Frequently Asked Questions
Click a topic below for frequently asked questions about admission to The Hartt School. If you don't see an answer to your question here, please contact Hartt Admissions via email or by calling 860-768-4465.
Since all Hartt students are also University of Hartford students, you may find the University of Hartford's about page helpful.
How do I apply?
Submit the University of Hartford and The Hartt School supplemental applications by the corresponding application deadline for your desired audition date.
Do I have to be admitted to the University before I can be considered by The Hartt School?
No, you do not. Everyone who completes both applications will be invited to audition/interview (with the exception of DMA/AD/PhD applicants, who must first complete a preliminary process). Hartt makes decisions in March and the University of Hartford will review your application for admission after being notified by Hartt Admissions of our decision. Final undergraduate decision letters will be mailed from the University of Hartford's Office of Admission by the first week of April. Final graduate decision letters will be mailed from The Hartt School Admissions Office around March 15. Undergraduate applicants will not be notified separately by Hartt Admissions; in order to be admitted to The Hartt School you will have to meet the University of Hartford's academic standards.
What are the required SAT/ACT scores for undergraduate applicants?
Hartt students averaged 1117 in 2011 on the SAT; the national average was 1017. Some of Hartt's academic majors will prefer a higher SAT/ACT score for admission.
What are the minimum SAT/ACT test scores and GPA for undergraduate applicants?
All of a student's application materials are reviewed by the University of Hartford in the decision-making process. The average SAT score of an accepted student to the University of Hartford is a 1070 (Critical Reading and Math sections only). This corresponds to a 23 ACT composite. The average GPA of accepted students is a 3.0.
Do I need to complete the GRE?
Only applicants to the Ph.D. program will be required to submit GRE scores. All other programs, including the DMA, are not required to submit the GRE.
What is a repertoire list?
Classical or jazz instrumentalists (all majors requiring an audition): Prepare a list of solo and ensemble pieces that you can perform with little rehearsal on your audition instrument. The list should show the breadth of your experience, and definitely is not meant to be a comprehensive listing of every piece that you have ever played. A common format lists pieces alphabetically by title and includes composer's names. No more than two pages please.
Voice Performance: Prepare a list of the pieces from standard vocal literature that you can perform from memory with little or no rehearsal. The list should show your range and breadth of experience, and can be broken out into three sections: art songs, arias, and oratorios. No more than two pages please.
Music Theatre and Dance applicants do not need to submit a repertoire list.
What should I include on my resume?
Academic BM or BA majors (non-performance majors): Provide a list of experiences appropriate to the program to which you have applied and music experience in your classical or jazz instrument or voice on which you plan to audition. Music education majors should include all instruments on which you are proficient.
Dance majors: Provide a list of your dance training, including summer intensives, years of training in particular styles, instructors, master classes, featured roles, dance school(s), awards, etc.
BM majors (instrumental or vocal performance, jazz): Provide a list of your musical training, including years of private instruction and name of instructors, competitions, awards, large ensemble or chamber experiences, master classes, summer festivals, recitals, music classes, etc.
Theatre majors: Provide a list of recent roles in plays and musicals, voice and speech training, acting coaches, summer stock experience, master classes with industry professionals, etc.
Will I need an artistic recommendation letter?
Yes, at least two artistic letters of recommendation are required for undergraduate applicants and three for graduate applicants. Recommendation letters should be sent from professionals/teachers who are familiar with your artistic ability. The university does not require separate academic recommendations.
What is Early Notification?
Undergraduate students who submit their complete applications and required supporting documents by November 1 and complete their audition/interview on the published December audition date will not have to submit any application fees and will receive one of three decisions by mid-January: acceptance, denial, or deferral. Those who are admitted will still have until May 1 to submit a tuition deposit, as final scholarship offers will not be mailed until the first week of April. Those who receive a deferral letter will receive their definitive decision letter in the first week of April. Those who are denied will not be reconsidered for the following academic year.
When will I know whether or not I am admitted?
Undergraduate applicants receive notification in the first week of April and graduate notification will be mailed on or about March 15.
Undergraduate applicants who have completed their Early Notification application by November 1 and auditioned/interviewed on the published December audition date will receive notification by mid-January. Those who received a deferral letter will receive a definitive decision letter by the first week of April.
