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Pre-College and Adult

HCD offers several summer programs for students grades 9–adult. Browse through the offerings below to learn more:

Chamber Music Accord | Meet the Masters | Music Industry | Summer Musical Theatre Intensive: Preprofessional | Young Composers Project 

American Saxophone Academy

ASA 2019

June 19–26, 2020

COVID-19 Summer Program Update

The American Saxophone Academy will be held virtually this year! Now in our eighth year, the American Saxophone Academy was designed by five American saxophonists with the goal of providing an exceptional solo and chamber music experience for advanced saxophonists. This one-week program includes lessons, master classes, quartets, and saxophone ensembles as well as some dedicated social time to bond with fellow saxophonists from around the world. This program is for advanced college students (sophomores, juniors, seniors, graduate students) and above, including professional players. Participants must have completed one year of university-level studies or the equivalent. Existing quartets and international students are encouraged to apply!

Note: Interested parties should contact program director Carrie Koffman directly.

2020 Faculty

Carrie Koffman, The Hartt School, Yale School of Music

Chien-Kwan Lin, Eastman School of Music

Timothy McAllister, University of Michigan

Otis Murphy, Indiana University

Kenneth Tse, University of Iowa

Special guest 

Kenneth Radnofsky, New England Conservatory, Boston University, Longy School of Music

Program Details

Location

The American Saxophone Academy will take place in The Alfred C. Fuller Music Center, home to The Hartt School on the University of Hartford Campus.  The University of Hartford's scenic and suburban 350-acre campus is located at 200 Bloomfield Avenue, West Hartford, CT 06117.

Housing

Limited housing is available to participants during The American Saxophone Academy. Park River Apartments are fully furnished, four-person apartments with kitchens. The apartments house four students in two doubles, a double and two singles, or four singles. A limited number of single apartments will be available on a first-come, first-served basis, for an additional fee.

The common areas include seminar/meeting rooms, lounges, and recreation and complimentary laundry facilities. Each bedroom is furnished with beds, closets, dressers, and desks, and offers phone and Internet jacks as well as Wireless Internet access. The rooms are also equipped with A/C and heat with adjustable thermostats.

Housing is $38 per bed per night for double occupancy and $43 per bed per night for single occupancy. 

Linen rental is available for an additional fee of $50 per person per linen packge. Packages include a top sheet, bottom sheet, light blanket, pillow, pillow case, and two bath towels. Available at check-in if preordered.

Click here to learn more or register for housing!

Food Options

The University of Hartford will be offering dining options on campus at The Commons (breakfast-lunch-dinner), a five-minute walk from The Hartt School. 

Off-campus restaurants are within a 15-minute drive from campus, either at Bishop’s Corner, West Hartford Town Center, or in Bloomfield.

Sample Schedule

2020 Sample Schedule

9:00–10:25 a.m. Group Lessons
10:25–10:40 a.m. Break
10:40 a.m.–12:00 p.m. Group Lessons
12:00–1:30 p.m. Lunch Break
1:30–3:30 p.m. Private Lessons/Practice Time 
3:30–3:45 p.m. Break
3:45–4:45 p.m. Quartet Rehearsal 
4:45–5:30 p.m. Quartet Coaching/Practice Time
5:30–7:00 p.m. Dinner Break
7:00–8:30 p.m. Saxophone Ensemble Rehearsal
8:30 p.m. Social Hour 

*Participants will receive one 40-minute lesson with each of the five faculty over the course of the program. 20 participants will be selected to perform in the masterclass with Kenneth Radnofsky, though all participants are invited to observe.

Tuition and Registration

program tuition

$392 per participant 

Registration Deadline

April 1, 2020

ASA was an amazing experience that completely changed my life as a saxophonist. Between the lessons, coachings, and performances I gained many of the tools needed to become a more successful student and performer.

ASA Participant, 2017

Young Composers Project: Summer Edition

YCP Summer Edition is designed for students both with and without any prior composing experience.
YCP Summer Edition is designed for students both with and without any prior composing experience.

August 3–7 and 10–14
Update! One session for both new and returning students.

This remote two-week intensive is designed for students in grades 7–12 who are passionate about writing music. Learn composition techniques, approaches to scoring films, and the use of relevant software while actively developing scores for film, TV, and/or video game scenes. Due to COVID-19, this program will take place in a remote setting. Students will take both synchronous and asynchronous courses over the two weeks to limit daily screen time and allow for deeper independent study.

Returning Students: Enroll in either the full two-week program or join us only for the master classes and guest artists at a reduced tuition.   

