Instrumental Ensembles

There are many ways for you or your child to participate in instrumental ensembles with other Hartt School Community Division musicians. Browse through the offerings below for more information:

Capitol Symphonic Winds | Percussion Ensemble | Greater Hartford Youth Wind Ensemble | Philharmonia Winds | Harmony Winds | Connecticut Youth Symphony | Opus '89 | Virtuosi | Sinfonia | Stringendo | Suzuki String Orchestras | Guitar Orchestra | Small String Ensembles | Jazz and Popular Music Institute 

Capitol Symphonic Winds

Cap Winds is the region’s largest auditioned community concert band.
Cap Winds is the region’s largest auditioned community concert band.

Capitol Symphonic Winds (Cap Winds) is an ensemble composed of dedicated adult instrumentalists that offers challenging repertoire and exceptional guidance in a fun, rewarding environment. Performances take place in December and May, with occasional outreach and collaborative performances scheduled as well. Conducted by Dan D'Addio.

 

 


Audition Information

If you are a new student, please click below to request an audition. Current members of Capitol Symphonic Winds do not need to re-audition for the ensemble. 

Tuition and Rehearsals

Standard Tuition Tuition for University Credit Rehearsal Location Rehearsal Schedule
$120 annually $550 per semester* Bliss Music Room Wednesdays, 7:15–9:15 p.m.

A $25 registration fee may apply for new members.
Please contact hcdbills@hartford.edu or call 860.768.4451 to register for University credit.

Percussion Ensemble

This ensemble is the newest addition to HCD.
This ensemble is the newest addition to HCD.

The Middle and High School Percussion Ensembles perform music ranging from popular music, to “classical” music, to various world percussion traditions.  Students rehearse and perform on high quality, authentic percussion instruments from around the world, under the guidance of Hartt Community Division faculty member Jianpeng Feng.

 

 

Audition Information

No audition required. 

Tuition and Rehearsals

Age Tuition Rehearsal Location Rehearsal Schedule
Middle School $580 for HCD private lesson students, $690 for others Bliss Music Room Thursdays, 5:30–7:00 p.m.
High School $580 for HCD private lesson students, $690 for others Bliss Music Room Thursdays, 7:00–8:30 p.m.

Greater Hartford Youth Ensemble

Nearly 70 years of exceptional training is at the core of each rehearsal and performance.
Nearly 70 years of exceptional training is at the core of each rehearsal and performance.

The Greater Hartford Youth Wind Ensemble (GHYWE) is composed of dedicated high-school students in grades 10–12. GHYWE performs advanced wind-ensemble repertoire, including traditional, modern, and new works. GHYWE originated in the 1950s from the Hartt Youth Symphonic Band and the Connecticut Valley Youth Wind Ensemble. Conducted by Glen Adsit.

Listen In

Kentucky Harmony by Donald Grantham | Night on Fire from 'The Soul Has Many Motions' by John Mackey
 

Audition Information

Auditions for this academic-year ensemble are held in June at our annual Audition Fesitval. At the audition, students are expected to perform scales, a solo or etudes demonstrating current skill level, and sight-read a piece (provided at the audition).

Tuition and Rehearsals

Tuition Rehearsal Location Rehearsal Schedule
$220 for HCD private lesson students, $600 for all others Bliss Music Room Sundays, 5:30–7:30 p.m.
A one-time $25 registration fee may apply.

Philharmonia Winds

Philharmonia performs twice annually: fall and spring.
Philharmonia performs twice annually: fall and spring.

Philharmonia Winds is for motivated high-school and advanced middle-school students who want a challenging repertoire experience in a positive and encouraging environment. Conducted by Alan Francis.

Listen In

Fiddle-Faddle by Leroy Anderson Pilgrims Chorus by Richard Wagner | The Gliding Girl Tango by John Philip Sousa

 

Audition Information

Auditions for this academic-year ensemble are held in June at our annual Audition Festival. At the audition, students are expected to perform scales, a solo or etudes demonstrating current skill level, and sight-read a piece (provided at the audition).

