To educate, inspire, and grow today’s harpists; to serve as an educational and mentoring resource for students, alumni, and the harp community; and to assume a leadership role in establishing new programs, teaching methods, opportunities, and performances for harpists.
More InfoThe next Young Artist’s Harp Competition takes place July 6-8, 2016, just after the AHS National Conference in Atlanta. Click for repertoire and details. Watch this space for entry instructions.
YAHS is the preeminent training program for young harpists, offering programs for lever and pedal harpists ages 8-26. We offer two divisions: the core YAHS program is for intermediate to advanced pedal harpists; our Prep Division program is for beginning to intermediate lever or pedal harpists.
We are excited to welcome back Judy Loman as our YAHS 2016 Guest Artist! Judy will be joined by Marguerite Lynn Williams and Katie Buckley in giving workshops, private lessons, masterclasses, and a not-to-be-missed performance on July 12.
Would you like to help a young harpist attend the YAHS program? Please consider a donation to our scholarship fund. YAHS is a non-profit organization based in Georgia; your donation may be eligible for tax benefits.
What Students Say…
Katherine SiochiGraduate student, Juilliard; American Harp Society Concert Artist; attend YAHS 4 years
“I attended YAHS for four summers so it’s hard to name all of the great experiences I had there. It was the perfect balance between hard work and fun, which was what kept me coming back! It was so valuable to gain both constructive criticism and encouragement from fellow students and from the faculty.”
Alyssa KataharaFreshman, Colburn School, Los Angeles; attend YAHS
YAHS fostered a nurturing environment, and having the opportunity to be surrounded by many gifted young harpists was inspiring. From a masterclass with Ms. Yolanda Kondonassis, ice cream shop stops, harp ensemble, river tubing, music theory, zip lining, mock auditions, and multiple performance opportunities, YAHS proved to provide a well rounded experience.
Ava CrookElementary School Student; attended YAHS Prep
“I enjoyed getting to know other harpists from around the country. I learned a lot during private lessons and ensemble. Tubing down a stream and picnics at the lake were a lot of fun.”
YAHS definitely helped develop some of the quintessential skills that a harpist needs. Playing in a harp ensemble honed not only our musicianship but skills as a chamber musician. The comments from [the faculty] about technique and sound still resonate with me today, and I apply them to new repertoire that I learn.”
Maggie O'HareHigh School Student; attended YAHS Prep
“The best part of the YAHS Prep program was being able to play the harp with other musicians. Having the opportunity to play with other kids my age was fantastic! I had never seen a stage full of harpists, and to be a part of such a performance was amazing. I highly recommend the camp to anyone who plays the harp and is probably practicing alone in their living room!”
Edward ManuelStudent, Interlochen Arts Academy; attended YAHS
“I would absolutely recommend YAHS to any harpist, it truly helped me expand my musicality and technique. My favorite part was harp ensemble because it was a great experience, especially the combined ensemble. I got to meet and play with many other great harpists that I know I will be interacting with in the future on a professional level. Also as college approaches for me I feel confident going into my auditions knowing I’m prepared, and YAHS was an integral part of my preparation.”
Anna OdellArtist Diploma graduate, Curtis Institute of Music; attended YAHS 2 years
“YAHS was such an incredible opportunity, and I’m so glad I got the chance to attend. I used to get so nervous before any performance, but all the wonderful opportunities at YAHS really helped me with that. The only way to get over performance nerves is to keep performing, and YAHS was definitely the way to do that!”
Bethany WheelerRecent graduate, Oberlin Conservatory of Music; attended YAHS 2 years
“YAHS was very valuable to me in that it introduced me to so many of my peers—coming from the Eastern Iowa area, I could count on one hand the harp students of my age that lived near me, so attending YAHS and spending four weeks surrounded by students with similar talents and goals was an amazing and eye-opening experience.”