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Guitar & Harp Performance

Now in its 52nd year, The Guitar Program at The Hartt School is the oldest and most developed performance-based guitar program in the country. In 1968, Hartt graduated its first guitar major and over the years the program has expanded to offer a Master of Music, Graduate Professional Diploma, Doctor of Musical Arts, and Artist Diploma. Our graduates presently hold or have held guitar positions at New England Conservatory, Boston Conservatory, The Longy School of Music, University of Idaho at Moscow, University of Akron, Oberlin Conservatory, The Hartt School, University of Central Florida, and William and Mary College to name but a few. Our alumni and present students have won or been finalists in the Alirio Diaz International Guitar Competition in Venezuela, Guitar Foundation of America International Guitar Competition, American String Teachers Competition, MTNA competition, and Appalachian State Guitar Competition.

With the recent addition of harp to our program we continue to offer excellent training in classical guitar and harp but also in chamber music, guitar pedagogy, guitar literature, lute and baroque guitar tablature, and electric guitar styles. Our goal is to graduate students who are well-prepared to enter the fields of concert performance and college teaching. Towards that end we hold weekly performance classes that are required of all performance majors. In addition, every year, we sponsor six to eight public performances as part of our Evening with Guitar concert series.  This provides our students the opportunity to develop and refine their performance skills in a professional setting. The Hartt School Guitar & Harp Program has three faculty members: Richard Provost (guitar), Christopher Ladd (guitar), and Susan Knapp Thomas (harp).

Each year several master classes are given by world renowned performers and pedagogues such as Oscar Ghiglia, Antigoni Goni, Andrew York and many more. Additionally, The Lincoln Theater on the University of Hartford campus has also welcomed such guitar greats as The Romeros and Manuel Barrueco.