Apply to Prep

Application Info

Before beginning the application process, please read the program information where you will find details about fees, scholarship opportunties, and what to expect at Prep.

Apply to prep

One week • July 9–16, 2023

Ages 8–17, pedal or lever harp

You are applying to the one-week Prep program for lever and pedal harpists ages 8–17. To apply to the two-week YAHS program, visit this page.

how to apply

To apply to PREP, first create an account on the Harp Seminar website, then submit the following materials no later than March 15, 2023:

  • Online application form. Students should complete this application yourself, answering the questions in your own words.
  • Teacher Recommendation (see link to left)
  • $75 non-refundable application fee ($100 for students residing outside of the U.S. and Canada) submitted online through Paypal. (Note: The application fee will be refunded only if a student is not accepted to the Prep program. The application fee is transferable to the YAHS program.)

Your application is not complete until we have received all the materials listed above. We encourage you to submit the application and application fee as soon as possible to help with our planning. Applications received after March 15 may be considered on a space-available basis. Applications received after March 15 may be considered on a space-available basis. Ask your teacher to visit this website and submit the Teacher Recommendation Form by March 15. Your application will not be complete until we receive your teacher recommendation. Please include one primary email where we can send important information about the seminar; most communication will be sent via e-mail.

Enrollment is limited. Upon acceptance, students will have access to the Student Information Center, which provides comprehensive details about what to bring to the seminar and how to prepare. Do not purchase airline tickets until you have been notified of your acceptance to the seminar. Most communication with students, including acceptance letters, will be done via e-mail, so please be sure to include accurate e-mail addresses that you check regularly for both parent and student on your application form.


How to apply for a Prep scholarship

PREP is pleased to offer several partial scholarships. Scholarships are awarded based on both merit and need and typically range from $100 to $350, depending on funds available each year. No full scholarships are available. All scholarship requests and materials are due by March 15, 2023. Scholarship recipients will be notified upon acceptance to the program if any money has been awarded.

Applicants who have applied to the Prep program in full, including application fee and teacher recommendation by the March 15, 2023 deadline, may also apply for scholarship assistance using this form. Only students who have applied to the program in full will be considered for a scholarship. Please also submit:

Audition recording

Submit a recording of a solo demonstrating your current level of ability.

Video essay

Your video essay should be no longer than two minutes and should describe why you are requesting a scholarship. Video essays should be uploaded as a private link to YouTube that will only be shared with us. Please include the following:

  1. Introduce yourself; name, age and harp background
  2. Tell us why you want to come to the PREP division of the Young Artist’s Harp Seminar.
  3. Tell us three things you love about playing the harp.
  4. Tell us how financial assistance in the form of a scholarship to PREP would be of value to your family.

Contact Information

I would like to attend:
As of March 2023, YAHS will offer an option for students that do not require an overnight stay. Students in the commuter version of the program will participate in all activities and meals with the other Prep students. They are required to be dropped off every morning and picked up in the evenings.
The Young Artist's Harp Seminar will only use one email address for pertinent emails. Please choose an address that you will check frequently for important information and updates.
Student cell phone numbers will be used for minimal texting for deadline alerts and communication during the seminar.
This phone number will only be used for emergencies.
This phone number will only be used for emergencies.

About You

What are your preferred pronouns?
This year, to conserve practice room space, and ease harp moving to ensembles and classes, we will be using a new communal harp rental system. This means that students will not be assigned a rental instrument in a 1:1 fashion, rather each student will have access to a number of harps for practice and performance.
Please note: If you are driving, you should plan to bring your own harp. Rental harps in our harp pool system are limited and priority is given to international students and others flying to Prep. We know that driving with a harp can be difficult, but everyone is in the same situation. If extra harps become available, we will offer them to drivers. Please check here if you are interested.
If you intend on using the pool system, please just write that.

Music Information and Background

Please choose an option to describe your music reading skills. Be honest in your assessment as this will help us get to know you better.
Read the information on the About YAHS page for more information about scholarship requirements.

Pay Application Fee

After you submit this form, you will be taken to a page to pay your application fee online securely using Paypal. All payments must be done online; do not send checks or money orders. Note: If you are not redirected, it means that your form was not properly submitted. Click the application form tab again to check for error messages.