2024 Festival Pricing

 Register by February 28th to receive the Early Bird Discount! Registration is open through May 1st. 

Ages 8 and up and all abilities welcome for the ensembles!

Morning Only

$ 640
  • Ensemble Music
  • Rehearsals
  • Sunday's Ice Breaker Dinner
  • Friday's Final Banquet

3 Spots

Full Time

$ 1230
  • Ensemble Music
  • Rehearsals
  • Workshops
  • Concerts
  • Lunches Mon - Fri
  • Sunday’s Ice Breaker Dinner
  • Friday’s Final Banquet

Attending Parent

$ 350
  • A parent chaperone is required for full-time registrants 12 and under and optional for full-time registrants 13-15
  • The Attending Parent is welcome to attend any/all activities during the week and must be on or close to campus when their child is participating
  • Includes Lunches Mon-Fri
    Sunday's Ice Breaker Dinner
    Friday's Final Banquet
    Concerts and Workshops

Independent Study

$ 1385
  • These registrants have their own practice room and receive five lessons with Elizabeth Richter during the week
  • They are not registered for an ensemble, and they spend their time practicing their own music
  • These registrants should be self-motivated and come with multiple pieces to learn
  • There are only 5 available spots for Independent Study registrants

    Includes: Lunches Mon-Fri
    Sunday's Ice Breaker Dinner
    Friday's Final Banquet
    Concerts and Workshops
5 Spots

Attending Teacher

$ 0
  • Teachers of attending students are permitted to attend as observers at no charge
  • Registration is required
  • Meals and housing are available for a fee

Optional Add-Ons

We have rental harps available for registrants traveling long distances

  • Lever Harp – $150
  • Pedal Harp – $275

Wheaton College housing is available within a short walk of the rehearsal space. Rooms are reserved in two-story townhouses which will only house MHF registrants, faculty, and staff. An adult housing sponsor stays in a townhouse and is available 24/7. Double occupancy rooms will have two single beds and share a bathroom with up to 3 people. You may request a specific roommate on the registration form. Single occupancy rooms will share a bathroom with up to 2 other people. Sheets, blanket, pillow, and towels are included. All breakfasts and dinners are also included. 

  • Double Occupancy Room $500
  • Single Occupancy Room $800

In addition to the regular harp festival schedule, the faculty offers individual 45-minute lessons throughout the week. These private lessons are $65 each. You may request up to 2 lessons with each faculty member, but we cannot guarantee more than one lesson until all requests are tallied.

Please see our Solo Competition page for more details.

If you would like your parents/family members/friends to join you at Sunday’s Ice Breaker Dinner,  you may purchase additional tickets for $30 each. Extra tickets for Friday’s Final Banquet are $40 each.

Email us at if you are interested in attending a workshop(s) but are unable to attend the whole week. Please see our Workshops page for workshop descriptions.

See our Harp Maintenance page for more information. Scheduling maintenance is separate from online registration.


Deposit and Recurring payments

Pay in full or sign up for a monthly payment plan with a 25% deposit. Final payments must be made by May 12th.

Refund policy

Competition fees and a 25% deposit are non-refundable. Cancellations made more than 30 days prior to festival check-in will result in only competition fees and 25% of your total due. Refunds will be made if necessary. Cancellations made within 30 days of festival check-in will result in full payment due May 12th. *Please note that we will follow CDC and the State of Illinois recommendations in regards to COVID-19. If the festival is cancelled, all registrants will receive a 100% refund.*

Early Bird Discount

Register by February 28th to receive $40 off your total! Not valid for Meet the Harp or Attending Parent registrations.

Additional Family Member Discount

If two members of the same household register for Full-Time or Independent Study positions, $75 will be taken off the second registrant's total. Each subsequent member will also get $75 off. Please email to receive the discount.

Financial Aid

Sponsorships are available upon request on an as-needed basis with a teacher recommendation.

Ensemble Music

Ensemble music is included in your registration and will be sent once your deposit has been paid.