American Harp Academy

American Harp Academy

The online application for our 2021  Virtual American Harp Academy will open in early January.

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