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With a severe winter storm forecast to affect our area during Saturday night and Sunday, residential students are asked to postpone their return to campus to Monday afternoon or, for those whose class schedules allow, Tuesday. Students, please do not arrive on campus Sunday, and check back here throughout the storm's duration for the latest advisories. Those students whose travel arrangements do not allow for a return to campus on Monday or Tuesday will be permitted to arrive during the day on Saturday and will be able to access their residential space by ID swipe. (Please note that meal plans go into effect with the Sunday evening meal.)

Hartt Community Division students and families, please check back here during the weekend for the status of HCD activities.

Newsletter: October 17, 2017

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This edition of the eletter contains general news. The next issue focuses on accolades and events. The deadline for submissions is Monday, October 23.

Welcome To Our 2017–18 Interns!

HCD is grateful to have four University of Hartford interns with us this year. If you see their friendly faces around campus, be sure to thank them for their hard work.

2017 HCD internsMatthew Carp, sophomore (top left)
Dance Department Intern
Major: Musical Theatre

Natalie Kowalski, freshman (top right)
HCD Main Office intern
Major: Music Education 

Lisa Raimo, sophomore (bottom left)
HCD Main Office Intern
Major: Music Education

Jessica Schreiner, junior (bottom right)
HCD Main Office Intern
Major: Music History—Performance Practices Emphasis (Bass Clarinet)

Employment Opportunity: Dance Department Office Coordinator

We're hiring!

Dance Department Office Coordinator (full-time)

HPACThe Hartt School Community Division seeks a professional, organized self-starter with strong systems, office, and customer service experience. The Office Coordinator works closely with members of the Dance Department team to oversee, facilitate, and initiate office and administrative processes that ensure the successful day-to-day business operations, with an eye toward supporting the overall mission of the school and its programs. The coordinator is responsible for all customer service activities, including the oversight and management of a small part-time customer service team. Ideal candidates must have exceptional written and verbal skills, possess a drive for continuous systems improvement/enhancement, an ability to leverage technology, and a passion for performing arts education. This position requires regular working hours of 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday, with occasional weekend work for events, performances, and other important school activities.

For more information and to apply, please visit

Dance Students to Participate in Master Class with Joan Lazarus

We are excited to be offering a Master Class series with Joan Lazarus on Friday, October 20 and Saturday, October 21. On Friday, October 20, Lazarus will offer a modern class from 4:30–6:30 p.m. for all Division III students in the Classical Ballet Program. On Saturday, October 21, she will offer a modern repertoire workshop from 11 a.m.–2:30 p.m. for Level 5 and 6 students. The work that Lazarus sets in this workshop will be presented in the HarttWorks performance in March.

About Joan Lazarus

Joan LazarusJoan Lazarus served as Executive Director of Oakland Ballet, General Manager of Cowell Theater at Fort Mason Center, and Executive Director of WestWave Dance, the largest festival of new choreography west of the Mississippi. She was capital campaign consultant for ODC/San Francisco’s expansion project in the Mission District, is former President of Dance Bay Area, and served on the Steering Committee of Bay Area National Dance Week. Joan has performed with, or in the works of, Alonzo King, Cliff Keuter, Ellen Bromberg, Victoria Morgan, Krissy Keefer, Frank Shawl, Bill DeYoung, Toni Pimble, Richard Colton and Alan Ptashek. She taught at the University of Oregon, Mills College, San Francisco Ballet, Dance Circle of Boston, The Princeton Ballet, The Marin Ballet, RoCo Dance & Fitness, and Shawl-Anderson Dance Center, and co-authored the Dance Curriculum Guide adopted by the San Francisco Unified School District. She holds a B.A. in Psycholinguistics, a M.A. in Dance, and a M.A. in Arts Administration. She received Bay Area National Dance Week’s Contribution to the Field of Dance Award in 2006, and in 2012 she received an Isadora Duncan Dance Award for Sustained Achievement. Lazarus was named “2011 Dance MVP” by The San Francisco Chronicle

