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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.

Music

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.

Dance

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.

Theatre

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, and the Monomoy Theatre, our students have on-stage experiences across wide ranging theatrical repertoire.

Dedicated Conductor and Educator

Kalena Bovell MM'14, GPD'15

Conducting

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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Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance Performance

Christopher Henry '19

Christopher earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance Performance from The Hartt School. He is the youngest of 9 children and the first in his family to graduate college. During his Sophomore year, Christopher's mother was diagnosed with cancer. He contemplated dropping out of school to help take care of his mother, but she wanted him to finish school. She passed away the summer before the start of his Junior Year. Deeply saddened by her passing, Christopher was determined to complete his college education and fulfill his mother’s wish. After having graduated this past weekend, Christopher will work for Urbanity Dance as one of their dancers for the upcoming season.

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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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