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Hartt Summer Youth Festival

July 23–27, 2018

A comprehensive full-day program for passionate musicians entering grades 6-8.


The Hartt Summer Youth Festival (HSYF) offers passionate young musicians entering grades 6­–8 a holistic, full-day program, including ensemble and solo offerings. In the morning, students delve into instrument-specific techniques, repertoire, and ensemble work with distinguished HCD faculty. After a break for lunch, students come together for wind ensemble and string orchestra. During the afternoons students work with renowned conductors Glen Adsit (wind ensemble) and Edward Cumming (orchestra) alongside developing conductors and music educators from across the state. HSYF empowers students to hone their technical skills with distinctive faculty in a friendly, supportive environment.

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Location and Schedule

The University of Hartford's Hartt School
200 Bloomfield Ave., West Hartford, Conn.
Monday–Friday, 9 a.m.—4:30 p.m.


9 a.m.12 p.m.: Instrument Specific Master Class

1212:30 p.m.: Lunch Break

12:301:30 p.m.: Choir Rehearsal

1:30–4:30 p.m.: Wind Ensemble Rehearsal with Glen Adsit or String Orchestra with Edward Cumming


  • Tuition: $475
  • Non-refundable registration fee: $25

Register by May 1, 2018, and waive the registration fee.
Registration deadline: June 22, 2018

Instrument Offerings

These courses are available for students on flute, clarinet, saxophone, oboe, bassoon, horn, trumpet, trombone, low brass, percussion, violin, viola, cello and bass. Please expand each section for details about the program for that specific instrument.

Flute with Barbara Hopkins

Summer Master Classes flute students

This week of fun and intensive training will provide flute students with the opportunity to gain performance experience, study with a professional flutist, and learn alongside their peers in a supportive and encouraging environment. Each day will include a group stretch, warm-up, flute ensemble rehearsal and flute repertoire study, including clinics on topics important to you, from mastering those tricky passages to how to present yourself at an audition. This week will bring your musicianship to the next level.

Program Clinic Highlights for Flutists

  • Break it down! Tips on Effective Practicing
  • Where'd that beautiful tone come from? How to improve your sound
  • Get ahead start on Regional Band pieces and scales
  • Intonation, posture, and you
  • Presenting yourself at an audition: more then meets the eye
  • Flute ensemble playing

About Barbara Hopkins, D.M.A

Barbara HopkinsFlute faculty Barbara Hopkins received her Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Stony Brook University, where she studied with Samuel Baron. She earned her Master of Music from The Mannes College of Music under Thomas Nyfenger, and her Bachelor of Music at The Hartt School with John Wion. She currently serves as Assistant Principal Flute with the Hartford Symphony Orchestra, teaches at The Hartt School Community Division, and plays historical flute with the Rosewood Chamber Ensemble.

Barbara was first prize winner in the National Flute Association Orchestral Audition Competition, has been a top prize winner in the New York Flute Club Young Artist Competition, and was awarded a fellowship to Tanglewood Music Center, where she had the honor of playing Principal flute under Leonard Bernstein.

Clarinet with Curt Blood

This series of performance-oriented classes will help students improve their musicianship through a guided review of basic technique, intensive study of solo and ensemble repertoire, and efficient practice habit development. Students will delve into recordings of prominent clarinetists of yesterday and today, and look at instrument and reed maintenance to maximize achievement. Advance your musicianship while gaining a greater understanding of what makes a well-rounded clarinetist.Clarinet student at The Hartt School Community Division

Program Highlights for Clarinetists

  • Warm-up! Tone production, long tones and scales.
  • Extending the range: the three octave F and G scale!
  • School Bus Tones: a study of articulation
  • Solo and ensemble work
  • Regionals audition preparation
  • The art of practice
  • Basic instrument care and maintenance
  • Clarinetists of the past and present: a guide to listening

