Houston Summer Harp Festival
Sponsored by Houston Baptist University’s School of Music
July 10 – July 15, 2017
Houston Baptist University
7502 Fondren Road, Houston, TX 77074-3298
Registration Deadline: June 13, 2017
Applicants will be accepted after June 13 if openings are available.
Scholarship Deadline: June 1, 2017
The HOUSTON SUMMER HARP FESTIVAL brings young harpists together in a fun and educational atmosphere for a week long intense and non-competitive study of the harp, its history, and music. Students from around the world have attended our Festival! Students have the opportunity to study the harp with founding director Kimberly DeRosa, Therese Honey, Susanna Campbell, and Hope Cowan. Together, these instructors bring over 100 years of harp playing experience and expertise to the program.
The Festival accepts incoming 6th through recently graduated 12th grade students who are comfortable with reading bass and treble clef and have had a minimum of 6 months of harp instruction. In a non-competitive atmosphere, the students are provided with comprehensive studies on the many aspects of the harp and its music, its history and ensemble playing.
FESTIVAL TUITION: $400
50% refund on or before June 27, 2017. No refunds after June 27.
ON-CAMPUS HOUSING (room and board) : $350
EXTRA SIGN-UPS (not included in Festival Tuition):
After-hours class #1 – “HARP and SOUL”: $45
Held on Monday and Tuesday from 4:15 – 5:15.
Students will be guided as they create their own harp ensemble version of the ever popular Heart and Soul. This class is for beginning – advanced levels. We will discuss the theory behind the piece and transform it into something uniquely ours to be shared with our audience at the Saturday Finale concert.
After-hours class #2 – “FEARLESS PERFORMING”: $45
Held on Wednesday and Thursday from 4:15 – 5:15.
Performing can be challenging for all of us. This workshop focuses on improving stage presence, increasing confidence and learning strategies for calming nerves. Helpful advice and exercises for those striving to perform their best and to experience the joy of performing every time. Suitable for all levels.
This fee includes ALL meals. Please provide your own linens, soap, and toiletries.
LUNCH (Tuesday – Friday): $45
Lunches provided by the school cafeteria for commuters only. Otherwise bring your own sack lunch. Students staying on-campus will have all meals included in their housing fee for room and board.
MUSIC LIST for 2017
Students are required to purchase and prepare their parts before the Festival.
ADAGIO ENSEMBLE (lever and pedal harp)
1) Over the Rainbow for 2 harps from Wizard of OZ by Harold Arlen arranged by RoJean Loucks
2) Happy from Despicable Me 2 by Pharrell Williams arranged by Sylvia Woods. You may learn Harp 1, Harp 2 or the Solo.
3) “Can You Feel the Love Tonight?” from The Lion King by Elton John arranged by Angi Bemiss. This is a solo version.
4) Triptic Dance by Jean–Bernard Beauchamp
5) You will receive a part for the final piece once registration is complete. There is no charge.
ALLEGRO ENSEMBLE (lever and pedal harp)
1) FROZEN arranged by Sylvia Woods. LEARN “Let It Go”
2) Hallelujah from Shrek by Leonard Cohen arranged by Susan Koskelin
3) Pirates of the Caribbean from Pirates of the Caribbean by Klaus Badelt arranged for 3 harps by Rachel Ellins
4) Happy from Despicable Me 2 by Pharrell Williams arranged by Sylvia Woods. You may learn Harp 1, Harp 2 or the Solo
ENCORE ENSEMBLE (pedal harp only)
1) Memory from Cats by Andrew Lloyd Webber arranged by Beverly Myrow
REGISTRATION and SCHOLARSHIP: Registration and Scholarship applications will open FEBRUARY 8th!
Click HERE to REGISTER by MAIL
DEADLINE: June 13, 2017
We accept applications after this date if openings are available.
On-line or Postmarked by June 1, 2017
We acknowledge and thank the Gulf Coast Harpers and the donors of the Mozart Scholarship for their many years of support to young harpists! For more on Gulf Coast Harpers go to www.gulfcoastharpers.org.