Faculty

Elzbieta Szmyt

 

Ela Szmyt is an associate professor and the director of the Pre-College Harp Program 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

 

Hello! My harp adventure began 20+ years ago. When I was 4 I started saying I wanted to play the harp. Like normal people, my parents said no. Being the stubborn child that I was, I asked them relentlessly for a whole year and finally won when I was 5.  I grew up in Bloomington, Indiana so I had my first lesson at the Jacobs School of Music with the most amazing teacher – Ela Szmyt! I didn’t say a word the whole time (or for the next 3 years according to Ela), but as soon as I left the lesson I informed my parents that we needed to go to the harp store to buy a harp and then go to the car store to buy a van.  I studied with Ela all through high school and college until I graduated from Indiana University with a degree in Psychology as well as minors in Human Development & Family Studies and French. Fast forward to 2012: Ela came to me and said she wanted to start a summer camp, I said “great!” she said “lets bring in Jan Jennings,” I said “great!” and The Summer Harp Academy was born. I met Jan for the first time the first year of SHA, and I am convinced she is a complete musical genius.  

 

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

Molly Grettenberger (2014-present)

 

Molly Grettenberger is a native of Michigan and a recent graduate of the Jacobs School of Music. She received a BM in Harp Performance under the direction of Susann McDonald. She also had the pleasure of studying harp pedagogy with Elzbieta Szmyt. This is her second year assisting at the Summer Harp Academy. An avid orchestral musician, she has played with all of the IU Orchestras, the West Michigan Symphony, the Traverse Symphony Orchestra, and the Columbus Indiana Philharmonic. She also enjoys playing chamber music and participated in many diverse chamber ensembles while at Indiana University. A supporter of new music, she was involved in the Hammer and Nail, Double Exposure, and New Voices Opera composition collaborations at IU. In her free time, she sings and frequently leads worship at First United Methodist Church in Bloomington, IN. She currently attends graduate school at Western Michigan University pursuing a degree in Music Therapy.

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 junior, studies under the esteemed direction of Susann McDonald in the Jacobs School of music at Indiana University.

The 5th Summer Harp Academy

July 16-23, 2017

Lake Junaluska Conference and Retreat Center

Lake Junaluska, NC

Upcoming Events

July 22nd - Student Recital, First United Methodist Church of Waynesville, 3pm

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Christine Kercheval

Administrative Director

 

Email: summerharpacademy@gmail.com

 

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