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Newsletter: October 31, 2017

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This edition of the eletter contains accolades and events. The next issue focuses on general news. The deadline for submissions is Monday, November 6.

Special Events



Special Events

Save the Date: Celebrate Hartt

2017 Celebrate Hartt

Saturday, Feb. 17
Location: University of Hartford
Join us in celebrating The Hartt School! This special fundraiser will showcase and support our community of inspiring students, scholars, and educators. Evening attire is requested. More details will be announced soon. Mark your calendars! Questions can be directed to Liz Reynolds at  


HCD Students Earn Vocal Fellowships

The Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts has announced the winners of this year’s Ensign-Darling Vocal Fellowship. The Ensign-Darling Vocal Fellowship is a full scholarship vocal training program for a select number of very talented and highly-motivated high school-aged singers interested in classical and theatrical music. Congratulations to HCD students Charlie Uthgenannt, Tim Amarell, and Sarah Marze, who have earned spots as Fellows, and HCD students Charles Milhaliak, Male Alternate, Emily Steele, Female Alternate.

Fellows commit to private lessons each week in three areas throughout the duration of the program: vocal performance and classical training, vocal coaching, and musical skills. In addition, Fellows attend master classes, workshops, and select performances at The Bushnell and other local venues. The culmination of each year is a spring concert held at The Bushnell’s Belding Theater that features the Fellows performing vocal pieces reflective of the prior year’s training in classical and musical theater repertoire.

Viola Tour Group Performed at HSO Pre-Concert Oct. 8

Viola Tour Group
Members of the Viola Tour Group (led by HCD faculty Melinda Daetsch) performing in the lobby of The Bushnell on Oct. 8 prior to the Hartford Symphony Orchestra concert.

Barbara Hopkins Named Chair of NationAl Flute Association Historical Flutes Committee

Barbara HopkinsHCD flute faculty Barbara Hopkins has been named to a four-year term as Chair of the National Flute Association Historical Flutes Committee. The Committee promotes early flutes from the Renaissance through the mid-19th century. They sponsor a competition, master classes, workshops, and concerts at the annual convention. As chair, Barbara will write a grant to be funded from the NFA endowment, author and administrate proposals for events at conventions, and work with the Program chair to secure performance spaces and harpsichords at convention sites. Barbara is also teaching Baroque flute through the Committee's Mather Baroque Flute Study Program, which loans Baroque flutes to NFA members wishing to begin studying Baroque flute with a Historical Flute Committee member.

Music Composed by HCD Faculty Jessica Rudman to be Performed

Jessica RudmanMusic by Creative Studies Department Chair Jessica Rudman will be performed in various venues across the country this month. Her composition for violin and cello, “You, As You Were Before You Existed,” will be performed as part of the International Alliance for Women in Music’s Annual Concert.  Works included on the concert were chosen from an international call for scores. The pieces will be presented by members of the Kansas Virtuosi on Oct. 28 at the University of Kansas.  

Her trumpet and electronics piece “My Father Was a Ventriloquist” will be performed by Todd Anderson at the University of Central Missouri on Nov. 8. “Epilogue” for voice and alto saxophone will be performed by Megan Ihnen and Alan Theisen at multiple locations in the Southern U.S. on their “This World of Yes” Tour Nov. 13–16. Her vocal solo, “There will come soft rains,” will be performed in Berkeley, Calif., by Ensemble for These Times on Nov. 17 and 19. Additionally, Hartford Opera Theater will premiere excerpts from her new opera, “Marie Curie Learns to Swim” on Nov. 18 at Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Hartford. 

Voce Earns Spot on Grammy Ballot

Voce's album "Music of the Spheres" is on the Grammy preliminary ballot for Best Choral Performance. Voce includes several HCD faculty and staff: Artistic Director Mark Singleton, who conducts the Connecticut Children's Chorus's (CCC) Primi Voci; CCC Director Meredith Neumann, HCD voice faculty Dana Kephart; Simsbury receptionist Liz Bologna; and collaborative pianist Stephen Scarlato. Look for the album on iTunes, Spotify, or Soundcloud.