About Curt Blood

Curt BloodClarinetist Curt Blood joined The Hartt School collegiate faculty in the fall of 2006 and the Hartt School Community Division faculty in the fall of 2015.  He has been an active teacher and performer in New England since 1982, when he was appointed Principal Clarinetist of the Hartford Symphony Orchestra, a position he still holds.  Additionally, he has performed with many of the areas finest orchestras, including the New Haven Symphony, Springfield Symphony, and Northeast Pennsylvania Philharmonic, and has performed in Carnegie Hall and Symphony Hall in Boston.  Each summer, Blood serves as Principal Clarinetist with the Buzzards Bay Musicfest in Marion, Massachusetts.  Blood has played under the direction of esteemed conductors, Leonard Bernstein, Seiji Ozawa, Leonard Slatkin.

During his career with the HSO, Blood has performed with many great artists, from Luciano Pavarotti, Itzhak Perlman, and Yo Yo Ma, to Rod Stewart, Tony Bennett, and Aretha Franklin. Blood has performed the concertos Mozart and Copland, as soloist with the Hartford Symphony in Mortensen Hall in Hartford and Mechanics Hall in Worcester, Massachusetts.

In addition to his work at The Hartt School, Blood’s teaching credits have included positions at the University of Connecticut, Wesleyan University, and Trinity College.  His past students have performed throughout the country with ensembles, including The Minnesota Orchestra, Albany Symphony, Glimmerglass Opera, and The United States Coast Guard Band.  Many of his students are dedicated music educators in Connecticut and throughout the Northeast.

Blood graduated from New England Conservatory of Music in Boston. He studied clarinet with William Wrzesien.

Oboe with Charles Huang

Clarinet student at The Hartt School Community Division

The oboe might have a reputation of being a difficult instrument, but it can be more enjoyable with the correct playing techniques and positive musical approach to learning and listening. We can simplify and overcome many of the obstacles in order to express the music and ourselves to the fullest.

Program Highlights for Oboists

  • Best use of the Air, Embouchure and Fingers
  • Playing Better in Tune and with Beautiful Tone
  • Basics to Advanced Artistry: Scales and Dynamics to Vibrato and Sight-reading
  • Preparing for Auditions: Performing at Your Best
  • Tips to Teach Yourself and to Manage Your Reeds
  • Ensemble: Sounding Good when Playing with Others

About Charles Huang, D.M.A.

Charles HuangCharles Huang, DMA, has performed in chamber music and solo recitals in the United States and Canada, as well as Mexico, Brazil, Germany, Thailand and throughout Taiwan. He has concertized with members of the Miami String Quartet, the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, and with soloists Humbert Lucarelli, Henrique Pinto, and Angel Romero. A founding member of Oboe Duo Agosto and the Sylvanus Ensemble, he is active in commissioning new works and advancing a wide variety of repertoire for their concerts. Huang has been a Fulbright Scholar, semi-finalist in the Concert Artists Guild International Competition, scholarship recipient to the Music Academy of the West and the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, and a winner of the Miami String Quartet Competition. He is currently serving as Artist Teacher of Oboe at The Hartt School. Other positions have included Coordinator for Chamber Music at The Hartt School, and Professor of Oboe at the Festival Eleazar de Carvalho in Fortaleza, Brazil.

Bassoon with Scott Switzer

BassoonThis series of bassoon performance classes will improve students' technical and musical skills focusing on tone production, intonation, technical mastery, pitch range, phrasing, and solo and ensemble playing. Enrolled bassoonists will learn how to navigate bassoon maintenance, dealing with reeds, and basic tools and supplies. Students will learn to develop effective practice routines in order to maximize efficiency and results.

Sample Schedule:

9–9:15 Warm-up and breathing exercises
9:15–9:45 Technical development through scales and exercises
9:45–10:30 Solo repertoire preparation including sight-reading techniques
10:30–10:45 Break
10:45–11:15 Bassoon topics (reeds, instrument care, famous bassoon pieces, etc.)
11:15–12:00 Ensemble Playing

Program Clinic Highlights for Bassoonists

  • Developing the "bassoon" sound
  • Improving pitch stability
  • Increasing technical proficiency
  • Understanding proper instrument and reed care
  • Developing practice and performance plans
  • Learning the idiosyncrasies of the bassoon

About Scott Switzer

Scott A. Switzer is the principal bassoonist of the Norwalk Symphony Orchestra Scott Switzerand an adjunct instructor of music in the Connecticut Community Colleges. He is a founding member of the New England New Music Ensemble, a community new music ensemble, and an arts provider for Hartford Performs, providing in-school workshops for elementary and middle school students in Hartford, Connecticut-area schools. Switzer regularly performs as a freelance musician on bassoon, contrabassoon, and heckelphone with Connecticut's premiere orchestras and gives regular performances as a solo musician. A renowned composer of music for bassoon, he is most notably known for his bassoon quartet concerto, Breaking Out, written for the infamous The Breaking Winds Bassoon Quartet. He received degrees from both the Eastman School of Music and the Yale School of Music in bassoon performance.

Saxophone with Andrew Studenski

Summer Master Classes saxophone studentsDeveloping saxophonists will progress towards mastery of the following technical and expressive aspects of their playing: tone production, intonation, technical proficiency, range, phrase shaping and musicality, ensemble blend, aural skills, sight-reading and improvisation. This summer program will allow the developing saxophonist to grow within both the classical and jazz idioms, delving into classical and jazz repertoire. Students will learn to develop productive practice habits in order to build a useful routine and continue improving on their own.

Daily Schedule: 

9–9:10 Group stretch and breathing exercises 
9:10–9:30 Warm-up, with a focus on tone and intonation 
9:30–10 Developing technique through scales, exercises, and repertoire 
10–10:30 Solo repertoire preparation, including sight-reading work 
10:30–10:45 Break 
10:45–11 Master class discussions, which look closely at instrument care and equipment, reed selection and care, practice techniques, and performance preparation. 
11–11:30 Ensemble playing 
11:30–12 Jazz Style and Improvisation

Program Highlights for Saxophonists

  • Building a beautiful, characteristic tone on the saxophone
  • Playing with more stable intonation
  • Improving technical facility
  • Developing consistent and useful practice habits
  • Building on the basics: Jazz theory and improvisational devices
  • Enriching solo and ensemble playing through listening
  • Developing an understanding of appropriate equipment and instrument care

About Andrew Studenski

Andrew StudenskiAndrew Studenski is a freelance saxophonist and multiple-woodwind player currently residing in the greater Hartford area. Originally from Brockton, Massachusetts, Andrew relocated to study at The Hartt School, where he received a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education and Saxophone Performance in 2013. Currently pursuing a Graduate Professional Diploma from Hartt, Andrew can still be seen onstage there, performing large ensemble pieces, chamber music works, and solo recitals. He also has the privilege of being the saxophonist for Hartt’s Performance 20/20 Program, the school’s premier chamber music program. Read more about Andrew Studenski.

"The summer saxophone intensive will serve to help improve students' overall musicianship. We'll expand our comfort zones through work in both the classical and jazz styles and get experience playing solo as well as in large groups. Young saxophonists will gain new strengths and reinforce old skills in a fun, judgment-free environment where everyone will get a chance to work on something new."  Andrew Studenski

Horn with Barbara Hill

Summer Master Classes horn student

Have you ever wondered, “What more could I possibly learn about playing the horn”? During the Summer Horn Workshop Intensive, you will discover that as a horn player, you can reach new levels of artistry, refine your intonation, learn jazz and blues style for the horn AND improvise. Also you'll have the opportunity to experience fun and creative ways to collaborate with your fellow horn players and learn how to give your favorite instrument the TLC it needs and deserves! Each day of this weeklong experience will cover these areas, as well as feature engaging mini-courses like:

