The Hartt School is an internationally acclaimed performing arts school with programs in music, dance, and theatre. The school was begun by Julius Hartt and Moshe Paranov in 1920 and was one of the three founding institutions of the University of Hartford in 1957. Alongside the traditional performance-oriented majors in music, music theatre, theatre (actor training), and dance, the school offers programs in music history, music theory, music education, and composition.
With a strong tradition of excellence, Hartt takes pride in its talented artist-faculty. Recognized nationally and internationally as performers, educators, and scholars, The Hartt School faculty members are active in their areas of expertise. Through performances, recordings, books, articles, major awards, grants and fellowships, faculty members set an excellent example for their students. Interaction between faculty and students provides the framework for the development of future professional performing artists, arts managers, composers, music and production technologists, and teachers. A strong commitment to the select student body ensures a high quality of education.
A wide range of performance opportunities is provided to Hartt’s students. Musicians benefit from participation in large orchestral, wind, or choral ensembles. Smaller chamber music ensembles as well as solo opportunities help to create well-rounded musicians. Each year, master classes are given by guest artists, such as Sherrill Milnes; Vieri Bottazzini; James Galway; Eugene Levinson; Pamela Frank; Angel Romero; Elly Ameling; John Musto; Daniel Pinkham; David Pittsinger; Patricia Racette; Midori; Bright Sheng; Joseph Schwanter; Patricia Schuman; John Corigliano; the Miami, Emerson, Colorado, Lark, and Miró string quartets; and the Lions Gate Trio, Hartt’s trio in residence. Hartt also boasts Performance 20/20, a highly competitive, full-scholarship honors chamber music program that provides its students with the opportunity to perform many additional concerts. Future music educators have years of hands-on practical training with children from The Hartt School Community Division, the University of Hartford Magnet School, the Hartt String Project, the Hartt Band Project, and area schools.
Graduate programs offered by The Hartt School reflect the wide variety of professionally focused needs of today’s performers, scholars, and educators. Students have the opportunity to grow and thrive guided by a nurturing faculty, recognized nationally and internationally for its artistic and academic accomplishments.
In undergraduate programs, management majors have special opportunities to participate in a comprehensive internship program. Interns have worked at the Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts, with the Hartford Symphony Orchestra, and in a wide variety of arts-related organizations and record companies in New York City and around the country.
Dancers thrive in workshops and large-scale productions. They benefit from working with local professional arts organizations, including the American Ballet Studio Company and Full Force Dance Theatre, as well as collaborating with Hartt music and theatre students. They also perform, teach, and choreograph works during the four-year, comprehensive curriculum. Dance teaching majors have four semesters of hands-on teaching with students in the Hartt Community Division.
In the Theatre Division, the classroom experience is enhanced by the production of 16 plays and musicals, incorporating a broad repertoire of contemporary and classical works. A highlight of the actor training program is the third-year semester in England. Both the music theatre and actor training programs present a yearly showcase in New York City.
For nearly four decades, the growth of The Hartt School was nurtured by the philanthropy of Alfred C. Fuller, founder of the famous Fuller Brush Company. Fuller’s generosity helped to create scholarship opportunities that continue to benefit Hartt students. Additional support from the Fuller family enabled Hartt to build the beautiful Alfred C. Fuller Music Center, the four-story complex that houses The Hartt School music divisions and administration. In the same spirit of generosity demonstrated by her husband, Mary Primrose Fuller left a bequest of $19.8 million in 1998, creating new and exciting opportunities for Hartt.
The Hartt School of the University of Hartford is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Music, the National Association of Schools of Dance, and the National Association of Schools of Theatre. Its programs in music education are accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education, and Hartt shares the University of Hartford accreditation by the Commission of Higher Education of the State of Connecticut and the New England Association of Schools and Colleges.
The Hartt School provides pre-professional training in the performing arts characterized by artistic and academic rigor, individualized attention including mentorship and peer support, and a synthesis of tradition and innovation leading to life-long service to and advocacy for the arts.
