Baltimore Harp Camp
The Baltimore Harp Camp is an annual summer day camp for harp students of varying ages and abilities. This week-long intensive camp is an opportunity for harp students to improve upon their existing musical skills and expand their knowledge of the harp. A large portion of each day is spent focusing on ensemble playing, both as a large group involving all of the students, and in small two- or three-person groups. Music theory, ear-training, music history, and presentations on a variety of topics also take place throughout the week. The camp first began in 2009, and is founded and directed by Baltimore harp teacher Jacqueline Pollauf.
Many students find that not only do they gain skills and knowledge during the camp, but they also have opportunities for connection which do not ordinarily come their way. For most harp students, one-on-one private harp lessons are their primary form of interaction with the instrument, and it can be fun and exciting to meet other young people playing the same instrument.
Video of students performing Habenera Gris by Alfredo Rolando Ortiz at the Baltimore Harp Camp Final Recital.
Jacqueline usually arranges most of the ensemble music herself, so that the parts suit the level of each harpist and give each individual an attainable challenge. The week ends with a recital, featuring all of the campers as a large ensemble, as well as trios, duets, and solos. Parents and friends are invited to attend and enjoy hearing everything that has been accomplished during the camp. Students are involved in the planning of the recital, including discussions about the program and rehearsals focusing specifically on performance techniques, and they take pride in presenting the final recital.
The Baltimore Harp Camp runs each summer for one week, Monday through Friday from 10am – 3pm. Campers are able to leave their harp securely on location for the week. Students need not have studied the harp extensively or for long lengths of time. If a camper is unable to provide their own harp, please contact Jacqueline to see if an alternative can be arranged.
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“It’s a really awesome experience to be able to spend time with other harpists and just enjoy learning all the different aspects of harp. There’s history, music theory, ensemble , solos and a fun performance at the end. I always learn a lot every year.” -16 year old harp camp participant
10:00 – 10:45 Large Ensemble
10:45 – 11:30 Music Theory
11:30 – 12:00 Lunch
12:00 – 1:00 Guest Musician
1:00 – 1:30 Duos and Trios
1:30 – 2:00 Music History
2:00 – 3:00 Large Ensemble
To register you can either:
• Fill out the Online 2023 Registration Form
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• Fill out the Print 2023 Registration Form
Information about accepted payment forms is included in both forms.
"My ten year old daughter thought it was amazing to play alongside all of the other harpists.She came home each day, telling me how fun and challenging it was. She was so proud of herself!"
-Parent of harp camp participant
Baltimore Harp Camp 2023 Details
Days: Monday, July 24 through Friday, July 28
Times: 10am – 3pm daily
(please bring a bag lunch each day)
Ages: 8 –18
Number of students: 10 students maximum
Location: Havenwood Presbyterian Church
100 E. Ridgely Road, Lutherville, MD 21093
Questions? Please contact Jacqueline at: