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Harp in the Mountains Summer Festival 2012


Hemlock Acres website

Hemlock Acres Campground, near Coburn, PA.

150 acres nestled in the woods of beautiful north-central Pennsylvania. The camp is located 20 miles east of State College, PA, home to Penn State University and one mile from that famous fisherman's haven, Penn's Creek.

For driving directions and more information, click here to visit the website of Hemlock Acres Campground.

Some photos from 2011




A week-long harp workshop for high-school and college-age students.

The Festival will be held in July 15-21, 2012 at Hemlock Acres Campground in Coburn, PA, in the beautiful mountains of central Pennsylvania, 20 miles east of State College. The recreational camp atmosphere and the intense harp study combine into a great harp experience for dedicated high school and college-age students. Private lessons, "Buddy" lessons, Master classes, Harp ensemble, "Cross-training" sessions and area performances, as well as hiking, swimming, campfires and special events. For details, please contact us.

This year's theme is "Bach to the Future."

While we explore music from four centuries, we will learn what it takes to be a harpist in the 21st century and we will learn how to improve the way we read, hear and play music. All of this plus our usual intense ensemble work, refining practice techniques and some good fun times too!

To reserve your spot at the Festival, complete and return the Festival Application along with your deposit check. Click here to see the application in PDF format. Print it, fill it out, mail it in!

Campers are encouraged to reserve early as places are limited. Campers will need to bring their own harp to the Festival. Total fees for the Festival are $585.00, and include tuition, meals and deluxe cabin accommodations. There is a $100.00 Early Bird discount for applications received by April 15, 2012. For details, please contact us.

Special "Harp Retreat" weekends for adults

Special adult "Harp Retreat" weekends are available at Hemlock Acres throughout the year for those harpists and harpers who want a mountain escape and some creative time with their harps. For details, please contact us.

Notes from Last Summer's Festival

We had a fabulous week at Harp in the Mountains in 2011. We opened the week with a duo concert by harpists Ruth Hunter and Anne Sullivan. Campers were able to indulge in some listening before they started a week of blistering playing.

And it was blistering! A few sore fingers and an unusual heat wave for central PA. Usually we spend some time in sweat shirts and enjoy a campfire, but this year the heat was on! But no matter we had some very cool music to play...

It wasn't all hard work. We swam in the pool, played some fun games, made harp music folders, cooked pizza on the grill and visited nearby Poe Lake for a swim and a cookout. Many thanks to our fabulous campfire builder, Rudy!

The closing concert was a fitting celebration to end the week.  It was wonderful to see all the students work together, and listen to each other to create a dynamic ensemble. What seemed like an insurmountable challenge at the beginning of the week turned into a beautiful concert! And our version of "Stairway to Heaven" was a fun way to end the concert. We were thankful to be able to hold both opening and closing concerts at nearby (air conditioned!) New Hope Lutheran Church.

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