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Newsletter: Sept. 12, 2017

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The next issue will be published Sept. 26, 2017. The deadline for submissions is Monday, Sept. 18. For a full schedule of deadlines, please visit

In this issue


Creative Studies Programs 2017–18

Welcome New Faculty!

Fall Reminders

Welcome Letter from Director Noah Blocker-Glynn

Noah Blocker-GlynnGreetings! Welcome to another exciting and transformative year at The Hartt School Community Division. Over the summer we have made a number of enhancements, including the addition of several new (and exceptional) faculty members, revising our dance program curriculum, launching a Suzuki Early Childhood Education program and the Hartt Preparatory Academy, streamlining the vehicle registration process, and much more. It is our hope that these actions not only enhance your experience with us, but also make Hartt a more comprehensive, friendly, and innovative place for performing arts education.

Early this summer I had the privilege to attend a leadership institute at the Eastman School of Music hosted by a number of the nation’s leading music school deans. I learned a great deal about a myriad of topics and identified some new pathways to enhance our school, among many other takeaways. Perhaps best of all, I was reminded how truly amazing our school is. In the vast and diverse world of divisional performing arts schools, we are excelling! This is not solely the result of our programming, business processes, or our connection with the University of Hartford, but rather, the unique complement of it all. For me, the “secret sauce” that binds it all together is our dedication and first-rate faculty, working with committed and talented students—from here, so much is possible.

As we start a new academic year, I encourage all of you to take the time to “consume art.” Not just your art, but all art—in our school and in our communities. Creating and fostering a culture that supports the arts has to start with us: in our recital halls and performance venues, in our lessons and in our curriculum, and of course, at every age!

I am looking forward to seeing many of you in lessons, classes, performances, and in the community. Best wishes for a great year!

—Noah Blocker-Glynn, Director

See photos from the first weekend of the semester on Facebook.

First weekend of fall semester 2017

Hartt Preparatory Academy: Spots still available for High School Juniors and Seniors


The new Hartt Preparatory Academy is accepting applications from high school juniors and seniors for its inaugural class. The program is designed to prepare advanced high school musicians to pursue music in college by taking courses equivalent to Hartt’s freshman curriculum. Classes include music theory, aural skills, keyboard skills, private instruction, ensemble participation, and more.

Juniors are eligible to participate in the full two-year program, and seniors are eligible to participate in the Year 1 curriculum (either the full program or the core classes only).

Visit our webpage for more information. If you have any questions about the HPA, please contact Jessica Rudman at

2017–18 Fund for Access Awards

The Fund for Access is a means to provide high-caliber performing arts instruction to Hartford-area youth students who otherwise might not be able to afford it. Over time, the fund has been generously supported by private individuals, foundations, and corporations, but requires annual donations and gifts from the community to meet the ongoing need of qualified students.

For the 2017–18 academic year, we have awarded $86,328 in tuition dollars to 107 HCD students. Thank you to everyone who has donated to this important fund. Applications for Fund for Access awards are accepted annually in June and December. If you'd like to apply for spring semester, please visit the Fund for Access page this November, when the new application will be available.

Nutcracker Auditions

This year's annual production of The Nutcracker will be Friday, December 8 and 15, at 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, December 9 and 16, at 7:30 p.m.; and Sunday, December 10 and 17, at 2 p.m. at the newly renovated Millard Auditorium on the campus of the University of Hartford. We are looking to fill the role of "party parents."

Audition: Thursday, Sept. 14, 7:30–8:15 p.m.

Where: Mort and Irma Handel Performing Arts Center, 35 Westbourne Parkway, Hartford, Conn. 

The Nutcracker

Seeking three adult males and three adult females to appear as “party parents” in the first act of The Nutcracker. Must be able to move well and take direction. Dance and theatre training preferred, but not necessary. Must be available for all rehearsals, tech-week rehearsals, the student matinée, and six performances.


  • Thursday, October 26, 8–9 p.m.
  • Saturdays, October 28 and November 4, 12–1:30 p.m.
  • Saturdays, November 11 and 18, and December 2, 1–3 p.m.
  • Tech weeks: December 3–7, and 12–14


  • Friday, December 8 and 15, at 7:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, December 9 and 16, at 7:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, December 10 and 17, at 2 p.m.
  • Student matinée Thursday, December 14, 10 a.m.

To audition or for more information, contact Susannah Marchese, Ballet Master and Production Coordinator, at 860.768.2447 or

Creative Studies Programs 2017–18


The Creative Studies Department is dedicated to providing students with innovative and distinctive musical experiences. The ensembles inspire students to look at collaboration and inspiration outside of the realm of classical music.

