The Hartt School

Flute

Studying flute at Hartt exposes you to a comprehensive program designed to challenge and motivate you as a performer.

About the Major & Mentoring

To enrich pedagogy skills, the Hartt flute studio uses a mentoring system that pairs an undergraduate student with a graduate flutist.  They meet together for a minimum of two hours a week to work in duets, resolve any problems revealed in Techniques Class, and for the chance to do research and get feedback from a partner. This gives the graduate students a chance to develop and refine their teaching techniques before leaving school, while the undergraduates benefit from the additional “one-on-one” help in between lessons and get to know fellow flute students more quickly.

Pairs rotate every 4 weeks so everyone has the opportunity to meet and work together, creating a true collaborative atmosphere in the flute studio. The students are collegial and supportive, each gaining more from these additional opportunities to participate with their peers than they would on their own.

Focused on Performance

In addition to required course work, a performance major consists of three significant elements: performance, pedagogy, and career development. Solo, chamber, and large ensemble opportunities provide ample performance experience. Pedagogy classes ensure that all instrumental performance majors leave Hartt prepared as private teachers. Learn about studying flute at Hartt, including undergraduate and graduate admission and audition requirements and faculty information.

Flute Performance Class

The emphasis in this class is on polishing and performing repertoire with piano accompaniment and receiving feedback from fellow students. This time is also used for master classes by visiting artists; recent master classes have been presented by Elizabeth Rowe, Cynthia Meyers, Emmanuel Pahud, Judy Mendenhall.

Technique Class

Flute students work together on warm-ups, scale studies, exercises, stretching, and good work habits. Students also complete repertoire and book reports in which they research composers, repertoire, and important flute literature allowing them to deepen their understanding and appreciation of the music in class and providing them with a model for doing further research on their own.

Admission and Audition Requirements

In order to schedule an audition, the University of Hartford application as well as the Hartt Undergradute supplemental application must be completed.  Learn more about the undergraduate or graduate application process.

The Hartt School conducts live auditions and interviews for applicants on campus as well as in select cities around the United States. Applicants who reside more than 300 miles away from campus are eligible to submit a recorded audition. 

Bachelor of Music

  • Mozart, Concerto in D or G - 1st and 2nd Movement
  • J. S. Bach, any sonata - 1st and 2nd Movement
  • A sonata or concerto for flute and piano

Master of Music & Graduate Professional Diploma

  • Mozart Concerto in G or D Major, 1st and 2nd movement
  • J. S. Bach: any sonata, 2 contrasting movements
  • Major 20th century Sonata for flute and piano
  • Five (5) orchestral excerpts (including the three (3) below):
  • Beethoven, Leonore Overture No. 3 - measures 328-360
  • Brahms Symphony No. 4 - Movt. 4, measures 93-105
  • Mendelssohn Scherzo from A Midsummer Night's Dream, 2 measures before P to the end

Doctor of Musical Arts & Artist Diploma

  • Mozart: Concerto in G or D Major - complete
  • J. S. Bach: Sonata in B minor, E minor, or Partita in A minor
  • Two 20th century sonatas of contrasting style
  • Unaccompanied solo exhibiting a command of extended technique
  • Five orchestral excerpts

Our Faculty

The Flute faculty at Hartt are active performers and renowned educators.

Janet Arms

Janet Arms enjoys a notable career as an orchestral musician, soloist, chamber musician, and educator. She is a member of the New York City Opera orchestra and has performed and recorded with the New York Philharmonic, the Metropolitan Opera, the Boston Symphony Orchestra in Boston, at Tanglewood, and on tour, has been guest principal flutist with the St. Louis Symphony in the US and on a month-long tour throughout Europe.

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Greig Shearer

As a chamber artist and a soloist, Greig Shearer has given recitals in central Connecticut, New York, and Boston. He is a founding member of the Soni Fidelis Quintet and performed with them from 1984 to 1994. He has been the principal flutist with the Hartford Symphony since 1993.

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The highlights of my graduate study at Hartt have been the many opportunities to improve both my performance and teaching skills.

Allison Hughes, Master of Music, Flute performance, 2018

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