Saturday, Nov. 4, 10 a.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Location: St. Patrick-St. Anthony Church, Hartford, Conn.

Voce, lead by HCD Primi Voci conductor Mark Singleton, Artistic Director, is kicking off their 2017–18 season by welcoming world-renowned composer Ēriks Ešenvalds to present a concert featuring his works. One of the world’s most sought-after and gifted composers, his music has been performed on every continent by the finest choirs. The concert, "The Dome of Heaven," will be performed Saturday night, and there will be an open dress rehearsal with Ēriks Ešenvalds at 10 a.m. Saturday morning. Voce's performers include CCC Director Meredith Neumann, HCD voice faculty Dana Kephart, Simsbury receptionist Liz Bologna, and collaborative pianist Stephen Scarlato. Tickets to the concert can be purchased online.

Nov. 4: 5x5 Dance festival Featuring HCD Faculty Jane Krantz

Jane KrantzSaturday, Nov. 5, 4 p.m. and 7 p.m.
Location: University of Saint Joseph’s Bruyette Athenaeum in West Hartford, Conn.
The 15th Annual 5X5 Dance Festival performances and master classes will be held in the University of Saint Joseph’s Bruyette Athenaeum. Showcase performances will be at 4 and 7 p.m. HCD dance faculty Jane Krantz will be teaching a contemporary jazz master class at 10 a.m. Krantz will also perform in the 7 p.m. performance showcase, dancing a solo work that she recently premiered in Edinburgh, Scotland.

Nov. 5: Nutcracker T-Shirt Orders Due

HCD Nutcracker TshirtsAll dance students should have received an email with information on how to order 2017 Nutcracker t-shirts. T-shirts are $15 and are available in fitted/women’s scoop necks and v-necks, unisex/men’s scoop necks and v-necks, and youth scoop necks. Orders must be received by 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 5. For photos, details, and a sizing chart, visit Orders received after the deadline will not be processed. Email any questions to Kate at

Order online.

Nov. 5: 15th Annual West Hartford Rotary Jazz Brunch

Saturday, Nov 5, 12  4 p.m.
Location: The Hartford Club, 46 Prospect St. Hartford, Conn.
Joanne BrackeenAcclaimed jazz pianist Joanne Brackeen will perform at the Hartford Club for the 15th Annual West Hartford Rotary Jazz Brunch. Brackeen will be joined by fellow musicians Javon Jackson (saxophone), Ugonna Okegwo (bass), and Rudy Royston (drums). A portion of the proceeds from West Hartford Rotary’s annual Jazz Brunch will benefit the Gifts of Music organization. Gifts of Music unites the resources of the West Hartford Public Schools, The Hartt School Community Division, private donors, and the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving to help promising young musicians without financial resources. Gifts of Music provides instruments and after-school lessons to public school students who cannot afford them. Tickets are $85 per person. They can be purchased online, or by calling Jim Kilian at 860-716-5335.

Nov 5: Benefit Concert for Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico Benefit Concert
Sunday, Nov. 5, 4 p.m.
Location: South Congregational Church, 242 Salmon Brook Street, Granby, Conn.
A classical guitar recital to benefit the teachers and students of the Suzuki Asociación de Puerto Rico presented by the HCD Suzuki Guitar Quartet, soloist Andrew Leonard, and The Windy Hill Guitar Ensemble.

Nov. 7: Adult Piano Workshop

Tuesday, Nov. 7, 7 p.m.
Location: Alfred C. Fuller Music Center, Berkman Recital Hall
An informal performance opportunity for adult piano students in the Community Division. Also welcomed are adults who would like to listen or offer moral support to the performers.

Nov. 9: HCD Faculty Michelle Murray Fiertek Performs in Recital of Spanish Song

Michelle Murray Fiertek

Thursday, Nov. 9, 10 a.m
Location: Westminster Presbyterian Church, 2080 Blvd. West Hartford, Conn.
Michelle Murray Fiertek, soprano, will present a program of songs by 19th- and 20th-century Spanish composers, accompanied by Daniel Hartington, guitar, and Stephen Scarlato, piano. Composers include Joaquin Rodrigo, Fernando Sor, Federico Garcia Lorca, Rodolfo Halffter, Frederic Mompou and Antón García Abril. Admission: $5 at the door.

