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 $750.


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 1, 2021. 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 do not send a deposit until you have received an official acceptance email from The Summer Harp academy.


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 for room rates.
  • Private lessons are available at an additional cost.
    • 60 minutes - $100
  • Harp rental is available for those students unable to bring their own harps.
    • $120 - 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 application in order to be considered. 


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?


Statements should be emailed directly to


We want to hear from you!

SHA2022 workshops will be tailored to fit the interests of our student group. Please be sure to let us know which topic(s) you are interested in when you fill out your application. 


Arranging (Basic, Advanced)

Building Repertoire

Business, Weddings & Contracts

Audition, Competition, Performance Preparation

Harp Maintenance 

Technique, Memorization


and more!



Students will have daily opportunities to perform pieces they are working on and get feedback from professors and classmates. Each masterclass will begin with a mini lesson of topics and tips including technique, practice habits, and memorization.


The Summer Harp Academy will commence with a faculty recital and conclude with a student recital. All students are strongly encouraged to participate. The recital will feature both solo and ensemble performances.


Both recitals will take place at the First United Methodist Church of Waynesville, NC and will be open to the public.  

Master Classes

The SHA includes daily masterclasses to provide multiple performance opportunities for all students. Students will be able to sign up for when they would like to perform and get feedback from faculty and fellow classmates. Each masterclass will begin with a discussion of topics and tips including technique, practice habits, and memorization.


Private Lessons

Private lessons will be available throughout the week at an additional cost. Please indicate on your application 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 - $100


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. 


Each student is responsible for learning his/her ensemble part prior to The Summer Harp Academy.

The Summer Harp Academy


Lake Junaluska Conference and Retreat Center

Lake Junaluska, NC

Upcoming Events

SHA2024 : TBD


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Christine Kercheval Valenta

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