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Harp Institute

Focused on individual instruction for high school harpists, the Harp Institute will provide an intensive one week designed to enhance the musical and technical skills of the dedicated harpist. The Institute provides the harpist with daily private lessons, individual and guided practice time, studio classes, performance opportunities, and harp ensemble. The studio class will focus on several topics such as college preparation, performance concentration, and peer-to-peer observation.

U-M Faculty Director: Associate Professor Joan Holland

Session Dates: July 19 – July 25, 2020
Tuition: $1,575

Application Open: November 15, 2019
Priority Application Deadline: February 1, 2020
Priority Admissions Notification: February 28, 2020

Components of the Harp Institute

  • Weekly Private Lessons
  • Studio classes
  • Daily harp ensemble
  • Extensive practice time
  • Theory/musicianship classes
  • Dalcroze classes
  • Performance Opportunities

The application consists of three parts.

Applications are not considered complete until all required materials are received.

Application Checklist for Harp Institute

  1. Complete the Online Application
  2. Pay the non-refundable Application Fee of $75.00
  3. Upload your Audition Materials via Acceptd, the MPulse Online Audition Portal (details for each entry outlined in Audition Portal)
    1. Audition Videos
    2. Headshot
    3. Recommendation Letter

MPulse Audition Portal:
The following should be submitted:

  1. Two Audition Videos (one song per video)
  2. Headshot
  3. Recommendation Letter

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

2 – Headshot

  • 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.

3 – Recommendation Letter

Please ask at least one of your current music teachers (school teacher or private teacher) to assess your work in a confidential letter of recommendation. In addition to your musical abilities, the letter may discuss your personal characteristics such as initiative, dependability, and your commitment to increasing your musical skills.

To invite a recommender to upload your letter of recommendation, submit your recommender’s email when prompted in the online application process. Once you finalize your submission (clicking ‘Final Submit’), the recommender will receive a notification and link to submit your confidential recommendation. E-mailed submissions will not be accepted.

Priority Deadline for all application/audition materials to be submitted is February 1, 2020.

Admission notifications for Priority Application applicants will be e-mailed on February 28, 2020.

For priority consideration and notification, all application and audition materials must be received by the Priority Application Deadline of February 1, 2020. Applications may be accepted after the priority deadline for programs and/or instruments in which openings remain. Review, admission, and notification for applications received after the priority deadline will be handled on a rolling basis, subject to space availability per each individual institute. Space is limited.

Admissions decisions will not be given by phone.

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 be considered for a need-based scholarship you must complete the online need-based financial aid application by the priority deadline. To begin the process, select “Need Based Award Consideration” in the program application.

Watson Scholarship

Application open to Michigan residents.

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.

To start an application, click here.

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