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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.

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Play With the Pros

$50

Participation Fee
Competition Date: August 7th, 2015 Current resume and teacher recommendation required

Saratoga Harp Colony

$55

Application Fee
August 2-9, 2015 Current resume, teacher recommendation, audition recording required

Professional Retreat

$25

Registration Fee
August 7-9, 2015, Ages 21 and up Current resume required

Saratoga Harp Colony, August 2-9, 2015

All application materials must be submitted by June 1, 2015. All applicants must follow the applications and audition procedures outlined below. An incomplete application or lack of payment of application fees will stop the application process. Once decisions regarding admission are made, students are notified no later than June 15.

Dates: August 2-9, 2015
Tuition: $1500

Session includes:

  • All masterclasses, coaching and concerts
  • Housing at Skidmore College
  • All meals
  • Supervisions of all students under the age of 18.
  • This fee does not include instrument rental.

Requirements:

  • For aspiring young professionals as well as intermediate and advanced students pursuing serious study of the concert grand harp.
  • Important – Please note: transportation to and from Saratoga Springs is the responsibility of the student.
  • Students are asked to bring their own instrument, otherwise please indicate on the application if you wish to rent a harp.
  • Please be aware that rental harps must be reserved well in advance of the SHC. The number of harps available is limited and priority for rental harps will be given to those traveling by air.
  • The harp rental fee for the 2015 Season will be $250 including instrument insurance. Rental harp fees should be made payable to “Saratoga Harp Colony.”

How to apply:

  1. Fill out the online application form
  2. Attach a current resume to online application form
  3. Submit an audition recording* no later than June 1, 2015. Recordings are only required for SHC Full Session participants who have not attended SHC before. Please submit a recording of your solo playing that most recently represents your playing ability. It should be a high-quality recording and should one of the following formats: mp3, wma, mpg, flv, avi.
  4. Submit a Teacher recommendation Please invite your teacher to visit this website and submit the Teacher Recommendation Form. (If the teacher prefers, they may instead send a written recommendation to the address below.) 
  5. Submit a non-refundable application fee** of $55 online via Paypal (at the bottom of the online application page) OR make a check payable to “Saratoga Harp Colony” and mail to:

Saratoga Harp Colony
c/o Elizabeth Hainen
702 North 3rd Street, Suite 737,
Philadelphia, PA 19123

*Past participants may waive the Teacher Recommendation and recording.
**The application fee will be returned if a student is not accepted into the SHC program.

Acceptance:

Upon acceptance, an official letter of invitation will be sent to the student. In order to reserve his/her place in the SHC, a student must return the following within seven days of the acceptance-letter date:

  • 50% of the tuition fee
  • The remaining 50% is due by July 1, 2015
  • Please make checks payable to “Saratoga Harp Colony” or pay online
  • Studio acceptance may be forfeited if appropriate forms and fees have not been returned by the end of the seventh-day period.
  • The SHC reserves the right to expel any student for violations of SHC policy, city ordinances, or state law without refunding any fees paid.

SHC Professional Retreat, August 7-9, 2015

Registration must be completed by June 1, 2015. All applicants must follow the applications and audition procedures outlined below. An incomplete application or lack of payment of application fees will stop the application process. Once decisions regarding admission are made, students are notified no later than June 15.

Dates: August 7-9, 2015
Tuition: $500

Session includes:

  • Every Child Can!© Suzuki certification
  • Gala Concert participation
  • Night out at The Philadelphia Orchestra
  • Housing at Skidmore College
  • All meals
  • This fee does not include instrument rental.

Requirements:

  • For harpists age 21 and up
  • Important – Please note: transportation to and from Saratoga Springs is the responsibility of the Retreat Participant.
  • Participants are asked to bring their own instrument, otherwise please indicate on the application if you wish to rent a harp.
  • Please be aware that rental harps must be reserved well in advance of the SHC. The number of harps available is limited and priority for rental harps will be given to those traveling by air.
  • The harp rental fee for the 2015 Season will be $250 including instrument insurance. Rental harp fees should be made payable to “Saratoga Harp Colony.”

How to apply:

  1. Fill out the online application form
  2. Attach a current resume to online application form
  3. Submit a non-refundable registration fee of $25 online via Paypal (at the bottom of the online application page) OR make a check payable to “Saratoga Harp Colony” and mail to:

    Saratoga Harp Colony
    c/o Elizabeth Hainen
    702 North 3rd Street, Suite 737,
    Philadelphia, PA 19123

‘Play With the Pros’ Concerto Competition

Registration must be completed by June 1, 2015. All applicants must follow the applications and audition procedures outlined below. An incomplete application or lack of payment of application fees will stop the application process. Once decisions regarding admission are made, students are notified no later than June 15.

Dates: TBA between August 2-9, 2015
Participation Fee: $50

Requirements:

  • 2015 required repertoire is the “Flute and Harp Concerto” by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.
  • Competition to be held on Friday, August 8, 3 PM at the ELM Hall, Arthur Zankel Music Center, Skidmore College.
  • Jury will be comprised of SHC faculty and members of The Philadelphia Orchestra

How to apply:

  1. Fill out the online application form
  2. Attach a current resume to online application form
  3. Submit a Teacher recommendation Please invite your teacher to visit this website and submit the Teacher Recommendation Form. (If the teacher prefers, they may instead send a written recommendation to the address below.) 
  4. Submit a non-refundable application fee of $50 online via Paypal (at the bottom of the online application page) OR make a check payable to “Saratoga Harp Colony” and mail to:

    Saratoga Harp Colony
    c/o Elizabeth Hainen
    702 North 3rd Street, Suite 737,
    Philadelphia, PA 19123

*Past participants may waive the Teacher Recommendation.