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The Hartt School

Trumpet

The Hartt trumpet studio is a tight-knit community of artists who will inspire you, guide you, and share a musical journey with you. 

About the Major

Weekly lessons, master classes, brass repertoire class, special seminars and guest artists, are all part of the equation here at Hartt to make you become the player you want to become. You can accomplish so much, and at Hartt, you will keep getting better.

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

  • Two contrasting études showing the applicant's level of technical and musical advancement.
  • One standard solo selected from, or comparable to, works by: Arutunian, Haydn, Hummel, Hindemith, or Kennan.
  • One lyrical and one technical orchestral excerpt from the Standard Orchestral Repertoire. Examples can be found here.

Undergraduate applicants are required to perform their auditions on B-flat or C trumpets exclusively.

Graduate

  • Two contrasting études showing the applicant's level of technical and musical advancement.
  • One movement from a standard solo selected from, or comparable to, works such as: A. Honegger's Intrada, Halsey Stevens' Sonata.
  • Three standard orchestral excerpts:
  • Moussorsky - Ravel Pictures at an Exhibition, Promenade
  • Respighi - Pines of Rome Offstage Solo
  • Stravinsky - Petrouskia Ballerina Dance

Our Faculty

Phil Snedecor

Former Baltimore Symphony Orchestra member Phil Snedecor appears frequently as guest principal with the Pittsburgh Ballet Orchestra and the Louisville Orchestra, and as guest trumpeter for the Albany Symphony, Boston Pops and Boston Symphony. He is principal trumpet of the Harrisburg (PA) Symphony Orchestra and co-founder and Artistic Director of the Washington Symphonic Brass. Phil has written a series of brass etude books that are required repertoire at many colleges, conservatories and professional auditions.

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“I’ve always been told to surround myself with musicians that’ll push me to be my best. That’s been my exact experience here at Hartt.

James McAloon Jr., Bachelor of Music, Trumpet Performance, 2018

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