Check out our new location!

The Young Artist’s Harp Seminar and Competition moved to an awesome new home at Kenyon College in 2018. Kenyon is one of the nation’s finest liberal arts colleges, on an exceptionally beautiful hilltop campus in central Ohio. Our new location is centrally located to harpists throughout the Northeast and mid-Atlantic regions, less than one day’s drive for 80% of the US population. The college is located just an hour northeast of the John Glenn Columbus International Airport is for those traveling farther afield and internationally.

Kenyon College’s music facilities include state of the art performance and rehearsal spaces in Storer Hall, just a short walk from living quarters. Ample practice space in Storer Hall for YAHS participants means less harp moving. Prep students will enjoy dedicated practice spaces in Old Kenyon dormitory. Private lessons, private practice, and group classes and activities take place in Storer Hall, Taft Cottages, Old Kenyon dormitory, and in other campus music and educational facilities. Meals are served in the campus dining hall, also a short walk away.

YAHS and Prep Division students reside on campus in dormitories and cottages adjacent to music and dining facilities. Prep participants share double rooms in the Gothic-inspired Old Kenyon Residence Hall, and YAHS participants are housed in a mix of single and double rooms in the three-bedroom Taft Cottages. Faculty instructors and harpist-counselors reside on site and provide direct supervision of students.

The scenic campus setting features quiet walkways and plenty of space for recreational activities. Although the focus at YAHS is on harp, regularly scheduled recreational activities provide a break from practicing and a chance to sample some of the area’s natural beauty. Activities vary yearly depending on interest and availability, but may include cook-outs, hiking, swimming, and activities at the Kokosing River, which runs alongside the Kenyon Campus.


There are a variety of lodging options in Gambier and nearby Mt. Vernon, Ohio, for families traveling to the Young Artist’s Harp Seminar and Competition. Some you may wish to check out are:

Kenyon Inn

The on-campus Kenyon Inn is located adjacent to Storer Hall, home of all YAHS and competition performance events. A limited number of discounted rooms are available at the YAHS group rate of $118 if reserved by June 1, 2018. Please note that the Kenyon Inn is unfortunately not available on the weekend of July 20–23.

Mount Vernon Grand Hotel

The Mount Vernon Grand Hotel is located in the nearby town of Mt. Vernon, Ohio, and is a 10 minute drive from Storer Hall.

Comfort Inn Mt Vernon

Holiday Inn Express Mt Vernon


Kokosing Valley Camp and Canoe

If you are interested in camping, this site near the Kokosing River is about a 15 minute drive to Kenyon College.