The Hartt School Community Division (HCD), the community extension of The Hartt School, is a national model for community schools on university campuses.
Our innovative faculty provide a learning environment that engages, enriches, and transforms aspiring artists from pre-k to adult.
We believe in the transformative power of the performing arts. We look forward to welcoming you to our community.
Jazz and Popular Music Institute
Luke Nelson is a music educator and musician. Nelson holds a Master of Music Education degree from Boston University, as well as a B.A. in music theory and composition from Central Connecticut State University.
Nelson has worked with many jazz greats including Brad Goode, Don Stiernberg, Johnny Frigo, and his dear friend and mentor, Jon Hendricks. His teaching philosophy: “Teach the student, not the curriculum.”View Faculty Bio
Artistic and Education Director, Dance
A native of Armenia, Sarkis Kaltakhtchian studied at the Choreographic Institute of Yerevan, where he graduated with honors. Thereafter, he joined the Armenian National Ballet. In 1989, Kaltakhtchian was invited to join Ballets Classique de Montreal.
He also performed with Banff Festival of the Arts, Classical Ballet of Costa Rica, Ottowa Ballet, Hartford Ballet, Charlotte Ballet, and Tulsa Ballet Theatre.
The Hartt Preparatory Academy is a two-year, comprehensive pre-college music training program for high school juniors and seniors. The program includes music theory, ear training, keyboard studies, performances, advanced ensemble, private instruction, and more.
SDI is an intensive summer training program for serious students ages 8-18. The rigorous daily schedule of training classes and rehearsals culminates in a final showcase.