We believe in an education that
- Promotes a contextual understanding of the arts from historical, cultural, and theoretical perspectives;
- Is rich in performance and collaboration opportunities within the school, University, community, and professional world;
- Cultivates broadly educated individuals and performing artists of vision, depth, and confidence through unique opportunities available throughout the University;
- Is connected with the professional world and the evolution of the field;
- Fosters and develops teaching excellence, which equips and inspires future teachers to positively impact the field; and
- Underscores the essential role of the arts in enriching society and the human experience.
The Hartt School operates the Mort and Irma Handel Performing Arts Center, the Alfred C. Fuller Music Center, and Lincoln Theater.
The Mort and Irma Handel Performing Arts Center was converted from an industrial building designed in 1929 by pioneering industrial architect Albert Kahn. This vibrant new center for performing arts education serves as a resource for the entire community. The 56,000- square-foot center provides performance and rehearsal spaces, classrooms, and studios for students in The Hartt School’s Dance, Theatre, and Community Divisions. Housed in the Handel Performing Arts Center are the 184-seat Edward C. and Ann T. Roberts Foundation Black Box Theater and the 96-seat McCray Theater, given through the generosity of Kent ‘51 and Susan McCray. Performances in these venues include the third-year-student public performances in theatre and music theatre, recitals, lectures, and Community Division performances. Each theatre has a state-of-the-art, computerized light board and sound equipment.
All courses for dance majors are taught in the Mort and Irma Handel Performing Arts Center. The south wing includes five spacious studios, artistic and production offices, a conference room, and dressing and shower facilities. The 9,000 square feet of dance studios have high ceilings, hallway observation windows, wooden barres, mirrors, and Gerstung multilayered dance floors.
The Fuller Music Center consists of three wings: Millard Auditorium is the main performance venue on the University of Hartford campus. An intimate, 428-seat house, Millard is used for opera; theatre productions; orchestra, wind ensemble, and chamber music concerts; solo recitals; and lectures. Millard has computerized sound and lighting equipment, a 50-foot proscenium arch with a stage depth of 32 feet, a 22-line-set fly rail and a full orchestra pit.
O’Connell Hall houses Berkman Auditorium (80-seat recital hall), practice rooms, teaching studios, and offices for the Hartt Community Division.
Paranov Hall, a four-story instructional building, houses classrooms, the Hartt recording studio, faculty and administrative offices, the University of Hartford Center for Computer and Electronic Music, and the LEGO Learning Center.
Lincoln Theater welcomes outside bookings as well as campus-based activities. It is used for commencements, lectures, concerts, theatre and music theatre performances, solo performances, larger choral and symphonic concerts, and a variety of other activities. Lincoln Theater seats 716 and has a thrust stage that measures 65 feet at its widest, 52 feet from back wall to front edge of thrust. It has a full orchestra pit as well as sound and computerized lighting equipment. The dressing rooms easily accommodate up to 50 performers.
The Mildred P. Allen Memorial Library, located adjacent to The Hartt School on the upper level of the east wing of the Harry Jack Gray Center (above Wilde Auditorium), provides reference, circulating, and online materials in the fields of music, dance, music theatre, and related arts. The Allen Library’s collections, services, and facilities are open to the entire University community.
The Allen Library’s holdings of more than 90,000 items include more than 20,000 books and bound journals on music and dance; 40,000 musical scores; 20,000 sound recordings (including recordings of Hartt operas, concerts, and recitals); and 1,200 DVDs and videocassettes. Thousands of additional audio tracks are streamed online. Subscriptions to more than 400 online and print journals allow students and faculty to remain abreast of current research.
In addition, the Allen Library website presents extensive resources and finding aids for music, dance, theatre, and related performing arts (http://library.hartford.edu/allenlibrary). The library catalog and other online research tools help users identify and locate scholarly resources managed by University Libraries. Members of the University community holding University of Hartford e-mail accounts may access subscription databases and electronic journals from locations off campus. Professional library staff members are available to help users find materials, and library instruction is available upon request.
The Allen Library’s facilities include several dual boot iMacs with Windows 7 and Mac OSX; all provide access to Microsoft Office, online resources, and some music software. Macbooks and PC laptops are available for brief checkout; Macbooks have music notation software (e.g., Finale). Digital camcorders, audio Zoom recorders, USB microphones, tripods, and iPads are available for brief checkout. CD players, turntables, cassette players, and DVD/VHS players, installed in carrels and in listening rooms, are available for listening to and viewing items. Self-service photocopiers, printers and a public scanner are located at the front of the library. Two seminar rooms (one large, one small) with AV and computer projection are available for teaching, group study, and meetings. Reading and study areas have wireless Internet access.
