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Greetings from Dean Cooper

Betsy Cooper

Betsy Cooper, Dean
The Hartt School

I am thrilled to be leading The Hartt School as it nears its 2020 centennial.  As a newcomer, I am immersed in my own course of experiential learning—meeting our dedicated faculty and staff, sensing the tangible depth of their passion for teaching, and recognizing the scope, depth, and impact of our school, and its alumni, in the region and around the world.

I’d like to share some of what I’ve learned thus far—The Hartt community is vibrant, diverse, and welcoming. Our faculty is actively engaged in the professional world as performing and generative artists, scholars, and educators.

Our faculty and staff are committed to helping students reach their potential through sustained mentorship and by offering an education in the performing arts that is rigorous, wide-ranging, and dynamic.

Just as 21st century performing arts are evolving and becoming increasingly interdisciplinary, so is our curriculum. Hartt offers focused disciplinary training, access to interdisciplinary study in the humanities, education, business, and technology, alongside imaginative, collaborative, and entrepreneurial experiences that ready our graduates to succeed professionally in an increasingly complex and interconnected world.

The University Honors Program allows motivated students to pursue a flexible, self-designed enriched course of study, while Hartt’s expanding study abroad programs connect students to new ways of training, creating, and performing.

Hartt students benefit from a diverse array of master classes, artist residencies, internships, and partnerships with leading professional performing arts organizations that help them achieve mastery in their discipline, find personal fulfillment, and transition successfully from college to career.

I invite you to learn more about the stellar education, individualized attention, and unique opportunities you will receive at The Hartt School. Plan a visit, take a sample lesson, participate in a class, attend a performance—experience what it’s like to be a part of this community of inspired artists, educators, and scholars.

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