July 15-22, 2018


Cost of Attendance


  • tuition
  • double occupancy accommodations
  • all meals included
  • additional activities at Lake Junaluska


Local students may choose to commute to The Summer Harp Academy daily. The commuter tuition is $700.


A non-refundable deposit of $300 is due within 2 weeks of acceptance to The Summer Harp Academy. The deposit will reserve the student's place and go toward tuition. Tuition is due in full by June 15, 2018. If a student registers and is later unable to attend, your tuition (not including the deposit) will be refunded until May 15. After this date no refund will be given.


Please note:

  • Students are responsible for their own travel expenses and arrangements to/from Lake Junaluska.
  • The total cost is based on a double-occupancy room. Single rooms may be reserved for an additional fee. Please contact summerharpacademy@gmail.com for room rates.
  • Private lessons are available at an additional cost.
    • 60 minutes - $70
  • Harp rental is available for those students unable to bring their own harps.
    • $75 - Students may use the SHA's harps and share practice time with other students.  


 The Summer Harp Academy has a limited number of scholarships available to students. Scholarships are need-based and will go toward the tuition costs. If you are interested in applying for a scholarship please submit a personal statement answering the questions below. Scholarship applications are due at the time you submit your registration form


Personal Statement

  • Describe your goals as a musician.
  • Describe your musical achievements.
  • Why are you interested in attending The Summer Harp Academy?
  • What do you hope to gain from The Summer Harp Academy?




The Summer Harp Academy will commence with a faculty recital. 


The week will conclude with a student recital. All students are strongly encouraged to participate. 


All recitals will be open to the public.  

Master Classes

There will be multiple master classes and performance opportunities for each student. Students will be able to sign up for when they would like to perform and get feedback from faculty and fellow classmates.  



Polish Your Technique the Polish Way

Explore all the basic techniques necessary to build a solid foundation for you to become a strong and relaxed player. The tools used to achieve better results include phrasing, dynamics, and the search for a beautiful tone. A strong technical foundation combined with your musicianship will not only make you a better harpist but a happier one.


Who's Who in the Harp World

Do you ever wonder about the pioneers of the harp world? This journey through harp history will cover some of the most influential harpists and their contributions to the techniques and repertoire we have today.


Harp Maintenance 101

Learn the basics of caring for your harp to keep in it top condition. This includes a look at the anatomy of the harp, a demonstration of tying knots, and changing strings and pedal felts.


Conquering Harmonics

Can you consistently find that "sweet spot" for harmonics or do you end up with more "duds" than clearly ringing harmonics? Learn some tips for increasing your success rate with harmonics - without marking your strings!

Private Lessons

Private lessons will be available throughout the week at an additional cost. Please indicate on your registration form which instructor(s) you would like to study with and how many lessons you would like to take with each. Students must make payments directly to the intructor(s) at the time of the lesson or upon check in. Lesson spaces are limited and available on a first-come basis. 


60 minutes - $70


Each student will have the opportunity to participate in multiple ensembles. Prior to the program, students will receive ensemble music. Students are assigned to ensemble groups based on the level of the sample repertoire indiated on their registration form. Several of the ensemble pieces will be featured on the final student recital. 

The 6th Summer Harp Academy

July 15 -22, 2018

Lake Junaluska Conference and Retreat Center

Lake Junaluska, NC

Upcoming Events

Tuesday July 17, 7pm - Faculty Recital - First United Methodist Church of Waynesville


Saturday July 21, 3pm - Student Recital - First United Methodist Church of Waynesville

Contact Us

Christine Kercheval

Administrative Director


Email: summerharpacademy@gmail.com


Or use our contact form.

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