  • DIY Garden Hose Creative Ensemble
  • Horn Idols: learn about the masters, and their approach to playing
  • Prepare Like a Pro: how to get ready for Regional, All State, and summer music program auditions
  • The Inner-game of Horn Playing
  • That’s a Wrap! Discover the history behind the design, construction, and models of horns

Program Highlights for Hornist

  • Jazz Horn: the Horn CAN Swing AND Improvise!
  • It's not about the Horn: musicianship artistry, and collaboration.
  • Horn's Greatest Hits: learn the repertoire from a variety of periods and styles.
  • Tune it! Know your harmonic series, transpositions, and alternate fingering choices.
  • TLC for your horn

About Barbara Hill

Barbara HillBarbara Hill has been Principal Horn with the Hartford Symphony since 2008, joining the orchestra in 2006 as Fifth Horn. She has also been Guest Principal Horn with the Rhode Island Philharmonic and recently performed Brahms’ "Horn Trio" with HSO Concertmaster Leonid Sigal, as well as a new work for horn, oboe, and harpsichord (finished from sketches of Debussy by Kenneth Cooper), as part of HSO’s Sunday Serenades Series. 

In March 2011 Hill was proud to be featured in the Inaugural Debut Concert of the HSO’s new music director, Carolyn Kuan, performing Mozart’s "Horn Concerto, K. 495." She has also been a member of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra (Canada) as both Acting Principal and Second Horn, and has performed with numerous Canadian orchestras, including the Calgary Philharmonic and Orchestra London Canada. 

While in Vancouver, Hill was featured in a performance of Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante for winds and had a recital of horn music broadcast on CBC Radio for the program Westcoast Performance. 

As a freelance artist, Hill has performed with numerous groups in Houston, Vancouver, New York, and Hartford, including touring Broadway shows (South Pacific, SHREK! The Musical, and Mary Poppins), and her horn playing has been featured on CBS during broadcasts of the Tour de France, as well as other cable channels. She studied with Julie Landsman and Ifor James, and has also been a member of both The National Youth Orchestra of Canada and the National Academy of Music in Hamilton, Ontario.  

Originally from Guelph, Ontario, she obtained her Master of Music degree from The Juilliard School in New York where she studied with Jerome Ashby and was the recipient of the James Chambers Scholarship. She holds her Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Western Ontario in London, Ontario, and also holds an ARCT in Piano Performance. Hill has been teaching horn for nearly 20 years and served as Horn Instructor at The Hotchkiss School and Vancouver Academy of Music.

Trumpet with Dan D'Addio

Summer Master Classes trumpet studentThis is a performance-intensive program concentrating on solo and ensemble repertoire. Students will delve into the intricacies of classical trumpet literature, with a focus on the fundamentals including breath, articulation, range, and endurance. In addition to group class and trumpet ensemble, students will learn about efficient practice habits and performance preparation from Dan D’Addio, an experienced trumpet teacher and conductor, who has spent years teaching at the pre-college and collegiate level in Connecticut.

Program Highlights for Trumpet Players

  • Strategies for developing an effective practice routine
  • Tone: production, range, and endurance
  • Articulation: single and multiple tonguing
  • Technique: engaging your breath, embouchure, and articulation
  • An introduction to Regional and All-State level repertoire
  • Trumpet choir and chamber ensemble opportunities
  • Group class: exploring the trumpet’s best music

Dan D'AddioAbout Dan D'Addio, D.M.A.

Daniel D’Addio is an Instructor of Trumpet and Chamber Music Coach at The Hartt School Community Division. He is also Conductor of the Connecticut Youth Symphony. He is a Professor of Music at Central Connecticut State University where he teaches trumpet and brass chamber music. Daniel D’Addio is a Yamaha Performing Artist.

As a trumpet soloist and chamber musician, Dr. D’Addio has concertized throughout the United States and Europe performing on concert series in New York, Chicago, Boston, Washington DC, Vienna, Geneva, and Salzburg. As a soloist, Dr. D’Addio was a prizewinner in the 1981 International Music Competition in Geneva, Switzerland and, as a chamber musician, in the 1989 Philip Jones International Brass Chamber Music Competition in Barcs, Hungary.

