Elzbieta Szmyt


Ela Szmyt is a professor of music, co-chair of the Harp Department, and Director of the Harp Ensemble at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. She studied with Alina Baranowska-Liese, Susann McDonald, and Pierre Jamet. She is a regular performer of solo and chamber recitals and has taught master classes in Europe and the United States. Ms. Szmyt has made several appearances and recordings for Polish radio and television. She has been a featured soloist with the National Philharmonic in Warsaw, Krakow Philharmonic, and the Metropolitan Orchestra of Saint Louis. She has performed and given lectures for the World Harp Congresses in Copenhagen, Prague, and Dublin. Her solo CD, Rhapsodie was released on the DUX label. She has served as a board member of the USA International Harp Competition and is currently on the Board of Directors of the World Harp Congress. 


Jan Jennings


Jan Jennings is a past first prize winner of the Lyon & Healy International Pop & Jazz Harp competition. She is a widely respected performer and teacher of both classical and popular music. Her students have been finalists in the national competition of the American Harp Society as well as prize winners in local and national music competitions. She has written two instructional books, The Harpist’s Complete Wedding Guidebook, and Effortless Glissing. Ms. Jennings has been the MusicReview Editor for Harp Column, a national industry magazine, for 20 years. She has made five recordings, and several of her arrangements for both pedal and lever harp have been published. Ms. Jennings served two terms as Director-at-Large for the American Harp Society, and two terms as Treasurer. She founded the Central Florida Chapter of the American Harp Society in 1987. She served two terms on the Board of Directors and as Treasurer of the World Harp Congress. Currently a free-lance harpist based in Orlando, she has been the featured artist at prestigious venues in both the U.S. and Europe.


Administrative Director

Christine Kercheval


Christine began studying the harp at the age of 5 when she joined the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music Pre-College Harp Program and has studied with Elzbieta Szmyt for more than 20 years. Christine continued her harp studies at Indiana University where she completed her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology degree, and minors in Human Development & Family Studies and French. Christine works at Indiana University as the Wedding & Special Events Coordinator at the Indiana Memorial Union, one of the largest student unions in the country. In 2012, Christine, Ela & Jan began planning the first Summer Harp Academy.


"The Summer Harp Academy has been a fantastic experience, and I love meeting new students from all over the country who are as passionate about music as I am. Every summer, every day I learn something new from Jan and Ela, and I appreciate all the time I have been able to spending working with them and our wonderful students. I can't wait for you to join us this summer!"

Assistant Instructors

Aubrey Shumway (2016-present)


Aubrey Shumway began her harp studies in 2006 with Professor Elzbieta Szmyt as part of the the Pre-College Harp Program of the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University. She has performed numerous solo and ensemble recitals as part of this program including being a featured soloist for Indiana University's Pre-College Spring Ballet. She has been a guest performer with Eleanor Fell in various benefit concerts and has served as the Principle Harpist with the Musical Arts Youth Orchestra in Bloomington, Indiana. Aubrey competed in the 2008 Lily Laskine International Harp Competition's Junior Division in Paris France; the National Society of Arts and Letters Competition in 2010; and in the American Harp Society's National Competition help in June of 2011 where she wone third prize in the Intermediate II Division. Aubrey performed at the 2011 World Harp Congress Focus on Youth held in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. As part of the VI International Harp Masterclass sponsored by the Mninistry of Culture and Polish Heritage and the Joseph Elsner Foundation, she performed two public solo recitals in July of 2012 in Warsaw, Poland. Additional educational and instruction include masterclasses and private instruction with Distinguished Professor Susann McDonald and a masterclass with Joanna Kozielska. In the summer of 2013, Aubrey competed in the USA International Harp Competition held in Bloomington, Indiana. In the summer of 2015, she was principle harpist for the National Symphony Orchestra Summer Institute in Washington, DC for a month along with appearing in multiple chamber ensembles and studying with National Symphony Orchestra principle harpist Adrianna Horne. Aubrey, now a senior, studies under the direction of Elzbieta Szmyt in the Jacobs School of music at Indiana University.

Maggie Lovell (2018-present)


Maggie Lovell attended the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music where she completed her Bachelor of Music, Master of Music, and Performer Diploma, all in harp performance. While at the university she also served as an associate instructor in the harp department, in charge of the care and maintenance of the school's 14 pedal harps. An avid fan of small harp ensemble, she participated in ensemble for 19 semesters, serving as the ensemble leader for 16 of them. Since moving south, Maggie performs regularly with local and regional orchestras across the Tennessee Valley area and has performed as a featured soloist for a variety of festivals and arts events. Maggie and her husband, Adam moved to the northern Atlanta area in 2017, where she continues to perform regularly and has a private teaching studio. Maggie recently joined the faculty at the University of North Georgia Department of Music.

The 7th Summer Harp Academy

July 14 -21, 2019

Lake Junaluska Conference and Retreat Center

Lake Junaluska, NC

Upcoming Events

Tuesday July 16, 7pm - Faculty Recital - First United Methodist Church of Waynesville


Saturday July 20, 3pm - Student Recital - First United Methodist Church of Waynesville

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Christine Kercheval

Administrative Director


Email: summerharpacademy@gmail.com


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