Workshop (June 9 - 15, 2019)


  • 5 nights in dorms, includes breakfast and lunch
    (6 nights in dorms for those who are competing)
  • $100 harp rental available
  • Masterclasses
  • Lectures
  • Harp ensemble
    Harry Potter Medley, Beatles Medley, and more TBA
    Individual parts will be sent after May 19th and after viewing audition tapes.
  • Fun activities
    Painting Class, Escape Room, Movie Night
  • 30 minute private lessons available ($50)
  • Solo competition available ($35)
  • Per-day audit option available

2019 Faculty

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Shelly Du currently serves as acting Principal Harpist of the Sarasota Orchestra in Florida for the 2016 – 2017 season. She previously held the position of Principal Harpist with the Firelands Symphony Orchestra in Ohio, and performed frequently as guest Principal Harpist with CityMusic Cleveland, the Cleveland Pops Orchestra, the Lake Erie Ballet Orchestra, and the Erie Philharmonic. While in Ohio, she enjoyed numerous chamber collaborations and recording projects with esteemed local musicians, and premiered several new works thought the Cleveland Composer’s Guild. Ms. Du was twice awarded the Alice Chalifoux Prize and was a winner of the 2008 American Harp Society Anne Adams Awards National Competition, as well as a finalist in the 2009 American Music Teachers Association National Solo Competition and a contestant of the 10th USA International Harp Competition. As a concerto soloist, she has appeared with the Cleveland Institute of Music Orchestra in Cleveland and on tour, the Interlochen Arts Academy Orchestra, and the National Repertory Orchestra. Other summer festival credits include the Texas Music Festival, the National Orchestral Institute, and the Pacific Music Festival in Sapporo, Japan. She has also performed live on WVIZ/PBS ideastream and NPR’s From the Top, and was a recipient of the latter’s Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Award. Passionate about music education, she previously served as a teacher for the Secondary Harp Program at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, and currently teaches private lessons in Sarasota. Shelly Du holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, and a Master of Music degree as well as an Artist Diploma from the Cleveland Institute of Music, all under the tutelage of world-renowned harpist Yolanda Kondonassis. For more information, please visit
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Rachel Starr Ellins has been an active performer and teacher in Northern Colorado since 1993. Ms. Ellins received her bachelor's degree from the University of Northern Colorado where she studied with Kathy Bundock Moore. She received her masters degree from the University of North Texas where she studied with Ellen Ritcher. Rachel studied for two summers at the Tanglewood Music Festival with Lucile Lawrence. She is currently Assistant Professor of Harp of harp at Colorado State University where she is the director of the CSU Harp Ensemble, a 10 member harp ensemble and the biggest harp ensemble in Colorado. Rachel is the first call substitute/second harpist with the Colorado Symphony Orchestra. She has had the opportunity to perform as principal harpist with the CSO and artists including Renee Flemming, Celtic Woman, Natalie Merchant, and Warner Brothers Bugs Bunny at the Orchestra. Rachel can be heard playing 2nd Harp with the Colorado Symphony on their 2002 recording of Michael Daughertys Philadelphia Stories. Ms. Ellins is also the principal harpist with the Longmont Symphony Orchestra and she continues to substitute with many regional orchestras. Rachel was principal harpist with the Boulder Philharmonic from 1997 to 2004. She has appeared as a concerto soloist with the Timberline Symphony, Greeley Chamber Orchestra, the Rocky Mountain Symphony Orchestra and the Longmont Symphony Orchestra. She has been a guest artist numerous times with the Loveland Friends of Chamber Music and gives yearly faculty recitals at Colorado State University. Rachel is also an arranger and has published 2 harp ensemble arrangements with publisher Harps Nouveau. She has been the adjudicator for the student evaluations for the Denver Chapter of the American Harp Society twice and is a regular judge of the Colorado All State Orchestra Auditions. She is president of the Northern Colorado Chapter of the American Harp Society. Rachel and her husband Joe own the music store The Harp Shoppe in Loveland, Colorado selling harps and harp accessories. They have designed their own harp cart known as The Harp Shoppe Harp Trolley that is sold worldwide on E-Bay. Owning The Harp Shoppe has allowed Rachel to promote harp concerts in the Northern Colorado area and she is proud to have brought esteemed harpists Isabelle Moretti, Isabelle Perrin, Natalie Chatelaine, Alfredo Rolando Ortiz, and Cindy Horstman to perform concerts in Northern Colorado. Ms. Ellins resides in Longmont with her husband Joe and daughter Amanda.
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Known for her passionate interpretations, Gaye LeBlanc is often called a “very dynamic and solid musician”. She has been principal harpist with the Oklahoma City Philharmonic since 1996, Fort Smith Symphony, (AR) since 2005 and recently joined the All-Star Orchestra at Arizona Music-fest in 2009. She also has been principal harpist with the Amici New York orchestra at OK Mozart festival since 2005.