The Allen Library’s hours may be found at http://library.hartford.edu. Special hours are observed during the summer and holidays.
Hartt faculty members are recipients of major awards, fellowships, and grants and have performed in many of the world’s great concert halls. The faculty is justifiably proud of Hartt’s select student body and is committed to maintaining the high quality of its graduate programs. For complete faculty biographies, click here.
Applicants to graduate programs at The Hartt School must submit a completed Graduate Application and supporting materials that vary according to the intended program of study. A list of necessary supporting materials for each graduate program is included with graduate application. All application materials are to be submitted to the Center for Graduate and Adult Academic Services at the University of Hartford.
Graduate applications may be found online.
Supporting documents in hard copy may be mailed to:
Office of Admissions
The Hartt School
University of Hartford
200 Bloomfield Avenue
West Hartford, CT 06117
Center for Graduate and Adult Academic Services
University of Hartford
200 Bloomfield Avenue
West Hartford, CT 06117
Supporting documents in electronic formats may be emailed to:
Degree Prerequisites and Qualifying Expectations
To be eligible for
Master of Music (M.M.)
Applicants will have received a bachelor’s degree in music or related field or its equivalent from an accredited college/university. This includes but is not limited to (1) Bachelor of Music, (2) Bachelor of Music Education, (3) Bachelor of Arts, or (4) Bachelor of Science. Candidates must demonstrate background and preparation that will contribute to probable success in the chosen curriculum.
Master of Music Education (M.M.Ed)
Applicants will have completed a bachelor’s degree in music education at an accredited institution and have obtained their teacher certification. Hartt’s Music Education Division strongly urges applicants to complete at least one year of teaching experience before beginning their M.M.Ed. Students electing master’s degrees with a thesis track must have one year of full-time teaching experience.
Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study (C.A.G.S.)
Applicants will have earned a master’s degree in music or music education and show evidence of genuine musicianship and a distinguished record of service in teaching.
Graduate Professional Diploma (G.P.D.)
Applicants will have earned a Performance Diploma, a Bachelor of Music, or equivalent, at a recognized institution. They are expected to give evidence of advanced technical and artistic ability.
Artist Diploma (A.D.)
Applicants will have earned an advanced diploma, certificate, master’s degree, or an equivalent from an accredited institution is required for admission. Applicants should demonstrate a high level of accomplishment and should be in the beginning stages of a professional career.
Doctor of Musical Arts (D.M.A.)
Applicants must exhibit high scholarly ability and have a broad musical and educational background as well as the appropriate master’s degree from an accredited institution. Applicants are expected to demonstrate advanced technical and artistic ability.
Doctor of Philosophy-Music Education (Ph.D.)
Applicants for the Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree in music education must provide evidence of superior scholastic ability, a broad musical and educational background, and the capacity to benefit from advanced study in music education. All applicants must have earned a bachelor of music education degree, with a valid teaching license, and a master’s degree at an accredited institution. Additionally, candidates will have completed a minimum of three years of successful music teaching at an elementary or secondary, public or private school.
Doctoral Examinations for Admission
Doctoral applicants must pass essays in music history and music theory as well as submit a music history, music theory, or music education research paper to be considered for admission. D.M.A. candidates in composition and conducting, or with a conducting minor, must take a proficiency examination in score reading, keyboard proficiency, and keyboard harmony.
Admission to any of these programs does not imply the likely admission to any other.
Students wishing to enroll in a different program must apply to that program and follow all necessary steps and processes to be considered for acceptance, including but not limited to, resubmission of supporting documents, re-audition and retesting.
Graduate Financial Aid
Graduate fellowships, assistantships, and scholarships are available to full-time students only. Duties may include faculty and staff support, accompanying, undergraduate student service(s), undergraduate teaching, or other departmental functions. Every effort is made to have assistantship duties correspond to the student’s educational objectives.
