The Hartt School is an internationally acclaimed performing arts school with programs in music, dance, and theatre. The school was established 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, theatre, and dance, the school offers programs in music history, music theory, ballet pedagogy, music education, and composition. Hartt also offers innovative programs in music management, performing arts management, and music production and technology.
With a strong tradition of excellence, Hartt takes pride in its talented artist-faculty. Recognized nationally and internationally as performers, educators, creators, 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 a select student body ensures a high quality of education.
A wide range of opportunities is available to Hartt 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 that have included Sherrill Milnes, Hank Jones, Vieri Bottazzini, Eugene Levinson, Pamela Frank, Maureen O’Flynn, Angel Romero, Elly Ameling, John Musto, Amiri Baraka, Eugenia Zuckerman, Daniel Pinkham, Midori, Bright Sheng, Joseph Schwantner, John Corigliano, the American Brass Quintet, and the Miami, Emerson, Colorado, Lark, and Miró string quartets. Hartt also boasts Performance 20/20, a highly competitive honors chamber music program that provides its students with the opportunity to perform even more extensively. Vocal performance opportunities include a variety of choral performing organizations as well as black-box and fully staged operas. Voice students also have the opportunity to audition for and perform in productions by Connecticut Concert Opera, and to hold section-leader positions in many fine area choirs. Future music educators have years of hands-on practical training with children from The Hartt School Community Division, the Hartt String Project, the Hartt Band Project, and area schools. 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, at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, at Creative Artists Agency, and in a wide variety of other arts-related organizations and record companies in New York City and around the country.
Dancers thrive in both workshops and large-scale productions. They participate in master classes with professional artists from Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet, American Ballet Theater, Martha Graham Company, Armitage Gone!, Bill T. Jones, Jose Limón Company, David Gordon, and contemporary choreographers from all over the world. Dance students also have the opportunity to study abroad at the Julidans International Dance Contemporary Dance Festival every summer in Amsterdam. Hartt dancers have performed in NYC at the Joyce Theater and the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. They collaborate regularly with Hartt theatre and music students on special projects. Ballet pedagogy 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 yearly 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, and actor training students present an additional showcase in Los Angeles. Music theatre students have the opportunity to participate in Goodspeed Musicals’ annual Festival of New Artists. Actor training students have the opportunity to participate in activities with the Hartford Stage Company, in roles or understudying in the company’s productions.
For more than 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 Alfred C. Fuller Music Center, the four-story complex that houses The Hartt School music divisions, administration, and community division. In the same spirit of generosity demonstrated by her husband, Mary Primrose Fuller left a bequest of $19.8 million in 1998, creating new opportunities for Hartt. The Dance and Theatre students enjoy the state of the art facilities at the newly completed Handel Performing arts Center.
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 it shares 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 preprofessional 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 lifelong 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 space, 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 theater has a state-of-the-art, computerized light board and sound equipment.
All courses for dance majors are taught at 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, wooden barres, mirrors, wall-mounted video and audio technology, Gerstung multilayered dance floors, and natural light.
The Fuller Music Center consists of three wings:
Millard Auditorium is one of the main performance venues on the University of Hartford campus. An intimate, 428-seat house, Millard is used for operas; 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 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 studios, faculty and administrative offices, and the LEGO Learning Center, a state-of-the-art research facility housing a large classroom and an adjoining observation room designed to further the understanding of how children in their first seven years develop musical understandings and skills.
Lincoln Theater accommodates outside bookings as well as campus-based activities. It is used for commencements, lectures, concerts, theatre and music theatre performances, solo performances, orchestra/wind ensemble 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 with follow spots. The dressing rooms easily accommodate up to 50 performers.
The Mildred P. Allen Memorial Library is located adjacent to The Hartt School on the upper floor of the east wing of the Harry Jack Gray Center. The Allen Library provides reference, circulating, and online materials in the fields of music, dance, and related arts. Its holdings include approximately 21,000 books and bound journals, 41,700 scores, 22,500 sound recordings (including recordings of Hartt operas, concerts, and recitals), 1,200 DVD’s and videocassettes, and thousands of audio tracks streamed over the Internet. More than 400 online and print journals allow students and faculty to remain abreast of current research.
In addition, the Allen Library website (http://library.hartford.edu/allenlibrary) presents extensive resources in music, dance, and theatre. The library catalog and other online research aids help users identify and locate all the scholarly resources managed by University Libraries. Members of the University community holding University of Hartford e-mail accounts (available from Information Technology Services) 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 17 dual-boot iMacs with Windows 7 and Mac OS7; all provide access to Microsoft Office online resources, and some music software. Four Macbooks and four PC laptops are available for brief checkout; the Macbooks have music notation software, Finale and Sibelius. Digital camcorders, audio Zoom recorders, USB microphones, tripods, and 14 iPads are available for checkout for one to three days (depending on the item). CD players, turntables, cassette players, and DVD”VHS players, installed at eight carrels and in three listening rooms, are available for listening to and viewing items. 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. Self-service photocopiers, printers, and a public scanner are located at the front of the library.
Allen Library hours of operation may be found at http://library.hartford.edu. Special hours are observed during the summer and holidays.
