The Elizabeth Hainen Harp Colony is an advanced training ground for the world’s next generation of professional harpists. The colony is a true pedagogical institution, with emphasis on individual development for promising young harpists as well as professionals. The distinguished faculty conducts an intensive program of master classes, ensemble playing, and orchestral training.
Harpists looking for a rigorous program will benefit from an intensive week of orchestral training through mock auditions, master classes with Elizabeth Hainen, and harp ensemble with Nancy Lendrim, culminating in a performance in the final concert. Whether looking to enter competitions or merely seeking a greater knowledge of the repertoire, students will benefit from a full exploration of harp literature.
Build friendships, share ideas, and enrich your musical talent in an intimate atmosphere—and enjoy yourself thoroughly in the process.
The Salzedo Harp Colony provided an environment for the type of intensive private study that was not possible during the regular concert season. Students lived with local families and performed for each other in weekly chamber music concerts, in addition to practicing and enjoying the beautiful environment of the area. When Salzedo passed away in 1961, one of his most noted distinguished former students, Alice Chalifoux, took over direction of the colony, teaching students until her retirement in 2002. Nancy Lendrim, ensemble faculty for the Elizabeth Hainen Harp Colony, spent several summers at Salzedo Harp Colony studying under Alice Chalifoux.
While Elizabeth Hainen was unfortunately never able to attend the Salzedo Harp Colony, in 2004, she founded the Saratoga Harp Colony, a similar retreat for promising young harpists in New York. Now, moving to the Curtis Institute of Music for the first time, the Elizabeth Hainen Harp Colony continues Salzedo’s rich tradition of harp pedagogy at Curtis.
Master classes will be taught by Elizabeth Hainen. Please prepare a memorized program of two to four pieces from the major solo harp repertoire, or harp parts or cadenzas from the major orchestral repertoire (i.e. Swan Lake Suite, Symphonie Fantastique). In addition, bring any works in progress or a new work you wish to study.
Harpists interested pursuing an orchestral career will benefit from mock auditions. This is an invaluable opportunity to perform your orchestral excerpts in a simulated audition environment. Participants will play for a panel of Harp Colony faculty.
Participants in the mock audition must perform all three of these pieces:
• Tchaikovsky, “Waltz of the Flowers” harp cadenza from The Nutcracker
• Rimsky-Korsakov, Capriccio Espagnole
• Britten, The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra
For harpists 21 and up, who perform at a strong intermediate or advanced level. Whether you are a full-time professional harpist or looking for a Tuneup, Pro Retreat is a great way to revitalize, strengthen and broaden your harp skills.
Professional retreat participants observe all master classes and take part in all courses. No audio submission is necessary. There is no limit to the number of professional retreat participants. Professional retreat participants will have an opportunity to perform in the final concert as part of the harp ensemble.
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- Tuition: $1,170
- Application Fee: $65 / $125*
- Housing and Dining: $714
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- Registration Fee: $65 / $125*
- Housing and Dining: $357
- Tuition: $120/day
- Registration Fee: $65 / $125*
- Housing and Dining: $119/night
*Registration fee: $65 before February 26, 2016 at 11:59 a.m. EST; $125 (February 27–May 13, 2016).
Registration ends Friday, May 13, 2016 at 11:59 a.m. EST.
|Morning||Residential Check-In||Individual Practice||Individual Practice||Individual Practice|
|Afternoon||Residential Excursion||Master Class||Ensemble Rehearsal||Recital|
|Evening||Master Class||Mock Audition/Competition||Ensemble Rehearsal|
Check-in: Sunday, June 19 9–10:30 a.m.
Check-out: Saturday, June 25 at 5 p.m.
*Schedule is subject to change.
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