The Hartt School

French Horn

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

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. 

Undergraduate

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

Graduate

  • 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

Our french horn faculty are leaders in their field.

Barbara Hill

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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David Wakefield

As a member of the American Brass Quintet, David Wakefield toured worldwide, all 50 states, recorded more than 40 CD's, and was one of the first American musicians invited to teach and perform in the People's Republic of China after the Cultural Revolution. He retired from that group in 2014, having been in the group for 38 years. Currently principal horn of the Little Orchestra Society in New York, he has also performed with the New York and Vienna Philharmonics, New York City Ballet, New York City and Metropolitan Opera Orchestras, and Orpheus Chamber Orchestra.

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