1950: The school's logo was created and adopted by the JHMF Board of Trustees
"This indescribable enthusiasm known as “Harttitis” has infected not only those of us who have worked together for 30 years, but every person who joins this group. This infection, thank God, is one which no sulfa drugs or penicillin fan hope to cure. For the sake of Julius Hartt and his ideals, we have all dedicated our lives according to our school motte “In the Service of the Beautiful”.
"Moshe Paranov wrote in his 1948 JHMF Board of Trustees report that a legitimate school should offer “to the youngster, a thorough basic training; to the adult and layman, a program which leads to a deeper understanding and enjoyment of music; to the serious music student, a comprehensive course which will equip him to earn a livelihood in one of the many branches of this great art.”
1950: NASM grants full accreditation to The Hartt College of Music
"The study of music develops coordination and tones up the system. There are at least four human elements involved in musical expression: mental, physical, emotional, and aesthetic. Al these can and do take place at the same time. The mind must grasp the meaning and intent of the composer’s thought as indicated by the notation and give direction at the same time to that part of the body whose function it is to play or sing, which instantly responds with the necessary action to give the desired effect. At the same time there is a direct emotional response engendered by the tonal revelation of the composer’s thought, the imagination is kindled, and the being is aglow with the beauty of it all. That is the power of music. It is that feeling—that elevation into the higher realms of the spirit, that illumination that comes most vividly from music that makes it the grandest of all the arts. Samuel Berkman
1950: Henry Cowell, Aaron Copland, and Roger Sessions were programmed for the second Institute of Contemporary American Music (ICAM) Edward Diemente joined the faculty as a piano, theory, and composition teacher.
"Our friends, our community, and the musical world have come to expect great things from us. So far, the Julius Hartt Musical Foundation has never faltered in our responsibility to them and we must not let them down now or at any future time. The rare and indomitable Julius Hartt spirit which seems to permeate the soul of every human being associated with our institution is stronger now than ever before. This light of truth must never be allowed to be extinguished. Director’s Annual Report to the trustees," Moshe Paranov, October 29, 1952.
1950: Alexander Lepak founded and directed the Hartt Percussion Department, followed by Ben Toth in 1992.
1951: The Bachelor of Music Education and Master of Music Education degrees are approved. The Hartt College of Music. A non-collegiate junior and adult divisions is formally established called The Julius Hartt School of Music. Nathan Gottschalk became dean of the Hartt College of Music faculty.
"Nothing can compare with the joy that can be derived from a beautiful performance, giving a good lesson or lecture, teaching a class, forming and directing new bands, orchestras, chamber music groups and opera companies, and opening the world of music to hundreds of human beings, old and young. It is my fervent wish, therefore, that this unique joy may be so great that you will give daily thanks to your Maker for being one of those whose lives are consecrated In the Service of the Beautiful."
Moshe Paranov, Allegro Yearbook, Hartt College of Music, 1952
1953: William Schuman, President of the Juilliard School, selected Hartt to premiere his first opera, The Mighty Casey.
Photo captions: Hartt Opera Theater Guild productions collection (ARCH120). University of Hartford Archives & Special Collections. Elemer Nagy Collection (ARCH125). University of Hartford Archives & Special Collections.
1956: The JHMF Board of Trustees endorsed the plan of establishing the University of Hartford. Hartt College, Hillyer College, and the Hartford Art School joined forces to found the university. Moshe Paranov remarked that joining the university was necessary financially.
“We have not $1.00 of endowment; there is not one cent available for research, a pension plan, for sabbatical leaves. We have had no salary [increase] system; out of 80 faculty members only 10 receive $4,000 a year. Such an action will be in the best interests of this great educational and artistic enterprise that we have labored devotedly to build.” Moshe Paranov 1953 Board Report
1957: Governor Abraham A Ribicoff signed a bill granting a charter to the University of Hartford
"The last twelve months have been the most exciting, breathtaking, stimulating and time-consuming experience in our entire history. Ours has been the almost superhuman task of integrating the curricula and policies of three widely divergent institutions. I am proud to tell you that our faculties and administrative officers, along with heads of three colleges, have worked together very harmoniously. In fact, I have never witnessed a group of people who have given of themselves so unstintingly." Moshe Paranov
Ethyl Bacon commented about the move:
"About 1959 we were ordered out of the crowded music building. Everything was moved to the third floor in the north wing of Hartford Public High School, across the street. A highway detour at the time made crossing the busy street rather difficult. The last items to be moved were the performing collections, loaded into canvas laundry carts on wheels, pulled across, dodging traffic, then carried up the three double flights of stairs. Here it was extremely cold in winter and stifling hot in summer. And when the high school’s marching band practiced beneath the open windows the noise was deafening." Ethyl Bacon, Head Librarian
1959: Aaron Copland was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Music Degree.
Photo caption: Hartt School collection (ARCH062). University of Hartford Archives & Special Collections.