Board of Trustees

The Board of Trustees of the Julius Hartt Musical Foundation, Inc. works to develop and maintain the professional quality of The Hartt School. The Board financially supports the School and acts as an advocate for the School’s interests.

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Board of Trustees

  • Dale A. Merrill (ex officio); President of the Hartt Musical Foundation Inc. Dean, The Hartt School
  • Steve Collins '89, Chair. President & CEO, Hartford Symphony Orchestra
  • Tracy L. Flater, Vice Chair. Co-Founder and Executive Director, Playhouse Theatre Group, Inc.
  • Sharon Pope, Secretary. Of Counsel, Czepiga Daly Pope & Perri

  • Andrew Mayo MMEd'97, Department Supervisor of Performing Arts, West Hartford Public Schools
  • Scott Reeves '76, Archivist, Westminster School
  • Jonathan Reuning-Scherer, Senior Lecturer in Statistics and Data Science, Yale University
  • John Sunde, Chief Contracting Officer of SoNE Health

Ex Officio Trustees

  • Gilda Lyons (music faculty representative), Assistant Professor of Composition
  • Ralph Perkins (theatre faculty representative), Associate Professor of Dance and Music Theatre
  • Thomas J. Scavone, Director, The Hartt School Community Division
  • Nina Watt (dance faculty representative), Associate Professor of Dance
  • Rhoda Chase, Life Regent
  • Nancy S. Compton '55
  • Barbara O. David
  • Jennifer K. Eio
  • Tony Falcetti
  • Joan Geeter PhD, LMFT
  • Francine Goldfarb
  • Morton E. Handel (Hon. '02), Life Regent
  • Peggy Lyman Hayes ’06 (Hon. ’11)
  • Jeffrey S. Hoffman
  • Barbara S. Klau
  • Margaret W. Lawson
  • Steven Metcalf '70
  • Susan L. Miller
  • Donald W. Osborne '77
  • Philip Streifer '71
  • Douglas M. Thomas
  • Marie-Claire van Rooy
  • Dionne Warwick (Hon. '86)

The Hartt Hall of Fame

The Hartt Hall of Fame recognizes and honors the accomplishments of individuals associated with The Hartt School who have helped in significant ways to further the mission of the School and showcase the best of the School to external audiences.

2020-2021 Inductees

  • Harold Victor Bauer (1873-1951)
  • Luiz de Moura Castro
  • Grace W. Ellsworth Hon. ’77 (1913-2014)
  • Watson W. Morrison (1928-2018)
  • Michael C. Yaffe

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Any supporter, advocate, benefactor, or other individual tied to The Hartt School. This includes Hartt graduate, non-degree Hartt alumni, volunteer, donor, former board member of the Julius Hartt Foundation, Community Division student or parent, and faculty or staff member (current or past).

Individuals are deemed qualified for induction when the Board of The Julius Hartt Foundation makes that determination.

Selection Criteria

Primary mission-driven criteria

  • Contributing to the awareness, image, and success of The Hartt School (College or Community Division)
  • Contributing to the academic and artistic success of Hartt through artistic and/or performance success, pedagogical success, public relations efforts, etc.
  • Demonstrated leadership (e.g., titles, Board membership) in other aspects of their field

Secondary criteria

  • Using skills and knowledge acquired at The Hartt School to make a difference in their lives and their professions
  • History of giving back (time, talent and treasure) to The Hartt School and/or the University of Hartford
  • Other criteria to be determined by the Hartt Board
  • Individual is not serving on the Hartt Board at the time of their induction. Honorary Board members are eligible.

Process for Nominating & Electing Members

Each year, The Hartt Board’s Alumni Committee shall call for nominations to The Hartt School Hall of Fame.

Nominations are solicited from current Board members, faculty, administration, and Hartt alumni.  Anyone associated with The Hartt School may nominate a prospective candidate for The Hartt School Hall of Fame.

The nominator may present whatever information they would like in support of the nominee and this submission criteria is flexible.  Documentation could include CV/resume, professional bio, list of awards, record of board service, record of teaching, etc.

Typically, 4-7 “finalists” will be presented each year to the full Hartt Board.  The Board shall vote on whom it feels deserves inclusion into The Hartt School Hall of Fame with the anticipation that 2-4 people will be chosen for induction each year. 

The Dean or a Trustee shall contact the inductees to confirm that they will accept the honor.

Class of 2019-2020

  • Nina Paranov Fagan
  • Joan Leopold Glazier ’58, P’86
  • Peggy Lyman Hayes ’06, Hon. ’11
  • Humbert Lucarelli
  • Kent McCray ’51, Hon. ’07
  • Malcolm Morrison
  • Joseph F. Mulready, Jr. M’71
  • Richard Provost ’60

Class of 2018-2019

  • Ethel Bacon
  • Alexander Lepak
  • Enid Lynn
  • Pauline (Dottie) Paranov
  • Louis Pelletteri

Class of 2017-2018

Class of 2020-2021 — June 21, 2022

Class of 2019-20 – April 29, 2021

Class of 2018-2019 — May 2, 2019

Class of 2017-2018 — November 30, 2017

The Fuller Medal

Named for Alfred C. Fuller, one of Hartt's greatest friends and benefactors, the Fuller Medal is appropriately reserved for a few whose contributions and commitment to The Hartt School are exceptional.  

Fuller Medal Recipients 

2016 – Enid Lynn, Walter Harrison 

2015 – Watson Morrison

2014 – Teri L. Einfeldt

2009 – Francine Goldfarb

2008 – Malcom Morrison

2006 – Michael Yaffe

2004 – Vanda McMurtry

2003 – Nancy Compton

2002 – Elizabeth Warner- Paranov

2001 – Christopher Larsen, Joseph Mulready, Jr. M '71, Peter Shoemaker

1998 – Larry Alan Smith

1994 – Doris Cannon, Charles Milliken

1988 – Grace Ellsworth, Donald Harris

1984 – Moshe Paranov

1982 – Archibald Woodruff

1981 – John L. Cannon M.D., Ruth Knauft, Martha Blake Wolcott

1980 – Alfred Hiebler

1978 – Primrose Fuller, Charles Kearns, Samuel N. Rosenstein

1977 – William Brand