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Jennifer Hunt

Master of Music Flute Performance ('12)
Graduate Professional Diploma ('13)

Why I Chose Hartt

I chose to attend Hartt after meeting and learning from Janet Arms at the Symphony Orchestra Academy of the Pacific in British Columbia. And, in a funny way, I feel that Hartt chose me. My uncertainty about pursuing a career in music diminished after I met Janet and decided to attend Hartt. I met her in June of 2010 and by July I was moving from Montana to Connecticut. Since this quick decision, I have never looked back. I completed my Master’s degree in May 2012 and am currently pursuing a Graduate Professional Diploma because it suits my needs to have one more year to work with her before entering the professional world. I have grown immeasurably both as an artist and as a person during my time at Hartt, and have had the wonderful opportunity to work with exemplary colleagues, faculty, and staff.  The Hartt School is unique in the amount of personal instruction each student receives on the part of an incredibly talented faculty. I find the instructors at Hartt to be encouraging in their creative input and more than willing to devote extra time to help students achieve their goals. My experience at Hartt is helping to prepare me for the reality of a life in music while widening the scope of my artistic endeavors. My teacher, coaches, and colleagues inspire me each day.

More about Jenny

Flutist Jennifer Hunt pursues a versatile musical life as a passionate performer and educator. She attends The Hartt School on a full tuition scholarship as part of the Performance 20/20 Honors Chamber Music Program. At Hartt, she studies with Janet Arms, flutist of the New York City Opera. Ms. Hunt regularly presents solo recitals, combining diverse works with the standards of the flute repertoire. She has been a featured concerto soloist with the Hartt Contemporary Players and the University of Montana Symphony Orchestra and has been a guest artist for the Dillon Concert Association’s Community Concert Series. This fall she will have the opportunity to appear as a soloist with the Hartt Collegium Baroque Ensemble in their performance of Bach’s B minor Orchestral Suite. As part of the newly formed Heron Trio and in conjunction with the Performance 20/20 program, Jennifer will be recording musical interludes for NPR’s Says You.

An advocate for new music, Jennifer has premiered solo, chamber, and large ensemble works throughout her career, including Ken Steen’s flute quartet Meander at the 2012 National Flute Association annual convention in Las Vegas, Nevada; Beneath the Veneer by Charles Nichols; and a thousand times richer for solo flute by Ryan McMasters. With the Hartt Wind Ensemble and Symphony Orchestra, she has collaborated with award-winning composers such as Jennifer Higdon, Susan Botti, and John Corigliano. With the Meadowlark Woodwind Trio, she was a quarterfinalist and finalist, respectively, in the 2009 Fischoff and Coleman National Chamber Music Competitions. She has also been a finalist for the past two years in the Coeur d’Alene Symphony Young Artist Competition. Jennifer was a finalist for the 2009 Marshall Scholarship and is a recipient of numerous scholarships and awards, including the University of Hartford Graduate Regents Award, Fuller Talent Award, Helen and Lucas Mitchell Scholarship, Hartt Alumni Scholarship, and University of Montana Presidential Leadership Scholarship. 

Combining her passions for music and service work, Jennifer created and performed in “Bach and Roll for Haiti,” a series of concerts to benefit Save the Children relief efforts in Haiti and performed as part of a cultural exchange at the Sister Mary Kevin Orphanage in Kampala, Uganda. She has also worked to incorporate the performing arts into education by orchestrating music and theater projects at schools in Peru and on the Flathead Indian Reservation in Montana and by organizing several interactive outreach concerts for third-graders at Achievement First Elementary school in the North End of Hartford. She maintains a private studio of around fifteen flute and beginning piano students of all age ranges.

Ms. Hunt has enjoyed playing as part of the Hartford Opera Theater Orchestra, the Missoula Symphony Orchestra, the Montana Lyric Opera Orchestra, and the 2010 Symphony Orchestra Academy of the Pacific. She has performed as part of the Oxford Flute Summer School for flute icons Michael Cox and Peter Lloyd and in masterclasses for Ian Clarke, Clare Southworth, Eugenia Zuckerman, Nancy Schneelok-Bingham, John Bailey, Bradley Garner, Goran Marcusson, and Jill Felber

Jennifer grew up surrounded by music. She began her formal music education at the age of eight taking piano lessons in Dillon, Montana.  She continued studying piano for eleven more years.  She began playing the flute at the age of eleven. Jennifer completed her undergraduate degree in Flute Performance at the University of Montana, where she studied with Margaret Schuberg.  While there, she completed secondary degrees in History and Spanish. Jennifer has starred in a short film by Drew Xanthopolous, Finale, which was nominated 2011 American Society of Cinematographers' Student Heritage Award. While she is primarily classically trained, Jennifer also has experience playing some jazz, bluegrass, Irish, Peruvian and American folk music. She enjoys gardening, cooking, traveling, and spending time outdoors.

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