2018 International Summer Harp Institute


By Audition Only

International Exchange East Coast Discovery Tour: AUGUST 4 - 13, 2018

Preparatory weeks in Richmond, VA: July 23-27; July 30-August 3

Tour East Coast, US: August 4-13



The Summer Music Institutes is pleased to announce the 2018 International Exchange East Coast Discovery Tour, providing an unparalleled opportunity for musical and cultural growth! In addition to two intensive weeks of training in Richmond, VA in preparation for the tour, the experience will include a concert tour of the US East Coast in collaboration with the Former Royal Harpist Claire Jones and the harpists of the Claire Jones International Harp School, UK. During this incredible oppurtunity for musical and cultural exchange, we will partner with the Chamber Music Institute and the Virginia Choristers Institute, providing rich ensemble experiences as well as performances in world-renowned venues in the United States in Virginia, DC, Maryland, Pennslyvannia, NYC, Boston and Maine! This tour promises to be an amazing musical adventure and the perfect opportunity to take your musical and cultural understanding to a whole new level.  Because this is such an incredible opportunity, the interest in the tour has already been very strong. Please let us know of your interest as soon as possible as space is limited! 

Audition Requirements:

1. Harpists must be between the ages of 14 and 22 by 7/1/18 (students under the age of 14 may be considered based upon a successful audition)
2. Harpist must be at an intermediate or advanced level (there will be two tracks)
3. Harpists must be able to attend the Richmond Summer Harp Institute from July 23-August 3 in preparation for the tour
4. Harpists must pass a qualifying audition which includes a DVD, CD, digital video (YouTube) or a live performance of: two solos of contrasting styles and periods
5. Applicants must provide a reference or recommendation letter from a teacher who is familiar with their musical abilities
6. Applicants must submit a completed registration form. Click here for form.

Application Information:

Limited spaces are available for harpists with acceptance by audition only. Applications will be considered based on space availability. 
The deadline for the Summer Harp Institute Tour application is March 1, 2018. Applicants will be notified of the acceptance status by March 15, 2018. After this date, additional applicants will be considered only if there is space available. 

Applications should be sent to:
International Summer Harp Institute and Tour
Attn: Lynnelle Ediger
4101 Grove Avenue,
Richmond, VA 23221
Performance Highlights (see full itinerary below):

Sunday, July 22:  Boarding Students arrive in Richmond, VA 

Monday July 23-August 3: Richmond Preparatory Weeks with three Preview Performances

Saturday, August 4: Virginia- DC- Depart from Richmond, VA and Explore and Perform in Washington, DC

Sunday, August 5: Maryland- Explore and Perform in Frederick and Emmitsburg, Maryland

Monday, August 6: Pennsylvania- Performance at Gettysburg Lutheran Seminary Chapel

Tuesday, August 7 - Thursday, August 9: New York City, NY- Explore and Perform in New York City

Thursday, August 9: Boston, MA- Perform in Boston, Massachusetts

Friday, August 10: Boston, Salem, Rockport, MA to Portsmouth, NH- Explore Boston and the New England Coast

Saturday, August 11: NH- Maine- Explore and Celebrate in Portland and Rockland, Maine

Sunday, August 12: Maine- Explore and Perform in Camden, Maine

Monday, August 13: Maine- Boston- Departure from Boston


Full Itinerary HERE


Approximate Pricing

Each student attending the US East Coast Tour automatically receives admission for the Summer Music Instittues tuition ($1,400 regular price and discounted for student participants in figures below). This admission includes two weeks of Summer Music Institute programming and preparation prior to the tour. This admission and coordinations are included in the prices below.

Tour price Student (Tour Quad):  US $2,440

Tour price Student (Tour Double): US $2,840

(inquire about pricing for triple and single rooms)

Adult and Non-Performer Pricing - Tour August 4 - August 13

Tour Only Quad: US $1,940

Tour Only Double: US $2,340

(inquire about pricing for triple and single rooms)

These prices are good faith estimates. Prices in US dollars and may be adjusted due to unforeseen costs. Prices are based on a minimum of 45 travelers.