Tuition and Rehearsals

Tuition Rehearsal Location Rehearsal Schedule
$220 for HCD private lesson students, $600 for all others Bliss Music Room Saturdays, 9–11 a.m.
A one-time $25 registration fee may apply.

Harmony Winds

Music selections are varied and challenging, creating a valuable experience for participants.
Music selections are varied and challenging, creating a valuable experience for participants.

Harmony Winds is an intermediate woodwind ensemble for advanced middle school and early high school students looking to refine skills and perform at a high level. Harmony Winds performs twice annually: fall and spring. Conducted by Alan Francis.

Listen In

Jamaica Me Crazy by Scott Watson | Plaza de Toros by Mark Williams

 


Audition Information

Auditions for this academic-year ensemble are held in June at our annual Audition Festival. At the audition, students are expected to perform scales, a solo or etudes demonstrating current skill level, and sight-read a piece (provided at the audition).

Tuition and Rehearsals

Tuition Rehearsal Locations Rehearsal Schedule
$130 for HCD private lesson students, $325 for all others Bliss Music Room Saturdays, 11:15 a.m.–12:15 p.m.
A one-time $25 registration fee may apply.

Connecticut Youth Symphony

This ensemble regularly collaborates with professional guest artists and ensembles, including the Hartford Symphony.
This ensemble regularly collaborates with professional guest artists and ensembles, including the Hartford Symphony.

Connecticut Youth Symphony (CYS) challenges motivated high-school musicians in grades 10–12 with the detailed preparation and performance of symphonic masterworks, concerti, and contemporary works. Each year CYS performs three major concerts and hosts a concerto competition for Community Division students.

Immersed in a history of excellence, CYS has been providing students an opportunity to study orchestral music intensively for almost 75 years. The Hartt School Training Orchestra was founded in 1938 by Rubin Segal and held its first concert in May 1939. Today, Connecticut Youth Symphony retains its focus: to provide students with a high-quality orchestral experience. Conducted by Dan D'Addio.

Listen In

Oboe Concerto in C Major K314, I. Allegro aperto by W.A. Mozart Symphony No. 1 in C minor, Op. 68, I. Un poco sostenuto - Allegro by Johannes Brahms Symphony No. 8 in G Major, IV. Allegro by Antonin Dvorak 

Audition Information

Auditions for this academic-year ensemble are held in June at our annual Audition Festival. At the audition, students are expected to perform scales, a solo or etudes demonstrating current skill level, and sight-read a piece (provided at the audition).

Tuition and Rehearsals

Tuition Rehearsal Location Rehearsal Schedule
$220 for HCD private lesson students, $650 for all others Bliss Music Room Sundays, 1–4 p.m.
A one-time $25 registration fee may apply.

Opus '89

Opus ′89 rehearses and performs advanced repertoire.
Opus ′89 rehearses and performs advanced repertoire.

In 1987, the late David Einfeldt founded the premier Suzuki string orchestra Opus '89. Today, this string orchestra is open, by audition, to advanced string players, regardless of their training method. This ensemble often collaborates with wind players and percussionists to perform classical-era orchestral works. Conducted by Emmett Drake.

 





Audition Information

Auditions for this academic-year ensemble are held in June at our annual Audition Festival. At the audition, students are expected to perform scales, a solo or etudes demonstrating current skill level, and sight-read a piece (provided at the audition).

Tuition and Rehearsals

Tuition Rehearsal Location Rehearsal Schedule
$220 for HCD private lesson students, $600 for all others Bliss Music Room Saturdays, 12:30–2:30 p.m.
A one-time $25 registration fee may apply. 

Virtuosi

Virtuosi is the Hartt School Community Division’s newest addition to the orchestra program.
Virtuosi is the Hartt School Community Division’s newest addition to the orchestra program.