There are a limited number of laptops available for use during this program.

We encourage you to contact our administrative team with questions by e-mailing harttcomm@hartford.edu or calling 860-768-4451.

How Will YCP Online Work?

The online YCP Summer Edition will provide students with a mix of pre-recorded videos, live group instruction, small group breakout sessions, and short one-on-one sessions. All real-time activities will be scheduled in the afternoon Eastern Time (ET) Monday through Friday of the two weeks the program runs. Students will also work on assignments and individual projects outside of the scheduled activities. Students should expect to spend at least 2 hours per day outside of dedicated meeting times to work on their projects.

Pre-recorded videos will include tutorials for using Garageband and mini-lectures on other topics related to composing music for film, tv, and/or video games. There will be up to approximately one hour of pre-recorded videos posted per class day (M-F). Students should watch these prior to the live sessions for each day, and videos will be posted in advance to allow for students time for viewing. 

Live group instruction will include sessions by program faculty on spotting and scoring a film clip, how to compose music for cartoons, profiles and discussion of prominent film composers’ music, and more. Talks by one or more guest artists will also be presented. All live group sessions will be recorded and made available so students can refer back to them later.

Additionally, YCPSE faculty will lead breakout sessions for small groups of students (typically 4-5 per session) to give feedback on students’ work and go deeper into the material from live and/or pre-recorded lessons. Breakout sessions will be approximately 60 minutes in length. Group membership will rotate so students get a chance to interact with different members of the class and faculty throughout the program.

Students will also receive multiple 15-20 minute individual lessons to discuss their work and course material with a faculty member. Break-out sessions and private lessons will be scheduled individually, and students will receive a personalized schedule at least 1 week prior to the start of the program.

Tuition

NON-REFUNDABLE REGISTRATION FEE:

$25

Program Tuition: 

$775 

Program Highlights

AUDIENCE

The YCP Summer Edition is for students with interest in:

  • Creating music for film, TV, and/or video games.
  • Working with computer software to compose electronic music.
  • Learning to express themselves through music.
  • Gaining a deeper understanding of how music works.
  • Sharing their music with other students.
  • Studying with professional mentor composers.
Faculty 

2019 Faculty Included:

Sample Schedule

Here is an example of what a student’s schedule might look like. Note that group and 1:1 instruction times are still being finalized, so students should plan to be available each afternoon (ET) Monday-Friday of the program for possible live activities.

 

Monday, 8/3

a.m./early p.m. - Individual time (watch pre-recorded videos, etc.)
1:00 p .m. - Program Welcome
1:20 p.m. - Spotting and Scoring a Short Video Clip
2:20 p.m. - Q&A: Accessing Course Materials, Garageband, etc. 
Late Afternoon - Individual time (work on assignments, watch videos, free time, etc.)

Tuesday, 8/4

a.m./early p.m. - Individual time (work on assignments, watch videos, free time, etc.)
12:40-1:40 p.m. - Breakout Session: Scoring a Video Clip
2:00-2:40 p.m. - Film Composer 1 Profile
Late Afternoon - Individual time (work on assignments, watch videos, free time, etc.)

Wednesday, 8/5

a.m./early p.m. - Individual time (work on assignments, watch videos, free time, etc.)
2:00-2:40 p.m. - Cartoon Scoring
3:00-3:20 p.m. - 1:1 Meeting with faculty member
Late Afternoon - Individual time (work on assignments, watch videos, free time, etc.)

Thursday, 8/6

a.m./early p.m. - Individual time (work on assignments, watch videos, free time, etc.)
2:00-3:00 p.m. - Guest Talk
3:20-4:20 p.m. - Breakout Session: Cartoon Scoring
Late Afternoon - Individual time (work on assignments, watch videos, free time, etc.)

Friday, 8/7

a.m./early p.m. - Individual time (work on assignments, watch videos, free time, etc.)
12:40-1:40 p.m. - Breakout Session: Character Themes
2:00-2:40 p.m. - Film Composer 1 Discussion
Late Afternoon - Individual time (work on assignments, watch videos, free time, etc.)

Saturday and Sunday, 8/8-8/9

No live activities scheduled
Students are encouraged to work on assignments on their own

 

Throughout YCPSE, the program director and/or assistant will be available via e-mail and/or virtual office hours to assist as needed with any trouble-shooting or other questions that arise during the program.

Class materials will be housed in Google Classroom. Live instruction will be completed via Zoom or Webex, and details will be made available at least one week prior to the start of the program. Students will have access to class materials through the end of 2020.

