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Rise confidently. Emerge Ready.

Welcome to The Hartt School, a performing arts conservatory for music, dance, and theatre. At Hartt, we think the best way to learn and perfect your craft is by doing. That’s why we put on more than 400 performances, recitals, lectures, and master classes each year.

Because our faculty are performers, scholars, and creative artists themselves—at theatres and concert halls around the world—they teach from experience, just as you will learn from your experiences at Hartt.

Through diverse coursework and close mentoring relationships with faculty, you can make your passion your profession.

Rehearse hard. Perform harder.

Hartt’s Music Division’s extensive degree offerings include programs in instrumental performance, composition, jazz, music education, and vocal performance. Faculty are working musicians who perform as soloists, with orchestras, and in chamber music ensembles. Degrees are also offered in music management, music production and technology, and performing arts management. Hartt students have the option to concentrate on classical music, jazz, commercial music, and a variety of other genres.

Extend Your Reach for Excellence

Hartt’s Dance Division offers professionally-focused conservatory training to students interested in pursuing careers as performing artists or dance educators. The program is based on rigorous technical studies in classical ballet and modern dance, combined with contemporary techniques to prepare graduates to be leaders in the field.

Will you be ready when the curtain rises?

Hartt’s Theatre Division provides a rigorous training program that prepares students for successful professional careers. With majors in music theatre and actor training, and partnerships with the Tony Award-winning Hartford Stage Company, Goodspeed Musicals, our students have on-stage experiences across wide ranging theatrical repertoire.

Motivated and Poised for Musical Success

Steve Davis '89

Jackie McLean Institute of Jazz

Hartt alumnus and JMI faculty member Steve Davis' recording Correlations (Smoke Sessions) finished at #2 overall on the US JazzWeekRadio charts for 2019. The Correlations Band features many Hartt JMI alumni including Joshua Bruneau, Wayne Escoffery, Dezron Douglas & Jonathan Barber.

"It’s been extremely gratifying over the years to collaborate on the highest professional, musical level with so many fellow Hartt JMI colleagues & alumni. The Correlations Band is just one of many recent examples of this camaraderie emanating from our department.  We all at The Hartt School's JMI Jazz Studies Program - students, alumni & faculty alike - are very proud, motivated and poised for continued musical success."- Steve Davis

In addition, Davis is part of Chick Corea's Spanish Heart Band, which won the 2020 Grammy Award for Best Latin Jazz Album.

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Dedicated Conductor and Educator

Kalena Bovell MM'14, GPD'15


Kalena Bovell was recently appointed Assistant Conductor of the Memphis Symphony Orchestra for the 2019-2020 season where she will conduct a large portion of Pops and Education Concerts.

Previously, Bovell was Music Director of the Civic Orchestra of New Haven for the 2018-2019 season. Under her direction, the Civic Orchestra expanded their visibility within the New Haven community, continuing their tradition of providing high quality and accessible music performances through innovative programming and community engagement.

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Using Hartt Experience in the Real World

Alex Small '20

Music Management & Violin Performance

Alex Small '20, a double major in Music Management & Violin Performance spent this summer as a development intern at the Dallas Symphony Orchestra.

"Interning at the Dallas Symphony Orchestra has been an amazing experience that has provided real-world opportunities to further my education in music administration. I am so thankful that Hartt has provided me with the skills necessary to be prepared for this experience."

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Bringing the Arts to Your Community

The Hartt School Community Division provides expert instruction in music and dance to the Greater Hartford area and serves over 2,800 students of all ages and backgrounds. Engaging with area students — regardless of age, background or skill level — reaffirms our belief in the transformative power of the arts.

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Make your passion your dream profession at The Hartt School.