FAQ

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’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.

Other than illness, attendance at all rehearsals and concerts is mandatory. Contact us if you have a specific concern.

What’s your cancellation policy?

Unfortunately we are unable to refund tuition after the registration deadline has passed.

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.