Music Composition Classes Begin Oct. 31

Young Composers Project ensemble rehearsal

The 2017–18 Young Composers Project for students in grades 7–12 begins October 31. Limited spaces are still available! Classes meet once a week and are offered on Sundays from 3–4 pm or 4:15– 5:15 p.m., or Tuesdays from 7:30–8:30 p.m. The program is open to students in grades 7-12 and runs Oct.-May. Students work in small groups with composition faculty members to learn composition techniques and get feedback on works-in-progress. They also participate in a residency with the Hartford Independent Chamber Orchestra (HICO) involving three sessions where ensemble members will read and record student compositions and a final concert where subsets of HICO will perform the students’ compositions. Details and registration info are available online.

If you have any questions about YCP or our other composition programs, please contact Jessica Rudman at

HCD Private Students and Chamber Groups: You Can Have Original Compositions Written for You!

Jeff Cregeur and Emily Steele

The HCD Creative Studies department will be running a collaboration with the Hartt Composition department and the New Britain Museum of American Art (NBMAA) to create new music!

Participating soloists/groups will be paired with a collegiate composer who will create a new work of approximately 3–5 minutes in length inspired by a work of art at the NBMAA. Completed music will be distributed to players by the end of January. Students will then learn the music and be coached on it by their composer (via shared recordings and/or in-person rehearsals). New works will be performed at two concerts:

• April 27 at 7 p.m. in the performance space at HCD's Simsmore Square satellite location in Simsbury
• April 28 at 2 p.m. at the New Britain Museum of American Art

This collaboration is open to advanced performers on any instrument or voice (soloists). HCD chamber ensembles are also eligible. Performers must be available for both performances. While the deadline for this opportunity is Nov. 5, students/groups will be accepted on a rolling basis until the concert program is filled, so please sign up early!  

Full details and the submission form are available online.

Any questions about this project can be addressed to Jessica Rudman at

women Composers Festival of Hartford Seeks Applicants for Student Workshop

Women Composers Festival of HartfordThe Women Composers Festival of Hartford and the Hartt Community Division are proud to sponsor a student workshop with Cuatro Puntos. Selected students will compose a new, short piece for string quartet that will be read and workshopped on Friday, April 6. The reading session will be recorded for participants’ personal (i.e. non-commercial) use.

Students will attend an in-person orientation session with Jessica Rudman, Ph.D, on Dec. 2 from 2–5 pm. Rudman will continue to mentor the students via email and online discussion as they work on their pieces. Finished compositions (scores and parts) will be due on March 6.

The Workshop is open to Connecticut-based students of any age who identify significantly as women/femmes. Applicants must have not completed a terminal degree in music composition. Students must be able to attend the orientation on Dec. 2 and the workshop on April 6. Students will receive a free Festival pass, which will grant them admission to all 2018 Women Composers Festival events. The workshop is free and open to the public.

Applications are due Nov. 5. Full details and the submission form are available online.

Tickets for The Nutcracker Ballet on Sale Oct. 31

The Nutcracker 2017

The Hartt School Community Division’s annual tradition of The Nutcracker ballet continues this year with performances opening December 8, 7:30 p.m. in the newly renovated Alfred C. Fuller Music Center’s Millard Auditorium at the University of Hartford, 200 Bloomfield Avenue, West Hartford. Tchaikovsky’s glorious score provides the backdrop for this full-length, family-friendly holiday production. The magical story of Clara, her Nutcracker Prince, and the Sugar Plum Fairy is beautifully staged and performed by the HCD dance department.

Tickets will go on sale Tuesday, October 31. Ticket prices are $30 for adults, $20 for seniors, $20 for students with ID, and $15 for children 12 and under. Please call the University Box Office at 860.768.4228 or 800.274.8587 or visit on or after October 31 to purchase tickets.

Nutcracker Performances

  • Friday, December 8, at 7:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, December 9, at 7:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, December 10, at 2 p.m.
  • Friday, December 15, at 7:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, December 16, at 7:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, December 17, at 2 p.m.



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