Instrumental Studies Division
Vocal Studies Division
Music Education Division
Academic Studies Division
Requirements for Admission
Each fall, The Hartt School admits more than 160 new students. A very small number of students are also admitted in January. To be considered a candidate, The Hartt School requires of all applicants:
- University of Hartford and Hartt School applications and fees ($75)
- High school/college transcript(s) and SAT/ACT scores
- Two letters of recommendation
- Application essay
In addition, specific majors’ requirements are as follows:
B.S. Acoustical Engineering and Music
- Performance résumé/repertoire list
- Performance résumé/repertoire list
- A recent full-length photograph
- Musicianship interview
Music Education—Vocal Emphasis
Music Education—Instrumental Emphasis
Music History—Performance Practices
Music History—Scholarship and Research
Music Production and Technology
- Résumé/repertoire list
- Interview with department
- Music education applicants only: sing-back test
- Vocal applicants only: recent full-length photograph and musicianship interview
- Two or three original compositions (recordings and/or paper scores)
- Interview with department
B.A. Music and B.A. Performing Arts Management
- Interview with department
- B.A. Music with lessons only; audition
- Performance résumé
- Recent full-length photograph in leotard and tights
- Interview with department
- Performance résumé
- Recent head-shot photograph
- Music Theatre applicants only: group dance audition
Applicants to The Hartt School must be graduates of, or students who will graduate from, an accredited secondary school; or they must have successfully passed a high school equivalency examination. It is expected that a college preparatory program of studies will have been pursued in high school.
Candidates for admission to the freshman class should file an application as early as possible during the senior year of high school but no later than January 15. Students seeking entrance in January should apply by November 1. Late applications will be considered only if vacancies exist.
Prospective students are strongly encouraged to visit the campus. To arrange an information session, request application forms, or obtain other information, contact
The Hartt School
Office of Admissions
University of Hartford
200 Bloomfield Ave.
West Hartford, CT 06117-1599
Qualified transfer students, including inter-school transfer students, are accepted to Hartt in both fall and spring semesters for music programs, and in fall only for theatre and dance programs. In order to be considered for admission, applicants must be in good standing from other regionally accredited institutions or from another school at the University of Hartford. (Note: Individual programs within Hartt often have additional admission requirements and standards. These may include, but are not limited to, cumulative GPA requirements and additional academic review.)
Official transcripts from each institution previously attended are required, whether or not transfer credit is requested. Students who have earned fewer than 30 transferable credits are also required to submit official high school transcripts and ACT or SAT scores, unless 15 appropriate non-degree credits have been successfully completed at the University of Hartford through the Center for Graduate and Adult Academic Service. All credentials must be sent directly from the institutions attended to the University of Hartford, Office of Admission and Student Financial Assistance.
Transfer credit is limited to work completed at regionally accredited colleges and universities in the United States. Course work completed abroad will be evaluated case by case, based on submission by the student of relevant course materials and grading information. Previous studies should have been completed within a 10-year period immediately preceding application for admission; credits over 10 years old may not be accepted. A minimum grade of C– at the undergraduate level is required for transfer credit. Credits granted by previous colleges for CLEP, nontraditional learning experiences, and other examinations will be evaluated on a separate basis and generally may not be used to fulfill All-University Curriculum requirements. Credit may be granted for service connected learning as recommended by the A.C.E. Guide for Evaluation of Educational Experiences in the Armed Forces; form DD214 or 295, or Course Completion Certificates, should be forwarded to the office of Admission and Student Financial Assistance.
Grades do not transfer, even when credits do. Grade point averages are computed solely on courses completed at the University of Hartford. A preliminary transfer evaluation is done upon acceptance to The Hartt School. The student must furnish course descriptions for all college-level courses previously taken. A final evaluation cannot be completed until a final transcript is received.
Bachelor of Music and Bachelor of Arts Applicants
Transfer students seeking admission to B.Mus. or B.A. degree programs should note that their class ranking may be diminished from their most recent standing at another institution (i.e., if a student is currently a sophomore, the student may not automatically enter Hartt as a junior). The University evaluates previous course work for transfer to satisfy academic degree requirements; performance-related courses may require that a student demonstrate proficiency, measured through a placement examination, an audition, or a jury with Hartt faculty, before transfer credit is granted for previous performance-related course work. In many instances, a full course description and syllabus are required to determine if a course satisfies a University of Hartford requirement. The Hartt School retains the authority to make all decisions regarding transfer of music-related credits, and also has the authority to evaluate and place transfer students in programs at the level deemed appropriate by faculty.
Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance Applicants
Students seeking admission into the dance programs should understand that all students entering these majors enter as first-year students in the performance areas, regardless of previous work. The Hartt School does consider previous course work for transfer to satisfy academic degree requirements; however, the performance-related courses in dance may require a full eight semesters of study at The Hartt School. The Dance Division generally accepts transfer students for fall-semester matriculation only and considers each candidate for scholarship based on the audition.
Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre Applicants (Music Theatre and Actor Training)
Transfer students seeking admission to the Theatre Division should understand that all students enter the music theatre and actor training programs as first-year students, regardless of previous work. The Hartt School does consider previous course work for transfer to satisfy academic degree requirements; however, the performance-related courses of these programs require a full eight semesters of study at The Hartt School to fill program degree requirements. The Theatre Division considers transfer students for fall-semester matriculation only and considers each candidate for scholarship based on the audition.
Performing Arts Scholarships
Hartt School applicants are eligible for Hartt’s performing arts scholarships, which are awarded based on the student’s audition/interview and are therefore primarily talent/merit awards. Scholarships are awarded for fall entrance only. No separate application is necessary; all Hartt applicants are automatically considered. Hartt scholarships may not be combined with any other scholarships or grants from the University. Scholarships are awarded upon acceptance and are renewable each year for the length of the degree program into which the student has been accepted, contingent upon continued academic performance and progress at the level required each semester. Need-based aid is awarded according to the results of the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid), which should be filed by February 1.
The Hartt School schedules audition days in December, January, and February of each year, plus additional regional dates for theatre. See The Hartt School website (harttweb.hartford.edu) for specific dates and locations.
