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.
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Our newest BFA programs in Stage Management or Technical Theatre prepare you for a successful career in the industry!
When the world pivoted, concert venues closed and live performances were cancelled, double bass professor, Robert Black, found a new way to connect with audiences. First Fridays with Robert Black, a monthly series of virtual mini-concerts, started as a way for him to continue to perform and share cool and compelling music for double bass – streaming from his home studio in Hartford, Connecticut.First Fridays with Robert Black
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.Learn More about Steve
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.Learn more about Kalena
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."Learn more about Music Management
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.