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Newsletter: February 13, 2018

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The next edition of the eletter publishes Tuesday, Feb. 27. Please email submissions by Monday, Feb. 19.

In This Issue

Celebrate Hartt

Can't come to Celebrate Hartt this Saturday? Check out the auction online and make your bids! Online portion of the auction closes Feb. 15.

University of Hartford Approves Accelerated College Opportunity for Hartt Preparatory Academy

Hartt Preparatory Academy 2018

The Hartt Preparatory Academy (HPA) is an innovative new program that allows high school students to start collegiate-level music study in their junior year. Six students are already enrolled in the inaugural HPA class. The program, led by Director Jessica Rudman, Ph.D., allows high school students to complete the first-year curriculum at the University of Hartford’s The Hartt School during their junior and senior years of high school. The HPA program includes music theory, ear training, piano class, advanced ensemble, private instruction, performances, and other classes. Students fulfill rigorous academic and musical requirements that prepare them for an accelerated college music experience.

In their senior year, HPA students may audition and apply for entrance to University of Hartford and The Hartt School. Pending acceptance, students may complete select undergraduate music degrees in three years or a significantly reduced period of study. These degree programs include:

  • BM Performance - Orchestral Instruments
  • BM Performance - Voice
  • BM Performance - Piano
  • BM Performance - Guitar
  • BM - Composition
  • BM - Theory
  • BM Music Education - Instrumental
  • BM Music Education - Vocal
  • BM History - Performance Practice Emphasis
  • BM History - Scholarship and Research Emphasis
  • BA in Music

For students who are admitted to The Hartt School as college students, HPA’s annual tuition (2017–18: $5000) offers a significant savings compared to the typical cost of a student’s first year at the University.

“The Hartt Preparatory Academy is a unique opportunity for students interested in pursuing collegiate music study. It provides them with a strong head start on their coursework and lays the foundation for success in college and beyond. Moreover, HPA is a tight-knit, supportive community where students and faculty are brought together by their love of music,” says Rudman, who is also Creative Studies Chair at HCD and a composer.

HCD will soon be accepting applications for fall 2018. To learn more, visit

Pictured: Students from the inaugural class of HPA work with piano faculty Greg Babal. Photo: Peter Jones-Torregrosa


Class of 2018We know this is a busy time of year for our high-school seniors, and we want to make sure you are recognized this spring for your achievements at The Hartt School Community Division.

Please save the date for our annual senior luncheon and recognition ceremony on Sunday, June 3, at 1 p.m. in the 1877 Club at the University of Hartford (near the library). Each HCD senior in attendance will be individually recognized, and Director’s Awards will be presented. We will also take a group photo of our seniors after the event. An invitation and RSVP information are coming soon.

In addition, we are collecting short biographies and headshots of our seniors for publication in the May issue of The Compass alumni newsletter (see last year’s edition). This is another wonderful opportunity to highlight the accomplishments of the Class of 2018 along with celebrating each senior’s graduation and post-HCD plans. Please visit our senior survey to submit your listing by Friday, April 27, 2018.

Headshots in JPEG format should be emailed to  

We look forward to celebrating the achievements of our seniors with you! Best of luck with your activities this semester!


practice-a-thon thank you

A big thank you to all of the HCD students and donors who participated in our annual Practice-a-Thon fundraiser. Together, we raised nearly $1800 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:

  • Most Hours Practiced: Nola Smith, student of Donna Ngai
  • Most Money Raised: Ellie Warren, violin student of Christie Felsing
  • Most Pledges: Nola Smith (see above)
  • Largest Individual Gift: Ellie Warren (see above)

For the adults, John Soares, piano student of Ruriko Wheeler, made a sweeping win in all four categories.

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

March Hartt Suzuki Workshop Registration Deadline: March 1

Suzuki Workshop ParticipantThe Hartt School Community Division invites Suzuki violinists, violists, cellists, guitarists, and their teachers, to join us for the Hartt Suzuki String Workshop, Friday, March 16–Sunday, March 18, 2018. The workshop includes master classes for intermediate and advanced students led by our guest clinicians. Teacher development is on Sunday with a session by Winifred Crock. Registration is due by March 1. 

Register online.


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. Please submit items for the Feb. 27 issue by Monday, Feb. 19. 

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