Student Performing Organizations
Hartt’s professional character is reflected in the richness of performance opportunities afforded its students. Membership in all large performing organizations of the instrumental and vocal divisions is by audition and is open to all University students.
The Hartt School Theatre Division offers a performance degree (B.F.A.) in two distinctive programs: Actor Training and Music Theatre.
The Hartt School Theatre Division is distinguished by its professional connections. All members of the faculty are artists who maintain their contacts with regional theatres, Broadway, film, and television. The school regularly invites guest directors, agents, managers, and casting directors to enhance the work done in each of the programs. The Theatre Division also employs many guest artists who serve as directors, teachers, and coaches.
Performance is an essential part of the training experience. Casting is supervised by the director of the division, in consultation with the faculty and visiting artists. The plays chosen for production in each of the majors (music theatre or acting) are selected from a broad range of classical, modern, and new material. The intent is to provide experience for the student in many styles of theatre, supporting the work of the classes and expanding the student’s knowledge of the theatrical repertoire.
Currently, the Theatre Division is enjoying partnerships-in-training with Tony Award–winning (for regional theatre) Hartford Stage Company and Tony Award–winning (for regional theatre) Goodspeed Musicals.
Hartt Symphony Orchestra
Hartt’s principal instrumental performing organization, the Hartt Symphony Orchestra, is intended for training in orchestral techniques. Six public concerts, featuring a healthy balance of classic symphonic literature and newly composed music, are presented.
Foot in the Door (Hartt Contemporary Players)
Foot in the Door (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.
Hartt 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, and music production and technology. Each ensemble performs the highest-quality repertoire written for winds and percussion ranging from small chamber ensembles to the full symphony band orchestration. Regularly, the ensembles have as guests internationally acclaimed composers, soloists, and conductors. In addition to regular tours, community concerts, and convention appearances, the Hartt Wind Ensemble and Symphony Band give four to six performances annually.
Hartt Concert Jazz Band and Combos
These organizations prepare and perform music in the jazz style, with both functional and artistic objectives.
Hartt Percussion Ensemble
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, Reich, etc.), as well as contemporary literature and premiere performances. Concerts have also featured the folk music of various cultures, including that of Mexico, Africa, Cuba, Brazil, and the Middle East, as well as American Ragtime. In addition, the Hartt Graduate Percussion Group and the Hartt Steelband serve as extensions of the Hartt Percussion Ensemble. Ensemble members are pursuing a wide variety of majors at The Hartt School, including percussion performance, music education, music management, acoustics, music production and technology, and composition.
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, Western European classics, and features the calypso and soca music of Trinidad.
Hartt Baroque Collegium
The Hartt Baroque Collegium performs instrumental and vocal music of the Baroque and early Classic periods. The Collegium performs regularly at Hartt and in concert series throughout the Hartford area. Past concerts have included works by J. S. Bach, Handel, C. P. E. Bach, and Vivaldi.
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.
The Hartt School’s Vocal Division focuses on providing excellent musical training and performance opportunities for undergraduate vocal students. Hartt’s program provides curriculum-supported training and experience in opera performance, choral singing, and recital performance in addition to a rigorous undergraduate core music curriculum. The Vocal Division believes that strong training and performance experience in each of these three areas produce young musicians who are well-rounded and prepared to establish professional careers in music. Hartt’s opera training is exclusively focused on undergraduates, providing seven semesters of training, black-box, and main-stage experience in vocally and pedagogically appropriate repertoire. Hartt’s rich choral tradition provides experience in a wide variety of repertoire, from Renaissance music to the large choral-orchestral masterworks, emphasizing important elements of style and musicianship development. The division’s vocal seminars provide opportunities for performance majors to explore the world of art song with Hartt’s coaching staff.
Choral department auditions for placement in choral ensembles take place during the first week of classes in the fall. The audition consists of singing a prepared piece, sight-reading, and some musicianship testing. Based on the audition, the educational needs of the students, and the artistic needs of the department, students are assigned to four hours per-week in appropriate choral ensembles. Choral ensembles are open to all University of Hartford students.
A mixed chorus for about 45 voices that performs a wide variety of a cappella and accompanied repertoire from the Baroque period to the present in four to six concerts each year.
A mixed choir of 60 voices that performs a variety of both mixed-choir and men’s or women’s repertoire.
Hartt Chamber Choir
This choir performs a wide range of repertoire, from 16th century polyphony through contemporary works. Students are placed in the chamber choir on the basis of vocal ability, musicianship, and stylistic sensitivity.
A treble choir of about 30 women that performs a variety of music for female voices, both a cappella and accompanied repertoire. Occasionally, the Camerata combines with the other choirs to perform major choral works.
Recent larger choral performances include Brahms’ Ein deutsches Requiem with the New Haven Symphony under the baton of Edward Bolkovac, Britten’s War Requiem with the Hartford Chorale directed by Christopher Zimmerman, Stravinsky’s Symphony of Psalms under the direction of Edward Cumming, and the finale of Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 (Resurrection), Dona nobis pacem by Vaughan Williams, and Szymanowski’s Stabat Mater, all led by Edward Bolkovac.
Opera Black Box and Mainstage
Opera Black Box provides opportunities for vocal performers to learn stagecraft through the performance of a variety of opera scenes each semester. Recent undergraduate performances include Menotti’s The Old Man and the Thief, Bernstein’s Trouble in Tahiti, Gilbert and Sullivan’s Trial by Jury, Lehar’s The Merry Widow, Offenbach’s Orpheus in the Underworld, Copland’s The Tender Land and the New England premiere of Thomas Pasatieri’s The Hotel Casablanca with the composer in residence.
