Jennifer Ellis and SFCM Pre-College student playing harp

Online Summer Programs

Faculty: Jennifer Ellis, Program Director
Ages: 12 – 19
When: July 19 – 23; Monday – Friday, 12:30 – 5:00 PM
Tuition: $430
Application Deadline: July 1
Requirements:  Participants must have previous harp experience, including at least 1 year of instruction, access to a harp in their home, and access to the internet and web camera. Participants will be asked to submit an introductory video. Instructions on how to create and submit the video will be sent upon registration.

Enrich your harp learning over the summer with SFCM’s Virtual Harp Camp for students aged 12-19. Hone your musical skills and connect with other young harpists from the comfort of your own home. During this five-day program, each harpist gets to play in one solo recital, one master class, and two private lessons. Harpists receive daily instruction in harp history, eurhythmics, listening, and special workshops like arranging your favorite harp piece, improvisation, managing performance nerves, and more. The daily schedule integrates traditional and active learning so that, even on Zoom, no harpist is sitting still for more than an hour at a time. Come join us this summer, collaborate with your harpist peers, and get your harp playing in tip-top shape!

Sample Daily schedule (12:30 - 4:30)

12:30 Deep Listening Exercise
12:45 Harp History Topic
1:15 Eurhythmics
2:00 Break
2:10 Special Topics Workshop
2:45 Open supervised practice and lessons
3:45 Break/Post-practice Recap
4:00 Master Class


Committed to pushing the boundaries of harp performance, Jennifer R. Ellis (D.M.A. University of Michigan, M.M. Cleveland Institute of Music, B.M. Oberlin) has performed over ninety premieres. She embraces firsts; she was the first harpist to be a U.S. State Department One Beat Fellow and the first harpist to attend Bang on a Can, Fresh Inc., and Splice summer festivals. An Alice Chalifoux Prize awardee, her recordings range from American Indian Fusion (Dha Re Dha with Sumkali) to premieres for harp and saxophone (Launch with Jonathan Hulting-Cohen on Albany Records). From kinesthetic music education to ergonomics to teaching for diverse learning needs, Dr. Ellis is dedicated to innovative music pedagogy. In addition to a rich classical tradition, she welcomes the opportunity to teach electroacoustic harp performance and improvisation. She enjoys helping harp students design and meet their own creative goals. She was named an inaugural University of Michigan Engaged Pedagogy Fellow, earned a UM CRLT Graduate Teacher Certificate, and trained in eurhythmics pedagogy at CIM. She was a guest instructor for MPULSE, a 2017 featured clinician at the International Harp Festival, 2018 harp faculty at Nief Norf Summer Festival, and a 2017-2018 Artist-In-Residence at UC Davis. She currently teaches for Mills College, Harps Etc. and the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.