Harp Institute

The 2021 MPulse Harp Institute will be a week-long program focusing on individual and group instruction for high school harpists. The program will provide sessions to enhance the musical and technical skills of the dedicated harpist. The institute will provide private lessons, built-in practice time, harp ensemble and studio classes, with occasional guest artists.

Each day begins with an invigorating walk on campus followed by good stretching. Topics of focus will include solo repertoire, standard harp cadenzas, performance concentration and confidence, use of the inner ear and imagination for musical delivery, playing with relaxed, organized technique and peer-to-peer observation. Studio Classes provide a very productive way to explore not only harp playing, but collegial support and “real time” experience.

Tuition information for both an in-person and online version of the program is listed below. Due to anticipated COVID-19 restrictions, a final decision on which version of the MPulse Harp Institute will be held will be made prior to the due date of the first deposit.

U-M Faculty Director: Associate Professor Joan Holland

Session Dates: July 25–July 31, 2021
Online Tuition: $950
In Person Tuition: $1,575


Application Deadline: February 1, 2021
Admissions Notification: March 1, 2021

Start your application now

Here you will:

  1. Fill out your application
  2. Upload your audition materials (videos via sharable link (Google Drive (preferred), Dropbox or YouTube)
  3. Share any need-based scholarship information
  4. Pay your non-refundable application fee. ($75 per institute)

Please note you can revisit your application as many times as needed, however, all of the items listed above are due by your institute’s deadline. The application will automatically save as you fill in your application.

Deadline for all application/audition materials to be submitted is February 1, 2021.

Applications may be accepted after the deadline if openings remain. Review, admission, and notification for applications received after the deadline will be handled on a rolling basis, subject to space availability per each individual institute. Space is limited.

Admission notifications will be e-mailed by March 1, 2021.

Admissions decisions will not be given by phone.

Audition Videos
Students should submit two separate audition videos. Each video should have only one musical piece on it. Students should select two pieces of contrasting nature from their harp repertoire for these video submissions.


  • Upload one color headshot
  • Headshots should be recent, clear, and against a neutral background.
  • Headshots should be front-facing and from the neck up.
  • Headshots do not need to be professionally taken and should resemble a Driver’s License/Passport Photo.

Digital Audition Resources
How to upload to Google Drive (preferred) and Dropbox
How to create an unlisted video on YouTube
Tips for making a successful recording

Merit Awards
MPulse awards a limited number of scholarships to extremely talented students based on Faculty discretion. Consideration for these scholarships is automatic for applications received by the priority deadline.

Need-Based Awards
A limited number of need-based scholarships are available to families with an Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) of $100,000 or under in the previous calendar year, or with special circumstances due to the pandemic. To be considered you must upload your financial aid materials by the application deadline as part of your application. This includes:

  • Monthly Expenses
  • Previous Year’s Tax Return
  • Statement of Need

Watson Scholarship
In the spirit of the life of a graduate of the University of Michigan Medical School (1942) and Michigan physician, the Watson A. Young Scholarship promotes academic excellence and college aspiration among students with financial need. These need-based scholarships support middle and high school students’ participation in summer opportunities at U-M that seek to develop students’ interests and abilities in academic disciplines and expose students to the experiences and possibilities provided by higher education.

Application open to Michigan residents only.
Apply for a Watson Scholarship

MPulse Summer Performing Arts Institutes
Office of Engagement & Outreach-Youth & Adult Programs
University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance
Stearns Building │ 2005 Baits Drive │ Ann Arbor, MI 48109
Phone: (734) 936-2660