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

American Saxophone Academy

ASA 2019

June 26–July 3, 2022

Now in its 10th 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: The American Saxophone Academy is limited to 40 participants on a “first come, first served” basis.

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.

COVID PRotocols

Covid Protocols as of March 21, 2022 for external guest of the campus:

  • All external guests will need to be fully vaccinated, which we anticipate will include boosters as well, exemptions will not be granted. Attendees must be prepared to show proof of vaccination and ID’s while on campus grounds. 
  • LIVE SAFE app will be required to download by each smart phone-carrying attendee. The daily health survey must be taken daily on the app.
  • Masks will be required for all indoor spaces, outside of the assigned suite. No exceptions.
  • Guests that visit residing guests on campus must be prepared to fill out LIVE SAFE app, provide Vaccination card and ID (State issued, passport or State Driver’s License).
  • There are no isolation spaces on campus for a guest if they test positive. They will be asked to quarantine off campus and provide a negative test upon return.
Questions?

If you have questions, please contact Carrie Koffman at koffman@hartford.edu.

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 $41.50 per person, per night for double occupancy and $46.50 per person, per night for single occupancy. Register for housing here.

Linen rental is available for an additional fee of $40 per person per linen package. Packages include a top sheet, bottom sheet, light blanket, pillow, pillow case, and two bath towels. Available at check-in if preordered.

FOOD OPTIONS

The University of Hartford will be offering a breakfast-lunch-dinner dining option on campus that will be open 7 days per week over the summer. The location will be specified in April.

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

2022 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. 

Faculty
Guest Faculty
  • Kenneth Radnofsky, New England Conservatory, Boston University, Longy School of Music
Tuition

$785.00 (this does not include housing costs) 

Registration Deadline

May 1, 2022

Music Industry 2022

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

JULY 11-15

Rising Sophomores through recently graduated seniors in high school will engage in a series of workshops that focus on Songwriting, Music Production, Recording Techniques, and Music Business led by Hartt faculty in the Music Production & Technology Department, the Music and Performing Arts Management Department, and our guest artist in residence. In this dynamic program, students work collaboratively to compose original music, learn how to record their ideas in Hartt’s world-class recording studio, and how to market their music in today’s multi-faceted market. This program is ideal for any student who loves to create music, wants to meet other creative young people, and is curious about what a career in the music industry is all about. 

Register by July 1, 2022

Students will engage in week-long programming that focuses on the ins and outs of what the business while working on their own creative projects. Throughout these workshops, students will engage in seminars consisting of both Music Industry and Music Production techniques and methodologies.

Students will work with a professional singer/songwriter to develop a custom piece of music to be recorded by the camp. Along the way, students will learn the business elements that describe how a song is brought to market including copyright issues, how the music will fit into a larger marketing campaign, how the music will be packaged and distributed through physical and digital delivery systems.

In afternoon sessions, students will work with professional producers and engineers as they learn the basics of how a song is constructed, how demos of the song are recorded, the basics of how microphones are used to record music, mixing and mastering.

The culmination of the week will include a presentation of student work, and collected feedback from camp counselors, faculty, and guest artists.

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.

July 18-22, 9:30 am-4:30 pm 

This intensive program is designed for students in grades 7–12 who are passionate about writing music. Students will learn composition techniques, approaches to media scoring while actively developing music for film, TV, and/or video game scenes. Students will share a sampling of their projects in a presentation for family and friends on the last day of the program.

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 

2021 Faculty Included:

Register by July 1, 2022

We encourage you to contact our administrative team with questions by emailing Program Director, Jessica Rudman.

Students in the in-person program will meet daily from 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. at the Allen Library. The day will be divided between group instruction, guest workshops and talks, and independent work time. Students will receive feedback on their projects in group sessions and in short 1:1 discussions during work time. 

Students should plan to bring headphones and a bagged lunch or lunch money. More details will be sent no later than one week before the start of the program.

