Founded in 2000 by Kimberly Snaufer DeRosa

the Houston Summer Harp Festival continues her vision of bringing together young harpists. We offer a fun, educational and non-competitive environment for making music, learning about the harp, its history and its music, and making new friends.


Our esteemed faculty will nurture, challenge and build confidence as we promote a “can do” atmosphere. As seasoned and experienced instructors, we realize that our participants will come into this program at varying levels and we understand how to instruct students in a multi-level setting. We believe that music offers a unique expression that is special to each individual student. Whether playing together or alone or listening for enjoyment, music enhances our life experience. It is our joy and honor to share our knowledge and experiences.


Each year is unique! We select different a different theme and required music for our ensembles and change the activities and workshops in order to offer our returning participants something new and fresh. 

DEADLINES – Our deadlines are earlier this year so be sure to register in plenty of time! Registration deadline May 20. Scholarship application deadline June 1.

Students’ choice will allow students a couple of opportunities during our week to choose the workshop topic of most interest to them.


1) The School of Fine Arts at Houston Baptist University has sponsored our program on their beautiful campus since our very first year in 2000!

2) We remain an inclusive festival where students thrive on playing and learning about “everything harp” with others who share this same interest. We do not require a live or recorded audition to participate. (Scholarship applications do require submitting a recording.)

3) Our fantastic faculty team will once again be Kimberly DeRosa, Therese Honey, Susanna Campbell and Hope Cowan. Their combined experience offers over 100 years of harp playing and teaching. Their strengths and specialties bring a wide variety of topics to the students including Historical harp, Celtic harp, Classical repertoire, New music, chamber music, South American harp, composition, orchestral preparation, the Gigging harpist (weddings, church and pop music) and stage presence. Too many topics to fit into one week! This allows us to rotate workshops each year thus offering something new to the returning students. Please read more about each of their careers and specialties on our Faculty Page

4) Our students’ schedule will include ensemble rehearsals, workshops and the option to attend our CODA classes. Coda classes are scheduled at the end of our day from 4:15 – 5:15, Monday through Thursday, and focus on special topics and making more music.

5) Favorite events, such as our Mock Wedding and Group Project, will continue this year and in the coming years!

6) Required music – We strongly encourage our participants to prepare this year’s required ensemble music and a solo of choice before arriving on our first day. Required music will be announced with plenty of time for preparation, sometime in March.

7) Each student will receive one private lesson that is included in tuition.

8) We offer 3 levels of multi-level harp ensembles. Please refer to our required music page for descriptions to help you choose which is most appropriate for your child/student.

9) Our faculty performs throughout the week exposing them to different styles of performance and music. These informal performances are open to the public.

10) There are several scholarship opportunities. Please refer to our scholarship page for descriptions and requirements.


Students are encouraged but not required to play their prepared solo for some of their fellow students. This allows students a performance experience in a safe environment. It also allows other students to learn from, be inspired by and support their peers. Everyone wanting a chance to play will have the opportunity. Students preferring to observe only will be allowed to do so.


Thanks to Houston Baptist University for allowing us to hold this Festival on their beautiful campus since 2000! The various classrooms and performance spaces we have used over the years have enhanced our participants’ experience of our Festival.

Thanks to the teachers, parents and harp-loving individuals for preparing your students, encouraging your child to try this experience, donating to the scholarship funding and volunteering your time.

I’m looking forward to seeing you in July!
Kimberly DeRosa