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January 10, 2017
This edition contains general-interest articles. Our next accolades-and-events edition will be published January 24.

In this Issue

Summer Study

Practice-a-thon raises over $3000 for Fund for Access

Practice-a-Thon Thank You 2016

A big thank you to all of the HCD students and donors who participated in our very first Practice-a-Thon fundraiser. Together, we raised over $3000 for the Fund for Access, which provides need-based financial assistance for HCD programs.

Congratulations to our fundraising champions! The following youth participants won prizes for their participation:

The Suzuki orchestra Da Capo has won the pizza party, earned by raising the most per person out of all the ensembles.

For the adults, John Soares, piano student of Ruriko Wheeler, made a sweeping win in all four categories. An honorable mention goes to our very own Private Lesson Coordinator Chris Rizzio, piano student of Agustin Muriago, for tying with Soares in the Biggest Gift category.

HCD to Launch Program for Students with exceptionalities

The Prism Project at the Hartt Community Division is a performing arts experience for students with exceptionalities. Students ages 7–14 years will have the opportunity to practice important social skills while participating in rehearsals for a performance on April 30, 2017. Each student performer will be paired with a University student buddy who will be their one-on-one guide and support at every rehearsal and during the performance. The Prism Project is modeled after the program at Ball State University in Indiana. Rehearsals will take place on Sundays from 1–2:30 p.m. beginning on January 29 at The Hartt School. Students of all abilities are encouraged to participate.  Please contact Jackie Smith, Prism Program Director, at for more information, or register online.

Prism student. Photo courtesy of Ball State University

Pictured: Prism student. Photo courtesy of Ball State University.

cmea audition preparation workshops


Members of The Hartt School Community Division faculty will lead a series of workshops on the Connecticut All-State audition repertoire. These classes are open to all students who are preparing for the CMEA All-State audition or who are interested in the repertoire and refining their technique. Classes are open to the public for a fee of $15 per participant. The fee is waived for HCD Private Lesson students. RSVP online.

Youth Clarinetists at HCD

Bassoon with Scott Switzer
Sunday, January 15, 2017 
4–6 p.m.
The Hartt School, room 343 
Repertoire: Etler—Sonata for bassoon, movements 2 and 3

Oboe with Charles Huang 
Saturday, January 21, 2017 
12:30–2:30 p.m. 
The Hartt School, room 343 
Repertoire: Albinoni—Concerto for oboe Op. 2, movements 1 and 2

Flute with Greig Shearer
Saturday, January 21, 2017
3–5 p.m.
The Hartt School, room 342
Repertoire: Faure—Fantasie for flute, Op. 79

Clarinet with Curt Blood 
Saturday, January 21, 2017
3–5 p.m.
The Hartt School, room 343
Repertoire: Brahms—Sonata in Eb for clarinet Op. 120, movements 1 and 3

Horn with Barbara Hill 
Saturday, January 21, 2017
3–5 p.m.
The Hartt School, room 410 
Repertoire: Heiden—Sonata for French horn, movement 1

What is creative studies?


The Community Division is committed to offering unparalleled and innovative arts education, and one of the ways we accomplish this is through our (relatively new) Creative Studies Department. Formed in 2015, the Creative Studies Department is proud to offer exciting programs that supplement the high quality private instruction and ensembles in which our music students participate.

Composition at HCD

What is Creative Studies?

The term “creative studies” refers to a number of diverse classes and ensembles related to rock, jazz, composition, musicianship and music theory, conducting, and more. What links these programs is their emphasis on allowing students to explore new interests and express themselves through sound. The students exercise creativity as performers, composers, and thinkers in environments where they can try new things and develop their skills while having fun. A number of our programs are starting up in January or February, and spots are available for interested students.

Rock Band 2016We are very excited to offer a new Conducting Basics course for high school students, which will allow them to get a taste of what it feels like to be on the other side of the podium. We are also expanding our composition offerings to include a class for younger students (in grades 4-8) called Compose Yourself, where participants will create pieces for themselves to perform in a final concert. Our Rock Band ensemble, which first ran last year, will be returning under the direction of Luke Nelson. Fiddling will also return, as we will be offering a FREE four-week session with guest instructor Dan Foster. Plans are underway for other new programs, so keep an eye out for more information in the future!


In addition to these classes and ensembles, we are also very excited to be holding our first All-School Composition Recital on March 25 at 6 p.m. Any HCD private lesson or YCP student can sign up to perform a piece they have written at this concert. Students can perform their works as soloists or in an ensemble (students must provide additional performers). Audio playback is available if any student would like to submit an electronic piece. No prior compositional experience is necessary, and there is no minimum duration for pieces. After the performance, all participants will receive short written feedback on their composition from HCD composition faculty. 

Are you interested in performing? Please have your teacher complete the online form. Then send a copy of your composition (either in musical notation or as an audio recording) to Jessica Rudman no later than March 3, 2017. 

Please contact Jessica Rudman with any questions.

March Suzuki String Workshop Online Registration Now Open

The Hartt Suzuki String Workshop will be held at The Hartt School Friday–Sunday, March 17–19, 2017, for Suzuki violin, viola, cello, and guitar students. Online registration is now available.

2017 March Suzuki Workshop

Join us for a weekend of intensive instruction, motivation, and fun with some of the most creative clinicians in North America. This year's guest clinicians include:

  • Thomas Wermuth, advanced violin; Western Springs, Ill.
  • Tal Schifter, violin; Westbury, N.Y.
  • Susan Reed, violin and enrichment; Dover, Mass.
  • Natalie Brandt Coots, violin and viola; Ithaca, N.Y.
  • Richard Mooney, cello; La Verne, Calif.
  • Seth Himmelhoch, guitar; Teaneck, N.J.

