Q: What is a typical day like?
Mornings consist of music theory class, private lessons, private practice, an sometimes another class or ensemble rehearsal. Afternoons are spent in workshops on things like orchestra excerpts, stage presence, or performance techniques. After dinner there may be more harp ensemble rehearsal, another workshop, or a social event like movie night or a cookout. Students fit in their own private practice time around these activities. Every few days we will relax by taking afternoons off for a swim at the lake or to visit area recreational attractions and just have fun.
Q: I’m not sure whether to apply to YAHS or Prep. Can you help me decide?
The YAHS program is intended for students who have reached a baseline proficiency on the harp. If you are capable of playing the piece “Solfegietto,” by Bach,” you are ready to apply to YAHS. The Prep program is intended for students who are younger or less experienced than those attending the YAHS program. The Prep program is not intended for students who have reached the baseline proficiency for YAHS but would only like to come for one week, or who are looking for a less expensive option.
Q: How much do I have to practice each day?
There is no requirement for the amount of time students must spend in private practice, however the faculty suggests three hours per day.
Most participants are serious harp students with a high level of commitment to practicing and improving their artistry on the instrument. Your current skill level is not as important as a positive attitude and commitment to learning, however you must be committed to serious practice and study during your time with us. Show your private teacher the requirements for attending YAHS and discuss with her if the program seems right for you. If you are still unsure, we encourage you, your parents, or your private teacher to contact the faculty instructors directly for a one-on-one discussion about the program and your participation.
Q: Will I have a roommate?
YAHS students reside on campus in 3-bedroom suites at Taft Cottages. Suites include single and double rooms with shared bathrooms. In most cases students will have a roommate.
Q: Where will I keep my harp and practice?
Harps are kept in shared practice rooms in the Storer Hall music building. Our new facility offers ample practice space and less harp moving.
Q: I can’t bring my harp—are rental harps available?
Yes. We have rental instruments available for an additional fee. Please indicate on your application if you require a rental harp. Since rental harps must be reserved several months in advance of the seminar, please apply early if you plan to rent a harp. Please understand that rental harps are limited and not guaranteed. Preference for rental harps will be given to students traveling by air.
Q: Do you provide airport transportation?
Yes, we provide shuttle service for students flying to the John Glenn Columbus International airport for an extra fee. The drive takes about two hours. The shuttle will run once at the beginning and once at the end of the seminar. Since our shuttle will be transporting several students, it is important that you discuss your flight plans with us well in advance so that we can coordinate a shuttle schedule that accommodates everybody. Please do not purchase airline tickets until you have been notified of your acceptance to the seminar and have discussed your travel plans with us.
Q: How soon can I leave YAHS after the final concert?
Our final concert on Saturday afternoon at 2:00 p.m. and usually lasts approx. 2 hrs. depending on concert timing, followed by a short reception. After that all students report back to the dormitory for check out. Check out occurs when you and ALL your suite-mates have removed all your belongings from the room and completed a successful final inspection. The checkout procedure lasts from approx. 4:30 to 6:00 p.m.
Q: Is it possible to attend religious services while at YAHS?
Our busy schedule includes events every day, including Sundays. Most students forgo religious services while at the seminar. However, if attending service is very important to you, let us know in advance and we’ll try our best to accommodate you. Students may also elect to participate in group-led bible study on Sunday morning.
Q: Will I perform a solo at a YAHS concert?
Students who arrive with polished solo material will have the opportunity to perform on one or more of our three public concerts. It is expected that each student will arrive with polished material. If, however, the faculty feels that a public performance is not in the best interest of the student, performance will be limited to group masterclass. Please read the solo preparation material carefully, and choose music that you are comfortable performing, regardless of difficulty level.
Q: What harp technique is emphasized at YAHS?
YAHS instructors feel strongly that most good harp techniques share more common principles than differences, therefore no one technique such as “Salzedo” or “Grandjany” is emphasized over any other. We believe that there are many ways to play well, and that by observing the varied technical backgrounds of the students who attend YAHS, all students will become more knowledgeable harpists. Faculty and Guest Artists bring different approaches to YAHS that may change each year. The goal is always on performing to the best of one’s ability by working with whatever technical foundation a student brings with them to the seminar. Home teachers who would like a student to focus on a specific technical element should let the faculty know so that we can best help them.
What advance preparation is required to attend YAHS?
To fully benefit from their intensive harp study at the Young Artist’s Harp Seminar, students are expected to come prepared with the following materials:
- Two recital pieces ready to perform. (Memorization of recital pieces is strongly encouraged, but not mandatory.)
