1. Prepare

Prepare supplementary materials.


List of two to four solo pieces and/or harp parts or cadenzas from the major orchestral repertoire, to play in the master class if accepted.

A video recording of your playing, lasting 15 minutes to no more than 20 minutes. (It doesn’t have to be professional!) There are no repertoire requirements; however we suggest two contrasting works. Past performers of the Saratoga Harp Colony are not required to submit a new video, but are welcome to do so.

Contact information for current private teacher (your teacher will receive an email with directions from the registration system to submit a recommendation letter online).

A digital photo of yourself, from which a photo ID will be generated. The photo must be full-face view directly facing the camera with both eyes open, no glasses, and no hat or head covering that obscures or shadows your face. (Head coverings worn daily for religious purpose are allowed.)

2. Apply

Click "apply now" and create an account on the application platform. Complete the application.

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3. Pay

Pay the $65 application fee. You will be notified of your status by email; the notice will include directions on tuition and housing payments. 

Starting noon EST Friday, March 15, 2019, $60 will be added to the application fee.


  • October 2018: Applications available
  • Friday, March 15, 2019, noon EST: Additional $60 added to applications submitted after this time. Applications remain open as long as space is available in the program.
  • Early April 2019: Notification of admission status provided to all who submitted by March 15
  • April 30, 2019: Payment due for applicants accepted as performers*

*Registrants for the Professional Retreat and auditors pay tuition and housing fees at the time of registration.


  • Tuition: $1,350
  • Application Fee: $65 / $125*
  • Housing and Dining: $785

Professional Retreat

  • Tuition: $300
  • Registration Fee: $65 / $125*
  • Housing and Dining: $390


  • Tuition: $140/day
  • Registration Fee: $65 / $125*
  • Housing and Dining: $130/night

*Registration fee: $65 before Friday, March 15, 2019 at noon EST; $125 (after March 15, 2019). Applicants also submit a $25 transaction fee.

Curtis Donors, from the Player's Circle (those who have given $75 to Curtis Institute) and above, receive 15% discount on tuition to the Professional Retreat or Auditor track. Contact summerfest@curtis.edu for your discount code to be entered at the end of registration.

Students of the Lyra Society may apply to be Junior Colonists on a full scholarship. Contact the Lyra Society directly for more information.

Curtis Summerfest does not offer scholarships for the Elizabeth Hainen Harp Colony. Students and parents are urged to seek financial assistance from local sources such as school music organizations; county, state, or national music education organizations; youth orchestras and bands; music clubs; service clubs (Rotary, Kiwanis, etc.); businesses; churches; and foundations.



Applications to the Curtis Institute of Music and/or Curtis Summerfest are separate. Entries, materials and fees are not transferable. If applying to both, applicants should submit all items separately and in duplicate if required. Please refer to the program and application pages on this site for specific faculty rosters, application requirements, and program overviews. Enrollment in Curtis Summerfest garners no preferential treatment when auditioning for the conservatory in concurrent or subsequent years. Please contact summerfest@curtis.edu for questions regarding Curtis Summerfest (summer programs) admissions, and admissions@curtis.edu for questions regarding Curtis Institute of Music (conservatory) admissions.