Prior to the 1980s, the honorary degrees Hartt awarded focused on professionals in the classical music arena and the benefactors without whose help Hartt would not have been possible.
The 1980s, however, had a different focus. Jackie McLean started the Department of African American Music in 1980. Some prominent jazz artists were awarded degrees and even some of the "classical" musicians were clearly within the sphere of the jazz world. For example, David Amram is difficult to categorize as a classical composer, especially since he has well-known as a jazz french horn player, who appeared regularly with Dizzy Gillespie. Even Yehudi Menuhin recorded some jazz collaborations.
Nevertheless, here is the next installment of the Hartt Honorary Degree Recipients.
1982 - John Birks "Dizzy" Gillespie
1985 - Benjamin D. "Benny" Goodman
1986 - Cornell H. MacNeill (link to www.operaarts.com) - Hartt Alumnus
1986 - Dionne Warwick - Hartt Alumnus
1987 - Sir Yehudi Menuhin
1988 - John Williams
1989 - David Amram
1989 - Sir Michael Tippett