- At least one additional solo piece in progress
- Two prepared orchestral excerpts
- At least one additional orchestral excerpt in progress
- Preparation of harp ensemble music. (A comprehensive list of music to purchase and part assignments will be sent well in advance of the seminar.)
Students attending YAHS are of varied ages and levels of playing. Older, more experienced players should bring more music; likewise younger, less experienced players will be fine with the minimum suggested here. Please involve your home teacher in your music selections. If you have additional questions about repertoire, please contact the faculty instructors. We would much prefer that you inquire about music before the seminar rather than arrive without suitable music in these areas.
Below is a partial list of some of the solos students have performed in past years to give you an idea of what to expect. Memorization is strongly encouraged, but not required. As you can see, the list of suggestions represents a wide variety of skill levels reflecting the age range and experience of YAHS students. Discuss your options with your home teacher and choose music that you are very comfortable performing. Your comfort level is more important than the difficulty level of your music. Please keep in mind that we do not have accompanists available, so do not choose a performance piece that requires piano accompaniment (such as Debussy’s Danses), although you may bring those pieces with you for individual study.
Absidioles, by Andres
Sweet Blues, by Andres
Duke, by Andres
Solfeggietto, by C.P.E. Bach
Prelude in C, by J.S. Bach
Suite No. 1, by J.S. Bach
Gigue, by Corelli
Claire de Lune, by Debussy
First Arabesque, by Debussy
Girl With the Flaxen Hair, by Debussy
Chaconne, by Durand
Premiere Waltz, by Durand
Selections from Six Sonatinas, by Dussek
Sonata in C minor, by Dussek
Impromptu, by Faure
Courante, Pavane, and Bransles, by Francisque
Nocturne, by Glinka
Etude de Concert, by Godefroid
Quand tu vois me souffrir, by Godefroid
Automne, by Grandjany
Fantasie on a Theme by Hadyn, by Grandjany
Le Bon Petite Roi d’Yvetot, by Grandjany
Rhapsody, by Grandjany
Theme and Variations, by Hadyn
Concerto in B flat, by Handel
Harmonious Blacksmith, by Handel
Pasacaille, by Handel
Chanson de Mai, by Hasselmans
La Source, by Hasselmans
Serendade Melancolique, by Hasselmans
Sonata, by Hindemith
Aria and Rigaudon, by Kirchoff
Sonata in C minor, by Pescetti/Salzedo
Impromptu Caprice, by Pierne
Prelude in C, by Prokofiev
Impromptu, by Reinhold/Hainen
Selections from Modern Study of the Harp, by Salzedo
Selections from Suite of Eight Dances, by Salzedo
Song in the Night, by Salzedo
Variations on a Theme in Ancient Style, by Salzedo
Minstrel’s Adieu to His Native Land, by Thomas
Au Matin, by Tournier
Feerie, by Tournier
Vers La Source Dans Le Bois, by Tournier
Toccata, by Wood Rollo
Two Guitars, by Wood Rollo
All students are expected to arrive at the Young Artist’s Harp Seminar with two orchestral excerpts ready to perform and at least one excerpt in progress. You will play your excerpts during several group classes, as well as two “mock” auditions. As with solo repertoire, more experienced students usually arrive with more advanced excerpts, and less experienced students often come with simpler material. You should bring material you are comfortable performing, regardless of difficulty level. Many standard excerpts are very simple. Mock auditions are designed to evaluate how well you play the material you have chosen, regardless of difficulty level.
Students should choose from the standard orchestral repertoire and avoid excerpts taken from band or choral works. Discuss your options with your home teacher, and contact us if you need help choosing excerpts. If you don’t know where to begin, the following list includes some common choices at different levels. Many individual excerpts can be purchased atwww.harp.com. We also recommend the book “Principal Harp,” by Sarah Bullen. Although most of the excerpts in the book are difficult, it is an excellent resource and reference guide for everyone.
Here are some examples of orchestral excerpts students have performed previously at YAHS:
Night on Bald Mountain, by Mussorgsky
Lieutenant Kije Suite, by Prokofiev
Symphony No. 1, by Mahler
“Entr’acte” from Carmen, by Bizet
“Waltz of the Flowers” cadenza from Nutcracker, by Tchaikowsky
“Siciliene” from Peleas and Milisande, by Faure
Capricio Espagnol, by Rimsky-Korsikov (cadenza only is easier; entire piece is more difficult)
Symphony Fantastique, by Berlioz
Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra, by Britten
Concerto for Orchestra, by Bartok
Overture to La Forza Del Destino, by Verdi
Tuition for the 2018 season: $2400
All applicants to YAHS must submit a $85 application fee, which is refundable only if a student is not accepted to the program.
