Harp Institute

The 2022 MPulse Harp Institute is a one-week program focusing on individual and group instruction for high school harpists. The program includes sessions to enhance the musical and technical skills of the dedicated harpist. The MPulse Harp Institute will provide private lessons, built-in practice time, harp ensemble and studio classes, and potential guest artists.

Specific 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 productive way to explore not only harp playing, but collegial support and “real time” experience.

The 2022 MPulse Harp Institute will resume in-person instruction on the University of Michigan Ann Arbor campus! The institute will be held at the U-M’s School of Music, Theatre & Dance facilities located on the University of Michigan’s North Campus.

NOTE: Students participating in MPulse 2022 will be required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Full details on the MPulse COVID-19 vaccination policy.

(UPDATED 4/4/22) NOTE: Students participating in MPulse 2022 will be required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. View the updated MPulse COVID-19 vaccination policy.

Session Dates: July 24 – July 30, 2022
Tuition: *$1,700

*Tuition for the MPulse Harp Institute covers all instructional classes and events as well as room and board.

Priority Application Deadline: March 15, 2022
Priority Admissions Notification: April 1, 2022
Final Application Deadline: April 15, 2022*
Non-Priority Admissions Notification: Rolling 

*Please note – The final application deadline for this summer is April 15, 2022, for students who missed the Priority Deadline.  Students who submitted their materials by the March 15 priority deadline will be reviewed and considered first.   Submissions received after the priority deadline but before (or on) April 15, 2022, will be reviewed for consideration if openings remain.


Associate Professor of Harp

Harpist Joan Holland is resident harpist and Instructor of harp at the Interlochen Center for the Arts, in addition to her role as a Professor of Harp with the University of Michigan. She maintains an active career in solo, chamber, concerto performances and orchestral performing. She is currently principal harpist for the Midland (MI) Symphony Orchestra, co-principal of the Traverse Symphony Orchestra, Traverse City, MI, and substitute harpist for a number of Michigan orchestras.

*Sample Schedule – MPulse Harp Institute

*A final schedule for the 2022 MPulse Harp Institute will be sent to accepted participants in April 2022.

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.

Merit Awards
A limited number of scholarships are available for extremely talented students based on Faculty discretion. Consideration for these scholarships is automatic for applications received by the application 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.

Apply for the Watson Scholarship

*Application open to Michigan residents only.

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

updated November 17, 2021