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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.


Lesson Information

Voice Lessons
Tuition* per 30, 45, or 60 min lesson$41.25, $57.00, $75.75
Starting AgeAges 11 and up (Please contact us regarding younger students.)
LocationMain campus and Simsbury satellite
*A $25 registration fee may apply.

Need-based financial assistance is available for youth. Private lessons are available during the academic year and summer.

HCD voice student performingThe Voice Department offers lessons with experienced professional educators and performers. We welcome students of all ages who want to develop healthy vocal technique and sing to the best of their ability. Our program offers training and performance opportunities for singers interested in exploring the vocal arts in a variety of styles from classical and musical theater to jazz. We support singers at all stages of their vocal development and offer education on vocal training, health, performance, vocal career paths, and preparation for college. Our faculty is diverse and welcoming.


Students and their families cannot enroll themselves in private lessons online.  

If you would like to enroll in private lessons and have been placed with an instructor, please contact our staff at 860.768.4451 or  Please be sure you have talked with the teacher about your weekly lesson length and number of lessons during the academic year.

If you have not been placed with an instructor, please complete the lesson inquiry form.

If you would like to change your private lesson length or number of lessons, please talk with your teacher and contact the staff once the teacher approves.

Vocal Achievement Days

HCD voice student performingEach year, students in the Voice Department of The Hartt School Community Division participate in Vocal Achievement Days (VAD). Courses of study are guided by the VAD framework, which allows for individualized technique focus and repertoire selection by our faculty. Adult students are encouraged but not required to participate. The VAD program allows our students to:

  • Mark progress through a structured and positive experience
  • Receive positive critique and encouragement
  • Motivate students in a supportive atmosphere

VAD takes place annually in May. During this time, students will:

  • Choose a proficiency and repertoire level with their teacher
  • Present memorized solo with piano accompaniment and technique to a panel made up of members of our vocal faculty.
  • Receive written feedback from the faculty and earn a certificate of achievement by level.

Students who participate in this event will receive invaluable feedback on their performance and path they are taking on their musical journey. We encourage students of all ages to participate. Participation in Vocal Achievement Days will take the place of one private lesson the week of the adjudication.


HCD private lesson students may enrich their music education by enrolling in Musicianship classes at no additional charge. Classes are offered at varied levels to accommodate the age and training of each student.

Classes are also available to students who do not take private lessons at HCD. Tuition and fees apply.

Vocal Honors Program

The Hartt Community Division takes great pride in the quality of its pre-college performers. One of the ways we recognize these performers is through departmental honors auditions and recitals held each spring. Students chosen to participate in the honors program are also eligible for the school scholarships described below. The Honors Program is by teacher recommendation only. Students will be notified by their private teacher if they qualify for this program.

Students may audition for the Senior (grades 9-12) or Junior Honors Concert (grades 6-9). 

Honors Scholarship Opportunities

  • Students chosen to participate in the honors program may be considered for the Bel canto Scholarship. This award is given to a talented vocalist with a special interest in opera and classical music.

  • Other awards may be available at the discretion of the department chair through the Nancy Andersen Vocal Activities Fund.

If you have any questions, please get in touch with us at 860.768.4451 or