What our students say about us

"The Summer Harp Academy is a week full of inspiration, laughter, learning, confidence, fabulous memories, and a pure love for the harp. I am happy to hold these experiences I have had from attending SHA."

Caroline, 2016


"The Summer Harp Academy is such a fun opportunity to interact with harpists of all ages and learn skills and make memories that will stick with you forever!"

Carrie, 2016


"To me the Summer Harp Academy camp was a transformative experience on many different levels. Not only did I make friends that I keep in contact with all year round, but also I came into my own as both a harpist and a performer."

Helen, 2016


"The Summer Harp Academy gave me the opportunity as a non-music professional to improve my musical skills in a fun, relaxed setting. For one week I could solely focus on music without being distracted from work and family. The hotel staff was great and the grounds are beautiful. I loved working with Ela, Jan and Christine and look foward to returning."

Jane, 2016


"The Summer Harp Academy is the best music camp I have ever attended. It was wonderful to be surrounded by fellow harpists who love the harp as much as I do - it was also helpful to learn tips and tricks from them. In my mind, I always pictured a harp camp as being a very competitive environment - how greatly mistaken I was! It was so inspiring to be in a nurturing and uplifting environment at beautiful Lake Junaluska. World-class instruction on how to be a professional harpist, concert harpist, or just for your plain enjoyment - what more could you ask for? I’m so glad I have so many amazing harpist friends now from all over the country!"

-Kari Novilla, Principal Harpist, Knoxville Youth Symphony, 2015


"The Summer Harp Academy offered something for everyone. Whether a student was intermediate or advanced, interest in pop music or classical music, looking for one-on-one coachings or masterclass performance experiences, The Summer Harp Academy had it all. Both Jan and Ela offered invaluable advice in each of their lectures. The many harp ensemble opportunities were useful for students with all levels of ensemble experience, but especially those new to chamber music. The extracurricular activities were a blast! The Summer Harp Academy offered both an intensive focus on harp and an opportunity for students to have fun and makes new friends and connections with harpists around the country!"

- Molly, 2014


"I gained confidence in my playing at camp. I had so much fun with my fellow campers and professors!"

-Elizabeth, 2014


"A marvelous experience - as a person who began harp in mid-life I am both awed and inspired by the younger students. Many thanks to Ela and Jan and all the terrific admin. people for making this event possible! I am looking forward to the Third Annual Summer Harp Academy and plan to attend. Thanks to all for a wonderful harp experience."

-Martha, 2014


"The Summer Harp Academy was a delightful week for a harpist! Excellent educators and class sessions, impromptu concerts, and wonderful learning experiences in the beautiful surroundings of Lake Junaluska, NC."

-Sue, 2013


"I never imagined that I could learn so much, make so many new friends, and create so many wonderful memories in one week! The Summer Harp Academy has not only impacted my playing and outlook on harp, but it has given me a new motivation and fire to become the harpist of my dreams!"

-Rebecca, 2013



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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

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