About the area:
The State University of New York at Fredonia provides an ideal educational environment for harpists. The mutually respectful and supportive atmosphere between students in the harp studio encourages great personal achievements. Each harpist’s past experience and ultimate goals are taken into consideration when developing their individual progression of repertoire.
Home to excellent facilities and an exceptional faculty, the School of Music offers numerous degree options for harpists. These include harp performance, music education, music therapy, sound recording technology, composition, and the applied major, as well as a variety of graduate degrees.
Each student receives a weekly private lesson, performs in Recital Seminar (a kind of master class), and participates in several of the outstanding large ensembles - including two orchestras and four bands. Chamber music and non-traditional ensembles provide additional performance opportunities.
Private lessons, centered on both ensemble and solo pieces, incorporate a wide range of topics and skills. Through detailed study of individually chosen repertoire, students improve practice habits, memorization skills, technical abilities and musicianship. Each semester culminates in a juried performance of contrasting styles ranging from the Baroque period through contemporary works. A full solo recital serves as a grand finale to several of the degree programs.
The weekly Recital Seminar provides a safe and encouraging atmosphere where harpists perform for each other. Fellow students offer positive feedback and suggestions for improvement – a perfect venue for conquering performance anxiety.
No matter what your musical ambitions are as a harpist, Fredonia is an excellent place to cultivate your dreams.
Top Ten Reasons High School Harpists Should Apply to Fredonia:
Fredonia's School of Music has a 180-year history of musical and teaching excellence, and is fully accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM).
Home to excellent facilities and an exceptional faculty, degree options include harp performance, music education, music therapy, sound recording technology, and composition, and a variety of graduate degrees.
Affordable tuition rates. Financial aid and scholarships are also available.
Size and Location
With about 5,000 undergraduates — 550 of whom are in the School of Music — Fredonia is located on a beautiful residential campus in scenic Western New York, just minutes from Lake Erie.
Two contrasting pieces are the only required repertoire for audition. Multiple on and off-campus audition dates are available, and video auditions are accepted for students living more than 300 miles away.
Fredonia provides an ideal educational environment for harpists. The generous support and mutual respect between students in the harp studio encourages great personal achievements and future professional camaraderie.
Four bands, two orchestras and four choirs make ensemble opportunities for harpists plentiful. Chamber music and non-traditional ensembles provide even more options.
The weekly Harp Recital Seminar focuses on solo performance abilities, improved practice habits, memorization skills, technical proficiency and musicianship, as well as practical career counseling, harp maintenance and repair.
A New Harp!
A brand new Venus Diplomat concert grand harp is available for student use, and locked practice rooms are provided for those bringing a personal instrument.
Sonja Inglefield, Professor of Harp
Our esteemed and accomplished faculty member believes in a very individualized approach to education, and takes into consideration the personal experiences and expectations of each student.
Undergraduate Degree Offerings
Graduate Degree Offerings