Luke NelsonInstructor Luke Nelson has worked with many jazz greats including Brad Goode, Don Stiernberg, Johnny Frigo, and his dear friend and mentor, Jon Hendricks. He is also a seasoned music director and actor, having performed at many theaters around the country, including the renowned Goodman Theater and Second City in Chicago. Several years ago, Nelson moved back to his home state of Connecticut and has since been seen at Cheney Hall in Manchester, The Bushnell in Hartford, and many other New England venues. He continues to produce music while devoting most of his time to music education.

Creative Studies ensembles include:

For students in grades 7–12
Length of course: 9 weeks
Saturdays, 1–2 p.m. (Oct.7–Dec. 16)
Hartt Jazz ComboMore info

For students in grades 712
Length of course: Full academic year (Oct.May)
Fridays, 4:305:30 p.m. (begins Oct. 6)
More info

For students in grades 712
Length of course: Full academic year (Oct.May)
Wednesdays, 67 p.m. (Middle School students), 89 p.m. (High School Students) (begins Oct. 4)
More info

For students in grades 712
Length of course: 10 weeks
Mondays, 5:306:30 p.m. (Oct. 9Dec. 11)
More info

For students in grades 712
Length of course: 10 weeks
Thursdays, 56 p.m. (Oct. 12Dec. 14)
More info

For students age 16 through adults
Length of course: 7 weeks
Saturdays, 11:15 a.m.12:15 p.m. (Oct.7Nov.18)
More info

Registration for Creative Studies ensembles available here.

ComPose Yourself (Composition Studies)

Compose Yourself introduces students to the creative process and inspires to express themselves musically. Students work in small classes with our composition faculty to learn fundamental concepts and skills that they will apply to create original music. Each 6-week session is focused on a different theme.

Jessica RudmanInstructor Jessica Rudman is a composer and the Chair of the Creative Studies Department at HCD. She holds a B.A. with Distinction in Music from the University of Virginia, an M.M. in Music Composition from The Hartt School, and an A.D. in Music Composition, also from Hartt. In 2015, she completed her Ph.D. at the City University of New York, where she was awarded an Enhanced Chancellor’s Fellowship.

For students grades 4–8
Length of course: 6 weeks
Saturdays from 12:30–1:30 p.m. (Oct.–Nov.)
More Info

For students grades 9–12
Length of course: 6 weeks
Sundays from 1:45–2:45 p.m. (Oct.–Nov.)
More Info

Composition StudentSONGWRITING
For students grades 7–12
Length of course: 6 weeks
Thursday from 6:30–7:30 p.m. (Jan.–Mar.)
More Info

For students grades 4–8
Length of course: 6 weeks
Saturdays from 12:30–1:30 p.m. (Jan.–Mar.)
More Info

For students grades 9–12
Length of course: 6 weeks
Sundays from 1:45–2:45 p.m. (Jan.–Mar.)
More Info

For students grades 4–8
Length of course: 6 weeks
Saturdays from 12:30–1:30 p.m. (Mar.–May.)
More Info

For students grades 9–12
Length of course: 6 weeks
Sundays from 1:45–2:45 p.m. (Mar.–May.)
More Info

Young Composers Project

The 2017–18 session of the Young Composers Project (YCP)—which runs from Sunday, October 22, to Tuesday, May 15, 2018—is now enrolling. If you're a student in grades 7–12 (or homeschool equivalent) who is interested in writing your own music, YCP is an opportunity to delve into music composition. 

YCP is for students with an interest in

  • learning to express themselves through music
  • gaining a deeper understanding of how music works
  • sharing their music with other students
  • studying with active and enthusiastic mentor composers
  • working with professional musicians
  • hearing their music realized in live performance

Students may enroll in one of three sessions:

  • Tuesdays, 7:30–8:30 p.m.
  • Sundays, 3–4 pm, or
  • Sundays, 4:15–5:15 p.m.

Download the 2017–18 YCP calendar (PDF).



Registration is now open for our Musicianship program. Classes begin Sept. 30. These 30-minute classes meet on Saturday mornings and offer students of all ages (including adults!) instruction in music theory and aural skills. Musicianship is offered in three levels at the following times:

Musicianship 1: Saturdays, 9–9:30 a.m. or 10:3011 a.m.
Musicianship 2: Saturdays, 9:3010 a.m. or 1111:30 a.m.
Musicianship 3: Saturdays, 1010:30 a.m. or 11:30 a.m.12 p.m.