Dr. D’Addio has served on the faculties of the University of Georgia, Western Connecticut State University, the University of Bridgeport, Otterbein College, and the Neighborhood Music School. He has presented trumpet and chamber music master classes at universities throughout the United States.

Low Brass with Matthew Russo

Summer Master Classes trombone studentParticipants will engage in an intensive week developing a solid technical foundation on trombone. Throughout the week, students will identify the tools necessary for them to push forward in their musical development with classes on aspects of the mechanics of playing as well as solo and ensemble repertoire. In the process, students will develop a plan for daily practice to facilitate technique and musical expression. Low brass musicians will have the opportunity to explore jazz improvisation, whether they are a novice or have prior experience. Each day culminates in chamber music, an opportunity to play in small trombone-only groups that help develop ensemble skills and are fun. This is a week for the developing trombonists to gain a strong foundation in scales and technical studies, benefiting both their jazz and classical performance skills.

Sample Daily Schedule

Hour 1: Warm ups, scales, and basic technique

Hour 2: Rotating schedule of special topics with shared playing, including a focus on elements of jazz improvisation

Hour 3: low brass chamber ensembles

Program Highlights for Low Brass Musicians

  • Fundamentals of chamber music: duos, trios, quartets, and low brass choir
  • Developing a daily practice routine
  • The how-to’s of audition preparation
  • Jazz improvisation and theory
  • Developing improvisation over basic jazz tunes
  • Introduction to Regional and All-State level repertoire

About Matthew Russo, D.M.A.

Matthew Russo

Trombonist Matthew Russo, DMA, has a diverse career as an educator, freelancer, and advocate of new music. He is Instructor of Trombone at the University of Connecticut and in demand throughout Connecticut as a teacher and performer.

In addition to his studio at the University of Connecticut, Russo is on faculty at The Hartt School Community Division. At Hartt, he was director of the Hartt Trombone Ensemble from 201216. Under his direction, the Hartt Trombone Ensemble premiered ten new works and raised more than $2000 for local charities as part of its annual holiday benefit concert series. He served as Director of Bands in the Lower School at Hamden Hall Country Day School from 201112 and as a teaching artist of the Yale Music in Schools Initiative from 201012. He also was on faculty at the Morse Summer Music Academy at The Yale School of Music in 2010 and 2013.

Russo is the Principal Trombonist with the Norwalk Symphony Orchestra (Conn.) and regularly appears with the Hartford, New Haven, Waterbury, Wallingford, and Greater Bridgeport Symphony orchestras. He plays in various theatre productions throughout the state, as well as regularly appearing at the Goodspeed Opera House and the Ivoryton, Monomoy, and Hartford Stage theatre companies.

Russo has premiered over a dozen new works, many of which were written explicitly for him or his ensembles. His recent commissions and premieres include works for trombone and fixed media, and trombone with actor. His most recent world premiere of Robert Carl’s Updraft involved the recording of nine multi-tracked alto, tenor, and bass trombones. In 2011, Russo founded the Contemporary Trombone Repertory Project, an endeavor to commission the world’s greatest composers to write new works for the trombone; the project has included works by Stephen Feigenbaum, Timothy Cooper, Ted King-Smith, Erik Nielsen and David Macbride.

Russo is two-time winner of the Paranov Concerto Competition and earned second place at the 2012 International Trombone Association Alto Trombone Competition. He has been a member of many successful chamber ensembles, including the Excalibur Brass Quintet (201013)winner of the 2011 Yale Chamber Music Competition and fellow at the Norfolk Chamber Music Festivaland the West End Brass Quintet (200811).

As a soloist, Russo has prepared innovative recitals on themes of war, music of the circus and unaccompanied trombone repertoire as a means of self-examination in a digital age. He has appeared as soloist with the Connecticut Valley Symphony Orchestra, and with many ensembles at UConn and Hartt.

