Summer Harp Camp

July 20 - 25 2015
Workshops begin daily at 8:30 a.m.







Am I eligible?
Do I need to audition?
What is the purpose of Summer Harp Camp and what will I do there?
What will the daily schedule be? 
Who are the clinicians?
Where is the Summer Harp Camp held?
What is the cost?
Are scholarships available?
How do I apply? 
Do I have to bring my own harp?
Will there be a culminating event?

Am I eligible? 
Yes, if you are an intermediate to advanced level harp student in high school, college, or an adult.  Exceptional middle school age students will be considered based on the recommendation of their private instructors. 

Do I need to audition?
No auditions are required, but we would like to know what repertoire you have been studying and what sort of ensemble experience you have had.

What is the purpose of Summer Harp Camp and what will I do there? 
This summer's focus will be on preparing and performing the orchestra, concerti, solo and choral works (involving harp) of Debussy, Faure and Ravel. Ensemble pieces will be transcriptions, for harp ensemble, of works by these composers and the West Coast premiere of the second movement of the Mozart Concerto in C for Flute and Harp, arranged by John Wickey for solo flute, solo harp and harp ensemble. Please go to the Required Excerpts List for the orchestral repertoire, resources for obtaining the parts and specific areas of study.

In addition to the orchestral repertoire studies, we will be working on ensemble pieces that are exact arrangements of orchestral works; Debussy's Petite Suite, Moussorgsky's Great Gate of Kiev from Pictures at an Exhibition, Berlioz' Un Bal from Symphonie Fantastique, and Debussy's Afternoon of a Faun.  These parts will be emailed to everyone upon receipt of application.

Preparing for The Audition

A sample daily schedule would be:

8:30 a.m.   Morning Warm-ups
9 a.m.   Ensemble Rehearsals and Coachings
11:30 a.m.  Lunch and Practice Time 
1 p.m.  Orchestra Rep Classes
2:30 p.m.  Yoga Class
3:30 p.m.  Orchestra Rep Classes
5:30 p.m.  Dinner and Practice Time
7:30 p.m.  Evening Activities

The buildings will be open until 10 p.m. for practicing and work on arranging assignments.

Who are the clinicians?

Lynne Aspnes
Gary Busby
John Wickey
Lisa Aniello
Mary Dropkin Coordinator

Where is the Summer Harp Camp held?
Summer Harp Camp will be held on the campus of the University of Redlands, in the Music Department buildings.

This is primarily a day camp; however, there will be on-campus housing available at $35 per night, plus a one time fee of $14 for linens. Please indicate on your application form if you will be needing on-campus housing. You will be on your own for food, either bringing your own or using the campus food court, which is close to the music area.

What is the cost?
$400 for first-time campers, $300 for returning campers

Are there scholarships available?
Yes, there are scholarships available, for middle school and high school applicants only.

To apply, you must email a letter to Mary Dropkin at This letter must be received by July 1, 2015.  In your letter, please tell us how you think that attending the Summer Harp Camp will advance your training, knowledge, appreciation and curiosity about the harp, your performance skills and music in general.  Please be sure to include your full name in your letter, grade in school, number of years playing the harp, and your teachern's name and email address.

In addition, your teacher must also send a letter of recommendation to Mary Dropkin; deadline date is also July 1, 2015.

Scholarships are generously provided through grants from American String Teachers Association Los Angeles Section and American Harp Society.

How do I apply?
Fill out an application and return by July 1, 2015 to:

Summer Harp Camp
School of Music University of Redlands
1200 E Colton Ave
Redlands, CA 92373-0999
or fax to 909-335-5183.

Please enclose your tuition check made payable to the University of Redlands.

Parents of minors must fill out and return the Medical Information Form, along with two copies of the medical insruance card. All campers must sign and return the Code of Conduct form.

Do I have to bring my own harp?
Yes, you will have to bring your own instrument. There will be locked and secure places to keep the harps overnight. You will need your instruments for hands-on work in some of the classes. We will have a very limited number of harps available for those coming in from out-of-state only.

*Steve Moss will again be on campus for harp regulation and maintenance. To schedule an appointment please contact Mary Dropkin.

Will there be a culminating event?
There will be two events on our closing date of Saturday, July 25, 2015. There will be a mock orchestra audition in the afternoon. Anyone receiving scholarship assistance is required to participate in this event or forfeit all or part of their scholarship. 

Our closing concert will be held at 7 p.m. Saturday evening in the performance hall. The concert will be open to family, friends, and the general public.

For more information, please contact Mary Dropkin.

The University has five Centers of Distinction.
student playing a cello

Redlands is committed to offering innovative learning opportunities inside and outside of the classroom.

More »