Cozy up with your harp and some good friends!

Harp Mastery
Fall Getaway Retreat

October 4 - 8, 2019   |   Sevierville, Tennessee

With your host, harp happiness expert Anne Sullivan
and guest faculty Mary Jane D'Arville

What if you had three full days to do nothing but play the harp?

Sounds good, right?

And what if you could play the harp and work alongside a few other harpists who were doing the same thing?

Even better.

Now imagine that you have three full days to concentrate solely on your harp, alongside other like-minded harpists AND you can do it in a cozy, historic home overlooking fall colors in the Smoky Mountains.

Now we’re talking!

That’s what the Harp Mastery Getaway Retreat is all about. I will be hosting a small group of harpists who want to do exactly that – focus on their harp playing for a few days in the perfect environment.

This is the ideal opportunity to not only settle down with your harp, but to pick my brain to help you chart your course for the rest of the year. I’d love to help you really make 2019 the year you take giant steps toward making your harp dreams your harp reality.   

Why Harp Mastery?

What makes a Harp Mastery Retreat unique?

I confess – much of what makes this retreat special is what I love about teaching. I love to work with students who are committed to their harp playing, who are ready to let me help them dive deep, make big changes now and plan for growth in the future.

Having been blessed with wonderful teachers and privileged to attend one of the world’s foremost music schools – The Curtis Institute of Music – I feel a responsibility to pass on the knowledge that was so freely shared with me. No matter your background or wherever you are in your harp journey, we can work together to put you on the path to achieving your goals.

Meet Your Instructors

"Anne began her concert career at age twelve when she appeared twice as soloist with the Philadelphia Orchestra. She is known nationally as a recitalist and chamber musician, performing regularly with SPARX flute and harp duo, Duo Parisienne violin and harp duo, and the Easterly Chamber Players. Anne was a member of the music theory faculty at the Curtis Institute of Music from 1982-2002, where she taught harmony, counterpoint, ear training and keyboard harmony."

Anne Sullivan

"Mary Jane's experience includes several years of college teaching as a former faculty member of University of Virginia, University of Richmond and Virginia Commonwealth University as well as presenting master classes throughout the country including seminars at University of Michigan, Arizona State University, and Peabody Conservatory Preparatory Division. She has a background in both traditional and Suzuki methods of teaching, and approaches each student as the unique individual they are to nurture their personal learning style."

Mary Jane D'Arville

Here’s the Plan

Friday, October 4: Afternoon Arrival and Welcome Dinner

We meet, greet and eat. This is the time to settle in, visit with your fellow harpists and get ready for a few days of relaxation and harp happiness.

Saturday, October 5: The Mystery of Effective (Yes, Even) Enjoyable Practicing: Changing Your Practice-tude!

Is it your practice or your attitude? It’s your Practicetude!  Practice doesn’t have to be a chore. It can be creative, playful, fun and still get you the results you want. We’ll give you the tips and techniques to get the most bang from your practice buck by making your practice sessions more focused, more productive and even shorter!

Sunday, October 6: Step By Step Musicality: Macro to Micro

Musicality isn’t a gift the lucky few are born with. It’s a set of skills you develop over time. In this workshop, we will walk you through a series of steps that will show you how to play more musically, working from the big picture to the little details. There’s no mystery about it; these simple steps will revolutionize the way you play and the way you think about musical expression.

Monday, October 7: Christmas Repertoire Readiness

Get a head start on your holiday harping as we show you how to review, practice and prepare for your seasonal performances. We’ll work on the music on your “must do” list, plus we’ll have repertoire suggestions to fill those gaps in your repertoires. Even better, you’ll learn how to plan your practice and preparation so you can avoid the overwhelm and actually enjoy your holidays!

Tuesday, October 8: Morning Departure

You’ll leave the retreat refreshed, relaxed and energized. That’s harp happiness!


The Getaway Retreat fee is $1,800, which includes all meals, lodging and activities. BUT if you register with a guest and share a room with them, you'll each save $300! That’s an incredible deal any way you look at it!

Spots will fill up quickly, so CLICK HERE TO REGISTER!


Registration is very limited. There will be a few rental harps available for those who can’t bring their own, but be sure to register early to reserve one.

The registration fee includes all the program activities and materials as well as all meals and lodging. We will be staying in a beautiful, historic home in the mountains of eastern Tennessee. Situated on an 80 acre estate that borders the Smoky Mountain National Park, we will be able to enjoy nature and the beautiful fall colors. The house has 11 bedrooms, and almost all of the bedrooms have private baths.

The closest major airport to Sevierville, Tennessee is McGhee Tyson Airport (TYS). This airport is in Knoxville, Tennessee and is about 30 miles from the house.



Registration will open July 1, but if you're ready to go, add your name to my "First to Know" list and get a reminder when registration opens!


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