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Chamber Music at The Hartt School

Chamber Music has been an integral part of the mission of the Hartt School since its inception. The Hartt Quartet was a faculty group established early in the history of the school. In the 1980s, the Emerson Quartet became the quartet in residence at the school. They were succeeded by the Miami Quartet and now the new Hartt Quartet. Additionally, there are many faculty members that belong to internationally established chamber groups such as the Lion’s Gate Trio, the Miller-Porfiris Duo, the Adaskin Trio, and the American Brass Quintet. This strong emphasis on experienced chamber faculty interacting daily with the students underscores the mission of the Chamber Department at Hartt:

To nurture ensemble playing at all levels toward artistic excellence through the cooperative teaching and performance of chamber music. In doing so, maintain the tradition of string quartet playing that has been synonymous with the name of the Hartt School for the past 30 years nationally and internationally, as well as foster chamber music relationships between Hartford-area arts organizations and the Hartt School, and area museums, galleries, secondary schools, libraries, and hospitals. To continue the tradition of the Hartt School as a chamber-music destination.

All students in the chamber music program are given weekly coachings, and the chance to perform in masterclass setting in a weekly Chamber Music Performance Hour led by Hartt faculty and guest artists. Recent years have had students performing in masterclasses for members of the Guarneri, Juilliard, Chiara, Pacifica, Brentano, American, Johannes, Dover and Emerson Quartets, as well as the Imani Winds and the American and Boston Brass Quintets. Hartt students perform annually at over 50 concerts both on and off campus and have recently been recognized for their service by the Mayor of Torrington, CT.

Performance 20/20:  The Hartt School's Honors Chamber Music Program

Performance 20/20 is made up of exceptionally talented undergraduate and graduate instrumental performance majors who share a strong commitment to chamber music. Through an intensive schedule of weekly coachings, rehearsals, and masterclasses with Hartt and guest faculty, participants prepare repertoire to be performed on 5 concerts a year on campus, as well as high-profile concerts off campus both locally and around the country.

Performance 20/20 members are offered full scholarships and the opportunity to study and perform both cutting edge and traditional chamber music in a professional atmosphere in addition to their other degree-required courses.