Learn more.

Registration for the Northeast Horn Workshop Now Open

2017 Northeast Horn WorkshopNORTHEAST HORN WORKSHOP
MARCH 24–26, 2017

Join us for a horn-dedicated weekend hosted by The Hartt School Community Division, featuring performances by James Sommerville, principal horn of the Boston Symphony Orchestra; The United States Coast Guard Band with guest soloist William Purvis; Jennifer Montone, principal horn of The Philadelphia Orchestra, and many local and regional artists, including collegiate horn studios.

  • High-school and college-level competition sign-ups available
  • Master Classes
  • Horn Choir for college-level and amateur horn players

Participant registration deadline: March 10, 2017

Learn more.

Trumpet Faculty Peter Roe on WNPR's Where We Live

HCD trumpet faculty Peter Roe was interviewed by WNPR's Diane Orson along with clarinetist Melinda Burnham about their time serving as musicians for the U.S. Armed Forces in Iraq. The interview aired on Thursday, January 5, on the Where We Live radio broadcast. You can read about and listen to the touching interview on WNPR's website.

You Can Vote for HCD Dance in the Best of Hartford Magazine Poll

Hartford Magazine Best ofHartford Magazine has launched its 2017 "Best of" online readers' poll. If you're a fan of the Hartt Community Dance Department, we encourage you to vote for us in the "Best Dance Lessons" category. Simply visit the Hartford Magazine website and enter "Hartt School Community Division" in the "Dance Lessons" field on page 1. Please note that you do have to vote in at least ten "best of" categories to submit your ballot.

Summer Study at HCD

Applications Now Being Accepted for Summer Musical Theatre Intensive 2017

We are now accepting applications for our popular Summer Musical Theatre Intensive programs, lead by voice faculty and program director Michelle Murray Fiertek. Summer Musical Theatre Preprofessional and Junior are an exceptional summer-study opportunity for young performers to develop their acting, singing, and dance skills while working closely with industry professionals. The program culminates in a showcase performance.

Actors Kenneth and Wendy Cavett will return this year as co-artistic directors. Other faculty include New York-based actor and writer Moira O'Sullivan, veteran Broadway performer and HCD voice faculty Janelle Robinson, rock music innovator Sheri Sanders, and Broadway performer Melvin Tunstall, III.

Learn more:

Summer Musical Theatre Intensive Preprofessional
July 3–14, 2017
Monday–Friday, 9 a.m.–5 p.m.
Applications accepted January 1–April 3, 2017

Summer Musical Theatre Intensive Junior
July 10–21, 2017
Monday–Friday, 9 a.m.–5 p.m.
Applications accepted January 1–May 15, 2017

Join Our Meet the Masters Summer Jazz Workshop

This year's five-day jazz workshop, Meet the Masters, will run from June 26–30, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Jazz instrumentalists and vocalists in grade 9 through adults are invited to study under the direction of Javon Jackson, Director of the University of Hartford’s Jackie McLean Institute of Jazz, along with fellow renowned jazz professionals Jeremy Manasia (piano) and John Mastroianni (alto saxophone).

 The application deadline is April 15, 2017. Learn more.

Meet the Masters

Other Summer Study

HCD Faculty Lead summer study in Italy


Suzuki in the Dolomites 2016 by Daniela Anderson

HCD piano faculty Malgosia Lis is program coordinator and piano faculty for this year's Suzuki in the Dolomites Festival in Fiera di Primero, Italy, July 8–22, 2017. Suzuki in the Dolomites runs under auspices of Music Academy International and Mezzano Romantica Festivals and includes Suzuki faculty from the US and Italy. Other HCD Faculty teaching at this program include guitar faculty David Madsen and viola faculty Gabriel Remillard. The program is open to all Suzuki students and offers special Young Artist program for students in books 6 and up.

The Festival offers a free shuttle from the airport and an orientation day, including "meet and greet" reception at the historic Malga Ces hotel in San Martino di Castrozza, at the bottom of Rosetta peak. The Festival offers master classes, ensembles (piano and chamber), technique and performance classes and more.

For more information, please visit the Music Academy International website or contact Malgosia Lis, the program coordinator.

Photo courtesy of Daniela Anderson


Music Adventure 2016

Music Adventure: Chamber Music for Young Artists, July 23–August 7, 2017, is a summer program for high school chamber music students organized by HCD cello faculty Eric Dahlin and Katie Kennedy. The program is located at Tenuta di Spannocchia, a sprawling historic agricultural estate near Siena in the heart of Tuscany. It combines an intensive chamber music program that includes individual instruction, chamber orchestra, performances, and master classes with sightseeing and cultural activities. Limited to sixteen students, high school aged string players, ages 13–18, the program is a unique and inspiring opportunity for musical and personal growth. There may also be a spot available for an accomplished woodwind student. Need-based financial aid is available. For more information or to schedule an audition, contact director Eric Dahlin.


The HCD e-letter is a great place to publish accolades, news, and events concerning HCD faculty, students, and staff. If you have an article or upcoming event to submit, please email and indicate “HCD e-letter submission” in the title.

The next events and accolades e-letter is scheduled to be published on Tuesday, January 24, 2017. Please submit events and accolades by Monday, January 16. The next general-interest e-letter is scheduled to be published on Tuesday, February 14. Please submit articles by Monday, February 6, 2017.