American Harp Academy

American Harp Academy

UNCSA will host the Virtual American Harp Academy led by world-class performers and dedicated teachers, Maria Luisa Rayan (International Soloist) and Jacquelyn Bartlett (UNCSA Artist Faculty), June 13 - 19, 2021.

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, safe, and supportive environment.  Meet and hear harpist peers from around the world. 

All skill levels welcome, ages eleven to adult.

We will provide

  • Structured, daily sessions in Eastern time zone
  • A balanced schedule that includes masterclasses, interactive seminars, time to socialize and individual practice each day
  • Opportunity to polish your competition solos
  • Optional virtual private lessons with master teachers for an additional fee
  • Secure online platform provided by UNCSA
  • A closing recital open to friends and families


  • High-speed Internet
  • Computer with webcam and word processing capabilities
  • Audio/Visual recording device (ex. iPhone, iPad, video camera, external microphone)
  • Two music stands (one for music, one for audio/visual device)
  • 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