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The next edition of the eletter publishes Tuesday, March 13. Please email submissions by Monday, March. 5.




HCD Dancers Participate in Upcoming Performances and Competitions

Several of our top HCD dancers will be performing in upcoming events and competitions. We will be rooting for you!

  • March 2–4: Christina Henares, Vanessa Meikle, and Kerry Shannon perform classical variations in Youth America Grand Prix (YAGP) competition in Boston, Mass.
  • March 10–11: Christina Henares, Vanessa Meikle, and Kerry Shannon perform classical variations in the Connecticut Classic competition in Torrington.
  • March 14: Karma Woodcock dances "The Dying Swan" in the Hartford Symphony’s performance of Carnival of the Animals
  • March 24: Christina Henares performs Variation from Giselle, Act 1, in the Ted Hershey Marathon

CCC Choir Selected to perform at CMEA State Conference

Canticum Choir

The Connecticut Children’s Chorus Canticum Choir, under the direction of conductor Karla McClain, was selected to perform for the Connecticut Music Educators Association State Conference in April. Groups were selected by a blind audition process. Canticum is one of only four choirs from around the state that was chosen to perform. This is McClain's second time having a featured group at the conference. 

Jade Wong Earns Honorable Mention at American Protégé International Concerto Competition

Jade Wong, a violin student of Mickey Reisman, has been chosen as an Honorable Mention Winner of American Protégé International Concerto Competition for 2018. She will perform in May at the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall.

Dean Betsy Cooper and Michelle Fiertek

HCD Faculty Michelle Fiertek EArns Award

HCD voice faculty and Summer Musical Theater Intensive Director Michelle Fiertek was selected by the Advisory Committee on Part-Time Faculty to receive the Sustained Excellence in Teaching Award. Fiertek was honored at the awards reception on February 21.

Pictured: Dean Betsy Cooper and award recipient Michelle Fiertek

HCD Faculty Lead Summer Study in Italy

Chamber Music in Italy

Music Adventure: Chamber Music for Young Artists, July 30–August 14, 2018, is a summer program for high school chamber music students organized by HCD cello faculty Eric Dahlin and Katie Kennedy, now in its twentieth season. The program is located at Tenuta di Spannocchia, a sprawling historic agricultural estate near Siena in the heart of Tuscany. It combines an intensive chamber music program that includes individual instruction, chamber orchestra, performances, and master classes with sightseeing and cultural activities. The program is open to high school students and current eighth graders by audition. The sixteen students selected will be mainly string players and may include a guest instrument such as flute, clarinet, or oboe.


March 2: HCD Simsbury Sessions: A Free Concert from Pianist, Anna

Anna GrudskayaFriday, March 2, 7 p.m.
HCD Simsmore Square, Simsbury Conn.
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Pianist and HCD faculty Anna Grudskaya will be performing a diverse program featuring works by Scarlatti, Schubert, and Rachmaninoff. Two HCD students will also perform.

March 3: From Studio to Stage Summer Dance Intensive Auditions

From Studio to Stage 2018

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

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.

March 4: Sundays at Three Music Series 2018: Sirena Huang, Violin; Pi-Hsun Shih, Piano

Avon Library Music Series

Sunday, March 4, 3–4 p.m.
Location: Avon Public Library Community Room, 281 Country Club Road, Avon, Conn.
Free tickets at the door (2:15 p.m.)

HCD piano faculty Pi-Hsun Shih will be performing “The Butterfly Lovers’ Violin Concerto” with violinist Sirena Huang. Huang is one of her generation’s most celebrated violinists. She made her solo debut with the National Taiwan Symphony Orchestra in 2004 at the age of nine and since then has performed in seventeen countries across three continents. She has been featured as a soloist with more than fifty prestigious ensembles, including the New York Philharmonic, the Symphony Orchestras of Cleveland, Baltimore, Shanghai, Russia, and Singapore, and the Staatskapelle Weimar in Germany.

Free tickets will be available at the door starting at 2:15 pm on the day of the performance. Doors open at 2:30. The program gets underway at 3:00. Light refreshments to follow.

March 4: UHart ACappella Groups and Jelani Sei at Infinity Hall

Hartt A Cappella and Jelani Sei

Sunday, March 4, 2:30 p.m.
Location: Infinity Hall, Hartford Conn., 32 Front Street, Hartford, Conn.
Tickets: $19–$44

A University of Hartford acapella showcase and local indie rock group Jelani Sei perform.

  • Hawkapella - University of Hartford's only all-male acappella group.
  • UHarmonies - University of Hartford's only all-female acappella group. 
  • L'Shir- University of Hartford's premiere co-ed a cappella group.
  • Hartattack -  University of Hartford's co-ed acapella group. 
  • Jelani Sei - One of the few bands in the northeast that can lull you with ethereal soundscapes while simultaneously sending you into a crazy mosh, Jelani Sei is a group of individuals who are constantly searching the realms of harmony to find that new groove. 