Virtuosi is for advanced middle school and high school students in the traditional string program. This string orchestra performs once per semester, in December and May. Conducted by Paul Pierce.

Listen In

Acrobats by Richard Meyers | Overture from Russian and Ludmilla by Makhail Glinka arr. Robert Sieving

 



Audition Information

Auditions for this academic-year ensemble are held in June at our annual Audition Festival. At the audition, students are expected to perform scales, a solo or etudes demonstrating current skill level, and sight-read a piece (provided at the audition).

Tuition and Rehearsals

Tuition Rehearsal Location Rehearsal Schedule
$220 for HCD private lesson students, $600 for all others Konover Great Room Saturdays, 9–11 a.m.
A one-time $25 registration fee may apply.

Sinfonia

This ensemble performs twice annually: fall and spring.
This ensemble performs twice annually: fall and spring.

Sinfonia is for the motivated, advanced middle school string students interested in experiencing a rigorous rehearsal atmosphere while refining technique through varied repertoire. Conducted by David Kramer.

Listen In

Archaic Voices by Doug Spata Johnny Comes Marching Home by Richard Stephan 

 


Audition Information

Auditions for this academic-year ensemble are held in June at our annual Audition Festival. At the audition, students are expected to perform scales, a solo or etudes demonstrating current skill level, and sight-read a piece (provided at the audition).

Tuition and Rehearsals

Tuition Rehearsal Location Rehearsal Schedule
$130 for HCD private lesson students, $325 for all others Konover Great Room Saturdays, 11:15 a.m.–12:15 p.m.
A one-time $25 registration fee may apply.

Stringendo

Each year, Stringendo's repertoire creates a motivating and valuable experience for all participants.
Each year, Stringendo's repertoire creates a motivating and valuable experience for all participants.

Stringendo is for beginner to intermediate elementary and middle school string students looking to further develop their ensemble performance skills. Stringendo performs twice annually: fall and spring. Conducted by David Kramer

Listen In

Aeolian Rock by Jeffery Frizzi Antagonist by Larry Clark  

 


Audition Information

Auditions for this academic-year ensemble are held in June at our annual Audition Festival. At the audition, students are expected to perform scales, a solo or etudes demonstrating current skill level, and sight-read a piece (provided at the audition).

Tuition and Rehearsals

Tuition Rehearsal Location Rehearsal Schedule
$130 for HCD private lesson students, $325 for all others Room 342 Saturdays, 10–11 a.m.
A one-time $25 registration fee may apply.

Suzuki String Orchestras

Hartt Community Division orchestras are an essential part of the Suzuki experience.
Hartt Community Division orchestras are an essential part of the Suzuki experience.

Suzuki String Orchestras reinforce concepts from private and group lessons, provide training in orchestral technique, and create collaborative experiences for students.

Suzuki students join the first three orchestras by teacher recommendation and conductor approval. Admission to upper levels is by audition only. Conducted by Emmett Drake.

Students who do not participate in the Hartt Suzuki Program (but are Suzuki students elsewhere) are welcome to inquire about membership. Opus '89 accepts advanced players regardless of method of instruction.

Tuition and Rehearsals

Level Orchestra Name Tuition per Year Rehearsal Schedule
1 Appoggiatura $130 for HCD private lesson students, $325 for all others Wednesdays, 5:45–6:30 p.m.
2 Da Capo $130 for HCD private lesson students, $325 for all others Tuesdays, 6:00–6:45 p.m.
3 Intermezzo $130 for HCD private lesson students, $325 for all others Tuesdays, 5–6 p.m.
4 Vivace $130 for HCD private lesson students, $325 for all others Saturdays, 11:15 a.m.–12:15 p.m.
A one-time $25 registration fee may apply.

Guitar Orchestra

Guitar Orchestra performs twice annually: fall and spring.
Guitar Orchestra performs twice annually: fall and spring.

