The Hartt School
The study of saxophone at The Hartt School offers a competitive, collegial environment for students to challenge one another, fosters artistic growth, and instill the necessary skills to achieve success in the musical world.
About the Major
The overall size of the woodwind department and instrumental studios provides each student significant individual attention and performance opportunities. Whether you aspire to work as a professional performer, music educator, producer, manager, acoustic engineer, or other, we have a place for you in Hartt's woodwind department.
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.
- Two contrasting movements from a standard sonata or concerto (i.e. Creston, Glazounov, Heiden, Ibert, Maurice, Milhaud, etc.)
- Two Ferling études (one slow, one fast)
MM and GPD saxophone applicants should prepare a program of a minimum of two major works. These should demonstrate musical and stylistic variety and should represent your highest level of musical and technical development.
DMA and AD saxophone applicants should prepare a program of a minimum of three major works. These should demonstrate musical and stylistic variety and should represent your highest level of musical and technical development.
Note: All DMA and AD candidates must audition with piano accompaniment where appropriate. If you require an accompanist for your audition, you may bring your own or request a Hartt accompanist. There is a $50 fee for a Hartt accompanist, which includes the audition and one 30-minute rehearsal (on the day of the audition). If you require an accompanist, you must notify Hartt Admissions at firstname.lastname@example.org at least three (3) weeks prior to your audition. Be sure to include your name, contact information, degree program, instrument, warm-up and audition times, and repertoire that requires accompaniment.
Our saxaphone faculty members are experts in their fields.
Carrie Koffman has been a featured soloist with the numerous orchestras including Fairfax Symphony Orchestra, the Hartford Symphony Orchestra, the Elgin Symphony Orchestra to name a few. Her students have placed in more than 100 different performance competitions including winning 19 university concerto competitions at four different universities.