Meet our world-class faculty for the American Harp Society, Inc. 2019 Camp Innovation for ages 12-17!


AHS Camp Innovation

ONE-WEEK SESSION - June 16-22, 2019

The American Harp Society, Inc. 2019 Camp Innovation will be held June 16-22, 2019 at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts in Winston-Salem, held in conjunction with the 2019 Summer Institute and National Competition. This one-week residential camp is open to lever and pedal harpists ages 12-17 and led by distinguished faculty, Maria Luisa Rayan and Elisabeth Remy Johnson. This program offers exclusive access to a week of educational and musical programming, while staying on the beautiful UNCSA campus. This camp is distinguished from all other harp camps because of the valuable opportunity to engage in all AHS events.


meet the 2019 AHS camp innovation faculty

 
Maria Luisa Rayan    was awarded the Silver Medal at the USA International Harp Competition in both 1998 and 2001. Her harp studies began in her native Argentina and culminated to the United States where she studied harp with Susann McDonald at Indiana University.

Maria Luisa Rayan was awarded the Silver Medal at the USA International Harp Competition in both 1998 and 2001. Her harp studies began in her native Argentina and culminated to the United States where she studied harp with Susann McDonald at Indiana University.

Elisabeth Remy Johnson    is the Principal Harpist of the Atlanta Symphony. A graduate of Harvard University with a double major in Music and French, she studied harp with Ann Hobson Pilot in Boston and Alice Chalifoux at the Salzedo Harp Colony in Camden, Maine.

Elisabeth Remy Johnson is the Principal Harpist of the Atlanta Symphony. A graduate of Harvard University with a double major in Music and French, she studied harp with Ann Hobson Pilot in Boston and Alice Chalifoux at the Salzedo Harp Colony in Camden, Maine.

 

What makes Camp Innovation unique to other summer harp programs? 

Ms. Rayan: The Camp Innovation is truly unique in its format. It gives its participants the opportunity to benefit from a traditional summer camp setup, with the added component of being completely immersed in the AHS Summer Institute activities and the National Competition. This is a rare opportunity of experiencing so many areas of the harp, including studying in depth the repertoire, attending concerts and listening to competitors, it doesn't get more comprehensive than that anywhere else! 

Ms. Remy Johnson: I am really enthusiastic about this great new idea of offering a camp in conjunction with the AHS Summer Institute, and am excited and happy to be invited to be a part of it. The offerings will be fully aligned in coordination with the Institute, and the campers will truly have the best of both worlds - all of the offerings of an intensive camp, complemented and enhanced by the events during the competition and Institute. From a practical point of view, it's an ideal situation to enable students to attend the AHS Institute, whether or not a parent/guardian is available to accompany them for the week. 

 

What do you hope students gain from being a Camp Innovation participant? 

Ms. Rayan: It is my hope that students come to the Camp Innovation with a high level of preparation so they can work at their highest potential, that they attend as many concerts and workshops as they can and that they leave with renewed inspiration, many friendships and a deeper appreciation for our instrument, the harp, and its many possibilities.

Ms. Remy Johnson: I hope that all students gain a confidence and excitement about playing the harp, and enjoy a sense of camaraderie with the other campers. I hope they will leave the camp all fired up to use imagination and creativity to discover what they love most about being a musician. 

 

What do you love most about playing the harp and being a teacher?

Ms. Rayan: When I perform I love to communicate, to hopefully touch a person's soul, and the same applies to when I teach. Also, when I teach, I want to make a person realize his/her full potential in playing, and in everyday life. 

Ms. Remy Johnson: My favorite thing about playing the harp and being a teacher is the sense of reaching beyond myself to make a connection - whether it's trying to discern the composer's intention, sharing a musical moment with an audience, or really getting inside of an issue a student is grappling with.


 

Make 2019 Camp Innovation your summer harp destination

 

For programming details and tuition information, visit the Camp Innovation page here. If you are ready to register, visit the registration page here. Registration deadline for Camp Innovation is May 1, 2019. Registration is limited so please do not wait to register. Registrations received after this program has filled will be placed on a waiting list pending withdrawals.


Questions? Please contact Camp Administrator, Grace Ludtke at ahscampinnovation@gmail.com