Russo received his Doctor of Musical Arts from The Hartt School, where he studied with John D. Rojak. He has presented lectures on Charles Wuorinen's Trio for Bass Instruments and Trombone Trio. His main area of research is in the music for the collegiate trombone ensemble. His doctoral essay, "Transcribing the Fourth Movement of Brahms's Symphony No. 4," discusses the compositional techniques used by transcribers and arrangers when writing for the trombone ensemble. He earned his Master of Music at the Yale School of Music, where he studied with Scott Hartman. He received his Bachelor of Music in Trombone Performance and Music Education at The Hartt School, where he studied with Ronald A. Borror.

Violin with Janet Jacobson

Violin student at The Hartt School Community DivisionYour journey will start with the basics, travel through detailed practice and performance techniques, and culminate with a performance including classical and non-classical ensemble playing. Combining technique with musicality, these summer classes are an opportunity for developing violinists to enhance their artistry and start new musical friendships.

Program Clinic Highlights for Violinists

  • Efficient, effective, and enjoyable practicing.
  • Posture: finding the best way to hold your violin for your body
  • Technique meets musicality: You can't have one without the other!
  • Basic care and maintenance for your violin.
  • How is your theory? How music theory applies to the violin.
  • Off the page and outside the box: ear training to build confidence in playing off the page.
  • Sight reading and playing in chamber ensembles: the skills necessary to have fun.

About Janet Jacobson

Janet Jacobson

Janet Jacobson is currently pursuing a doctoral degree in Violin Performance at the Hartt School as a student of Katie Lansdale and is a member of the Performance 20/20 chamber music program. She holds a Master's degree from the Boston Conservatory where she studied with Irina Muresanu. She has performed solo recitals at the Longfellow House in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and as part of the Elderhostel Lecture-Recital Series in Boston as well as chamber music appearances at the Killington Music Festival and at West Virginia University. An active proponent of new music, Ms. Jacobson has performed with contemporary music ensembles such New Music Hartford and is a co-founder of the 016 New Music Ensemble.

Viola with Melinda Daetsch

Viola student at The Hartt School Community DivisionThe viola summer intensive will combine the excitement of learning alongside fellow violists with an in-depth exploration of how to become a better musician and performer. Classical and non-classical music will be used to build technique, musicianship, and ensemble skills, culminating in an ensemble performance. Students will learn ways to identify long- and short-term goals and plan their practice accordingly. Participants will have the opportunity to be coached individually on solo pieces and will share the excitement and beauty of the music as they learn to apply good practice habits and specific practice tools. There is nothing more satisfying than getting better at something you love doing while making new friends and having a great time.

Program Clinic Highlights for High School and Middle School Violists

  • Keeping the end in mind: setting goals, planning your practice, and performing with passion!
  • Practicing the basics: posture, bow hold, tone, note-mapping and intonation
  • Developing great practice habits and practice tools
  • How to get the most out of scales and exercises
  • Building on the basics: advanced techniques in shifting, bow planning, polishing intonation, vibrato and tone colors.
  • Love at first sight…reading
  • Practical ideas about the art of performing
  • Grace under pressure: Dealing with nerves and auditions
  • The care and feeding of your viola and bow
  • The tradition: great violists and recordings

About Melinda Daetsch

Melinda DaetschDegrees: 
B.A., Harvard University 
M.M., The Juilliard School 

Melinda Daetsch began playing the violin at the age of four at Ithaca Talent Education, where she also had the opportunity to play for Shinichi Suzuki and with his students from Japan. She discovered the viola at age 12 when her teachers started the Ithaca Chamber Music Summer Institute where she happily became "bilingual" with violin and viola and fell in love with chamber music in the process.