Graduate awards are issued on an annual basis and are renewable provided the student meets satisfactory artistic and academic standards. Students failing to meet academic or artistic standards as defined by administrative or departmental bodies, are subject to financial award review, and may have their award(s) reduced or rescinded. Awards are generally limited to four semesters for master’s degree and diploma students and six semesters for doctoral degree students.
Offered at the graduate level are the Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.), Doctor of Musical Arts (D.M.A.), Master of Music (M.M.), and the Master of Music Education (M.M.Ed.).
All course grades used to fulfill Hartt graduate program requirements must be B- or higher. This grade minimum includes graduate review courses, though they are excluded from a grade point average and credit count. Failure to earn a grade B- or higher will result in having to repeat the course or using another approved course to satisfy degree or diploma program requirements.
Students who receive 6 credits with a grade of C or a single grade of D will have their academic standing reviewed by the Committee on Academic Standing. These students may be asked to withdraw from the program. Students who receive a course grade of F are subject to administrative withdrawal.
Incomplete (I) grades are granted at the discretion of the instructor. Incomplete grades are allowed for medical reasons, reasons beyond the student’s control, or certain, extenuating circumstances. Students wishing to graduate must have resolved all incomplete grades one month prior to the last day of classes.
With special permission students may register for a maximum of 6 credits of graduate courses prior to matriculation. Students who have not been formally accepted must secure permission of instructors for admission to graduate courses.
All entering master’s degree students are required to demonstrate basic proficiencies in music history and music theory (including ear training) by completing a set of placement examinations. Some master’s degrees require additional placement examinations; please consult the Hartt graduate admissions information at http://harttweb.hartford.edu for specific requirements. Students with deficiencies may be required to take one or more of the following courses within the first 18 credit hours of graduate study. The credits from these courses do not fulfill degree requirements. Students must earn a grade of B- or better to proceed to graduate courses in these areas.
Music Theory Review Courses
Graduate Music Theory Review Requirement
Graduate students must pass all graduate placement examinations in music theory and ear training or earn a grade of B- or better in all respective graduate review courses before proceeding to any graduate courses in music theory. This requirement applies to graduate students in degree programs and diploma programs.
Music History Review Courses
Graduate students must pass the graduate placement examination in music history or earn a grade of B- or better in all respective graduate review classes before proceeding to HLM 615 - Pro-seminar in Music History . This requirement applies to graduate students in degree programs and diploma programs.
Placement Examination Schedule
Placement examinations are administered during the week prior to a new semester. Students who do not complete the placement examination will not be able to register for classes in music history, music theory, and ear training. For precise dates and times of the administration of placement examinations, consult The Hartt School Admissions Office.
HLM 615 Requirement
All M.M., D.M.A., and Ph.D. programs require HLM 615 - Pro-seminar in Music History to be completed during the first year of study. HLM 615 is a prerequisite for enrollment into any other graduate music history courses.
HLM 563 Requirement
A student’s score on the Music History Placement Examination may also result in a student’s requirement to take HLM 563 (History and Literature of Music in the 20th Century). Unlike TH 611 , TH 612 , and TH 613 , this course does count toward graduate degrees at The Hartt School. As an alternative to HLM 563 , students may take TH 550 or TH 551 for graduate credit. To register for TH 550 or TH 551 , students must have fulfilled the Graduate Music Theory review course requirements (TH 611 , TH 612 , TH 613 , TH 614 ) if necessary.
Master’s candidates in music history, music theory, and choral conducting are required to take a language proficiency examination. M.M./ D.M.A. choral conducting students will be given a language proficiency test at the time of their audition, consisting of two parts: (a) Reading Comprehension and (b) Diction. Voice candidates with foreign-language deficiencies may be required to audit undergraduate language courses. All language exams will be administered by the appropriate division or department. Students should contact division coordinators for details.
Graduate credits that will be used as transfer credits must be agreed upon during the admission process. A maximum of 6 credits beyond a bachelor’s degree may be allowed for master’s programs, and a maximum of 12 graduate credits beyond the master’s degree may be allowed for doctoral candidates. Students who wish to earn graduate credits at another institution during their course of study at The Hartt School must receive advance approval from the director of their division.
