YAHS has programs for ages 8–26, lever and pedal harp, beginning to advanced!

Our Programs

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. Click on the tabs to read about each program.

Not sure which program to choose? Scroll down to find out how we can help.

Questions? Email us at info@harpseminar.com to talk to a faculty member.

July 4–18, 2020

  • Age: 12–26
  • Level: Intermediate, Advanced, Young Professional
  • Tution: $2490
  • Audition required (one or more solos)
  • Applications Due: March 15, 2020
  • Scholarships available

The two-week YAHS program is open to pedal harpists ages 12–26 by audition. YAHS students reside on campus and present three concerts during their stay. YAHS students work closely with the Artist Faculty, Guest Artist, Teaching Assistants, and Counselor/Apprentice. The program is fast paced, and includes intensive practice and performance opportunities along with recreational breaks every few days.

More about the YAHS program

Apply to YAHS

Information Center for registered participants

July 5–12, 2020

  • Age: 8–17
  • Level: Beginner to Intermediate
  • Tuition: $1350
  • No audition required
  • Applications Due: March 15, 2020
  • Scholarships Available

The one-week YAHS Prep Division program is open to lever and pedal harpists ages 8–17; no audition is required. Preparatory students reside on campus and present one concert during their stay. Prep students work with the Preparatory Division Faculty and Counselor/Apprentices. The pace of the program is relaxed with daily recreational activities.

More about the PREP program

Apply to PREP

 Information Center for registered participants

June 30–July 3, 2020

  • Age: up to 19

  • Level: Intermediate to Advanced

  • Entry Deadline: May 1, 2020

The Young Artist’s Harp Competition is held every two years just prior to the Young Artist’s Harp Seminar. (Competitors are not required to attend YAHS, however many choose to stay for both events.) The competition includes three divisions for harpists age up to age 19. A preliminary video round is held in May. Competitors who are invited to attend the final round reside in area hotels.

More about the competition

 Enter the competition

 Information Center for competition finalists

Which Program is right for me?

The YAHS core program is intended for students who have reached a baseline proficiency on the harp. If you are capable of playing the piece “Solfegietto,” by Bach,” you are ready to apply to YAHS. The YAHS core program requires an audition, so you’ll be notified of your acceptance after our March 15 application deadline.

The Prep program is intended for students who are younger or less experienced than those attending the YAHS program. It is also open to lever harpists. There is no audition for the Prep program, and acceptance is first come, first served.

Keep in mind that the Prep program is not intended for students who are musically and socially better suited for YAHS, but who would only like to come for one week, or who are looking for a less expensive option.

I’m not sure where I belong—what should I do?

If you’re unsure where you or your child belongs, we offer the option of applying to both programs with one application fee ($85) and letting us decide the best placement after our March 15 application deadline. We will choose the best placement based on our entire pool of applicants and choose the best fit both musically and socially. Students applying to both programs are required to pay the Prep first-half tuition deposit to guarantee a spot. We will credit this payment to YAHS tuition in the event that you are placed there.

Still not sure what to do? Feel free to email us at info@harpseminar.com to discuss further.