Daetsch holds a Master of Music degree in viola performance from The Juilliard School. While at Juilliard her quartet received acclaim from The New York Times for their performance of Arnold Schoenberg's seldom heard work Ode to Napoleon on the FOCUS! Festival of Contemporary Music. Daetsch has also studied chamber music with Felix Galamir, Paul Docktor, Raphael Hillyer, and Glen Dicterow. Her primary viola teachers were Karen Ritscher and Karen Tuttle. She also holds a BA with honors in comparative religion from Harvard University. During her four years at Harvard, she worked closely with composer and chamber music coach Leon Kirchner and taught 28 young Suzuki students in a program supported through the Massachusetts council of the Arts for low income families.

An avid performer, Daetsch has performed at numerous festivals such as the Yehudi Menuhin International Festival (Switz), Assisi Performing Arts (Italy), The Banff Centre for the Arts (Canada), the Rutger's SummerFest, the Strawberry Creek Festival (California), and the Luzerne Music Center (NY). She serves as the Principal violist for the Music at Penn's Woods Festival at Penn State University where she has also been the Penns Woods chamber music series coordinator and has been a frequent chamber music collaborator with members of the Philadelphia Orchestra at "Music from Gretna" and at the Luzerne Music Center where she was on the faculty for a decade. She has been guest violist with The Philadelphia Piano Quartet, the Claremont and Lions Gate Trios, and with the St. Petersburg, DePasquale, and Everest string quartets. In addition, Daetsch recently collaborated with members of the Louisville Orchestra at the annual New Music Festival, (University of Louisville, Ky.) celebrating the 30th anniversary of the Grawemeyer Award featuring the recently composed and rarely performed Sextet of Krzysztof Penderecki.

As guest artist at the 2015 National Flute Association conference, Daetsch performed in the Library of Congress chamber music discoveries concert, and she has also performed as guest artist in chamber music concerts at the International Society of Bassists convention and at the Double Reed national convention. She performs regularly with colleagues from The Hartt School on the faculty concert series, at the Simsbury Chamber Music Festival, and with colleagues from Ithaca College on the Cayuga Chamber Orchestra Chamber Music series. She has held titled chairs with the Pennsylvania Centre Chamber Orchestra and the Cayuga Chamber Orchestra (N.Y.), and has performed with the Riverside Symphony (N.Y.), Bern Sinfonietta and Orchestra Symphonique Neuchatelois (Switzerland), Syracuse Symphony, Charleston Symphony (S.C.), Key West Symphony (Fla.), and with the Hartford (Conn.) and Springfield (Mass.) Symphonies.

Prior to her position at The Hartt school, Daetsch was adjunct professor of violin and viola at Elizabethtown College in Pennsylvania and for many years served as the string director for the State College Suzuki Program and Central Pennsylvania Youth Chamber Orchestra. In addition to her college teaching, she currently teaches a full load of young violin and viola students in The Hartt School Community Division where she also coordinates the string chamber music program and Suzuki viola program. 

Daetsch has a special interest in musical ambassadorship and since 1998 has led several successful European concert tours of young musicians from State College, Pa., and from The Hartt School. In 2002 she and her colleagues at the State College Suzuki Program organized a special concert at Ground Zero for the children of a New York City public school. She is very interested in developing fluency and musical literacy in her young students as well as discovering and encouraging untapped sources of creativity in students of all ages. Daetsch is passionate about teaching as well as performing and has served as a guest artist and clinician at string workshops and festivals both abroad and in the United States. In July 2016 she will join the faculty of the Music Academy International in Italy. 

Daetsch is especially interested in using music as a tool to bring joy and to overcome difficulties in life and is very grateful to her mentors and to her parents for making it possible for her.

Cello with Pablo Issa

Cellist at The Hartt School Community DivisionLearning alongside your peers, cellists will have the opportunity to develop your musicality, technique, and performance skills in a challenging yet supportive atmosphere. You will begin each day with a group warm-up followed by scales studies and cello ensemble music, orchestral excerpts, and solo repertoire of the your choice. Participants who wish to get a head start on Regional auditions are encouraged to bring those materials. Throughout the week you will be given the tools necessary to develop efficient practice techniques to maximize your progress throughout the year. Classes will be developed based on individual student needs, allowing for each cellist to reach a new level of musicianship during the week.