Master’s thesis proposals must be approved by the department in which the student’s program is administered. Exact proposal requirements and information on format and style may be obtained from the director of graduate studies. All proposals are to be prepared in consultation with an approved advisor. For May graduation, the completed master’s thesis must be submitted to the department chair no later than March 15. The department may require an oral defense of the thesis. All members of an appointed committee vote on the acceptance of a thesis. Students who have not completed their thesis within the credit hours allotted in their program must continue to register until their thesis/degree requirements are complete.
Master of Music Education students submit a capstone portfolio in lieu of a written examination.
All other Master of Music degree candidates are required to take comprehensive examinations. Examination questions pertain to material covered in completed courses and are submitted and graded by the major department faculty. The major department may request questions from other departments such as Music History or Music Theory. The examination, administered separately by each department or division, is approximately three hours in duration. Candidates should inquire about specific content, dates, times, and places at their division office.
International students whose written English may prove to be a handicap in the examination may be examined orally to ascertain their comprehension of the required materials. Students who fail the comprehensive examination may request to retake it the following semester. The comprehensive examination may be attempted only twice.
Timetable for May Graduation (Master degrees)
- First week in February-last day to file May degree applications.
- March-Master’s Comprehensive Examination.
- Second week in March-last date to submit thesis copies to Thesis Committee.
- Fourth week in April-last date for thesis defense.
- First week in May-last date to submit final copies.
Doctoral Programs-Academic Policies
Placement Examinations and Academic Courses
All doctoral students must complete appropriate Graduate Placement Examinations prior to first semester of study (for details see Master’s Degrees Placement Examinations, above). Students may not enroll in any graduate course in music history or in music theory without first completing the Graduate Music History and Music Theory Review Requirements, as described above. Note that HLM 615 is a prerequisite for all graduate courses in music history.
A maximum of 12 graduate credits beyond the master’s degree may be transferred from another institution upon approval. Transfer credits must be approved prior to matriculation.
A candidate for the Doctor of Musical Arts in an instrument must demonstrate proficiency in a language other than English that allows for the pursuit of research appropriate to her/his major instrument. (Appropriate languages could be, but are not limited to, French, German, Italian, Russian, and Spanish.) Composition majors are expected to achieve a reading proficiency in any of the above languages. Music education majors are expected to show proficiency in any language required for the scholarly investigation of their topics. All language exams will be administered by the appropriate division or department.
Doctoral Preliminary Examination
After approximately 18 credit hours but no later than 27 credit hours of graduate work (usually after the first year of residence), all doctoral students must take a Doctoral Preliminary Examination. The Preliminary Examination Committee includes: Representative faculty member(s) from the student’s major. The number of faculty representatives is chosen on a case by case basis by the division; One representative each from the departments of Music History and Music Theory; Director of Graduate Studies (serving as the examination facilitator). The student’s responsibility is to demonstrate to the committee that he/she understands a wide range of musical topics on an advanced level, and is able to apply this knowledge to his/her skill as a performer or subject specialist. The results of this diagnostic examination will provide guidance for the student’s preparation of the Doctoral Comprehensive Examination. Feedback from the Preliminary Examination should be used as an aid for the student in preparation for the Comprehensive Examination.
Studies in a minor area are recommended but not required in doctoral programs. A minimum of 18 credits of upper-level work in a specific field fulfills this option. A maximum of 9 credits from previous graduate study may be transferred toward the minor. Students may be accepted into a minor program only with the approval of the department offering courses in the minor area.
Language Proficiency Exit Requirements
With exception of Music Education, all D.M.A. candidates must be proficient in at least one language other than English: French, German, Italian, Russian, or Spanish. The language used to satisfy the Foreign Language Requirement cannot be the student’s native (first) language. Composition majors are expected to have achieved a reading proficiency in German or French. Voice and Accompanying majors are expected to show proficiency in French, German, and Italian. It is The Hartt School’s policy to require that language examination(s) be passed before starting dissertations, essays, or theses.
D.M.A. Choral Conducting
Students must demonstrate an understanding in language pronunciation in French, German, English, Italian, and Latin (Italianized and Germanic) with the use of the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA).