Classes are free for all HCD private lessons students, and are open to other interested students with a tuition fee. More details are available on our website. If you have any questions about the Musicianship program, or which class would be the right fit for you/your child, please contact Jessica Rudman at

Welcome New Faculty

Anna Grudskaya, Piano

Anna GrudskayaHCD welcomes Anna Grudskaya to the piano faculty. Grudskaya was born in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, to a family of musicians and artists and began piano studies at the age of four. Winner of the Concerto/Aria Competition at Santa Clara University and Van Waynen Piano Competition, and the 2017 Hartt Chamber Music Competition, Grudskaya has performed in concert halls in the United States and abroad. She has performed in festivals including the Classical Music Festival in Eisenstadt, Austria; International Keyboard Institute and Festival; Aspen Music Festival and School; Beijing International Music Festival and Academy; New Orleans Piano Institute; NYU Summer Piano Intensive; and Adamant Music School. She has earned degrees from Santa Clara University, Mannes College of Music, New York University, and is currently a Doctor of Musical Arts candidate in piano performance at The Hartt School. Her major teachers have included Hans Boepple, Pavlina Dokovska, Eteri Andjaparidze, and David Westfall.

Grudskaya will be teaching both traditional and Suzuki piano.

Katie Judge, Dance

Katie JudgeKatie Judge is a senior at University of Hartford's Hartt School and will complete her BFA in ballet pedagogy and dance performance in May 2018. She began dancing at Dance Workshop of Hanover in Hanover, Massachusetts at three years old. While growing up, she received extensive training in ballet, pointe, contemporary, jazz, and tap. Eventually, Judge became a faculty member at her studio. Since arriving at The Hartt School, she has had the opportunity to perform in several new and restaged works by prominent choreographers such as José Limon, George Balanchine, Norbert de la Cruz III, Lucy Bowen McCauley, Debra Collins Ryder, and Katie Stevinson-Nollet. Katie has also had the opportunity to train at several prestigious intensive programs around the country, including the San Francisco Conservatory of Dance and Hubbard Street Dance Chicago. In addition to performing, Katie has expanded her passion for teaching dance through internships with The Hartt School Community Division and the University of Hartford Magnet School. She was recently the dance director in Hartt Community Division’s Prism Project, a performing arts program for students with exceptionalities.

Jane Krantz, Dance

Jane KrantzJane Krantz grew up training at the King Centre for the Performing Arts in Bergen County, New Jersey, where she performed and competed across the nation with the American Youth Dance Company. She attended the University of Hartford's The Hartt School on scholarship under the direction of Stephen Pier and holds a BFA in Dance Performance. Prior to completing her senior year, Krantz was one of only three dancers from the United States to be selected to travel to Mexico City for the ArcDanz Professional Dance Program, where she performed at the Museo Soumaya.

Upon graduation, Krantz attended the Connecticut School of Yoga, where she obtained her 200-hour Yoga Teacher Certification. She teaches yoga in the Hartford area in addition to teaching and choreographing at dance schools in the Connecticut and New York areas.

Reminder: Register Your Vehicles for the 2017–18 year

Please register your vehicle within one week of enrollment.

D LotHCD students are required to register their vehicles to park on the University of Hartford campus. This applies to our main campus and Handel Performing Arts Center locations, but does not apply to our Simsmore Square or other satellite locations. Students must re-register their vehicle(s) each year, regardless of if they have done so in the past.

We are excited to announce that we have made the process of registering your vehicle easier.

Please note that the vehicle registration process is the responsibility of the student/family. 

How to Register Your Vehicle

Visit the Vehicle Registration page and register your vehicle by enrolling as you would for a class: Click "Register Now!" to add the "item" to your virtual shopping cart (Vehicle Registration - "Vehicle 1" or "Vehicle 2"), then click the red "Checkout" link at the bottom to continue processing your order.

There is no cost to register a vehicle. You will need the following information:

  • 8-digit University ID number
  • License plate number
  • License plate state
  • Vehicle year
  • Vehicle make
  • Vehicle color
  • Vehicle body style

For FAQs, please visit our vehicle registration information page.

HCD Office Hours

Simsmore SquareHCD offices transitioned to our fall hours on Sept. 5, 2017.

Main Campus

Monday–Friday: 10 a.m.–6 p.m.
Saturday: 8:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m.
Sunday: CLOSED

Handel Performing Arts Center

Monday–Friday: 3–9 p.m.
Saturday: 8:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m.
Sunday: CLOSED

Simsmore Square

Monday–Thursday: 3–9 p.m.
Friday: CLOSED
Saturday: 9 a.m.–3 p.m.
Sunday: CLOSED

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