Who is this for?
The Houston Youth Harp Ensemble was founded with the goal of serving middle and high school aged harpists in the Houston area. Harpists outside of this age range will be considered on an individual basis and with recommendation from their private teachers.
What is your response to COVID-19?
Fall 2020 will look a little bit different than previous semesters. Our plan as of June 23 is to limit enrollment to six students to allow for adequate physical distancing in our rehearsal space. Once our capacity has been met, any students registering will be added to a wait list. Students will be asked to unload their harps one family at a time to limit the number of people in the room. All students and directors will be required to wear masks at all times. Parents and siblings are kindly asked to not observe rehearsals. We are also modifying our absence policy; if you or anyone in your family has been exposed or is feeling symptomatic, please do not come to rehearsal.
What’s your absence policy?
If the student or anyone in their family has been exposed to SARS-CoV-2 or is feeling symptomatic, they will be excused from rehearsal. While it is important for both the individual and the group to have as many students together in rehearsal as possible, our primary concern is that everyone stays healthy.
Attendance at dress rehearsals and concerts is mandatory (unless you are sick). Contact us if you have a specific concern.
What’s your cancellation policy?
Our new cancellation policy in response to COVID-19:
Any student who feels they need to cancel their participation in HYHE for health-related concerns will be issued a pro-rated refund for any rehearsals that have yet to occur.
Unfortunately we are unable to refund tuition for absences or cancellations for any other reason.
What are your plans for the December concert?
We have not made a firm decision about the concert format. We would love to be able to perform a live, in-person concert but realize it may not be feasible for the health and safety of our students and audience. We are considering several options, including a live-streamed concert with no audience in attendance. This decision will likely not be made until the fall.
I don’t play a pedal harp. Is that a problem?
Not a problem at all. Both pedal and lever harps are welcome!
Do I have to bring my harp?
Yes. Harpists are required to bring their harp and bench to all rehearsals and concerts.
Is there parking near rehearsals and concerts?
Yes, there is a small parking lot at our rehearsal venue (5771 Enid St, Houston, TX 77009), with a ramp and easy access for harp moving!
What about tuning?
All harpists are required to tune their own instrument and are expected to arrive no less than 15 minutes prior to the start of ensemble rehearsal to tune. Harp students should have a pick–up that attaches to their tuner to allow for them to tune in noisier spaces.
If for any reason a harpist arrives after the start of a rehearsal, they can tune quietly in the hallway and join the ensemble at an appropriate moment.
What if I don’t know how to read music?
A minimum of one year of harp lessons is suggested. Parts will be assigned ahead of time; for those concerned about their reading ability, there will be ample time to prepare your part before the first rehearsal. Students are welcome to modify parts if needed, but parts are assigned with each student’s ability in mind.