The Hartt School

Guitar

The Guitar Program at The Hartt School is the oldest and most developed performance-based guitar program in the country. 

About the Major

In 1968, Hartt graduated its first guitar major and over the years the program has expanded to offer a Master of Music, Graduate Professional Diploma, Doctor of Musical Arts, and Artist Diploma.

At Hartt, you will participate in masterclasses given by world renowned performers. Past guest artists include Oscar Ghiglia, Antigoni Goni, and Andrew York.

Our graduates presently hold or have held guitar positions at various prestigious institutions, including New England Conservatory, Boston Conservatory, The Longy School of Music, and Oberlin Conservatory.

Our alumni and present students have won or been finalists in the Alirio Diaz International Guitar Competition in Venezuela, Guitar Foundation of America International Guitar Competition, American String Teachers Competition, MTNA competition, and Appalachian State Guitar Competition.

In addition to classical guitar training, you will also experience chamber music, guitar pedagogy, guitar literature, lute and baroque guitar tablature, and electric guitar styles. Our goal is to graduate students who are well-prepared to enter the fields of concert performance and college teaching. Towards that end we hold weekly performance classes that are required of all performance majors. In addition, every year, we sponsor six to eight public performances as part of our Evening with Guitar concert series.  This provides our students the opportunity to develop and refine their performance skills in a professional setting.

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

Three pieces are to be played on classical guitar (nylon strings) for your audition. These pieces should show your technical and musical abilities to perform with a good hand position and sitting position as well as the ability to produce a good focused fingernail sound. Selections should include one technical study showing your ability to play arpeggios and two pieces from contrasting musical periods. The following are pieces commonly played at auditions. These are only suggestions. Please show this list to your teacher(s) and, based on these suggestions, he/she/they will be able to suggest appropriate pieces you may currently be studying. All but the technical work should be played from memory:

SUGGESTED STUDIES

  • Carcassi, 25 Melodious Studies: Nos. 2, 3, 7, 13, 15
  • Sor, Twenty Studies, edited by Segovia
  • Giulliani, Any studies one page or longer in length.

SUGGESTED REPERTOIRE

  • Six Lute Pieces From the Renaissance, Columbia Music
  • Villa-Lobos: Any preludes or études, Max Eschig
  • J.S. Bach: Bourrée or Allemande from the 1st Lute Suite, Sarabande from the 3rd Cello Suite, or any movement from the 1st Cello Suite
  • Tárrega: Adelita Lagrima
  • Brouwer: Selected works from Simple Studies, Vol. 1 & 2, Max Eschig

Master of Music

The Graduate Program at The Hartt School is a highly-developed performance-based program. We look for and accept students with well-developed technical, musical, interpretative, and practice skills, who show a commitment to high performance standards and a desire to pursue either a college teaching/performing career or a solo/chamber music career.

Thirty minutes of solo repertoire played from memory is required. While we occasionally accept students who do not possess the following repertoire, it is more an exception than the norm.

  • A major Baroque Suite. J.S. Bach and S.L. Weiss are the most frequently performed composers.
  • A major 20th-century work. Composers frequently represented include: Brouwer, Martin, Britten, Dodgson, etc.
  • A major work by one of the following: Sor, Giulliani, Coste, Mertz, Regondi or any Spanish or Latin American composer.

Doctor of Musical Arts & Artist Diploma

The DMA and AD programs are The Hartt School's highest levels of musical training. As such, the Guitar Department requires not only well-developed technical and interpretative skills but also a high level of musicianship and artistic ability.

Audition: The audition is based upon a recital program, (approximately sixty minutes in length), submitted by the candidate with the doctoral application. During that time the committee will ask the candidate to play selections from the submitted program. The submitted program should contain:

  • A major Bach suite, preferably one of the lute suites; Prelude, Fugue, and Allegro; or Chaconne.
  • A major 20th-century work
Works from the Classical, Romantic, and 20th-century Segovia repertoire are encouraged.

Our Faculty

Our guitar factuly members are experts in their field.

Christopher Ladd

Award winning and internationally renowned classical guitarist Christopher Ladd is recognized throughout North America and abroad as one of the most promising classical musicians of his generation. Fingerstyle Guitar hails his performances as being “… rendered confidently and expressively.” Praised as “… an exercise in extremes.” by Soundboard Magazine, he is highly sought after as a soloist and chamber musician.

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Peter Clemente

A native of New England, award winning guitarist Peter Clemente is a frequent recitalist and committed music educator. An eclectic musician with influences from both classical and improvisatory traditions, his playing has been described as “sumptuous classical guitar” (Camden Herald), and “haunting expressiveness” (Worcester Telegram and Gazette).

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