Performing opportunities for Hartt dance majors include two fully produced series in Millard Auditorium and/or Lincoln Theater, productions in the Handel Performing Arts Center’s blackbox theaters, studio showings of works-in-progress, lecture-demonstrations, and open rehearsals. Outreach performances in local schools and community centers offer students valuable performance and production experience. There is also the opportunity for students in good standing to perform with various professional and semiprofessional companies with permission from the division director. The school has performed at Jacob’s Pillow, The Kennedy Center, American College Dance Festival, The Joyce Theater (NYC), among other festivals and venues.
Dance majors have performed on tour at Jacob’s Pillow, The Hollywood Bowl, and the Kennedy Center.
Coached by faculty artists, chamber ensembles for strings, woodwinds, and brass perform at Hartt and throughout the Greater Hartford area. Six semesters of chamber music are required in all instrumental performance majors.
Performance 20/20 is Hartt’s innovative honors chamber music program for exceptionally talented instrumentalists. Admission is by audition, and all members are given a full-tuition scholarship. 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 where they can learn and study chamber music in addition to their other courses.
An entering undergraduate or graduate performance major who performs exceptionally well at the initial Hartt audition will be nominated by that committee for inclusion in the live 20/20 audition. 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.
Other Performing Opportunities
Special master classes are programmed within all performance areas. Pianists perform in the Hammerklavier series. Guitar students present works of leading composers in the series “An Evening with Guitar.” Master classes by some of the world’s foremost musicians take place regularly at The Hartt School. Many of the most distinguished artists appear as guest soloists, recitalists, chamber musicians, and lecturers in special workshops. Recent appearances include Edward Carroll, Charles Castleman, Glenn Dodson, the Emerson String Quartet, Norman Krieger, Edgar Meyer, David Finckel and Wu Han, the New York Brass Quintet, the St. Lawrence Quartet, the Orion Quartet, Nelita True, William Vacchiano, and Glen Velez.
The Paranov Competition is open to all matriculated students (with some restrictions). Winners are selected to perform with one of the major instrument 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.
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, Aaron Copland, Lisa Coons, John Corigliano, Anthony Davis, 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 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 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 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.
Faculty Artist Series
Appearances by members of Hartt’s prestigious faculty occupy an important place on the annual performance calendar. Featured in the Faculty Artists Series are instrumental and vocal solos, duos, trios, quartets, and quintets in performances of both classical and contemporary literature.
Students are 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.
The Music and Entertainment Industry Student Association (MEISA) provides its members with information regarding career opportunities in the music and performing arts industries and provides experience in the field of arts management through a variety of events, including seminars, concerts, and workshops. Membership is open to any University of Hartford student.
As part of their course requirements, music education majors are expected to maintain membership in the Hartt chapter of the National Association for Music Educators (NAfME), Student Chapter 227, the national professional association of music educators. Elected student officers, along with the membership, plan an agenda of activities designed to provide hands-on experience in the planning and execution of events that will play an important part in their future as music educators. Activities typically include a weekend professional conference with invited guest clinicians jointly sponsored by Hartt and NAfME chapters, and hosting and planning a junior high school choral or jazz band festival.
American String Teachers Association
The Hartt School Student Chapter of American String Teachers Association (ASTA) is open to all string music education and performance majors. The club sponsors activities such as faculty recitals, play for your peers, instrument donation drives, and guest speakers. All string students are encouraged to join. For more information, contact the Music Education department of The Hartt School.
American Choral Directors Association
The American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) is an organization dedicated to the enhancement and enrichment of choral music and choral music education. The club sponsors activities that further the understanding and practice of choral music in our University, district, state, division and national levels. All students are encouraged to join, regardless of their major. Guest conductors and speakers give workshops. Hartt’s chapter hosts informal readings of choral music and sponsors school and University activities as well as travel to local, state, and national festivals of ACDA.
Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia
Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia is a national music fraternity for men. Membership is open to all men who have a sincere love of music and brotherhood. Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia was founded in 1898 at the New England Conservatory of Music, when a group of 13 young men, under the guidance of Ossian Everett Mills, “met to consider the social life of the young men students of that institution” and to “devise ways and means by which it might be improved.” Sinfonia became a national fraternity in 1900 with the admission of another group of men into the group at the Broad Street Conservatory in Philadelphia. Since that time, Sinfonia has grown into the largest music fraternity in the world, with more than 140,000 brothers and sisters, and chapters on more than 200 college and university campuses across the nation. Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia has a history at The Hartt School dating back to 1955. The Zeta Omega chapter of Sinfonia was founded in 1955 at the Hartt College of Music.
Pi Kappa Lambda National Honors 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 over 155 active chapters. The primary objective of Pi Kappa Lambda is the recognition and encouragement of the highest level of music achievement and academic scholarship. Consideration for membership is based on the recommendation of the Faculty Committee.
- Any junior considered by the Faculty Committee to be outstanding in scholarship and musicianship, provided the student has been in residence the equivalent of at least four semesters and ranks not lower than the highest 10 percent of the junior class as determined by GPA.
- Any graduating senior considered by the Faculty Committee to be outstanding in scholarship and musicianship, provided the student has been in residence the equivalent of at least four semesters and ranks not lower than the highest 20 percent of the graduating class.
Sigma Alpha Iota
Sigma Alpha Iota (SAI) is an international music fraternity for women. The SAI Manual for Members states that fraternity, which comes from the Latin feminine noun fraternitas, refers to both men and women. All the music fraternities have used it for many years.
