Sunday, June 3, 2018

Nomination Call for Hartt Hall of Fame

The nomination period of the second class of the Hartt Hall of Fame is now open.  Please submit your nominations.

For all the information on the Hartt Hall of Fame, click here

Hartt Hall of Fame - Inaugural/Founder's Class Presentations

In November 2017, the Founder's Class of the Hartt Hall of Fame was inducted during a ceremony in Millard Auditorium. 

Members of the Founder's Class are Julius Hartt, Moshe Paranov, Elizabeth Warner Paranov, Irene Kahn, Samuel Berkman, Elmer Nagy, Jackie McLean, Alfred C. Fuller, Primrose Fuller, Imanuel Willheim, Raymond Hanson, and Edward Diemente.

Click on a name to view the inductee's 2-minute induction video presentation.

Connecticut Summerfest: Contemporary Music Festival

The Hartt Alumni Blog would like to welcome and thank guest blogger - Aaron N. Price

Connecticut Summerfest: Contemporary Music Festival


Aaron N. Price (MM in Composition ‘16) and Gala Flagello (BM in Composition ‘16) met as Composition students at The Hartt School. In discussing the festivals they had experienced in the past, they recognized the potential for an affordable, compact summer music program right in their own backyard for emerging composers and ensembles. This lead to the creation of Connecticut Summerfest: a weeklong contemporary music festival that brings together talented emerging composers and some of the country's most inventive chamber ensembles, culminating in nine world premieres. The festival provides the Greater Hartford community with new music concerts of the highest caliber through a free nightly concert series featuring our three ensembles-in-residence and brand-new pieces written by festival composition students.


The structure of Connecticut Summerfest was crafted from some of the most advantageous aspects of festivals Aaron and Gala had each personally attended: a weeklong event with three ensembles-in-residence, two composition faculty members, and a variety of guest speakers. In addition to live premieres, festival composers benefit from a professional recording session of their new works, commissioned by the festival and the ensembles-in-residence. Resident ensembles are also invited to give a recital of their own repertoire as part of the festival’s nightly concert series. In an effort to serve a broader audience, not only are Connecticut Summerfest’s concerts free and open to the public, they are also live-streamed so that they may be enjoyed from anywhere in the world.


For their 2018 Festival, several notable University of Hartford alumni and faculty are involved:


Composition Faculty and Guest Lecturers:

Larry Alan Smith (Professor of Composition): 2018 Composition Faculty Member

Carrie Koffman (Assistant Professor of Saxophone): 2018 Guest Lecturer


Performers in Ensembles-in-Residence
Allison Hughes (BMus in Flute Performance '16, MM in Flute Performance '18): flutist of Duo Alterity

Joseph Van Doran (BMus in Guitar Performance '16, MM in Guitar Performance '18): guitarist of Duo Alterity


Festival Staff

Aaron Price (MM in Composition '16): Artistic Director

Gala Flagello (BMus in Composition '16): Festival Director
Will Jones (BMus in Composition and MPT '17): Recording Engineer
Brandon Keogan (BMus in Composition '16): Technical Coordinator


Advisory Board Members

David Bell (Associate Dean for Administration and Finance)

Milena Erwin (Program Manager of the University of Hartford Women's Business Center)


Please join us for our 2018 Concert Series:
All concerts are free, open to the publics, and available via Live Stream!


Friday, June 15th, 2018: Duo Alterity

Allison Hughes (flute), Joseph Van Doran (guitar)

8pm in Berkman Recital Hall at The Hartt School


Saturday, June 16th, 2018: Akropolis Reed Quintet

Tim Gocklin (oboe), Kari Landry (clarinet), Matt Landry (saxophone), Ryan Reynolds (bassoon), Andrew Koeppe (bass clarinet)

8pm in Berkman Recital Hall at The Hartt School


Sunday, June 17th, 2018: Xelana Duo

Ana GarcĂ­a-Caraballos (saxophone), Alexander Davis (bassoon)

8pm in Berkman Recital Hall at The Hartt School


Tuesday, June 19th, 2018: Evening of Premieres

New Works by Festival Composers Performed by Duo Alterity, Akropolis Reed Quintet, and Xelana Duo

8pm in Berkman Recital Hall at The Hartt School


More information may be found at and Connecticut Summerfest, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.

