Placements for 2023-24 academic-year ensembles will be held in person on Sunday, June 11 for the following programs:
- Large Ensembles (Orchestras and Wind Ensembles)
- Chamber Music (quartets, trios, etc.)
- Guitar Orchestra
- Hartt Preparatory Academy
- Jazz and Popular Music Ensembles
If you are not able to audition on June 11, but would still like to be considered for our programs, please email email@example.com.
Hartt Prep and Jazz/Popular Music Ensembles may require a follow-up after our initial placement day. The directors of these programs will reach out to you after the placements have concluded.
How to Sign Up for Placements
Placements are by appointment only.
- Click here to sign up
- Select the type of placement you will be signing up for. (“Bassoon placement”, “violin placement”, etc.)
- If you are auditioning on multiple instruments, you will need to sign up for multiple appointments.
- You may need to click “show more services” in order to find your instrument.
- Select June 11 on the calendar, and then select one of the available times. Times will not appear until you select June 11.
- Answer the questions on the form.
- Click “book” at the bottom of the page.
At the audition, students will be asked to perform each of the following:
- Scale of the student’s choice
- Solo of the student’s choice
- A brief sight-reading excerpt
Tip for selecting audition repertoire:
Students are encouraged to select a scale and solo piece that best demonstrates their abilities. A slightly less advanced piece performed well is preferred to a more difficult piece that is still “in progress”.
Youth Chamber Music
(Strings, Winds, Brass, and Piano)
2023 in person large ensemble auditions will be video-recorded to assist with Chamber Ensemble placement.
Students interested in Chamber Ensembles are strongly encouraged to be actively taking private lessons on their instrument.
Questions about our Chamber Ensemble program can be sent to HCD Chamber Music Department Chair Melinda Daetsch at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Adult Chamber Music
No audition required. To inquire, please send a brief bio of your lessons and playing experience to Melinda Daetsch at email@example.com.
HOT CLUB of the HARTT SCHOOL
HARTT JAZZ COMBO
AMERICAN ROOTS ENSEMBLE
HARTT FUNK BAND
HARTT ROCK BAND
JPM audition videos must demonstrate technical skill on your instrument or voice, preferably in the style of music you want to study. Please limit your audition video to two songs and two scales, along with a brief improvisation if appropriate.
The Hartt School Community Division joins together more than 750 of the region's most dedicated young musicians to work with distinguished conductors in 18 large instrumental and choral ensembles. Students of all ages have the opportunity to receive rigorous ensemble training in a vibrant and supportive environment. These ensembles enjoy a myriad of performance experiences including collaborations with the Hartford Symphony Orchestra, appearances at music festivals, and tours.
Students who play the following instruments are encouraged to audition: Bass, Bassoon, Cello, Clarinet, Euphonium, Flute, French Horn, Guitar, Harp*, Oboe, Percussion, Piano*, Saxophone, Trombone, Trumpet, Tuba, Viola, Violin, and Voice.
*Harp and piano auditions are only for jazz, chamber ensembles, and the Hartt Preparatory Academy.
DO I NEED TO MEMORIZE MY SOLO?
No. Memorization is not required.
DO I NEED TO PLAY WITH AN ACCOMPANIST?
No. Auditions are heard without accompaniment.
DO I NEED TO BE A COMMUNITY DIVISION STUDENT OR TAKE PRIVATE LESSONS TO AUDITION?
No. While we believe that private study provides the resources and experience students need to develop into well-rounded musicians, it is not necessary to audition for our large ensemble or jazz program. For our chamber music program, it is strongly encouraged that students are actively taking private lessons.
DO ALL STUDENTS NEED TO AUDITION EVEN IF THEY WERE IN AN HCD ENSEMBLE DURING THE PREVIOUS YEAR?
All instrumental students need to audition to ensure proper placement and as an opportunity for our faculty to see growth. Choral ensembles do not require an audition. View more information and audition information.
CAN I CHOOSE WHICH INSTRUMENTAL ENSEMBLE I AUDITION FOR?
No. Students audition for our ensemble program. After Audition Festival the ensemble directors review the results and place students appropriately to ensure a quality experience for all students. Placement is at the discretion of the HCD administration and directors.
WHAT ARE YOUR ABSENCE POLICIES FOR ENSEMBLE ATTENDANCE ONCE YOU ARE ACCEPTED?
We expect that students will attend every rehearsal and performance. This attendance demonstrates responsibility, punctuality, and dependability. The Hartt Community Division allows for a maximum of 3 absences per performance cycle.
MY CHILD IS A SUZUKI STUDENT OUTSIDE OF THE HARTT SCHOOL COMMUNITY DIVISION. MAY THEY STILL PARTICIPATE IN THE SUZUKI ENSEMBLES?
Yes, students who do not participate in the Hartt Suzuki program (but are Suzuki students elsewhere) are welcome to contact the director, Emmett Drake, to discuss membership in one of the Suzuki program orchestras.
WHAT DO I DO IN THE CASE THAT MY STUDENT IS UNHAPPY WITH THEIR ENSEMBLE PLACEMENT?
We place students in ensembles after careful consideration by audition adjudicators and ensemble conductors. This ensures that we meet our goal for each student to have a positive and enriching experience. Students who do not wish to participate in their assigned ensemble should notify our office staff as soon as possible. Placements are at the discretion of the HCD administrative and director team.
HOW DO I REGISTER FOR ENSEMBLES?
Once you are placed, visit our online registration page to register. Please register as soon as possible. Failure to register prior to the start of ensembles may result in an additional late fee or may result in the student losing their ensemble placement.
Please contact us at 860.768.4451 or firstname.lastname@example.org.