The Eta Mu chapter was installed at The Hartt School in 1987. Since that time, its members have sought to promote an interest in music within the chapter, the school, and the community.
Undergraduate courses are offered in the summer for undergraduates matriculated in The Hartt School. Three- and six-week core curriculum classes are offered from mid-May to mid-August.
Students are strongly encouraged to register as early as possible and at least three weeks prior to the first day of Summerterm.
The Core Summerterm Catalog may be found online at www.hartford.edu/summerterm. For undergraduate Core Summerterm Registration forms, contact
University of Hartford
200 Bloomfield Ave.
West Hartford CT 06117-1599
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Students normally carry a maximum load of 6 credits per session during Summerterm. In special cases, and with permission of the advisor, undergraduates may carry 8 or 9 credits simultaneously.
The Hartt School Community Division
For information regarding the Community Division, click here .
Offered at the undergraduate level are the Bachelor of Music, the Bachelor of Fine Arts, and the Bachelor of Arts. Additionally, an interdisciplinary program is available: the Bachelor of Science in Engineering with a major in acoustical engineering and music, which is offered by the College of Engineering, Technology, and Architecture.
Bachelor of Music
The Bachelor of Music may be achieved with a major in any of the following areas: performance, music education, composition, music theory, music history, jazz studies, music production and technology, and music management.
All Hartt students pursuing the Bachelor of Music degree receive a common body of knowledge and skills, consisting of
- Private lessons (up to eight semesters) and participation in large and/or small ensembles (up to eight semesters)
- Music theory, ear-training, and music history (a minimum of four semesters each)
- Keyboard Study
- Four All-University Curriculum (AUC) courses
- Two semesters of reading and writing courses
- One semester of math
- Academic electives
A minor in music is also available. See here for more information.
Performance: Instrumental and Vocal
The Hartt School’s Bachelor of Music in Performance has a distinct profile that sets it apart from other conservatories and music schools in the United States. In addition to the required coursework, the major consists of three significant elements: performance, pedagogy, and career development.
Performance: Majors are involved with solo, chamber, and large-ensemble performances.
Pedagogy: Course work ensures that all performance students leave Hartt prepared as private teachers. The program includes a special class in the techniques of teaching and an observation program in Hartt’s Community Division.
Career development: For instrumentalists, this consists of two classes: Communicating with an Audience and Building a Music Career. These courses prepare students for artist residencies, community performances, and arts in education programs. Students are provided with the information and skills to present themselves effectively in these activities through preparation in content and repertoire selection, stage presentation and speaking techniques, and building a relationship with the audience. Students also are provided with information on résumé preparation, negotiating a contract, making a recording, and other career-related concerns. Vocal performance majors address career-related issues in the vocal performance seminar, which meets weekly for all eight semesters of the program.
Music Education (includes Music Teaching Certification requirement)
Music education applicants are accepted in a vocal, orchestral instrument, or double emphasis major; or as a double major combining instrumental music education with the instrumental performance major; or as a double major combining vocal music education with the vocal performance major. During the audition process, all students interested in music education will have an interview with a music education faculty member, which includes singing a patriotic song and a test of singing and aural skills. In addition, all students have an audition with the Vocal or Instrumental Division with classical repertoire.
There are a variety of music education major possibilities; each emphasis has its own curriculum requirements. Please contact the Hartt Admissions Office at 860.768.4465 or a music education faculty member at 860.768.4479 for details.
Studies for the Bachelor of Music in Music Education at The Hartt School consist of a balanced program of specialized music, professional education, and liberal arts studies designed to develop musician-teachers.
Students in music education programs are required to master the ability to model, observe, and assess music and movement behaviors in both large- and small-group settings in preschool through grade 12.
Students in both the instrumental and vocal tracks are required to master crucial philosophies and methodologies and be able to prescribe appropriate strategies that will enhance the development of music and movement skills.
To be considered for certification, each candidate must complete, or be waived from, the Praxis I Computer-Based Test (CBT) exam in basic mathematics, reading, and writing skills, administered by Educational Testing Services at Sylvan Learning Center facilities nationwide (see Waiver Information ). The Praxis II exam, taken in the junior year, covers music education, music history, and music theory. Students are encouraged to take the Praxis I CBT exam in their freshman or sophomore year and complete Praxis II in order to qualify for student teaching. Contact the Music Education office for test materials and information.
Students are required to study their principal instrument or voice each semester (except during Student Internship) and attain a minimum accomplishment level to be determined by the department. A minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.67 must be maintained and a sophomore evaluation successfully completed before students are allowed to register for junior-level music education classes. Students are responsible for providing their own transportation to and from all Student Internship commitments. Public transportation is not usually available.
A minor in music education is also available. It does not result in state certification. See here for more information.
Music Education Core Curriculum
The core curriculum prepares students to assume positions at a variety of levels (N–12) in vocal and instrumental music education. Students choose either a vocal or instrumental emphasis in which they would like to specialize. Four semesters of methods classes form the core of each program.
Please refer to curricula for Music Education-Instrumental Emphasis and Music Education-Vocal Emphasis .
The Bachelor of Music in Composition offers a balanced curriculum of courses that emphasizes traditional skills, classical practice, and contemporary techniques. Beyond Hartt’s core theory and music history sequence, required courses for undergraduate composers include orchestration, analysis, and electronic music. From the sophomore year on, all majors receive a weekly lesson with a faculty member. The department also encourages students to take electives in conducting, sound technology, music management, and jazz studies. The program includes a wide range of performance opportunities, by which students can hear, and receive recordings of, their music.
