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TCU Harp Workshop

TCU Harp professor and student

Summer 2021

Three days of solo masterclasses and ensemble rehearsals as well as interactive and informative sessions about the harp. Festival Recital Performance at the conclusion of the workshop. This year’s workshop will celebrate the music and legacy of Texas harp legend Louise Trotter. Guest Artist Anne Sullivan, creator of Harp Mastery, will lead participants in an interactive webinar session. Focus on health and wellness will be led by TCU’s Dr. Kristen Queen in her Yoga for Musicians class. Dr. Laura Brandenburg will direct the Harp Ensemble and present a technique class Arpeggio Excellence as well as The Gig Life, an informative session on how to get started in the freelance market.

The TCU Summer Harp Workshop is open to young pedal harpists 8th grade and above, intermediate to advanced level. Students are asked to bring their own instruments, as the availability of rental harps is quite limited.

Overnight accommodations and recreation activities available.
Commuter Fee $175 *Daily lunch included.
Resident Fee $290 *Includes camp tuition, dorm residency and all meals for the camp.
Teacher Auditor Fee $50 *Daily lunch included.

In a dynamic masterclass setting, each student will have the opportunity to receive individually tailored instruction on a prepared solo of their own choosing. Students may select masterclass repertoire from standard harp solo literature, All-State etudes, orchestral excerpts, harp concerto or chamber music repertoire. Music does not have to be memorized to participate in the masterclass.

Participants will purchase their own ensemble music from the Ensemble Repertoire list below and may prepare any part of their own choosing. Music should be securely learned prior to the first workshop rehearsal. This year’s workshop experience will include creating unique ensemble arrangements in pop and country/western styles. Three days of intensive rehearsals will culminate with a performance of the ensemble selections on the Festival Recital.

Ensemble Repertoire*
Steel Guitar Rag* – Leon McAuliffe/Arr. Trotter
Summertime* – Gershwin & Heyward/Arr. Trotter
Blue Danube – Johann Strauss/Arr. Trotter
Triptic Dance – Pierre Beauchant

*These solo arrangements to be used as the basis for a camp ensemble arrangement project. For ordering information, contact Dr. Laura Brandenburg at

Dr. Laura Logan BrandenburgDr. Laura Logan Brandenburg has served on the Texas Christian University School of Music faculty since 2001, where she teaches harp and harp pedagogy, coaches the TCU Harp Ensemble and is director of the TCU Summer Harp Workshop. In addition, she maintains an active pre-college studio through the TCU Music Prep Department, teaching students age five through young adult. She is the founder, director, and member of the Octavia Harp Ensemble, performing in the Dallas-Fort Worth area and beyond. A highly regarded freelance harpist, Laura has been a frequent sub with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra since 1990 and has most recently served as Principal Harp with the Lewisville Lake Symphony. She held the position of Principal Harp with the Richardson Symphony Orchestra from 1990 – 2010 as well as Principal Harp in the Oklahoma City Philharmonic from 1995 – 1997. Laura’s current adventures on harp include collaborating with Jeff Walters as The Logan/Walters Harp Duo, performing all original transcriptions and arrangements for two harps. Active as a camp clinician specializing in harp ensemble repertoire, Laura has presented workshops locally and nationally for the past 25 years. She currently serves on the national Board of Directors for American Harp Society, Inc.

TCU harp students enjoy many performance opportunities within a small studio environment. In addition to private lessons, students may also participate in the TCU Harp Ensemble, TCU Symphony Orchestra, Wind Ensemble, Opera productions, chamber music collaborations, vocal accompaniments, as well as solo recitals, studio recitals and campus, intercollegiate and community performances. TCU harpists receive balanced instruction in repertoire and technique, representative of major harp literature and with an emphasis on supple playing, tone production, and clear articulation. The harp program at the undergraduate as well as graduate level includes studies in Harp Pedagogy, Orchestral Excerpts, Improvisation Techniques and Masterclass opportunities with visiting guest artists.

Visit the Harp Studio page for more information.

For more information, contact:
Dr. Laura Brandenburg