If I'm not accepted, can I audition/interview again?
Yes, but only for the next academic year. If you are ill on your audition day and feel that your performance would suffer, please call the Hartt admissions office to reschedule your audition.
Audition dates and deadlines can be viewed here.How do I schedule an audition/interview?
Applicants will select their preferred audition/interview dates on the application. Once the application has been processed, Hartt Admissions will email an Audition/Interview notification to the applicant confirming the audition/interview date and schedule.What are the audition requirements?
Do I need an accompanist for my audition?
Undergraduate instrumental auditions do not require accompaniment.
All undergraduate and graduate voice applicants will have a piano accompanist provided.
On-campus music theatre applicants will have a piano accompanist provided. Off-campus music theatre applicants must bring recorded accompaniment and playback device.
All graduate students applying on a string instrument will be required to play one accompanied piece. You may bring your own or hire a Hartt accompanist. Please visit the graduate audition/interview requirement page at the link above for further details.
All Doctor of Musical Arts and Artist Diploma candidates must audition with piano accompaniment where appropriate. If you require an accompanist for your audition, you may bring your own or request a Hartt accompanist.
May I send a recorded audition or do I have to come to campus to audition?
You may audition by recording if you live more than 300 miles from Hartford, with the following exceptions:
Dance applicants may submit a recorded audition with prior permission from the director.
What is the deadline for recorded auditions?
Audition recordings must be received by January 15.
Can I reschedule my audition date?
In some cases we are able to reschedule an audition from one of the scheduled dates to another. Please contact Hartt Admissions at 860.768.4465 and we will do our best to accommodate your request.
How much time should I set aside for my audition day?
Music applicants: You will receive your general audition day schedule with your audition confirmation letter. Warm-up rooms, testing, and interview times will be scheduled during registration. We recommend setting aside between four and five hours to complete the necessary components of your audition day.
Dance applicants: Please set aside the entire day for your faculty interview, warm-up time, and group audition.
Theatre auditions on-campus: Actor training auditions will only take about 10 minutes (not including check-in time). Music theatre auditions usually take half a day with the dance component.
Regional Theatre auditions will only take about 10 minutes for actor training, two hours for music theatre.
What should I wear to my audition/interview?
You should wear something that is conservative, that you feel comfortable in, and is dressy; however, tuxes, suits, and full-length concert dresses are not necessary.
What should I wear to my dance audition?
Dance audition attire:
Women: solid-colored leotard, pink tights, pink ballet and pointe shoes
Men: black tights, white t-shirt or leotard, white socks with black or white ballet shoes
Bare feet are required in the modern portion of the audition
NO LOOSE FITTING WARM-UPS, SKIRTS, OR JEWELRY. HAIR MUST BE SECURED AWAY FROM FACE AND NECK.
Music Theatre dance audition attire:
Applicants who audition on campus will participate in a group dance audition.
Women: solid-colored leotard, tights, ballet or jazz shoes.
Men: tights or jazz pants, tight solid-colored t-shirt or leotard, ballet or jazz shoes.
Bulky or baggy clothing is unacceptable. Do not bring character shoes or sneakers. Jazz sneakers are acceptable, but only in addition to ballet shoes. Hair must be pulled back, off the face and back of the neck. No jewelry or watches are permitted in the dance audition.
Do you require preliminary screening recordings?
Only Artist Diploma, DMA, and Conducting applicants will need to submit a preliminary audition recording. All graduate level music education applicants must submit a sample teaching video. Please review preliminary video requirements here.
Can I get feedback on the audition?
No, we do not provide any feedback on the auditions.
If your native language is not English, you are required to prove your ability in the English language. You can do this with proof of degree earned at an English speaking institution or English as a Second Language Testing:
1) TOEFL - Test of English as a Foreign Language
2) IELTS - The International English Testing System
Submit the University of Hartford and The Hartt School supplemental applications by the corresponding application deadline for your desired audition date.
When will I receive my I-20?
Undergraduate applicants will receive their I-20 with their acceptance packet in April if they have provided the appropriate proof of financial support documents.