The tuition fee includes:
• all private lessons and workshops, except Guest Artist lessons.
• lodging at Kenyon College, two students per room (does not include linens)
• all meals
•supervision of students under age 18
Students are responsible for their own transportation to and from Kenyon College, and they are responsible for providing or renting their own pedal harps.
Payment schedule and cancelation policy
Upon acceptance to YAHS, 50 percent of the tuition payment is due within seven days; the remaining 50 percent is due by June 1, 2018. Final payments received after June 1 will incur a $50 late payment fee. Scholarship awards, if applicable, will be applied to the second tuition payment.
Once we receive your first half tuition payment, a limited space in our dormitory is reserved for you. In the unfortunate event you must cancel, please notify us immediately in writing by e-mail. The following cancelation policy applies:
Application Fee: non-refundable (unless student is not accepted to the program)
Before May 1, 2018: fifty percent of first half tuition is refundable; harp rental and shuttle fees are fully refundable
Between May 1 and May 31, 2018: no refund of first half tuition; fifty percent refund on harp rental and shuttle fees; second half tuition is fully refundable.
After June 1, 2018: no refunds of any kind will be given.
Fees for additional items:
Rental Harp: $395
Rental Bench: $30
Airport Transportation to/from John Glenn Columbus International airport: $160 round trip, or $98 one way.
For those who are unable to bring their own harp, a limited number of rental instruments are available. Most instruments are provided to us by the Virginia and Atlanta Harp Centers or private individuals. Rentals are intended for those who cannot bring their own instruments, and priority will be given to students traveling by air. Students renting harps are required to provide their own tuning key and replacement strings. Strings are available for purchase in the YAHS store. Students are also responsible for their own bench. A limited number of benches are available for rent. Please inquire about rental benches. If possible, it will also be helpful to have your own transport dolly.
YAHS provides a shuttle to and from the John Glenn Columbus International airport and the beginning and the end of the seminar. Students utilizing the shuttle service are required to spend the final Saturday evening and depart Sunday morning. There will be a small additional dorm fee for this extra night. The shuttle schedule is determined by combined flight schedules; do not purchase airline tickets until you have been accepted to YAHS and confirmed your travel itinerary with us!
How to apply for a YAHS scholarship
To apply for a scholarship you must also submit a complete application to YAHS, including application fee, teacher recommendation, and audition recording by the March 15, 2018 deadline. Only students who have applied to the program in full will be considered for a scholarship, and audition recordings are mandatory of all scholarship applicants, even if you have attended YAHS in the past.
If you are applying for a scholarship, please include the following on your audition recording:
- One or more solos from the standard classical repertoire demonstrating your current level of ability.
- An etude demonstrating your current level of ability.
- One or more orchestral excerpts.
New in 2018, we will also require a video scholarship application. Information about how to submit your 2018 video scholarship application will be posted soon.
Scholarships are awarded based on both merit and need. Note that YAHS does not give full scholarships; typical scholarship awards range from $100 to $500, depending on funds available each year.
All scholarship requests and materials are due by March 15, 2018.
YAHS welcomes applications from students residing outside the U.S., and we will do everything possible to help international students have a positive, enriching experience while visiting our country. The Young Artist’s Harp Seminar and Competition has welcomed harpists from Asia, Europe, Central America, and Canada. Most of our international students have found YAHS to be the perfect place to hone both their music and English skills.
Communication and translation
The official language at YAHS is English. Students are not required to be fully fluent in English, however they must be able to communicate basic needs to the instructors and counselors in English. A basic understanding of musical terms in English is also necessary. YAHS can provide some translation assistance during the application process, however once at YAHS students should be prepared to experience minimal or no translation assistance. Whenever possible, students will be assigned roommates with similar language skills.
Book all air travel to the John Glenn Columbus International Airport. The Columbus airport is about a one hour drive from Kenyon College.
Important: Do not book air travel until you have received notification that you have been accepted to YAHS. Do not book air travel until you have discussed your travel plans with us and we have confirmed that your itinerary will work with our airport shuttle schedule!
Students traveling alone
A YAHS representative will meet students traveling alone and drive you to Kenyon College with other YAHS students arriving by air. (There is an extra fee for airport transportation.) At the end of the seminar, all students traveling by air will spend an additional night at Kenyon College (additional fee applies) and travel to the airport the next morning. Book your return flight to depart Columbus after 12:00 p.m.
Students traveling with a parent or guardian
If you are an international student traveling with a parent or guardian, you will be responsible for your own transportation from the Columbus Airport to Kenyon College. Dormitory housing at YAHS is available for students only, however there are many nearby lodging options for parents.