July 16-23, 2017


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, 2017. 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 can 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 daily and multiple performance opportunities for each student. Students will be able to sign up for when they would like to perform. 


For more detailed instruction, please indictate your interest in private lessons on the registration form.


Workshops from the faculty to include the following (workshops are subject to change):


Chord Recognition

Learn how to identify chords and intervals, the triads for each degree of the scale, as well as dominant, augmented and diminished chords. A dicussion of inversions and relative minor keys is included. This workshop helps to prepare students for Basic Arranging. 



Tired of searching for that nonexistent harp arrangement of your favorite song? Need to expand your pop repertoire quickly so you can play that 4-hour gig without repeating your sets? Learn six steps that will make your arrangements more interesting and how to take lead sheets or piano books and turn then into great harp arragements. 


Mystery of Memory

Explore different strategies of learning which will facilitate your memorization process. We will dicuss the challenges of playing by memory and learn techniques to cover mistakes and keep any performance on track. 


Happily Ever After

Everything you need to know to maximize your success playing for weddings and make it a happy experience for you and the bride. We will look at various types of ceremonies, selection of repertoire, preparation and even dress code!


Music Terminology

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. 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. Several of the ensemble pieces will be featured on the final student recital. 

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

Contact Us

Christine Kercheval

Administrative Director


Email: summerharpacademy@gmail.com


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