Program Clinic Highlights for Cellists

  • Tone: building and producing a beautiful cello sound
  • Bow stroke of the day
  • How to prepare for a successful audition
  • Developing vibrato with beauty and purpose
  • Limited practice time? Techniques and tips for effective practice.
  • Managing performance nerves
  • The basics: Taking care of your instrument
  • Strategies on the spot: Improve your sight reading skill

Bass with Sue Powell


Participants will engage in a fun, intensive week developing their technical foundation and understanding of playing the double bass. Throughout the week, students will learn the tools necessary for them to push forward in their musical development with classes on the skills of bowing and fingering the instrument as well as solo and ensemble double bass repertoire. In the process, students will develop a plan for daily practice to master technique and musical expression. Each morning culminates in Bass Ensemble, a great opportunity to play in Double Bass-only groups that develop ensemble skills while having fun. This is a week for developing Double Bassists to gain a strong foundation in scales, technical studies, sight-reading, and new music benefiting both their audition and classical performance skills.

Sample Daily Schedule

Hour 1: Warm ups, scales, and basic technique

Hour 2: Rotating schedule of special topics & music with shared playing, including a focus on audition taking and orchestra section leadership

Hour 3: Bass Ensemble

Program Highlights for Double Bassists

  • Fundamentals of chamber music: Double Bass duos, trios, quartets, and Bass Ensemble
  • Developing a daily practice routine
  • The how-to’s of audition preparation
  • Mock auditions
  • Solo performance
  • Introduction to Regional level repertoire

About Sue Powell

Laura KaneSusan Powell is a bassist with over 40 years of experience in teaching and performing. Her love for the bass began at the age of nine in the public schools. She graduated from the Juilliard School with a Bachelors and a Masters degree in Music Performance. She was also awarded the Frederick Zimmermann Memorial Scholarship award while there. Her major teachers included Fred Zimmermann and Homer Mensch. She studied the Suzuki teaching method for bass with Virginia Dixon at the University of Wisconsin.

Powell has performed with many orchestras and chamber ensembles, including the Hudson Valley Philharmonic, as Principal Bassist, for over 20 years. Others include the Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic, Springfield Symphony Orchestra, Bridgeport Symphony, Buffalo Philharmonic, Orchestra New England, and the Lake George Opera Festival. Currently, she substitutes with the Hartford Symphony Orchestra and performs in other local groups.

Susan joined the Hartt Community Division faculty in 2007 and enjoys teaching students from beginner to college levels. All ages are welcome to learn with the Suzuki or traditional methods of teaching. She also teaches at the Loomis Chaffee school. Before moving to Connecticut, she taught at Vassar and Bard Colleges in New York, SUNY in New Paltz, and at the Eastern Music Festival in North Carolina during the summers. She is an energetic and committed teacher who also loves coaching the Hartt Community Division Bass Ensemble, which is open to any bassist wanting to perform with others who love the beautiful sounds of the bass.

Percussion with Adam DiPersio

Percussion student at HCDThis week of percussion studies will focus on the fundamentals of all percussion playing. Regardless of prior knowledge, we will work to provide a fun and individualized learning environment catered specifically to each student’s needs and give a strong foundation on snare drum, mallet percussion, timpani, auxiliary instruments, as well as a beginning introduction to world percussion. Each day will begin with group warm ups on snare drum and mallet percussion then move to a topic geared to enhancing student musicianship in relation to concert band, orchestral, solo, and chamber playing.

Sample Daily Schedule

9:00-10:00 – Warm up and technical practice

10–10:45 a.m.: Daily topic (snare drum, mallets, timpani, auxiliary, world percussion)

10:45–11 a.m.: Break

11–12 p.m.: Continuation of daily topic with a focus of application in band, orchestra, solo, and chamber playing.

If you have any questions, please get in touch with us at 860.768.4451 or harttcomm@hartford.edu