Explore what’s next in the world of harp while connecting with hundreds of harpists

13th Summer Institute


Destination Innovation: Propelling Harpists into the Future


July 19-22, 2019

  • Open to all members of the American Harp Society, Inc. join/renew here >>

  • Opportunities for harpists of all levels to participate, learn, and network

  • Early bird registration deadline: April 1, 2019

The American Harp Society, Inc. 13th Summer Institute will be held June 19-22, 2019 at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts in Winston-Salem. NC. The state of North Carolina is ‘First in Flight’ as the Wright Brothers piloted the first powered aircraft in 1903 in Kitty Hawk, NC. Let your passion take flight in 2019, as we celebrate past and present innovators of the harp while inspiring future innovation.

Summer Institutes

The American Harp Society has hosted the biennial Summer Institute since 1995, focusing on education through masterclasses, workshops, and concerts led by the world’s leading harpists and pedagogues.

13th Summer Institute Opportunities

  • Hear innovative concerts and world-premiere performances by leading performers

  • Learn from leading pedagogues & harpists though masterclasses, workshops & lecture-recitals

  • Participate in community-based discussions through TED-style forums and panel discussions with master presenters

  • Support and encourage the next generation of harpists through student-focused performances by our dazzling youth

  • Celebrate creativity with the Young Composers Project, as young harpists compose original harp scores to perform at the Summer Institute

  • Connect with hundreds of harpists and socialize at themed-receptions after select concerts with catered food and beverages

New Full Week Options

In 2019, the final rounds of the 23rd National Competition will be held prior to the start of the Summer Institute. Admission to the final rounds of competition are free and open to the public. Campus housing will be available from June 16th through the 22nd. Students ages 12-17 can also join us for the AHS 2019 Camp Innovation and stay on campus in supervised residential housing.  There will be public evening concerts for the entire week, Monday through Friday.

Daily Theme

Our programming schedule is focused on a daily theme, providing a narrative programming experience for attendees as we bring to life the mission statement of the American Harp Society, Inc.

  • Wednesday, June 19 - Celebrating Our Legacy

  • Thursday, June 20 - Inspiring Excellence through Innovation & Creativity

  • Friday, June 21 - Inspiring Excellence through Stories & Ideas

  • Saturday, June 22 - Empowering the Next Generation of Harpists

Event Schedule

Full program of presenters and schedule will be announced in early 2019. Enjoy this preview of presenters, masterclasses, concerts, workshops, and lectures that will take place in 2019 at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.


2019 Summer INstitute Preview

For information about sponsorship, contributions, and advertising in the 13th Summer Institute program book, please contact AHS Executive Director, Kathryn McManus.