American Harp Academy

American Harp Academy

Applications for our online Music Summer Intensives have closed, but please check back this fall for announcements about the 2021 program.


UNCSA will host the Virtual American Harp Academy led by world-class performers and dedicated teachers, Maria Luisa Rayan (Argentina) and Jacquelyn Bartlett (UNCSA Artist Faculty), June 21 - 26, 2020.

The Virtual American Harp Academy (AHA) is the perfect home-based option for harpists seeking the creative and collaborative spirit of a UNCSA summer intensive in the comfort of your own home. AHA believes in “nurturing the artist within the harpist,” and offers a customized virtual harp program to inspire and guide you to artistic freedom. Join us this summer to focus on your goals in a nurturing, supportive environment and to meet and hear harpist peers from around the country. Our expectations for this virtual session are the same as if you were to attend a summer session in person.

All skill levels welcome, ages eleven to adult.

  • Structured, daily sessions in Eastern time zone
  • Balanced schedule includes masterclasses, seminars and individual practice each day
  • Small group sessions of approximately five students per instructor to blend personalized learning with time to socialize
  • Optional virtual private lessons with master teachers for an additional fee


  • High-speed Internet
  • Computer with webcam and word processing capabilities
  • Audio/Visual recording device (ex. iPhone, iPad, video camera, external microphone)
  • Quiet, well-lit learning environment conducive to listening, learning, practicing and performing
  • Harp, bench, music stand, metronome, tuning equipment and extra strings
  • Notebook and pencils
  • Two prepared, memorized harp solos
  • One new solo that is in the process of learning