Harp Festival

July 28 - August 2, 2014
Kimberly Snaufer DeRosa

Therese Honey
Assistant Director

Hope Cowan

A noncompetitive comprehensive study of the harp

Classes include:

  • Harp Ensemble
  • Famous Harpists
  • Rhythm
  • “Harp Around the World”
  • Harp Maintenance
  • Wedding Workshop
  • Private Lessons

  • for Students (incoming) 6th through12th (graduated)

  • comfortable reading in treble and bass clef. Minimum six months of harp instruction.
Check-in & Orientation: Monday, July 28, 12:30-1:00 p.m.

  • July 28 - August 1, 9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
  • After hours class (optional): 4:14-5:15 p.m.

  • Saturday, August 2 at 11:00 a.m.
    Belin Chapel, Morris Cultural Arts Center
    Open to the public, free admission.
Fee: $375.00

Extras Sign-ups - not included in the Festival fee:
Private Lessons:
All students will receive one lesson as part of their tuition.

Renaissance Dance Music
4:15-5:15 p.m. on Monday and Tuesday with Ms. Honey.
Learn about harp music from the 16th century with Ms. Honey.  Play and improvise on tunes that are 500 years old! $45 fee.

Musical Expression - Beyond the Page
4:15-5:15 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday with Mrs. De Rosa.  $45 fee.

Campus lunch for the week is an additional $45. Otherwise bring your own sack lunch.

$375 includes all meals. Please provide your own linens. For details, contact Mrs. DeRosa.
postmarked by June 28, 2014.
(Late applications accepted only if openings are available.)
Download flyer and application

Checks payable to:
Houston Baptist University

Mail application and check to:
HBU - School of Music
7502 Fondren Road
Houston, TX  77074-3298

50% by July 14, 2014.
No refunds after July 14, 2014.

For scholarship information and all questions:
Scholarship applications due June 1, 2012

Students are responsible for providing and moving their own instruments. The harps may be locked up each night at HBU.

Kimberly Snaufer DeRosa

...is the Founder and Director of HBU Summer Harp Festival, Harp Journeys Youth Festival and Harp Journeys for adults. She was previously Affiliate Artist at HBU and Sam Houston State University, and private instructor of harp, piano and theory at The Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto, Ontario. Her students have won numerous competitions and acceptance into prestigious Universities and Conservatories. She approaches each student individually to nurture his/her love for music and the harp while building confidence and polish. Her private teaching studio is located near Denton, TX.

Ms. DeRosa performs as a soloist, ensemble player and orchestral performer. She has performed throughout Texas, the East Coast and Canada. She has played with the Houston Symphony Orchestra and TUTS. Celebrity concerts include The Moody Blues, Bernadette Peters and Frank Sinatra, Jr. The Snaufer-Garvin Duo (with guitarist Marc Garvin) performs Spanish, South American, classical and sacred music. She earned her Bachelor of Music in harp performance at SMU with Susan Dederich-Pejovich and completed graduate studies at The Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto with Judy Loman. CD recordings: "Tidings of Joy" and "Zero Hour." www.harpevents.net

Therese Honey

...has an active teaching studio in Houston's Rice Village area. She tours throughout the US as a performer, clinician and adjudicator. During her early classical training, she fell in love with Early music while entertaining at Renaissance festivals. This inspired her to specialize in Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque and Celtic music. She performs as a soloist and in ensembles - Wyndnwyre (playing the traditional music of Ireland, Scotland and Wales and 13th-century Medieval music) and Istanpitta (Medieval music). Ms. Honey has performed at the 20th Annual Carolan Festival in Ireland and with the Chieftans. Her concerts of medieval and Renaissance music are on reproductions of historical harps. She inspires and motivates her students to learn about the harp's technique, repertoire and history.

Published arrangements: Honey's Celtic Harp Book, Vol. 1, 2, 3, The Royal Harpist, So Merry We Have Been, Scotland the Brave, and Two Sephardic Songs. Solo CDs: "Mosaic," "Christmas Presence," "Enlighten the Spirit," "Harp Music of the 16-17-18th Centuries." More information is available at www.theresehoney.com.

Hope Cowan

.A native of La Crosse, Wisconsin, Hope Cowan is a harpist living and working in Houston, Texas.  Ms. Cowan is currently pursuing a Masters of Music degree at the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University where she studies with Houston Symphony Principal Harpist Paula Page.  She received her Bachelors of Music from the Moores School of Music at the University of Houston.

Ms. Cowan has served as principal harpist for the Moores School Symphony, Chamber, Ballet, and Opera Orchestras and the Shepherd School Chamber Orchestra.  Additionally, she has performed with several professional orchestras including the Baton Rouge Symphony in Louisiana, Chautauqua Symphony in New York, and Victoria Symphony in Texas.  Recently she was featured as a soloist with the Brazosport Symphony in southeast Texas.  Ms Cowan has also participated in a number of prestigious music festivals including the Chautauqua Festival Institute, the Symphony Orchestra Academy of the Pacific, Roundtop Festival Institute, and the Texas Music Festival.

A teacher as well as a performer, Ms. Cowan has a private teaching studio in Houston.  She also teaches at Kerr High School in the Alief Independent School District where she started a harp instruction program.  An active and versatile freelance performer, Ms. Cowan plays for weddings, events, church services, chamber music concerts, and radio shows in the greater Houston area.