D.M.A., A.D. Voice Performance
Students must demonstrate an understanding of language pronunciation in French, German, English, and Italian with the use of IPA.
Final Comprehensive Examinations
After all doctoral course work, language requirements, and dissertation/essay proposals have been completed and/or approved, written comprehensive exams will be administered. The Doctoral Comprehensive Examination is a written examination that must encompass the range of topics and analyses from the Preliminary Examination, regardless of the rating the student received (from Warning to Exemplary). The result of the examination shall not determine if the student may continue the program. However, the student’s graduation may be delayed until all parties, Music History, Music Theory, and the major, are satisfied with the student’s level of competence. All written comprehensives and the successful completion of any remediation plan as required must be completed prior to finalizing the doctoral essay or dissertation.
A dissertation or essay, depending on the degree emphasis, is required of all doctoral candidates.
Performance: Candidates write an analytical, historical, experimental, pedagogical, or other original essay in their major area.
Composition: Candidates submit a work of major proportions.
Music Education: Candidates write an analytical, pedagogical, or experimental dissertation.
All doctoral dissertation or essay proposals and lecture-recital topics must be approved by the Committee on Graduate Studies. For proposal format, consult blackboard. with the director of graduate studies.
Upon completion of all course work, recitals, dissertations, and essays, candidates may be administered a final oral exam. Doctoral programs in Performance may not require a final oral exam; however, they are mandatory for the Ph.D. in Music Education. The exam is designed to focus on the dissertation or essay, although the questions may originate from a wide range of topics. The oral examination is given by the readers of the dissertation or essay; any member of the faculty, however, is invited to attend and participate in the exam.
Timetable for May Graduation (Doctoral Degrees)
- First week in February-last date to file for May degree applications.
- Second week in March-last date to submit reading copies to dissertation/essay examining committee.
- Fourth week in April-last date for final dissertation/essay defense.
- First week in May-last date to submit final copies of dissertation/essay.
- September and January graduation dates follow parallel timetables.
Active Status/Continuing Registration
All graduate students are obligated to maintain “continuing registration” while pursuing degree objectives. This is accomplished by filling out a registration form and gaining an approval from the student’s program division director.
Student Performing Organizations
Membership in all performing organizations is by audition and is open to all University students.
The Hartt Symphony Orchestra is intended for training in orchestral techniques. More than six public concerts, featuring a healthy balance of classic symphonic literature and newly composed music, are presented, and a number of reading sessions are scheduled. The concert repertory is drawn from the standard symphonic literature, with attention also given to the performance of new music.
Foot in the Door (Contemporary Ensemble)
Hartt Contemporary Players is a mixed ensemble of advanced players whose repertoire includes music of established as well as emerging 20th-century composers. The ensemble has appeared in New York, Boston, Cleveland, and Indianapolis; has recorded for Opus One and CRI; and has been heard on Connecticut Public Radio and WNYC-FM (New York City). In addition to works by the students, faculty, and alumni, the past several seasons have featured music by Berio, Birtwistle, Cage, Diemente, Druckman, Feldman, Reich, Schoenberg, Stravinsky, Takemitsu, Varese, Volpe, Webern, and Xenakis.
Concert Jazz Band
This organization prepares and performs music in the jazz style, with both functional and artistic objectives.
With an emphasis on chamber music, the Hartt Percussion Ensemble’s repertoire includes works for both small and large ensembles. Programming includes percussion ensemble “classics” (by Varese, Cage, Harrison, Chavez, etc.), as well as contemporary literature and premiere performances. Concerts may include the traditional folk music of various cultures, including Mexican marimba ensembles or ragtime marimba bands. In addition, the Hartt Steelband serves as an extension of the Hartt Percussion Ensemble.
Featuring the music of the Caribbean, the Hartt Steelband serves as an extension of the Hartt Percussion Ensemble. The group performs on authentic Trinidadian steel drums, created from finely tuned, 55-gallon oil barrels, accompanied by an authentic calypso percussion section. The Hartt Steelband’s repertoire includes traditional Jamaican folk songs, Afro-Cuban salsa, American popular music, and Western European classics, and features the calypso and soca music of Trinidad.