Technology

This program is designed for students using Garageband, though students with experience in another acceptable software program may use that (see below for details).

All recent versions of Garageband for Mac are capable of scoring video and can be used for this program. NOTE: Garageband for iOS is not capable of scoring video, and so using Garageband on an iPhone or iPad will not be sufficient for this program.

A limited number of Mac laptops with Garageband are available for loan to local families. If you would like to borrow a computer, please indicate that when registering. Laptops will be allocated on a first-come basis. Requesting a laptop on the registration form does not necessarily mean one is still available. Someone will contact you within 1 week of registering to confirm that a laptop is available, and our staff will update this website as soon as possible once all laptops have been assigned. 

Families who borrow laptops will need to sign an agreement and will be held financially responsible for any lost or damaged equipment. Details about loan agreements and equipment distribution will be sent after a laptop has been assigned to a student.

If a student already has experience with another software and has access to that program on their home computer, they can use that program. Aside from Garageband, acceptable software includes recent versions of: Logic Pro, ProTools, and Cubase. FL Studio may be used if the Video Player 2 extension has been installed (note: the demo version will only allow 30 seconds of video and will not be sufficient for this program). Students planning to use a software other than Garageband should confirm with Dr. Rudman before registering for the program.

Student Examples

The theme for YCP Summer changes each year, so the recordings below may feature different performing forces than are available this year. 

Meredith Wickles: The First Snow Fall

Joseph Hayes: Satellites

Music Industry

Program Director, Gabe Herman.
Program Director, Gabe Herman.

Through master classes and hands-on project learning, rising sophomores through recently graduated seniors in high school learn the art and craft of songwriting. In the mornings, you will work with professional producers and engineers to learn the basics of song construction, demo recording, and the process of mixing and mastering. In the afternoons, you will attend master classes and workshops that focus on the basics of copyright regulations, music marketing campaigns, and other highlights of the industry. One impactful week allows you to earn your first songwriting credits, meet passionate peers from all over the country, and learn how you can pursue your own career in the music industry.

Chamber Music Accord

Intense music-making meets fun and fellowship.
Intense music-making meets fun and fellowship.

COVID-19 Summer Program Update

The University of Hartford has been continually monitoring the course of COVID-19 and how it will impact summer coursework and programming. In this unprecedented time, weighing the numerous factors of this program, we are choosing safety and are very sorry to report that we have decided to cancel Chamber Music Accord for summer 2020.

It is our intention to recreate the programming we had planned for this summer in 2021. We hope that you will consider applying for our program next summer, when we can safely and confidently bring you the high-quality offerings we are known for.

Meet the Masters

Program director Javon Jackson is also the chair of the University of Hartford’s Jackie McLean Jazz Studies Division.
Program director Javon Jackson is also the chair of the University of Hartford’s Jackie McLean Jazz Studies Division.

COVID-19 Summer Program Update

The University of Hartford has been continually monitoring the course of COVID-19 and how it will impact summer coursework and programming. In this unprecedented time, weighing the numerous factors of this program, we are choosing safety and are very sorry to report that we have decided to cancel Meet the Masters for summer 2020.

It is our intention to recreate the programming we had planned for this summer in 2021. We hope that you will consider applying for our program next summer, when we can safely and confidently bring you the high-quality offerings we are known for.

We encourage you to contact our administrative team with questions by emailing harttcomm@hartford.edu or calling 860-768-4451.

Take a look at the final concert from Meet the Masters 2018!

Summer Musical Theatre Intensive: Preprofessional

Students fine-tune their skills in preparation for the final showcase.
Students fine-tune their skills in preparation for the final showcase.

COVID-19 Summer Program Update

The University of Hartford has been continually monitoring the course of COVID-19 and how it will impact summer coursework and programming on the University campus. Our musical theatre program requires distinctive advanced preparation as each year we build a new show to meet your individual talents and areas for continued growth. This preparation translates into your pre-program study, our in-person class interactions, and culminates in an audience gathering and sharing out of our work. In this unprecedented time, weighing the numerous factors of this program, we are choosing safety and are very sorry to report that we have decided to cancel Summer Musical Theater Intensive for summer 2020.

It is our intention to recreate the programming we had planned for this summer in 2021, with new repertoire, similar class offerings and the same faculty. We hope that you will consider applying for our program next summer, when we can safely and confidently bring you the high-quality offerings we are known for.

See how SMTI Preprofessional can help you exceed your performance goals:

Questions?

Please call the main office at 860.768.4451 or e-mail us at harttcomm@hartford.edu.

 

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