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 by guest musicians 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 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. Click to view.
Jacqueline usually arranges most of the ensemble music herself, so that the parts suit the level of each harpist. This gives each individual an attainable challenge, but keeps students from finding themselves either overwhelmed or bored.
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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10:00 – 10:45 Large Ensemble
10:45 – 11:30 Music Theory
11:30 – 12:00 Lunch
12:00 – 1:00 Guest Clinician
1:00 – 1:30 Duos and Trios
1:30 – 2:00 Music History
2:00 – 3:00 Large Ensemble
Questions? Please contact Jacqueline at:
"I really loved harp camp. Playing in a harp ensemble was so much fun and I can't wait to go back next summer!"
-9-year-old harp camp student
Baltimore Harp Camp 2020
Dates: August 3 - August 7
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
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, many summer programs have been canceled. As of April 2020, The Baltimore Harp Camp is still hoping to run as scheduled in August. Updates will be posted here as new guidelines for the State of Maryland emerge.