The Hartt School

French Horn

At a Glance

The horn studio at Hartt creates a supportive atmosphere that offers frequent collaboration with other students and studios.

Full Time

Degrees Offered

Total Credits

Bachelor of Music

Master of Music


Doctor of Musical Arts


Artist Diploma


The horn studio at Hartt creates a supportive atmosphere that offers frequent collaboration with other students and studios.

About the Major

Through weekly privates lessons, and weekly studio classes, you will focus on small ensemble and solo playing. At Hartt, you will receive comprehensive musical training while developing innovative ideas and career ready skills while gaining exposure to nationally and internationally recognized musicians (recent guest artists include Gene Pokorney of CSO, Julie Landsman of The Met, Ray Mase of ABQ.)

Admission and Audition Requirements

Please see specific instrument audition requirements by degree below. Learn more about the undergraduate or graduate application process, in-person audition dates, and deadlines.



  • Two contrasting works or movements
  • One étude showing technical ability
  • One or two contrasting orchestral excerpts

Please note: We have students who come to Hartt from across the United States and around the world. That is one of the things that makes a Hartt education so special. Some students are accepted and arrive having had extensive private study on their instruments. Others have had less experience (and perhaps less conventional training), but their natural abilities and great love of music allow them to make remarkable strides in a short period of time because of the expertise of our faculty.

Our requirements are sometimes quite specific to give applicants a sense of where they should be to enter a high-level conservatory environment. However, we encourage applicants to reach out to our faculty members to discuss audition repertoire. It may be that what you have prepared will suffice. Our primary goal is to identify potential, and if we feel that the potential is there, it is then our responsibility to provide each and every student with the tools to be successful.

If you would like to be in touch with a member of the faculty to discuss your audition repertoire, please write to


  • A Strauss or Mozart concerto or the Glière concerto
  • A movement from a 20th or 21st century work
  • A Kopprasch, Gallay, Kling or Reynolds étude
  • Five orchestral excerpts from standard repertoire

Our Faculty

Barbara Hill

Horn; Dept. Head: Winds, Brass, Percussion; Artist Teacher

Barbara Hill has been Principal Horn with the Hartford Symphony since 2008. She has also been a member of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra (Canada) as both Acting Principal and Second Horn, and has performed with numerous North American orchestras, including the Pittsburgh Symphony, Utah Symphony, Boston Philharmonic Orchestra, Rhode Island Philharmonic, Calgary Philharmonic, and Orchestra London Canada.

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