2013 European Institute must include an audition CD or DVD. Click here for repertoire requirements.
Students who do not reside in the Richmond area will be placed with a host family, usually a local harp family. Arrangements will be made to match each boarding student with accommodations. For families wishing to travel with their child, information on local hotels can be provided.
For MSHI, students who do not reside in the Frederick area will board either with host families or in the host church's nearby parish house. These arrangements will be finalized based on the final numbers of institute registrants. Minimum age for boarding students is 12.
MARYLAND SUMMER HARP INSTITUTE: July 15-19
Half-day students: $350
Full Institute: $695
Full Institute + Boarding: $895
RICHMOND SUMMER HARP INSTITUTE: Week One: July 22-26
Make all checks payable to the Academy of Music, 4200 Dover Road, Richmond, VA 23221. Limited scholarship assistance available for Weeks Two and Three, contact email@example.com for more information.
Lever and pedal harps will be provided on a first-come; first-served basis.
All applicants must be between the ages of 7 and 18 as of 1/1/2013
Once accepted, unless notification of withdrawal from the Institute is received in writing by 6/15/2013, the student and parent/guardian are considered legally responsible for payment of fees in full. All fees must be paid in full by 7/1/2013.
Register for Summer Harp Institutes by clicking the appropriate link below.