July 18 - 25, 2021

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 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 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?




Healthy & Balanced Repertoire

All musicians need to have a goal as a performer. This goal is to prepare for a solo or chamber music recital. To create interesting programs for the audience you need to continuously search for good additions to your repertoire. Explore ideas and tips on how to create beautiful and perfectly balanced recital programs.


Fall in Love with Etudes & Exercises

Working on etudes and exercises can be extremely enjoyable. You just have to find the most musically attractive materials to fall in love with. Discover some of the best and most effective etudes and exercises to make you a technically better harpist. 


Basic Arranging

This class provides a hands-on opportunity to learn six steps that will make your arrangements more interesting. Arrange a pop tune and learn how to apply those skills to any piece. Subsequest masterclasses will feature arrangements by the participants.


What's in Your Gig Bag?

What do you take to your gigs? Tuning key, strings, music - what else? Find out what items you should always have in your gig bag to be prepared for any situation.


Contract Writing

What should you include in a gig contract? When should you use one? Learn essential information that should be included in a contract and help you become a more savvy businessperson. 


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.  


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. 


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

The Summer Harp Academy


Lake Junaluska Conference and Retreat Center

Lake Junaluska, NC

Upcoming Events


January 15th - April 1st


Contact Us

Christine Kercheval

Administrative Director


Email: summerharpacademy@gmail.com


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