This program involves instruction in both traditional techniques and practical experience with new and emerging musical and media technologies. Studio D is the composition department’s teaching and composition studio. At its heart is a MacPro workstation with multiple displays and a flexible, multichannel audio system. Sequencing/digital audio, notation, digital audio editing and sound design, synthesis, sampling, CD mastering, sound and music for picture, and algorithmic composition are taught through the realization of compositional concepts and use of the following software: Logic Studio, Finale, MetaSynth, Pro-Tools, MAX/MSP, Komplete7, East/West Platinum Complete + Symphonic Choirs, and others.
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Music theory is a vital component in the education of musicians. Music theory instruction at The Hartt School provides students majoring in music, dance, and theatre with experiences in perceiving, analyzing, and performing music. The core music theory and ear training curriculum for undergraduates is two to five semesters of music theory with two to six semesters of ear training. Kodály instruction is used for all levels of ear training.
Applicants for the Bachelor of Music in Music Theory usually have preparatory training in music theory and performance. A total of 137.5 credits is required for the bachelor’s degree, which is usually completed in eight full-time semesters. Music theory majors follow a carefully planned curriculum under the supervision of a faculty member of the music theory department. The undergraduate degree program includes instruction in the fundamentals of music theory, tonal harmony, tonal analysis, post-tonal analysis, tonal counterpoint, modal counterpoint, keyboard harmony, orchestration, score reading, music theory pedagogy, and ear training pedagogy. A senior essay is completed during the senior year. The senior essay topic is selected by the student and is supervised by a faculty member of the music theory department. Undergraduate music theory majors are required to maintain an overall grade point average of B– throughout their degree programs.
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Hartt’s Department of Music History, Literature, and Criticism teaches students not only about the various musical styles throughout history but also about recent views on performance practices. Candidates for the Bachelor of Music in Music History may select an emphasis in either performance practices or research. The department provides opportunities for students to perform through the Collegium, a select group of singers and instrumentalists.
Please refer to curricula for Music History-Performance Practices Emphasis and Music History-Scholarship and Research Emphasis .
African American Music/Jazz Studies
The Jackie McLean Institute of Jazz
In celebration of the jazz legacy that Jackie McLean (1931–2006) created for The Hartt School, the University renamed its African American Music program The Jackie McLean Institute of Jazz in 2000, honoring McLean’s 30th anniversary at the school.
An American jazz saxophone great, McLean enabled Hartt to offer its first classes in jazz, and in 1980 the Department of African American Music was founded with McLean as its director. In 1981 the Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies was approved by the National Association of Schools of Music, and the program accepted its first class of 10 students in the 1981–82 academic year. The Bachelor of Music in African American Music/Jazz Studies program continues to thrive, offering students theopportunity to focus on the jazz and African American idiom, perform in jazz ensembles, interact with internationally recognized jazz musicians in special workshops and master classes, and participate in a creative cultural relationship with Hartford’s community-based Artists Collective, an organization founded by McLean and his wife, Dollie, and dedicated to the promotion of African and Caribbean art forms.
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Music Production and Technology
What is a “music producer”? There are many acceptable definitions, depending on the musical genre in question. To produce a quality recording, however, one must have strong musical skills and instincts, and be proficient as a recording engineer to exploit the full capabilities of a production studio. The premise which underlies the Hartt Music Production and Technology (MPT) program is that a successful music producer or recording engineer must be a knowledeable, practiced and educated music an. It is the goal of the MPT Department to train musicians to be producers of quality music products (thus the audition requirement and core music curriculum).
Training in the studio is approached in much the same fashion as the process of learning an instrument. To play an instrument, one must spend a great deal of time practicing in order to make a connection between written music or music heard in one’s head, and the maneuvering of hands and fingers. Eventually a level of proficiency is reached at which that connection is made subconsciously– it is at that level that one truly becomes a musician. Students in the Music Production and Technology program are trained to view the studio as an instrument through which they will create music, both their own and the collaborative product of working with other artists. Reaching that level means dedication to learning and practicing the craft.
Students follow a course of study that combines a traditional music conservatory curriculum (including study of an instrument or voice–classical or jazz) with courses in recording engineering, acoustics, electronics, and music business. Included are both a practicum (working in Hartt’s professional recording studio) and an internship at a production facility off campus. In the final semester of the fourth year, students work in small teams to engineer and produce a full-length recording. These senior projects become a valuable part of the students’ portfolio.
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The arts industry, a multibillion-dollar, highly globalized enterprise, ranks among the 10 largest industries in the United States. It is a diverse, challenging, fiercely competitive field, constantly affected by changes in technology, legislative issues, and the economic environment. Students interested in careers in this industry must be well prepared in budgeting, accounting, economics, marketing, and management theory.
This major provides performing musicians with a broad background in the business of the arts. Students receive weekly private lessons, play in ensembles, and study music theory, history, ear training, and keyboard. Business courses include accounting, economics, marketing, computers, and finance. A core curriculum of 12 specialized music and arts management courses provides a synthesis of music and business studies. Students apply their knowledge using case studies, small-group discussions, and projects. In addition, students complete at least one 180-hour internship. All management students are required to complete the internship sequence MUM 420 and MUM 421 .
Management students have completed internships with SONY Music, Epic Records, the Litchfield Jazz Festival, ASCAP, Aspen Music Festival, Hartford Symphony Orchestra, The Kennedy Center, New York Theatre Workshop, the Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts in Hartford, and many other arts organizations. Graduates hold positions in recording companies, artist management, symphony and opera administration, development and fundraising, marketing, and public relations.
