About 300 harpists from across the U.S. gathered in June for the American Harp Society Summer Institute at UNT. The institute featured daytime workshops and evening concerts, including a performance from well-known harpist Emily Mitchell and a concert of harp music from around the world.
Participants attended a workshop on performance excellence from renowned composer Michael Colgrass, an exhibition of historic harps, and even sessions on how to arrange music for rock harp and jazz harp. Jaymee Haefner, director of undergraduate studies/harp at UNT, was the chair for this year’s event.
Also as part of the institute, harpists up to age 30 took part in a national competition for prizes.