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Bass Ensemble


HCD has a distinctive experience exclusively for double bass players. This ensemble focuses on bass technique and tone production while exploring various musical styles, from classical to tango, incorporating three- to five-part harmonies.

Join us for a one-of-a-kind experience. This ensemble is open to bassists of all abilities and ages and directed by Susan Powell. For more information, please contact our office at 860.768.4451 or

HCD Bass Ensemble

Cello Choir


Advanced cellists are invited to join The Hartt School Community Division's Cello Choir. Students will work with exceptional faculty to explore advanced cello technique and cello ensemble repertoire. For more information contact Margaret W. Spear, Music Programs Director.

Cellists at The Hartt School Community Division

Cello/Bass Tuition and schedule

Tuition per yearCello ChoirBass Ensemble
$575 for all studentsSaturdays 11 a.m.−12 p.mSundays 4:15−5:15 p.m.
Tuition is already included for Suzuki students placed in this ensemble in lieu of a group class.


There are no auditions for cello or bass ensembles. Please contact us if you are interested in joining.


Viola Tour Group playing at the Rock Cats Stadium in 2013

Instructor: Melinda Daetsch

The HCD Viola Tour Group is an ensemble made up of violists who have achieved a minimum level of having memorized and polished Telemann viola concerto or all of Suzuki Book 4 and who are willing to perform by memory. Membership is automatically offered to any violist in the Vivace, Opus '89, or Connecticut Youth Symphony orchestras. All other violists who meet the requirements listed above may audition for the group either during the HCD June audition festival, or by personal appointment. Contact Melinda Daetsch at to set up an audition or with any questions about the ensemble.

The Viola Tour Group performs at The Hartt School and in other venues in and around the Hartford area and beyond. The group has performed twice in the 2016–17 season at The Bushnell and performs annually in the Bach in the Subways international event. Concerts in local nursing homes and community centers are regular occurrences for the group, and they have also performed in venues as unusual as the New Britain Rock Cats stadium, where for ten seasons, the group performed a special eight-part version of the National Anthem at the start of the ball games. The group has also performed in Times Square as part of the New York Viola Society concert series, and has given concerts in Switzerland, Italy, and France. At the Hartt School, The Viola Tour group performs twice a year on the Hartt Suzuki group class concerts and has also performed with the Hartt College Viola Ensemble.

The Hartt Community Division Viola ensemble can be found performing pieces from the Suzuki repertoire as well as music originally written or arranged for viola ensemble ranging from Coldplay and Pharrell Williams to JS Bach and Bartok. Members of the group must be willing to work hard and have fun. Join us!

Pictured: The Viola Tour Group performs at the Rock Cats baseball stadium in 2013.