Newsletter: January 30, 2018
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Weekend Storm and Arrival Advisory

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: January 30, 2018

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HCD Highlights



Celebrate Hartt: Feb. 17

Celebrate Hartt

Join Dean Betsy Cooper, President Gregory Woodward, and HCD Director Noah Blocker-Glynn in celebrating Hartt, Saturday, February 17. The evening will include a silent auction, high-stakes auction, performances by HCD and Hartt School ensembles, and more. Learn more

Purchase tickets.

Join us This summer! 

The Hartt School Community Division is now taking auditions, applications, and registrations for our wide array of summer programs. Learn more about our 2018 offerings, including our newly imagined Hartt Summer Youth Festival (formerly "Summer Master Classes") and brand new Music Industry programs.

Meet the Masters Summer Jazz Workshop: June 25–29

Music Industry: July 9–13 (New in 2018)

Summer Musical Theatre Intensive: July 9–20 / July 16–27

From Studio to Stage: July 9–August 4

Dance Teacher Training Workshop: July 16–20

Hartt Summer Youth Festival: July 23–27

Hartt Suzuki Institute: August 5–10 / August 3–11

Young Composers Project Summer Edition: August 6–10



Viola Tour Group

HCD Viola Tour Group with Melinda Daetsch performed the National Anthem before a Hartt basketball game on January 15. Thank you Shadron family for capturing their performance! 

CCC Performed at the University of Hartford's MLK Ceremony

On January 15, the University of Hartford's 12th Annual Martin Luther King Day observance included a performance from members of the Connecticut Children's Chorus (CCC). The program, titled "Keeping the Dream Alive: The Color of Unity," commemorated the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The CCC sang "Walk in Jerusalem," conducted by Meredith Neumann. Additional performances were given by current Hartt students as well as alums. 

The Musical Club of Hartford Classical Competition Winners

Winners from The Musical Club of Hartford's Classical Competition performed a concert on Jan. 21 in West Hartford. First, second, and third place winners from the 42nd annual scholarship competition included several HCD students:

1st Place Piano Competition winner, Prairwaa Madden, student of Tamila Azadaliyeva
2nd Place Piano Competition winner, En-Hua Holtz, student of Maggie Francis
3rd Place Piano Competition winner, Kelly Zheng, student of Sima Brodsky
1st Place Voice Competition winner, Emily Steele, student of Nancy Andersen
3rd Place Voice Competition winner, Rebecca Clark, harp student of  Susan Knapp Thomas
1st Place Winds Competition winner, Grace Helmke, student of Greig Shearer
2nd Place Winds Competition winner, Steven Mustakos, member of HCD Youth Symphony
1st Place Strings Competition winner, Sofia Gilchenok, former student of Steve Larson, Melinda Daetsch, and Teri Einfeldt
2nd Place Strings Competition winner, Lillian Yim, student of Katie Kennedy
3rd Place Strings Competition winner, Matthew Hill, former student of Teri Einfeldt

Honorable mentions include HCD piano student Tristan Wong, student of Malgosia Lis.

Musical Club of Hartford Headshots

Pictured: Prairwaa Madden, Kelly Zheng, Emily Steele, Rebecca Clark, Grace Helmke, Steven Mustakos, Lillian Yim, Matthew Hill

2018 Jacksonville Cello WorkshopHCD Faculty Teaching at the Jacksonville Cello Workshop

HCD faculty Susan Robison and Mihai Tetel will be teaching master classes and lessons to students at the Jacksonville Cello Workshop in Florida Feb. 2–3. Students of Robison and HCD faculty Blake Brasch will be in attendance.

Congratulations LAUREN

Lauren Farley

Many of our students, families, faculty, and staff have worked with Office Coordinator and Assistant to the Director Lauren Farley over the past two years. Effective January 15, Lauren has moved to a new position working for the University’s Center for Community Service located in the Gengras Student Union. We will all miss Lauren’s positive attitude and friendly nature here in the main office, but we know her upbeat personality will be welcomed and appreciated by the college students visiting the Center for Community Service. Congratulations, Lauren!


Jan. 30: Creative Studies Concert

Tuesday, Jan. 30
7:30 p.m.

Students from the Hartt Harmony and Rock Band ensembles perform.

Feb. 3: From Studio to Stage Audition

Saturday, February 3, 2018
Registration: 11:30 a.m.
Audition: 12–2 p.m. 
Location: The Hartt School Handel Performing Arts Center, 35 Westbourne Parkway, Hartford, CT  06112

From Studio to Stage is a four-week intensive training course for dedicated ballet students. Guest master teachers include renowned artists of the professional dance world and are supplemented by faculty of the HCD.


Please bring the following items with you.

  • Audition form (PDF)
  • $25 audition fee
  • Headshot
  • Photo in 1st arabesque on pointe
  • Photo in tendu à la seconde

Auditionees should wear a solid black leotard, pink tights, pink ballet shoes (pointe shoes if applicable).

Note that registration begins 30 minutes prior to each audition.

Francesco BaroneFeb. 11: Francesco Barone Guitar Performance

Sunday, Feb. 11
2 p.m.
Windsor Art Center, 40 Mechanic Street, Windsor, Conn.

Sunday, February 11 Francesco Barone will perform a classical guitar concert as part of the Connecticut Guitar Society concert season. Tickets: $20 (non-members), $15 (members), $10 (students).

Feb. 17 and 18: HSO Pre-Concert Performances

Saturday, Feb. 17 at 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, Feb. 18 at 2:30 p.m.
The Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts, 166 Capitol Avenue, Hartford, Conn.

Saturday: The Schumann Quintet, coached by Luciana Arraes, will perform. Sunday: An adult chamber music piano trio will perform. Both performances are in the lobby of The Bushnell ahead of the Hartt Symphony Orchestra concert.


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