Introducing YAHS 2020 Online!

About YAHS

Founded in 2002, the Young Artist’s Harp Seminar has become one of the pre-eminent summer training programs for today’s young harpists. YAHS alumni have gone on to attend major music schools and conservatories around the world, including Juilliard, the Curtis Institute of Music, the Paris Conservatory, and many others. The program is designed to improve performance skills and practice habits and intensify preparation for solo performances, orchestral auditions, and competitions through interaction with our distinguished Artist Faculty and Guest Artists.

Faculty

Susan Bennett Brady
Susan Bennett BradyCo-Founder of YAHS and Artist Faculty
Kimberly Rowe
Kimberly RoweCo-Founder of YAHS and Artist Faculty
Angela Schwarzkopf
Angela SchwarzkopfDirector of Development & Artist Faculty
Kathryn Andrews
Kathryn AndrewsPrep Faculty
Ellie Kirk
Ellie KirkYAHS Faculty
Emily Levin
Emily LevinYAHS Faculty
Kristi Shade
Kristi ShadePrep Faculty
Katherine
Katherine Siochi

July 7 – July 16, 2020

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, our host, Kenyon College had to cancel all on-site summer programs. We are so happy to be able to offer YAHS Online this year to ages 12–26 for a 10-day event where we will offer masterclasses, workshops, pop-up classes, and even some harp ensemble rehearsals, believe it or not! Read below for more details!

Tuition

Full participants: $600

*Auditors: $300

No application fee. Everyone who fills out a registration form is automatically accepted.

*Auditors can be students of any age. They will not actively participate in the masterclasses or other events, but will be observers. Auditors are welcome to schedule lessons privately with the faculty. 

The tuition fee includes:

  • masterclasses
  • workshops
  • various classes
  • harp ensemble
  • panel discussions
  • social activies

Expect the same high quality masterclasses, workshops, and classes traditionally given by our very experienced harp faculty at the live seminar.

Private Lessons

$70 an hour

Our world-class faculty will be available to give private lessons during this seminar via Zoom. Lesson rate is separate from tuition and to be paid directly to faculty member.

Faculty

Susan Bennett Brady, Co-Founder

Kimberly Rowe, Co-Founder

Ellie Kirk

Emily Levin

Angela Schwarzkopf

Katherine Siochi

For more information, please visit our faculty page.

Program (July 7 – 16, 2020)

The seminar will be split up to have harp educational content every other day, and the subsequent days will be for our recreational activities:

A days, July 7, 9, 11, 13, 15, and 16, will include: masterclasses, workshops, harp ensemble, panel discussions, and pop-up classes.

B days, July 8, 10, 12,  and 14, will include intensive harp practicing, social/recreational activities. (details coming soon)

*private lessons are to be scheduled between student and teacher for anytime during the seminar.

Important Performances

July 8: Winners Recital (winners of YAHC)

July 11: Judy Loman Artist Recital

July 15: Prep Division Recital

July 16: YAHS Recital

Music Requirements

For students who are fully participating will be required to prepare:

  • two solos of the standard repertoire fully prepared (memorization is optional)
  • a solo in-progress
  • harp ensemble music (to be assigned after enrollment)

Optional music to prepare:

  • orchestral excerpts
  • additional in-progress solos
  • etudes

Technology Requirements

  • strong internet connection
  • device with camera that supports Zoom technology
  • a quiet, well-lit learning environment conductive to listening, learning, practicing, and performing.
  • external microphone (optional)

Payment schedule and cancelation policy

After submitting your registration form, 50 percent of the tuition payment is due immediately; the remaining 50 percent is due by June 15, 2020. Final payments received after June 15 will incur a $50 late payment fee.

The following cancelation policy applies:

Before June 15, 2020: 50% of whatever has been paid will be refunded.

After June 15, 2020: no refunds of any kind will be given.

Tuition

Tuition: $600

No application fee. Everyone who fills out a registration form is automatically accepted.

The tuition fee includes:

  • private lessons
  • masterclasses
  • workshops
  • various classes
  • harp ensemble
  • panel discussions
  • fun and games online

Expect the same high quality masterclasses, workshops, and classes traditionally given by our very experienced harp faculty at the live seminar.

Faculty

Kathryn Andrews, Prep Co-Director

Kristi Shade, Prep Co-Director

For more information, please visit our faculty page.

Program (July 7 – 16, 2020)

The seminar will be split up to have harp educational content every other day, and the subsequent days will be for our recreational activities:

A days, July 7, 9, 11, 13, 15 and 16, will include: masterclasses, workshops, harp ensemble, panel discussions, and pop-up classes.

B days, July 8, 10, 12,  and 14, will include intensive harp practicing and social/recreational activities. (details coming soon)

*private lessons are to be scheduled between student and teacher for anytime during the seminar.