The Hartt Baroque Colloquium performs instrumental and vocal music of the Baroque and early Classic periods. The Colloquium performs regularly in a concert series throughout the Hartford area. Past concerts have included works by J. S. Bach, Handel, C. P. E. Bach, and Vivaldi.
Wind Ensemble and Symphony Band
The Hartt Wind Ensemble and Symphony Band are intended for training and developing careers in music performance, music education, music theory/composition, music management, music production, and music technology. The ensembles perform the highest quality of repertoire written for winds and percussion, ranging from small chamber ensembles to the full symphony band orchestration. The ensembles regularly have as their guests internationally acclaimed composers, soloists, and conductors. In addition to regular tours, community concerts, and convention appearances, the ensembles give four to six performances annually.
The Capitol Winds is a symphonic band comprising students from the University of Hartford as well as members of the Greater Hartford community. The group plays challenging concert band literature and performs several concerts each year. The band has premiered works by Hartt composers and hosted guest soloists from the Hartford area.
Recent performances of major choral works have included Berlioz’s Te Deum, Brahms’ Schicksalslied, Duruflé’s Requiem, Mozart’s Coronation Mass, Verdi’s Requiem, and Vaughan Williams’s A Sea Symphony. In addition, the Hartt choral ensembles frequently perform a cappella works by such composers as Argento, Britten, Copland, and Poulenc.
The Hartt Chorale is a mixed chorus of 45 voices that performs a wide variety of a cappella and accompanied repertoire, from the Baroque period to the present day, in four to six concerts per year.
This choir performs a wide range of repertoire, from early 16th century polyphony through contemporary works. Students are placed in the Chamber Choir on the basis of vocal ability, musicianship, and stylistic sensitivity.
The Hartt Choir is an ensemble of about 60 that performs a variety of both mixed-choir and men’s or women’s choir repertoire.
A treble choir of about 30 women that performs a variety of music for female voices, both a cappella and accompanied. Occasionally the Camerata combines with the other choirs to perform major choral works.
Coached by faculty artists, chamber ensembles for keyboard, guitar, strings, woodwinds, and brass perform both at Hartt and throughout the Greater Hartford area.
Other Performing Opportunities
Special series of master class performances are programmed within all performance areas.
Pianists perform on the Hammerklavier series.
Guitar students present works of leading composers in the series “An Evening with Guitar.”
Paranov Competition. This competition is open to all matriculated students (with some restrictions). Winners are selected to perform with one of the major instrumental ensembles during the next school year. Some of the finalists in this competition may be awarded a reading session. Preliminary and final audition dates are announced in the fall.
Performance 20/20 is Hartt’s innovative honors chamber music program for exceptionally talented instrumentalists. The program offers students the opportunity to be part of an advanced chamber music program that supplements the traditional performance major. Accepted students participate in 20/20 in lieu of the curricular chamber music requirement. The program allows students to work in a professional atmosphere in which they can learn and study chamber music in addition to their other courses.
Admission to Performance 20/20 is by special audition. An entering undergraduate or graduate student, who is an instrumental performance major and who performs exceptionally well at his/her initial Hartt audition, will be nominated by that committee for inclusion in the 20/20 final auditions. A continuing Hartt student who is not a member of 20/20 is considered for inclusion upon the recommendation of his/her teacher and after passing an intraschool preliminary audition. The performance and progress of 20/20 participants are reviewed on a continuing basis. A student who contributes to the goals of the program and who continues to mature musically may continue in 20/20 for the length of time normally associated with completion of the course of study.
Performance 20/20 provides students the opportunity to perform advanced chamber music with other talented and motivated students. A wide range of instruments allows for unique combinations and the opportunity to perform a varied repertoire of chamber music. In addition to on-campus performances, 20/20 performs off campus at a variety of venues. 20/20 ensembles are coached by eminent members of Hartt’s faculty who are experienced chamber music performers. Workshops, retreats, and special master classes by visiting international artists are an integral part of the 20/20 experience. Friendships and artistic alliances formed with 20/20 colleagues help develop important professional connections and contacts for the future.
