The Hartt School and You: Three Reasons Why We Stand Out From the Rest

November 10, 2020

"If you want to come here to grow, to learn, to have a sense of family and community, The Hartt School is the place you want to be." -Christopher Rowe '21




You’re preparing to apply to college. Maybe you’ve known all along or maybe it’s a newfound love, but you’re entirely sure that you belong in a performing arts program. With a multitude of options to choose from, you find yourself asking how you can be positive that you’re making the right decision. Why Hartt?


It goes without saying that you will have the opportunity to get to know and create with Hartt music, dance, and theatre students. But its conservatory-style structure embedded within the University of Hartford allows you to build friendships with students in many diverse majors. From business to visual arts and everything in between, the ability to share common spaces and interact on a daily basis with students outside of The Hartt School means you belong to a large yet tight-knit campus community.

"That just really has enriched my experience as a college student. To be able to see, and get to know, and really experience people who are going after a different major or who have a completely different view of the world than I do as an artist." -Elizabeth Rookey '21


Artistry is not one-size-fits-all. At The Hartt School, cookie-cutter instruction does not await you. In fact, it’s quite the opposite. The faculty take the time to get to know you and what fuels your creativity, before offering the necessary guidance needed to grow. Small class sizes allow for one-on-one time with your professors, who are experts in their respective fields. Here, originality is nurtured, and you’re encouraged to both think independently and ask the questions that will help you to fine-tune your craft.

I think one of the biggest things that has stood out to me in my training here – the emphasis on detail and technique yet also the emphasis on artistry. And I think that balance is what kept me going and kept my passion for it all.

Alexzander Larson, '22

When the time comes to depart The Hartt School and make your mark on the world, you’ll leave with a sense of confidence, knowing that you have what it takes to be successful. Through hands-on learning and unwavering support, your professors will have prepared you for an impactful career. Whether that leads to a classroom, a recording studio, a stage, or something entirely new, is up to you.

"I want to know that I’ve done some small part in equipping them to go out and have an impact through their art, through their craft. Student success is that student being able to take ownership of their piece in that puzzle and go out and take charge and do whatever that craft is but with the intention of changing someone else’s life." -Marcus Thomas, Chair, Performing arts Management

Are you ready to fall in love with your new home away from home?

Get the full Hartt experience and hear from several of our students and faculty here.

In order of appearance:
  • Christopher Rowe ’21, Actor Training
  • Robert Davis, Interim Artistic Director, Hartt Theatre
  • Glen Adsit, Director of Instrumental Studies, Chair of Large Ensembles
  • Elizabeth Rookey ’21, Ballet Pedagogy
  • Marcus Thomas, Chair, Music and Performing Arts Management
  • Rob Picard ’21, Jazz Studies
  • Julie Hagen, Assistant Professor, Music Education
  • Javon Jackson, Director, Jackie McLean Institute of Jazz
  • Alexzander Larson ’22, Dance Performance
  • Stephen Pier, Artistic Director, Hartt Dance
  • Deborah Lifton, Associate Professor, Voice

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