Guitar Orchestra offers advanced classical guitar students the unique opportunity to collaborate with fellow guitarists in an ensemble setting. This orchestra allows Suzuki students in Book 4+ (approx. ages 10–17) to perform guitar-orchestra repertoire, including Vivaldi Concerti and Handel Watermusic selections, Joplin Ragtime pieces, and Inti Illimani selections.

The guitar orchestra is comprised of octave, alto, and contrabass guitars, as well as the traditional classical guitar. The various instruments will be loaned out to participating students. Directed by David Madsen.

 

Audition Information

Auditions for this academic-year ensemble are held in June at our annual Audition Festival. Students currently in the orchestra are not required to re-audition.

Tuition and Rehearsals

Tuition Rehearsal Location Rehearsal Schedule
$130 for HCD private lesson students, $325 for all others United Universalist Church, West Hartford Mondays, 6–7 p.m.
A one-time registration fee of $25 may apply.

Small String Ensembles

Bass Ensemble

Focus on double-bass technique and tone production while exploring various musical styles, such as classical and tango, and incorporating three to five-part harmonies. This ensemble is open to bassists of all abilities and ages and is directed by Susan PowellThere are no auditions to join.

Tuition: $220 for HCD private lesson students, $600 for all others*
*Tuition is already included for Suzuki students placed in this ensemble in lieu of a group class. A one-time $25 registration fee may apply.

Rehearsals: Sundays, 4:15–5:15 p.m.

For more information, please contact Music Programs Coordinator Noa Michaud at 860.768.5730 or nomichaud@hartford.edu.

Cello Choir

Advanced cello students will work with exceptional faculty to explore cello technique and cello ensemble repertoire. There are no auditions to join. Directed by Katie Kennedy.

Tuition: $220 for HCD private lesson students, $600 for all others*
*Tuition is already included for Suzuki students placed in this ensemble in lieu of a group class. A one-time $25 registration fee may apply.

Rehearsals: Saturdays, 11 a.m.–12 p.m. 

For more information, please contact Music Programs Coordinator Noa Michaud at 860.768.5730 or nomichaud@hartford.edu.

Viola Tour Group

The HCD Viola Tour Group is an ensemble made up of violists who have achieved a minimum level of having memorized and polished Telemann viola concerto or all of Suzuki Book 4 and who are willing to perform by memory. Membership is automatically offered to any violist in the Vivace, Opus '89, or Connecticut Youth Symphony orchestras. All other violists who meet the requirements listed above may audition for the group either during the HCD June Audition Festival, or by personal appointment. 

The group has performed at The Bushnell and in Bach in the Subways. Concerts in local nursing homes and community centers are regular occurrences for the group, and they have also performed in venues as unusual as the New Britain Rock Cats stadium, where for ten seasons, the group performed a special eight-part version of the National Anthem at the start of the ball games. The group has also performed in Times Square as part of the New York Viola Society concert series, and has given concerts in Switzerland, Italy, and France. At the Hartt School, The Viola Tour group performs twice a year on the Hartt Suzuki group class concerts and has also performed with the Hartt College Viola Ensemble.

The Hartt Community Division Viola ensemble can be found performing pieces from the Suzuki repertoire as well as music originally written or arranged for viola ensemble ranging from Coldplay and Pharrell Williams to JS Bach and Bartok. Directed by Melinda Daetsch.

Tuition: $220 for HCD private lesson students, $600 for all others*
*Tuition is already included for Suzuki students placed in this ensemble in lieu of a group class. A one-time $25 registration fee may apply.

For more information or to request an audition, please e-mail Melinda Daetsch at daetsch@hartford.edu.

Jazz and Popular Music Institute

The Jazz and Popular Music Institute (JPMI) provides students with the opportunity to explore a wide range of contemporary styles, from jazz to rock and world music to pop. 

Questions?

While you should consult with your teacher about appropriate repertoire, please feel free to contact Music Programs Coordinator Noa Michaud with questions about audition guidelines and expectations: 860.768.5730 or nomichaud@hartford.edu.

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