Important Performances

July 8: Winners Recital (winners of YAHC)

July 11: Judy Loman Artist Recital

July 15: Prep Division Recital

July 16: YAHS Recital

Music Requirements

For students who are fully participating will be required to bring:

  • one solo of the standard repertoire fully prepared (memorization is optional)
  • a solo in-progress
  • harp ensemble music (to be assigned after enrollment)

Optional music to bring:

  • additional in-progress solos
  • etudes

Technology Requirements

  • strong internet connection
  • device with camera that supports Zoom technology
  • a quiet, well-lit learning environment conductive to listening, learning, practicing, and performing.
  • external microphone (optional)

Payment schedule and cancelation policy

After submitting your registration form, 50 percent of the tuition payment is due immediately; the remaining 50 percent is due by June 15, 2020. Final payments received after June 15 will incur a $50 late payment fee.

The following cancelation policy applies:

Before June 15, 2020: 50% of whatever has been paid will be refunded.

After June 15, 2020: no refunds of any kind will be given.

Q: I’m not sure whether to apply to YAHS or Prep. Can you help me decide?

The YAHS 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 Prep program is intended for students who are younger or less experienced than those attending the YAHS program. Please email us at info@harpseminar.com if you would like a faculty member to advise you of which group to sign up for.

Q: Will I perform a solo at YAHS online?

YAHS and Prep students will have the opportunity to perform on our final zoom concerts. Participation is opinional and also subject to faculty approval. Please read the music preparation material and choose music that you are comfortable performing.

Q: What harp technique is emphasized at YAHS?

YAHS instructors feel strongly that most good harp techniques share more common principles than differences, therefore no one technique such as “Salzedo” or “Grandjany” is emphasized over any other. We believe that there are many ways to play well, and that by observing the varied technical backgrounds of the students who attend YAHS, all students will become more knowledgeable harpists. Faculty and Guest Artists bring different approaches to YAHS that may change each year. The goal is always on performing to the best of one’s ability by working with whatever technical foundation a student brings with them to the seminar. Home teachers who would like a student to focus on a specific technical element should let the faculty know so that we can best help them.

Q: What time zone is YAHS Online?

YAHS and PREP Online will take place in Eastern Standard Time between the hours of 10:00 AM and 9:00 PM. It is our intention that anyone in the US and Canada can participate with reasonable hours. All classes will be recorded so you’ll have the option of watching recordings of missed classes.

Q: What is a typical day like at YAHS Online?

Events and times will vary from day to day giving students a variety of things to choose from and flexibility in their schedule. 

A Days

10:00 AM – 10:30 AM Pop Up Class – Emily Levin

11:00 AM – 12:30 PM Workshop – Kimberly Rowe

1:00  PM – 1:30 PM Pop Up Class – Angela Schwarzkopf

2:00 PM – 2:30 PM Pop Up Class – Ellie Kirk

4:00 PM – 5:30 PM Master Class – Katherine Siochi

7:30 PM – 8:00 PM Pop Up Class – Susan Brady

B Days

Practice goal 3 hours

1:00 PM – 2:00 PM Getting to Know you Games

4:00 PM – 5:00 PM Harp Bingo

7:00 PM – 9:00 PM Movie Night

Q: What is expected of me? How much will I be participating?

Although attendance is not required, we hope that you will attend as many events as possible on A days. B days are designed so you have plenty of time for intensive practice and some fun down times with other participants. Just like our live seminar you will have incentives to keep you motivated and exciting activities to get you all connected.

If you do need to miss any A day activities, they will all be recorded and available to you to watch later.

All of our events will be interactive between faculty and participants. You will be able to ask questions and play the harp during classes.

Q: How is harp ensemble going to work?

We will not be playing multiple harps at the same time online. Technology has not caught up with our desire to play music together yet. However, we will be working on a harp ensemble multi frame music video project; one for YAHS and one for PREP. Students will prepare their part with faculty members. Each student participating in harp ensemble will need to submit a video of their assigned part that will be compiled by faculty to create the harp ensemble video.

Q: How will private lessons work?

You’ll be given a list of YAHS teachers and their contact information before the start of YAHS Online. Lessons from YAHS faculty during the dates July 7 – 16 are all at a discounted rate of $70 an hour, prorated. ($35 for 30 minutes, $52.50 for 45 minutes) You may have as many lessons as you like with as many teachers as you wish. Private message teachers to schedule lessons and pay them directly. Our teachers are extremely well practiced with delivering lesson content online. They work hard to make the online lesson experience as effective as possible. 

Q: How should I prepare for my first online lesson?

Online lessons, while not a perfect substitute for in person instruction, work quite well, and can help you stay motivated and get a new perspective on your repertoire and technique. We are all excited to connect with you! To prepare for your first online lesson, please:

  • Charge your device fully before the lesson
  • Tune your harp
  • Place your device on a separate, stable stand or table to your left, approximately where your teacher sits for live lessons, and make sure that your hands are in view when playing.
  • Be in touch with your instructor, and send them scans of the music you will be playing with numbered measures.
  • If you have an external microphone, make sure it is plugged in and set up before your lesson time, and if not, please adjust your settings to disable background noise suppression.