New Students:

Monday
  • 9:30 a.m. Introduction/Icebreaker
  • 10:00 a.m. How Music Affects Film
  • 10:30 a.m. Overview of Industry
  • 11:00 a.m. Tools of the Trade
  • 11:30 a.m. Intro to Garageband
  • 12:30 p.m. Lunch
  • 1:30 p.m. Spotting Session
  • 2:00 p.m. Working on Scoring a Scene and Group Feedback
  • 4:15 p.m. Wrap Up
  • 4:30 p.m. Dismissal
Tuesday
  • 9:30 a.m. Themes
  • 10:00 a.m. Melody-writing Basics
  • 10:30 a.m. Working on Character Themes and Group Feedback
  • 12:30 p.m. Lunch
  • 1:30 p.m. Building on Your Ideas
  • 3:30 p.m. Timing
  • 4:15 p.m. Wrap Up
  • 4:30 p.m. Dismissal
Wednesday
  • 9:30 a.m. Cartoon Scoring
  • 12:30 p.m. Lunch
  • 1:30 p.m. Intro to Harmony
  • 2:30 p.m. Composing Time and Individual Feedback
  • 4:15 p.m. Wrap Up
  • 4:30 p.m. Dismissal
Thursday
  • 9:30 a.m. Film Composer Profile (topics have included Hans Zimmer, James Horner, and more)
  • 11:00 a.m. Composing Time and Individual Feedback
  • 12:30 p.m. Lunch
  • 1:30 p.m. Composing for Specific Genres (ex: Horror, SciFi, Fantasy)
  • 2:30 p.m. Composing Time and Individual Feedback
  • 4:15 p.m. Wrap Up
  • 4:30 p.m. Dismissal
Friday
  • 9:30 a.m. Music Production
  • 11:00 a.m. Composing Time and Individual Feedback
  • 12:30 p.m. Lunch
  • 1:30 p.m. Virtual Q&A with Professional Film/Game Composer
  • 2:30 p.m. Final Presentation Set Up and Sound-check
  • 3:30 p.m. Final Presentation

Returning Students:

Monday
  • 9:30 a.m. Introduction/Icebreaker
  • 10:00 a.m. Composing for a Video Game Cut Scene
  • 12:30 p.m. Lunch
  • 1:30 p.m. Advanced Theme Writing
  • 4:15 p.m. Wrap Up
  • 4:30 p.m. Dismissal
Tuesday
  • 9:30 a.m. Creating a Complimentary Theme
  • 12:30 p.m. Lunch
  • 1:30 p.m. Advanced Theme Writing
  • 4:15 p.m. Wrap Up
  • 4:30 p.m. Dismissal
Wednesday
  • 9:30 a.m. Cartoon Scoring
  • 12:30 p.m. Lunch
  • 1:30 p.m. Advanced Harmony
  • 2:30 p.m. Composing Time and Individual Feedback
  • 4:15 p.m. Wrap Up
  • 4:30 p.m. Dismissal
Thursday
  • 9:30 a.m. Film Composer Profile (topics have included Hans Zimmer, James Horner, and more)
  • 11:00 a.m. Composing Time and Individual Feedback
  • 12:30 p.m. Lunch
  • 1:30 p.m. Composing Time and Individual Feedback
  • 4:15 p.m. Wrap Up
  • 4:30 p.m. Dismissal
Friday
  • 9:30 a.m. Music Production
  • 11:00 a.m. Composing Time and Individual Feedback
  • 12:30 p.m. Lunch
  • 1:30 p.m. Virtual Q&A with Professional Film/Game Composer
  • 2:30 p.m. Final Presentation Set Up and Sound-check
  • 3:30 p.m. Final Presentation

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 students to use. 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 if there are no longer any laptops available for loan. 

In-person participants will use the laptops on campus during class time. Remote program participants will borrow a laptop for the duration of the program. 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 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). Noteflight may be used as a supplemental software, but on its own it not sufficient for this program.

Students planning to use a software other than Garageband should confirm with Dr. Rudman before registering for the program.

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

NON-REFUNDABLE REGISTRATION FEE:

$25

Program Tuition: 

$775 

Questions?

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

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