About the University of Hartford's Hartt School Community Division
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Our mission is to enrich lives through innovative and unparalleled performing arts education.

Vision statement

We believe in the transformative power of the performing arts

By engaging the region’s best, most innovative faculty and investing in their continued development, we build an unparalleled educational experience and environment that will enrich the lives of our students regardless of age, background, or level. We are committed to the development of the whole artist through a complement of instruction, collaboration, performance, outreach, and creative exploration.

Culture statement

As the community extension of The Hartt School, The Hartt School Community Division further defines its core values as: a commitment to excellence in a warm, friendly, nurturing, inclusive and diverse environment for allstudents, faculty, families, and administration. Our ideals of respect, dignity, personal enrichment and a professional approach are at the foundation of all that we do every day.

General information

At our locations in West Hartford, Hartford, and Simsbury, Conn., we are proud to serve over 2,800 students of all ages and backgrounds. Each of our students experience high-quality instruction from our committed faculty. To support artistic development, we encourage our students to enroll in multiple activities such as

  • individual and group instruction
  • chamber and large ensembles
  • performance and recital opportunities
  • musicianship classes
  • workshops and master classes

HCD is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music and the National Association of Schools of Dance. We are viewed as a national model for community schools based on university campuses.

Our story

Community comes first

In 1920, master teacher and musician Julius Hartt opened the doors of The Hartt School of Music at 222 Collins Street in Hartford. Mr. Hartt, with his colleague Moshe Paranov and an association of teachers and students, designed the school as a cooperative. Their goal was to give 100 students broader educational opportunities than were available at the time.

The community was not left behind as The Hartt School was granted college accreditation and developed into a conservatory. 1938 saw the foundation of the Community Division’s current ensemble program. That year, Rubin Segal created The Hartt School Training Orchestra. From that one youth orchestra, The Hartt School Community Division developed eight orchestras, three wind ensembles, and eight choirs.

The Hartt School, along with the Community Division, merged with the University of Hartford in 1959. The Community Division offered music programs until 2005, when the School of Dance Connecticut (formerly the School of the Hartford Ballet) was absorbed by the Community Division. 

The Hartt School Community Division continues to provide expert instruction in music and dance to the Greater Hartford area. 

The University of Hartford is a private, nonprofit, tax-exempt under Section 501 (c)(3) of the IRS Code.