The Saratoga Harp Colony is now the Elizabeth Hainen Harp Colony as part of the Curtis Institute of Music Summerfest 2016. Please click the button below for more information!

Apply Now 

Training with tradition

The Saratoga Harp Colony is an advanced training ground for the world’s next generation of professional harpists. The colony is a true pedagogical institution, with emphasis on individual development for promising young harpists as well as professionals. A distinguished faculty conducts an intensive program of private lessons, masterclasses, ensembles, and orchestral training.

Set in Saratoga Springs, New York, the colony shares its home with The Philadelphia Orchestra, the New York City Ballet, and the Saratoga Chamber Music Festival in summer residence at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center. The tremendous breadth of musical experiences is second to none.

Harpists looking for a rigorous orchestral training program will benefit from mock auditions, on-stage understudies, and guest artist seminars. There is also full exploration of harp literature, whether one is looking to pursue competitions or merely seeking a greater knowledge of the repertoire.

Most importantly, the Saratoga Harp Colony is a place of inspiration where one can build friendships, share ideas, enrich one’s musical talent in a intimate atmosphere – and have a thoroughly enjoyable time while doing it.

Program Features

SHC harpists will participate in Sunday’s concert at Zankel Hall and participate in harp ensemble led by Nancy Lendrim. 

SHC participants stay in the newly built apartments at Sussman Village on the Skidmore Campus and eat at the Murray-Aikins Dining Hall.

Program Information

Duration August 2-9, 2015
Location Saratoga Springs, NY Skidmore College
Age 17-35
Participants  12
Tuition $1500
Apply Now 


Masterclasses will be taught by Elizabeth Hainen and María Luisa Rayan. Please prepare a 15 minute memorized program from the major solo harp repertoire, 2-4 harp parts/or cadenzas from the major orchestral repertoire (i.e., Swan Lake Suite, Symphonie Fantastique), and a work in progress or a new work you wish to study.

Mock Audition

Harpists looking for a rigorous orchestral training program will benefit from mock auditions and guest artist seminars. This is a wonderful opportunity to perform your orchestral excerpts in a simulated audition environment. Participants will draw numbers and play for a panel of esteemed members of the Saratoga Harp Colony faculty and The Philadelphia Orchestra. The mock audition is an invaluable experience for any harpist interested in an orchestral career.

‘Play with the Pros’

Now in its Eighth Season, Play with the Pros Concerto Competition is a one-of-a-kind partnership with The Philadelphia Orchestra. Our program offers highly individualized, personal instruction from artists of The Philadelphia Orchestra, and rewarding opportunities for performance of the highest caliber. This year’s required repertoire is the Mozart Flute and Harp Concerto.

Anna Odell