Nov. 11: HSO Pre-Concert Performance

Guitar and Harp PerformanceSaturday, Nov. 11, 7:30 p.m.
Location: The Bushnell lobby
Hartt Community Division (HCD) harp students from the studio of Susan Knapp perform in the lobby of The Bushnell prior to the Hartford Symphony Orchestra concert. Rebecca Clark will be playing and singing Debussy’s “Nuit d’toiles.” Norah Grace Buzzeo will be playing “Fireflies,” “Mountain Climbing,” and “Au Clair de la Lune,” all by Bonnie Mohr. Anastasia Foster will be playing “Goodbye to Winter,” “Spring Song,” and “Holy Night.”

Nov. 13: Meet a Ballerina at the Simsbury Library

Meet a Ballerina
Monday, Nov. 13, 10:30 a.m.
Location: Simsbury Public Library
Children ages 3–5 will participate in a dance class alongside a real ballerina and will have the opportunity to pose for photographs with the ballerina. Parents and siblings are welcome to observe the event.

Nov. 14: Johnson String Instruments Monthly Visit

Tuesday, Nov. 14, 6 p.m.
Location: Alfred C. Fuller Music Center, Harry Sukman Foyer
Johnson String Instruments makes a monthly visit to The Hartt School to service instruments.


Friday, Nov. 17, 11 a.m.
Location: Avon Public Library
Children ages 3–5 will participate in a dance class alongside a real ballerina and will have the opportunity to pose for photographs with the ballerina. Parents and siblings are welcome to observe the event.

Nov. 18: Northern Regional Middle School Workshop

Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017, 1–3 p.m.

Get a jump start on your Northern Middle School Regional audition preparations!  Gain confidence with fellow middle school students alongside the Hartt Community Division Woodwind Quintet and ace your audition in January. 

The workshop will include a performance by the Hartt Community Division Woodwind Quintet and then break out and learn from HCD Faculty in small groups how to prepare for your audition. The breakout sessions will include: 

  • An opportunity to receive feedback on your solo
  • Scale Practice
  • Sight-reading Tips and Tricks
  • Positive Audition Discussion: Conquer the nerves and dress for success

All students preparing for the Northern Regional Audition are welcome to come to this event! Register online

Nov. 18: New in November Composer Event

Saturday, Nov. 18, 10 a.m.
Location: Alfred C. Fuller Music Center, Room 21
The Hartford Opera Theater (HOT) and HCD will present a preview of HOT’s annual New in November showcase of new operas on Saturday, Nov. 18. This year’s performance includes short operas and opera scenes by HCD Creative Studies Dept. Chair Jessica Rudman, Hartt alumni Shuying Li and Tony Solitro, Florida State University professor Paul Richards, and University of Southern California professor Mark Lanz Weiser.  

At the preview, composers of this year’s selected operas will be present to share excerpts of their compositions, discuss their music, and talk about their experiences as professional composers. Additionally, members of HOT and the Four Corners Ensemble will perform an excerpt from Shuying Li’s “Who Married Star Husbands” and discuss the process of bringing new opera to life. Attendance is informal. Feel free to come for all or part of this two-hour event.

This event is free and each person who attends the preview will receive one complimentary ticket to the New in November performance scheduled for Nov. 18 at 7:30 p.m. at Emanuel Lutheran Church in Hartford. More details about New in November can be found online

Nov. 18: CCC Men's Choir performs with Brooklyn Youth Choir

Saturday, Nov. 18, 6 p.m.
Location: Immanuel Congregational Church, 10 Woodland St. Hartford, Conn.
The Connecticut Children’s Chorus Men’s Choir performs in collaboration with Brooklyn Youth Choir.