March 5: Classical Music in the Afternoon: 'Folk Music' in the English Language

Dana KephartMarch 5, 1–2:30 p.m.
Location: Simsbury Public Library, 725 Hopmeadow Street, Simsbury, Conn.

Dana Kephart, accompanied by the Arraes-Moyer Duo, will perform music that is native to the United States and United Kingdom.

March 8: Suzuki Early Childhood Education Demonstration Class

Thursday, March 8, 10–10:30 a.m.
Location: Farmington Main Library, 6 Monteith Drive, Farmington, Conn.

SECEJoin HCD Suzuki faculty Alexandra Hadden and David Madsen for a demonstration of HCD’s newly launched Suzuki Early Childhood Education (SECE) course. Hartt has a long tradition of providing top-notch Suzuki education, and now that opportunity has been extended to young learners age birth through three years. These ten-week sessions are a family's point of entry to The Hartt School Community Division's nationally recognized Suzuki program, giving young learners a head start with HCD’s life-changing programming. Caregivers and children will join together in guided musical explorations with experienced faculty trained in the Suzuki method. This half-hour demonstration class will introduce families to the SECE program. SECE sessions are offered in the fall, winter, and spring at HCD’s Simsbury location in Simsmore Square. Maximum: 10 students (must be accompanied by a parent or guardian).

MArch 9 and 11: Lions Gate Trio Master Class and Concert

Lions Gate Trio

Master Class
Friday, March 9, 6:30–8 p.m.
Location: The Hartt School, Berkman Auditorium
Free master class open to the public.

The Lions Gate Trio will open with a short performance of repertoire from their upcoming concert before moving on to coachings. Participants are:

Sunday, March 11, 3 p.m.
Location: University of Hartford, Lincoln Theater
Free, but ticketed

The Lions Gate Trio, Hartt's Trio in Residence, will perform works by Mozart, Dvorak, and Carter.

The Lions Gate Trio, an internationally-acclaimed ensemble in both the U.S. and Europe, has enjoyed a combination of performing, recording, and working with young musicians in educational settings for 25 years. The Trio has performed in Germany, France, Belgium, Finland, and most of the eastern U.S.

march 10: HSO Pre-Concert Performance

Saturday, March 10, at 7:30 p.m.
Location: The Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts, Lobby

Opus Violin Group coached by Samantha Hiller Drake and Teri Einfeldt.


Saturday, March 10, at 12 p.m.
Location: Wadsworth Atheneum, 600 Main Street, Hartford, Conn.

Vivace and Opus cello ensembles under the direction of Katie Kennedy perform music by Bartok, Faure, Neuen-Rabinowitz, Vivaldi, and Imagine Dragons.

March 21: Adult Piano Workshop

Wednesday, March 21, 7 p.m.
Berkman Recital Hall

The Adult Piano Workshops are an informal performance experience for any adult piano students studying through the Community Division. Interested students should ask their piano teacher if they wish to participate.

MArch 23 and 24: HarttWorks

Pictured: HarttWorks dancers, March 2017. Photo by John Long.Friday, March 23, and Sat. March 24, 7:30 p.m.
Location: Millard Auditorium
$5. Tickets available to the general public at the University box office March 5.

HarttWorks is a multi-genre dance and music production performed by students of The Hartt School Community Division.

Pictured: HarttWorks dancers, March 2017. Photo by John Long.

March 24: Bach in the Subways

Saturday, March 24, 2018
The Hartt School's Sukman Foyer, outside of Millard Auditorium
10:15–11 a.m.

Bach in the Subways 2017The HCD Viola Tour Group is participating in the annual Bach in the Subways event, an international movement to perform the works of J.S. Bach in public spaces in honor of his birthday. Pieces arranged for violas will be performed as well as several arrangements for viola and nyckelharpa. A special preview performance will occur on Saturday, March 17, at 2:30 p.m. as part of the Hartt Suzuki String Workshop at Lincoln Theater at the University of Hartford. The theme of the Spring Workshop is the works of JS Bach. Bach himself will attend the concert!

Pictured: Bach at the 2017 Bach in the Subways event.

March 25: Connecticut Trolley Museum Performance

CT Trolley Museum logoSunday, March 25, at 2 p.m.
Location: Connecticut Trolley Museum, 58 North Road, East Windsor, Conn.

Violin, viola and cello students will be participating in a play-in at the theater of the Connecticut Trolley Museum on Sunday, March 25, at 2 p.m. as part of "Easter Bunny Fun Days."
Students performing and their parents will have free admission to the museum. (Entrance fees apply for siblings and other guests of the performers.)

Participants: please arrive at the theater by 1:30 p.m.


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