The Young Artist’s Harp Seminar takes place on the beautiful campus of the Rabun Gap Nacoochee School in Rabun Gap, Georgia. Located in northern Georgia, approximately five miles south of the North Carolina border, Rabun Gap is in the foothills of the Smoky Mountains, about 90 minutes from Asheville, N.C., and about two hours from Atlanta. The region is known for its scenic beauty, mountain culture, and recreational opportunities.
Visit the Rabun Gap-Nacoochee School website at www.rabungap.org.
YAHS students reside on campus in the newly constructed, air-conditioned Jane Woodruff Dormitory. Two students share a spacious room with ample space for storage and harp set up; every two rooms are joined by a large bathroom with multiple sinks. Faculty instructors and several harpist-counselors reside on site in the same hallway and provide direct supervision of students. Private lessons, private practice, and many group classes and activities take place in the large communal areas of the dormitory. Concerts and performance classes take place in the state-of-the-art Rearden theater, a short walk from the dorm. Meals are served in the campus student center, also a short walk away.
The scenic campus setting features quiet walkways and plenty of space for recreational activities, including a basketball court, sand volleyball, a track, tennis courts (bring your own racket and balls), and a lake for swimming (only while a life guard is on duty, of course!). Although the focus at YAHS is on harp, regularly scheduled recreational activities provide a break from practicing and a chance to sample some of the area’s natural beauty. Activities vary yearly depending on interest and availability, but may include cook-outs, hiking, swimming, tubing, boating, gem mining, fishing, horse-back riding, visiting area towns and shops, a trip to the local ice cream parlor, and more.