Young Artist's Harp Seminar

Where harpists come to play!
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Young Artist’s Harp Seminar

Where harpists come to play!

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YAHS offers programs for harpists at various ages, levels, and stages of musical development. All programs take place on the campus of Kenyon College, in Gambier, Ohio, about one hour northeast of Columbus. (In the event we can’t meet in person next year, events will take place online.)

July 3–17, 2021

YAHS program

The two-week YAHS program is open to pedal harpists ages 12–26 by audition. This program is designed to be an intensive training program for serious harp students.

July 4–11, 2021

Prep program

The Prep program is a one week program for lever or pedal harpists ages 8–17. This program is less intensive than our core program and no audition is required.

July 3–17, 2021

YAHS program

The two-week YAHS program is open to pedal harpists ages 12–26 by audition. This program is designed to be an intensive training program for serious harp students.

July 4–11 2021

Prep program

The Prep program is a one week program for lever or pedal harpists ages 8–17. This program is less intensive than our core program and no audition is required.

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In 2020 all programs were moved online in response to COVID-19. Watch this space for details about whether online programs will be offered in 2021. 

Next in July 2022

Young Artist's Harp Competition

The Young Artist’s Harp Competition is held every two years and is open to harpists ages 8–17 of any nationality. Finalists are invited to compete in person for prizes up to $1,000.

Who comes to YAHS?

YAHS students come from throughout the US and abroad. Most are very serious about the harp and want to meet others who share their passion. Many go on to careers in music or related fields, while others continue to keep the harp an important part of their life as they pursue careers outside music. The Prep program offers a less intensive experience for lever or pedal harpists who want to get to know the instrument.

faculty

YAHS and Prep faculty and guest artists include some of the best performers and teachers from around the world. Current YAHS faculty members include (l. to r.) co-founders Susan Bennett Brady and Kimberly Rowe; Angela Schwarzkopf, Emily Levin, Katherine Siochi, and Ellie Kirk; and Prep faculty Katie Andrews and Kristi Shade of Duo Scorpio.

Judy Loman

2021 Guest Artist

Judy Loman returns to YAHS as our 2021 Guest Artist. Recognized as one of the world’s foremost harp virtuosos, Judy served as principal harpist with the Toronto Symphony for over 40 years, and is now in demand as a teacher worldwide.

What students say

Lydia

Lydia

“YAHS has prepared me to become a better harpist in so many ways, from mock orchestra auditions to hours of ensemble experience. Being surrounded with incredible peers, teachers, and guest artists for two weeks gave me the chance to better notice technique and learn to play with more confidence. The activities are always amazing, and it’s a great way to make life-long friends. Plus, Kenyon college is beautiful, and exciting!”

Lily

Lily

Siochi Scholarship recipient

“I loved going to YAHS because it was such a special experience being with so many amazing harpists. The faculty and musical opportunities are absolutely wonderful and I’m so grateful I went.”

Zoe

Zoe

“My favorite musical memory at YAHS was the masterclass with Nancy Allen. She has been one of the harpists I have looked up to since I began playing and it was an honor to play for her. With it being the first masterclass I have played at, I was very nervous but she was very helpful and full of ideas to help me bring out my abilities.”

Krista

Krista

“My favorite part of YAHS was the variety of performance opportunities. I enjoyed the numerous different types of performance experiences from masterclasses to audition preparation and everything in between. YAHS is perfect for developing essential performance skills as a harpist.”

Purchase the YAHS Cookbook!

Have you ever wanted to know what Judy Loman likes to cook in her spare time? Well now you can! The Young Artist’s Harp Seminar Cookbook is full of over 120 recipes from YAHS faculty, guest artists, alumni, and friends. From salads to cakes, discover what your favorite harpists are preparing in their kitchens!