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Five-Year Double Majors
Students who meet admission requirements for the Bachelor of Music degree in two fields may elect an integrated program in which the student programs require a minimum of five years, often including summer study, and may result in overload charges. A fee may be assessed for private music instruction in the fifth year. Participation in a performing organization is required for a minimum of eight semesters. The most popular of these programs combines Music Education or Music Management with a program in Performance. A complete list of five-year, double majors may be found in the Hartt School Supplemental Application.
Bachelor of Fine Arts
The Hartt School offers a Bachelor of Fine Arts with majors in dance, music theatre, and actor training.
The Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance was established to provide rigorous preparation for professional performance and teaching careers along with a meaningful liberal arts education. Both the performance and pedagogy majors emphasize serious technical training in classical ballet and classical modern dance techniques, as well as contemporary dance forms, ballet pedagogy, composition, dance history, kinesiology, music, technology for dance, and other dance studies. Entering students in both programs must have at least an intermediate technical foundation in ballet or contemporary dance.
The primary focus of the performance emphasis is preparation for a professional performance career. Performance opportunities abound with the Hartt Dance Ensemble, mainstage performances, black-box performances, studio workshops, and apprentice positions in professional companies.
The focus of the teaching emphasis is to prepare professional dance educators to teach in conservatories, schools of dance, and private studios. Teaching majors work daily with the ballet school’s master teachers and get hands-on experience observing, assisting with, and teaching children’s classes at the Hartt Community Division’s ballet program. They are also involved in the school’s public-service teaching in Hartford public schools.
A minor degree in dance is also available. See here for more information.
Please refer to curricula on pages Dance-Ballet Pedagogy Emphasis and Dance Performance Emphasis .
The Bachelor of Fine Arts in Music Theatre provides professional educational development and experience to individuals who have chosen to enter the field of music theatre by bringing together as a core the disciplines of music, dance, and acting. The program addresses the ever-changing aspects and character of theatre and performance. Embracing and at times surpassing contemporary standards in educational approaches, the program develops in students the skills and techniques necessary for the transition to the professional, competitive field of music theatre.
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The Bachelor of Fine Arts in Actor Training is designed to provide students with the appropriate training to prepare them for careers as actors in the professional theatre. The program combines a challenging and stimulating combination of classes and performance.
Acting and scene study classes form the nucleus of the training, which involves all technical aspects of voice and speech, movement, and text analysis. Each semester offers the student a different focus on the literature available to the actor. Students then must apply this knowledge and experience in rehearsals. In addition, there are workshops and seminars dealing with special skills and career preparation.
Studio performances begin in the second year of training. Plays are chosen for the training opportunities that they present to the students. In the third year, students continue to perform in works of increasing technical complexity. In the spring of the third year, student actors attend Hartt’s English Theatre Centre in Birmingham, England.
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Bachelor of Arts
Students who wish to enroll in a liberal arts program with special emphasis on music may elect the Bachelor of Arts with a major in music. Students who wish to have an intense focus on the business of the performing arts, without a performance requirement, may elect the Bachelor of Arts with a major in performing arts management.
Performing Arts Management
The performing arts industry, a multibillion-dollar enterprise, is among the largest industries in the United States. It is a diverse, challenging, highly competitive field, constantly affected by changes in technology, legislative issues, and the economic environment. Students interested in careers in this industry must be well prepared in business, including budgeting, accounting, economics, marketing, and management.
The Bachelor of Arts in Performing Arts Management provides training for a background or interest in music, theatre, dance, or other performing arts. The diverse curriculum includes courses in liberal arts, humanities, music/arts management, and business. Twelve specialized courses in managing music and performing arts form the core of this curriculum. All majors complete a minimum of one 180-hour internship in either a for-profit or a not-for-profit organization. Management students are required to complete the internship sequence MUM 420 and MUM 421 before graduation.
Management students have completed internships with Goodspeed Musicals, BMG Entertainment, WCCC Radio, Clear Channel Entertainment, the Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts in Hartford; in record labels both major and independent; and in venues such as the 9:30 Club (Washington, D.C.), Toad’s Place (New Haven, Conn.) and the Black Rock Center (Maryland). Graduates hold positions in the industries of recording, artist management, symphony and opera administration, development and fundraising, marketing, and public relations.
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The Bachelor of Arts in Music is a rigorous academic program that prepares the student for graduate study in music or other disciplines. Students in this program receive a broad overview of musical study with a heavy concentration on music history and theory.
Students in this program take the same core courses as other Hartt School students, such as harmony, ear training, form and analysis, piano keyboard class, and music history. They also take advanced courses in theory and history and must complete a senior project, generally an essay.
In addition, B.A. music majors take courses from a variety of non-music disciplines, including the physical sciences, social sciences, language arts, communication skills, mathematics, philosophy, history, and computer science as part of their general education.
There are no performance requirements for the B.A. in music. Students who wish their programs to include musical performance may take private lessons through either the school (by audition) or the Community Division.
Music courses and other required courses may not be taken on a Pass/No Pass basis. An average of C or better in all required music courses is necessary for completion of the major.
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Bachelor of Science in Engineering
Acoustical Engineering and Music
Combined options in acoustics and music are available within the Interdisciplinary Engineering Studies program at the College of Engineering, Technology, and Architecture. This rigorous curriculum leads to the Bachelor of Science in Engineering and includes a basic engineering core as well as a major concentration of courses offered by The Hartt School.
The program is designed for those students who have the aptitude and desire for a career involved with modern technology and the field of music. To be accepted into this focused curriculum, applicants must have the math and science background required of all engineering students and must successfully pass the entrance requirements of The Hartt School, including audition. See Acoustical Engineering and Music, B.S.E. of the College of Engineering, Technology, and Architecture section of this Bulletin.
