In its new location at Simsmore Square in Simsbury, Connecticut, CVHI's stunning backdrop remains, as Talcott Mountain and the Heublein Tower continue to look upon us.



4-day combination Competition and Workshop


Students may apply to compete in Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced Intermediate and Advanced level competition categories, with the option to extend their program to our 2 workshop days preceding and following the competition. Workshop subjects will include competition preparation, deportment, wardrobe, and other relevant subjects.


Opportunities for students to view and self-evaluate their competition performance will be included in the workshop program. Recitals for both prize winners and attendees will  also be included.


Harp Ensemble opportunities may be available on Saturday to competition/workshop students who have competed on Friday. Watch this space for updates!


CVHI's Competition will take place on Friday, August 9, and Saturday, August 10, with judging of two levels taking place on Friday, and the remaining two levels completing the competition on Saturday.

1. Competition is open to students up to age 19; pedal and lever harpists accepted.

2. Winners Recitals featuring performances of CVHI prize winners

3. Four Competition levels from Beginner - Advanced


4. Competition contestants may apply to competition only, or extend their application to both the competition and workshop.




Staying in Simsbury


The charming New England town of Simsbury, Connecticut offers accommodations a quarter mile away from the competition site at the Simsbury Inn (special rates may be available for competition/workshop entrants). Additional accommodations are available in Simsbury at small hotels and Inns, and AirBnB accommodations are plentiful in neighboring towns of Avon, Bloomfield and Canton.


Simsmore Square is surrounded by a number of restaurants, delis, and bagel shops, and is situated right next to the Farmington Canal Heritage Trail, offering a safe and attractive walking and biking path throughout Simsbury.


Competition contestants who wish to participate in CVHI's workshop days before and after the competition may apply to both programs.


Our workshop will begin with CVHI's Time-Honored "Morning RoundUp" of warm-ups, including tips for pre-performance competition warm-up techniques. Workshops throughout the day will include sessions on competition deportment, a briefing session on rules, wardrobe, and preparation appropriate for competing.


Connecticut Valley Harp Intensive

Simsmore Square,

540 Hopmeadow Street

Simsbury, Connecticut 06070

Phone: 860-690-5328