As well as performing, her passion is also teaching. Ms. LeBlanc is currently the Visiting Assistant Harp Professor at the University of Oklahoma since 1998 where she teaches harp, harp ensemble, harp orchestral literature, harp pedagogy and two classes of Understanding Music. She also held a one-year position as the harp faculty at the University of North Texas in 2005 – 2006. She has also been harp faculty at Oklahoma City University, Oklahoma Summer Arts Institute and Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp.

Before making Norman, Oklahoma her home, Ms. LeBlanc was principal harpist in several ensembles in the Dallas regional area: Richardson Symphony, Irving Symphony, Plano Chamber Orchestra, Abilene Philharmonic, Abilene Opera, Turtle Creek Chorale, Dallas Orpheus Chamber Singers, Shreveport (LA) Symphony and Pine Bluff (AR) Symphony. She was also chosen to travel Europe for six weeks as principal harpist with the North Carolina School of the Arts. Ms. LeBlanc has recorded with the Orpheus Chamber Singers, Octavia Harp Ensemble, and recently finished her second Naxos recording of the William Grant Still Symphonies with the Fort Smith Symphony last May.

She recently received a patent for the construction of a Harp Stand to take the weight off the harpists’ shoulder in 2011.

Ms. LeBlanc received her Bachelor of Music in Harp Performance at the University of North Texas with Ellen Ritscher where she began her harp studies at the age of 20 after many years of piano, organ and flute. She also received her Masters of Music in Harp Performance at Southern Methodist University with Susan Pejovich. More extensive training consisted of two summers at the Boston University Tanglewood Institute and five summers at the Salzedo School with Alice Chalifoux.

  • 1st dinner at Pickleman's
  • At Hey Day Entertainment
  • At the concert reception
  • Dinner at Ms. LeBlanc's house
  • Dinner at Tea Cafe
  • Faculty recital and solo competition winners
  • Final Dress rehearsal
  • Harp OK Workshop 2019
  • Malia's loot
  • Our fun carpool!
  • Practicing Heart and Soul with 4 hands
  • Listening to lectures
  • Playing Heads Up in the sunroom
  • Rehearsing Nemo & Woody
  • Harp Ensemble, 2008
  • Harp Ensemble with percussion, 2007
  • Harp Ensemble concert with marimbist Chris Riggs, 2006
  • Halloween Ensemble concert, 2007
  • Kendall Michaelsen Hood Recital, 2007
  • Elise and Elizabeth Wenzel, Graduation party 2012
  • Unveiling new harp, 2010
  • Harp presentation by Mackenzie Hoffman
  • Masterclass with Jazz Harpist, CIndy Horstman, 2009
  • Cafe Plaid, 2008
  • Subtle exit from Museum concert, 2007
  • Museum elevator 2007
  • Harp Recital, 2005

Solo Competition

Two pieces of contrasting style (10 minutes in length, memorization optional)

must be a camp participant to enter

High School Division
  • Ages 14-17
  • $35 entry fee
  • 1st Prize $500
  • 2nd Place $250
College Division
  • Ages 18-23
  • $35 entry fee
  • 1st Prize $500
  • 2nd Place $250
You will register for the competition through the main workshop registration form in the next section.
Be sure to add the Competition Entry Fee to your cart when paying.

Register, Audition, and Pay

Everyone who wants to participate should register, even if you are not attending the full workshop.

Audition Materials

First time participants must submit video recording(s) of 2 solos of contrasting style.
The same solo pieces can be used for the competition as well.

The video recording(s) can be emailed to address or mailed to:

Gaye LeBlanc-Germain
OU School of Music
500 W. Boyd St.
Norman, OK 73019

View the page linked below to pay.

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What to bring
  • Comfortable Harp shoes
  • Modest, casual, layers (sweater or hoodie for cool temperature in halls)
  • Sunday Concert attire: Black skirt (below the knee when sitting - above the knee will be asked to change) or Black pants (cropped or long is fine) Black harp shoes (closed toe and heel) with or without hose. White short or long sleeved shirt. NO spaghetti straps! Round or V neck is fine. Lace or knit patterns are fine, just not sheer.
  • Twin sheet set, pillow and blanket (or pay $8 for linen set-up which includes 1 bath towel, 1 washcloth, 2 flat sheets, 1 pillow and pillowcase and 1 blanket)
  • Towels and washcloths
  • Shower supplies, shower shoes, and toiletries
  • Sunscreen
  • Cell phone
  • Your own harp and bench, unless you are renting a harp
  • Music you are currently working on for Master class. Students will be expected to play one solo along with the ensemble pieces for the Saturday recital.
  • Cash for 5-6 dinners with the faculty (6 if you are participating in the competition) and 1 lunch (approx. $15 - 20; may be less)