Although the curriculum is scheduled to be completed in four years, it is certainly one of the most challenging undergraduate programs at the University, requiring 142-145 credit hours for completion. Close counseling is required by engineering and music advisors.
Engineering and Arts and Sciences courses totaling 84 credit hours, including 71 credit hours of core courses required of all engineering students, and 55–59 credit hours in music are needed for the completion of the degree.
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For an overview of the University-wide Honors program and specific program requirements for Hartt School students, see Special Academic Opportunities . Hartt students interested in the Honors program should contact the director of undergraduate studies for additional details and Hartt-specific requirements. Qualified Hartt students are strongly encouraged to participate in the Honors Program.
At the undergraduate level, the nondegree option is the Undergraduate Diploma in Music.
The Undergraduate Diploma is a three-year program open to all instrumental and vocal performance majors, composers, and jazz studies students. Students completing this program may continue formal training at The Hartt School in an undergraduate degree program or in the graduate professional degree program.
International students must have a minimum TOEFL score of 550 for the written exam or 173 for the computer-based exam. Tuition for the program is based on the University’s three-fourths tuition rate, which includes programs of 9–11.5 credit hours per semester. Hartt performing arts scholarships are not available to diploma students.
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Requirements for Graduation
Requirements in addition to those listed in Academic Regulations are as follows:
Performance and B.F.A. Majors
Performance majors take juries to establish proficiency level. A critical point in a student’s progress is the achievement of junior standing, a level determined by the jury taken in the sophomore year.
In the Theatre Division, the two sophomore evaluations, described in full in the Theater Division Undergraduate Handbook, take the place of the jury to confer junior standing.
In the Dance Division, majors are evaluated twice a year. Details may be found in the Dance Division Undergraduate Handbook.
Jazz students take juries and are evaluated on an ongoing basis.
Students with a major in composition must have the equivalent of one evening’s performance of their music before graduation.
Programs of performances must be submitted at least four months before the anticipated graduation date.
Music Education Majors
The Music Education Division conducts reviews of all majors in the department each semester. Students who fail to maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of at least 2.67, who fail to obtain a grade of B– or better in a music education or education course, or who show a lack of progress toward completion of the degree are placed on departmental probation and receive counseling and academic advice from the department. Students who are unable to maintain the standards of the department are removed from the music education major.
Students are required to submit an essay concerning their educational objectives to the chairperson by December 1 of their first year. In addition, all first-semester sophomores are required to pass a Sophomore Skills Evaluation Exam, which assesses piano and solfège skill development. The content of the exam may be obtained from the chairperson. The essay and the results of the skills exam will be used as acceptance criterion to admit a student to the final phase of the music education program.
Performing Organization Requirements
To fulfill requirements for undergraduate degrees, most students at The Hartt School are required to participate in performing organizations. In some cases students may be placed in more than one organization.
Major choral performing organizations:
Hartt Camerata, Hartt Chamber Choir, Hartt Choir, Hartt Chorale
Major instrumental performing organizations:
Orchestra, Wind Ensemble, Symphony Band.
String instrumentalists, regardless of major, are auditioned and placed in the orchestra. Woodwind, brass, and percussion instrumentalists, regardless of major, are placed by audition in the orchestra, Symphony Band, or Wind Ensemble.
Composition majors may participate in the Composers’ Ensemble to fulfill the performance organization requirement.
Jazz instrumentalists and vocalists are placed in jazz ensembles, based on audition results and on the needs of the individual ensembles.
Specific performing organization requirements for each curriculum may be found in the individual degree program curricula.
All Hartt students are required to complete four of the five AUCs, as follows:
- Living in a Cultural Context: Western Heritage (AUCW)
- Living in a Cultural Context: Other Cultures (AUCC)
- Living in a Scientific and Technological World (AUCT)
Note: The AUCT is a 3- or 4-credit course. The 4-credit AUCT includes a lab.
- Living in a Social Context (AUCS)
Hartt students are not required to take Living Responsively to the Arts (AUCA). However, they may take this AUC as an academic elective.
Transfer and intercollege transfer students are evaluated on an individual basis for AUC requirements. The Hartt evaluator should be consulted about the process of transferring courses as AUC substitutions.
All students entering Hartt as first-year students, as well as students who transfer from another college or school (except Hillyer College) within the University of Hartford, must take a minimum of one course from each of the four All-University Curriculum areas specified above (totaling a minimum of 12 credit hours). Students who transfer to Hartt from another institution or Hillyer College must consult with the Hartt School evaluator for an assessment of their AUC topic requirements.
Information Literacy in the Performing Arts
Information Literacy in the Performing Arts (HLM 020 ) is an online course required for all Hartt first-year and transfer students. HLM 020 is an introduction to library resources in the performing arts and in searching techniques.The course may also include some class meetings. Successful completion of HLM 020 is required for graduation from The Hartt School.
Hartt Undergraduate Handbook
The Hartt Undergraduate Handbook provides students with details of the policies and procedures particular to The Hartt School’s academic programs (e.g., lessons, performing organizations, juries, recitals, facilities, performing arts scholarships). Students are responsible for knowing, and expected to adhere to, the policies and procedures set forth in the handbook as an addendum to this Undergraduate Bulletin. The handbook is available online at www.hartford.edu/hartt.
Following are the course codes for private lessons. Music entrance requirements and performance requirements for graduation are specified above.
The specific credits for private lessons in the various curricula are indicated in the degree programs.
A lab fee, which partially covers the cost of a lesson accompanist, is charged for all voice instruction.
ABH Baritone horn
ACO Vocal coaching
ADB Double bass
AFH French horn