Friday, March 30, 2018

Doreen Ketchens Performing as Soloist with Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra

Doreen Ketchens' Performance of "Just a Closer Walk With Thee" with the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra in March 21, 2018

Master of Music in Jazz Studies approved as a new degree program

Among the recent changes to Hartt's programs of study is a new degree in jazz studies.  The Univeristy of Hartford recently approved the Master of Music in Jazz Studies.

Here is the program curriculum.

First Year

Semester 1 (12 credits) 
  • HLM 615*: Pro-seminar in Music History (3 cr.)
  • AXX 999: Instrumental/Vocal Lesson (2 cr.)
  • ENS 502: Jazz Ensemble (1 cr.)
  • AFR 602: Duke Ellington (3 cr.)
  • AFR 623: 20th Century Jazz Analysis and History (3 cr.)
Semester 2 (10 credits)
  • AXX 999: Instrumental/Vocal Lesson (2 cr.)
  • ENS 503: Jazz Ensemble (1 cr.)
  • AFR 603: Analysis of American Songbook (3 cr.)
  • TH 645**: Graduate Ear Training (3 cr.)
  • REC 671: Master's Recital (1 cr.)

Second Year

Semester 3 (10 Credits)
  • AXX 999: Instrumental/Vocal Lesson (4 cr.)
  • ENS 502: Jazz Ensemble (1 cr.)
  • AFR 655: Graduate Jazz Arranging (2 cr.)
  • TH XXX: Graduate Theory elective (3 cr.)
Semester 4 (9 credits)
  • AXX 999: Instrumental/Vocal Lesson (4 cr.)
  • ENS 503: Jazz Ensemble (1 cr.)
  • AFR 657: Graduate Business Seminar (3 cr.)
  • REC 672: Master's Recital (1 cr.)

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

2018 Hartt Alumni Award - Shane Shanahan

The Hartt School's Alumni Award Committee has selected Shane Shanahan as the 2018 award recipient.  Shane will receive the award at this year's commencement ceremony for Hartt undergraduates.  Congratulations, Shane! 


Grammy Award winning percussionist Shane Shanahan has cultivated his own unique and highly sought after sound by combining his studies of drumming traditions from around the world with his background in jazz, rock and Western art music.   His interest in other cultures has lead to extended visits to Turkey, India, and Tajikistan, among others.  Shane’s rare set of diverse skills is what attracted Yo-Yo Ma when he was forming the Silk Road Ensemble.  In the summer of 2000, Shane was invited to Tanglewood where he played an important role in the formation of the group.  Ever since, he has been touring around the globe performing side-by-side with Mr. Ma as an original member of the award-winning Silk Road Ensemble.  Shane's playing can be heard on all four of the ensemble's top-selling recordings for the Sony/BMG label.  The most recent was nominated for a Grammy and two of them feature his arranging skills. These arrangements have brought ecstatic audience to their feet in the top concert halls of North America, Europe and Asia. Shane can also be seen and heard on Mr. Ma's CD/DVD release "Songs of Joy."

He is also a member of frame drum master Glen Velez' TaKaDiMi Ensemble and cellist Maya Beiser's Provenance Project.  He has performed and/or recorded with Bobby McFerrin, Aretha Frankin, Philip Glass, Alison Krause, Sonny Fortune, Deep Purple, Jordi Savall, Fantasia, Chaka Khan, G. E. Smith, Simon Shaheen, Jamey Haddad, Cyro Baptista, Anindo Chaterjee, Sandeep Das, Shahram Nazeri, Alim Qasimov, Kayhan Kalhor, Howard Levy and Steve Gorn, among others.

During the 2009-2010 season, Shane co-curated a 40 week concert series at The Museum of Natural History for the Traveling the Silk Road Exhibit.  He was also highly involved in The Bridge Project, a three-year trans-Atlantic partnership uniting The Brooklyn Academy of Music, The Old Vic Theatre of London, and Neal Street Productions.  Shane was one of two featured musician in Shakespeare's "As You Like It" and "The Tempest," directed by Oscar winner Sam Mendes ("American Beauty"/"Skyfall.")  After two months of performances in New York, the production commenced an extensive tour of Asia and Europe.  On Broadway, Shane has played for Caroline, Or Change, The Color Purple, Shrek, and Spider-Man, Turn Off the Dark.

Sunday, January 21, 2018

Phillip Boykin starring in Broadway revival of Once on this Island

After appearing on Broadway in Sunday in the Park with George, On the Town, etc., Phillip Boykin is currently starring as TonTon in the revival of Once on this Island.  I saw the performance and can say from firsthand experience that he is terrific and the cast is wonderful.

Congratulations, Phillip!