Special Lectures and Performance Series
Institute of Contemporary American Music (ICAM)
Founded in 1948, ICAM is Hartt’s link to the larger new-music community. ICAM provides a forum for the presentation and comparison of various styles and trends in new music. Such noted figures as Milton Babbitt, Earle Brown, Elizabeth Brown, Martin Bresnick, Neely Bruce, John Cage, Elliot Carter, Lisa Coons, John Corigliano, Anthony Davis, Aaron Copland, Ross Lee Finney, Kyle Gann, Michael Gordon, Jennifer Higdon, Stanley Jordon, Jo Kondo, Alvin Lucier, Tristan Perich, Steve Reich, Ralph Shapey, Ingrid Stolzel, Michael Torke and Joan Tower, among others, have been featured on the ICAM lecture series.
Hartt Music Theory Forum
The Hartt Music Theory Forum was established in 1988 for musicians and scholars to visit The Hartt School to share their theoretical ideas and research with students, faculty, and the community. Forum speakers have included James Baker, Benjamin Boretz, Charles Burkhart, Scott Burnham, Mark DeVoto, Allen Forte, Joel Lester, Robert Morgan, Dorothy Payne, Lee Rothfarb, Carl Schachter, Janet Schmalfeldt, and Robert Wason.
Hartt Music History Forum
The Music History Forum, founded in 1987, has brought to Hartt accomplished musicologists like Joshua Rifkin, who has visited several times in recent years. Other participants have included John Devario, Barbara Heymen, and Walter Frisch. The program provides students with opportunities to learn about the latest in musicological research.
Hartt Workshops for String Music Educators
The Music Education division of The Hartt School offers one-day workshops for string music educators. Given by nationally recognized string teachers, topics include beginning through advanced string pedagogy, ensemble methods/techniques, and instructional materials/repertoire. The workshops attract music educators from the Connecticut and Massachusetts area.
Hartt Choral Workshops
The Hartt School sponsors an annual High School Choral Festival, in which high school choirs come from Connecticut and the surrounding states for a day of choral workshops, vocal master classes, and choral concerts.
Appearances by members of Hartt’s prestigious faculty occupy an important place on the annual performance calendar. Featured on the Faculty Artists Series are instrumental and vocal solos, duos, trios, quartets, and quintets in performances of both classical and contemporary literature.
Students are also afforded an additional opportunity to hear and learn from Hartt’s master teachers through an ongoing schedule of faculty solo recitals, master classes, and faculty guest appearances with Hartt performing organizations.
Pi Kappa Lambda National Music Honor Society, Epsilon Gamma Chapter
Pi Kappa Lambda was organized in 1918 at Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill. Epsilon Gamma Chapter was installed at The Hartt School in 1981. Currently, there are more than 155 active chapters. In 1940, the Society of Pi Kappa Lambda was admitted to the Association of College Honor Societies as the representative in the field of music.
The primary objective of Pi Kappa Lambda is the recognition and encouragement of the highest level of musical achievement and academic scholarship. Graduate and undergraduate consideration for membership is on recommendation by the Faculty Committee upon graduation.
Hartt’s Summerterm offers graduate courses, undergraduate courses, special workshops, master classes, select performance activities, and a summers-only Master of Music Education degree program.
In addition to courses that are an extension of the regular academic curriculum, workshops during June and July are usually one week in length and are both diversified and timely in their appeal. Many international scholars and teachers serve as guest instructors during the program, and there are also special workshops featuring Hartt faculty.
Additional information on Hartt Summerterm may be obtained by contacting
The Hartt School Summerterm
University of Hartford
200 Bloomfield Ave.
West Hartford, CT 06117
A full listing of courses, workshops, and master classes is included in the Hartt Summerterm Bulletin and online at www.hartford.edu/hartt/summerterm.
Students are strongly encouraged to register as early as possible and at least two weeks prior to the first day of Summerterm. Please contact the office for further details.
Music Performance, Major Instrument/Voice Study
A one-hour lesson (4 credits) weekly per semester is normally required for performance majors. The specific credits for major instrument/voice study in the various curricula are indicated in the degree programs.
Following are the course codes for major instrument/voice study. Performance major entrance requirements may be found above.
Complete outlines of the performance requirements for any major or secondary performance subject are available in the division offices of Vocal and Instrumental Studies.