Graduate applicants receive their I-20 with their acceptance packet in mid-March if you submit the complete Guarantor's Statement of Financial Support with the application. If you are currently attending a school in the United States, you must first complete your I-20 Transfer Release Form and your I-20 will be sent to you once your current school releases your I-20. This usually happens sometime after you graduate from your current program.
Am I eligible for scholarship if I am an international student?
Yes, you are eligible for the same talent-based scholarships as U.S. citizens.
What kinds of scholarship opportunities are there for undergraduate students?
All applicants are automatically considered for Hartt's Performing Arts Scholarships (PAS). These scholarships are awarded by the faculty based on the student's audition (for performance applicants) or interview (all other majors). No separate application is necessary.
- Performing Arts Scholarships range up to full tuition.
- 90% of the incoming freshman class receives a PAS.
- Only full-time undergraduate students entering in the fall semester are considered.
- Awards are not reviewed for increases in subsequent years.
- Performing Arts Scholarships may not be combined with any other grants or scholarships (i.e. academic awards) administered by the University of Hartford.
Awards are made upon acceptance and are renewable up to an aggregate total of four years based on an annual evaluation. Students admitted into a double major, five year program may have the PAS renewed for an aggregate total of five year. Students adding a second major or changing majors after beginning classes are not eligible for scholarship beyond the fourth year of study.
The student must maintain full-time undergraduate status, a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of a 2.75 overall or a 3.0 GPA in their major field(s) of study at The Hartt School. In addition, the student must maintain satisfactory academic progress as defined by the University of Hartford Undergraduate Bulletin. If the student fails to meet the renewal criteria, the scholarship will be rescinded and will not be reinstated.
Students may also complete the FAFSA for need-based awards. The FAFSA may be completed online at www.fafsa.ed.gov or you may obtain a paper application from high school guidance offices or the University's Office of Admission and Student Financial Assistance. We also recommend seeking outside scholarships that can be applied toward tuition or room and board.
What kinds of scholarship opportunities are available to graduate students?
All graduate applicants are automatically considered for graduate talent awards, assistantships, and fellowships. The awards are based on the student's audition (for performance applicants) or interview (all other majors). Students should complete the fellowship/assistantship/scholarship application found within the Hartt graduate application.
- Only full-time graduate students entering in the fall semester are considered.
- Full-time students entering in the spring will be considered for awards beginning in the following school year.
- Awards are assigned on a one-year basis and may be reassigned for subsequent years.
- Scholarships range up to full tuition.
- Assistantships range from $1,200 to $4,800 depending on the hours per week assigned.
- Fellowships range from $1,000 to full tuition.
- Lesser awards are also offered in the form of restricted funds and stipends.
Students may also complete the FAFSA for need-based awards. The FAFSA may be completed online at www.fafsa.ed.gov or you may obtain a paper application from high school guidance offices or the University's Office of Admission and Student Financial Assistance. We also recommend seeking outside scholarship that can be applied toward tuition or room & board.
What is the student to teacher ratio?
How large are the classes?
Hartt classes are typically small, with a maximum of 20-25. The one exception is the undergraduate music history class, which is much larger. In addition to the professor, there are two teaching assistants and every third class is broken into smaller discussion groups.
How many students are enrolled in The Hartt School?
There are 621 undergraduate students at The Hartt School and 5,676 total undergraduate students at the University of Hartford.
There are 150 graduate students at The Hartt School and 1,671 total graduate students at the University of Hartford.
How geographically diverse is The Hartt School?
States Represented: 45
Foreign Countries Represented: 49
How can I make the most of my visit?
To make the most of your visit you should schedule a University of Hartford campus tour. Hartt Admissions will be glad to schedule a 30 minute information session around your tour time. Take a look at the performance calendar; we can provide you with tickets to most of the performances and an opportunity to sit in on classes if we are given enough notice of your visit. If you are interested in a private lesson with a particular instrumental faculty member, it is best to contact him/her first as not all of our faculty are free every day. You can contact our vocal division coordinator, Barbara Porter, to schedule a time to observe a classical voice audition.
When is orientation?
First year and transfer students will select their orientation session in their registration packet. They will have the option to come during one of the summer programs for orientation or the week before classes begin in the fall. Graduate students will take placement exams and participate in a Hartt School orientation the week before classes begin. Graduate students please click here.