NOv. 18: 1200 HorseHairs Performance

1200 Horse Hairs
Saturday, Nov. 18, 6 p.m. 
Location: The Hartt School Community Division at Simsmore Square, 540 Hopmeadow Street, Simsbury, Conn.
1200 Horsehairs is a band of cellos, including HCD cello faculty Pablo Issa along with David Haughey, Karl Knapp, and Wayne Smith. They play popular and new music ranging from traditional to metal. Its members are internationally active cellists who have played with The Trans-Siberian orchestra, The Paul Winter Consort, The Moody Blues, and others.

This concert is a fundraiser for The Hartt School Community Division's Fund for Access (FFA). FFA is a need-based financial assistance program that provides high-caliber performing arts instruction to Hartford-area students who otherwise cannot afford it. The Fund for Access awards more than $130,000 in need-based financial assistance to more than 150 Community Division music and dance students from nearly 30 towns in the region.

Cash and check donations will be accepted at the event. Please make checks out to the University of Hartford. Please RSVP on Facebook.

See a video of 1200 Horsehairs performing this past September.

Nov. 19: Adult Recital Series

Sunday, Nov. 19, 2 p.m.
This is a concert featuring adult music students of the Community Division. This is free and open to the public and performers can be any adult private lesson students of the Community Division. 

2016 Nutcracker imageNov. 25: Nutcracker Preview at Simsbury Celebrates

Saturday, Nov. 25, 5 and 5:30 p.m.
Location: The Historical Society Old Meeting House, 800 Hopmeadow St, Simsbury, Conn.

The cast of The Nutcracker previews scenes from the upcoming ballet at the Historical Society Old Meeting House. Showings are 5–5:30 p.m. and 5:30–6 p.m.

Nov. 27–Dec. 3: Practice-a-Thon

2017 Practice-a-thonWe are excited to kick off our second annual music Practice-a-Thon to be held November 27 to December 3, 2017. All music students (including adults) are encouraged to participate.

This fundraising campaign benefits the Hartt Community Division (HCD) Fund for Access, which provides need-based financial assistance for students participating in our programs.

Music students participate in a one-week Practice-a-Thon in which they will secure pledges from family, friends, co-workers, neighbors, etc., supporting their practice activities. 

Students will be provided a Practice-a-Thon packet containing:

  • General information about the initiative
  • Informational/thank-you card to be left with each sponsor
  • Pledge sheet with practice log
  • Cash donation form

In the spirit of friendly competition, HCD will award prizes to the following participants:

  • Most Hours Practiced
  • Most Money Raised
  • Most Pledges
  • Biggest Gift

(One youth student and one adult for each award)

Prizes will include gift cards, tickets, fun giveaways, and more.

How do I get a packet?
Packets will be available beginning Saturday, November 4 and can be picked up at the Community Division Main Office and our Simsbury satellite. Ensemble managers will provide packets to all ensemble students beginning the weekend of November 4. HCD staff will also be on-site at the UUC to distribute packets during the week of November 6.

Completed packets are due back to the Community Division on or before Saturday, December 9.

Pledge money will primarily be collected online. Donations made by check (payable to University of Hartford) or cash must be returned with Practice-a-Thon packets on or before December 9.

All contributions are tax-deductible and will be formally acknowledged by the University of Hartford.

We are hoping for maximum student participation. Don't wait, get your packet and get ready to practice for this very worthy cause.

Dec. 3: Simsbury Library Concert Series

Luciana and JonathanSunday, Dec. 3, 3 p.m.
Location: Simsbury Public Library
HCD violin faculty Luciana Arraes performs at the Simsbury Public Library with pianist Jonathan Moyer. A program with emphasis on music by women composers. Works by Amy Beach, Clara Schumann, Syrlane Albuquerque, and Robert Schumann.

Dec. 3: Connecticut Youth Symphony Performance

Sunday, Dec. 3, 2 p.m. 
Location: The Hartt School’s Millard Auditorium 
The Connecticut Youth Symphony performs, with special guest performances by the Connecticut Children’s Chorus and Eric Dahlin.

Dec. 8–17: THE NUTCRACKER Performances

2017 Nutcracker Performance Dates
Location: The Hartt School’s Millard Auditorium
The Hartt School Community Division’s annual tradition of The Nutcracker ballet continues. Tickets on sale at

2017 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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