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The Hartt School

Violin

When you study violin at The Hartt School, you will receive comprehensive musical training. 

About the Major

You will join a tight-knit community of artists who are perfecting their craft. Through personal attention and mentorship from Hartt’s accomplished faculty members, you will develop innovative ideas and career ready skills. Learn about studying violin at Hartt, including undergraduate and graduate admission and audition requirements and faculty information.

Admission and Audition Requirements

The Hartt School will not be hosting live auditions for 2021 applicants due to safety concerns related to the COVID-19 pandemic. All applicants will be required to submit a recorded audition.

Learn more about the undergraduate or graduate application process.

 

Undergraduate

  • One movement of an unaccompanied work by J.S. Bach
  • One movement of a concerto or a virtuoso piece
  • One étude or caprice

It is strongly recommended that at least one selection be performed from memory.

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 harttadm@hartford.edu.

Master of Music and Graduate Professional Diploma

All MM or GPD string applicants must audition with piano accompaniment for at least one work. 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 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.

  • One movement of unaccompanied Bach from memory
  • One movement of a concerto (or a showpiece) from memory
  • Another work or movement in a contrasting style
  • A selection of choice (this selection could be an additional movement from one of the first three selections, or a completely different piece)
One of the above selections must be a 20th or 21st-century work.

For the Master of Music in Music History- Performance Practice Emphasis, Three (3) pieces or movements of contrasting styles must be played, and applicants may bring their own pianist or audition without accompaniment. 

Prescreening Doctor of Musical Arts & Artist Diploma

PRESCREENING REQUIREMENTS FOR DOCTOR OF MUSICAL ARTS AND ARTIST DIPLOMA APPLICANTS

DMA and AD applicants must submit with their completed application a preliminary recording electronically, (via Youtube, Dropbox etc.), on or before the application deadline. All recordings must contain music of contrasting styles and periods within a time frame of 20 to 30 minutes maximum, to include the following:

  • One movement of a major concerto (to be performed from memory)
  • Two movements of unaccompanied Bach (to be performed from memory)
  • One additional piece, caprice, or a showpiece (to be performed from memory)
  • One movement of a sonata

One of the above selections must be classical and another must be a 20th or 21st century work.

Confirmation of your audition date will follow a positive review of the preliminary audition recording.

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 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.

Doctor of Musical Arts & Artist Diploma

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 harttadm@hartford.edu 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.

  • A complete concerto and two movements of unaccompanied Bach, or one movement of a concerto and a complete unaccompanied work by Bach (to be performed from memory)

  • An additional piece, caprice, or a showpiece (to be performed from memory)

  • Two contrasting movements of a sonata

Note: One of the above selections must be classical and another must be a 20th or 21st century work.

Our Faculty

Anton Miller

Anton Miller

Professor of Violin

Miller has performed over fifty violin concertos with a number of orchestras on four different continents. His world premiere performance of Xiogang Ye’s “Last Paradise” for violin and orchestra in Beijing, China with the Central Philharmonic Orchestra was recorded for broadcast throughout Asia and released on CD. Mr. Miller has also been concertmaster for a number of orchestras including almost thirty years with Lincoln Symphony Orchestra and the New Jersey Festival Orchestra. He was also concertmaster for an Argentinian tour of the American Ballet Theatre.

Katie Lansdale

Violin Faculty; Principal Artist Teacher of Violin

Katie Lansdale has been widely lauded as soloist, chamber musician, and teacher. She has performed as soloist and chamber artist in South America and Europe, and on numerous North American concert series, including the Phillips Collection, the Caramoor Series, and Lincoln Center’s Rose Room. Winner of Grand Prizes at the Fischoff and Yellow Springs national chamber competitions, she has collaborated in chamber concerts with artists such as Yo Yo Ma, Felix Galimir, Donald Weilerstein, the Miami Quartet, Robert MacDonald, and Charles Neidich.

Emlyn Ngai

Traditional Violin; Artist Teacher of Violin

Emlyn Ngai enjoys a diverse life as both a modern and historical violinist. In addition to being associate concertmaster of the Carmel Bach Festival and director of the festival’s Circle of Strings, Emlyn is a member of the Adaskin String Trio with which he has performed extensively across Canada and the United States and has been recorded for broadcast by CBC Radio, Radio-Canada, and National Public Radio. As concertmaster of Tempesta di Mare, the Philadelphia Baroque Orchestra, he has performed across the US and in Europe, and has made eight releases on the British label Chandos.

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