Brattleboro Music Center offers make-your-own harp camp

BRATTLEBORO — Registration is open for the Brattleboro Music Center's Hands on Harps Camp, scheduled for July 11–15.

Participants will build their very own “clàsarch” (small harp) and learn to play it. The first day of the camp will be spent constructing harps, with all supplies provided, under the direction of master instrument maker Dennis Waring.

Other sessions, with harper Rachel Clemente, will include instruction in how to play and maintain the harps. Participants will also explore the musical history of Scottish and Irish culture and how it relates to the musical traditions of New England.

The camp is open to participants ages 8 to, well, any age. Younger campers (ages 8–13) should be accompanied by a guardian (two people, one harp, one fee).

The camp schedule is Monday, July 11 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. (participants should bring a lunch) and Tuesday to Friday, July 12–15 from noon to 2 p.m. Tuition is $295 ($140 instrument making materials, $155 instruction). Scholarships are available.

To register, fill out the summer registration form on the BMC website at or call 802-257-4523.

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