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Theresa Rice ('12)Theresa Rice (B.M. 12) with Dr. Warran Haston

Bachelor of Music, Music Education and Horn Performance

Why I Chose Hartt

I very clearly remember the stress and anxiety of choosing where to pursue my college career - how would I know if my decision was really where I was meant to be? I was also struggling with choosing between two instruments for my major (voice or French horn) and I was terrified of making the wrong choice.

My Audition Day at Hartt was an incredibly influential experience in my decision. The faculty and volunteering student body were so welcoming and sincere, that I felt more comfortable at this audition than I did at any other school - despite my incredibly full day auditioning for both voice and horn. Months later, when acceptance and wait-list letters came rolling in from the six schools I applied to, I was distraught choosing between Hartt and one other school that offered me a comparable financial aid package and comparable promise of a great education. In the end, I chose Hartt because of my audition and interview experience and because of the unbeatable opportunities I knew I would have through my music education courses.

So, did I make the right choice? UNDOUBTEDLY. I cannot begin to express how important my time at The Hartt School has been to me in all aspects of my life. The faculty are not only amazing teachers, but exemplary people with beautiful souls. Most importantly, they care. I was challenged as a musician and teacher, I made incredible music with incredibly talented people, and had endless opportunities within the school and in the community. I am daily thankful and proud that I was able to spend five formative years of my life in this remarkable place.

More about Theresa

A native of Spring Mills, Pennsylvania, hornist and music educator Theresa M. Rice is a graduate of The Hartt School, where she earned her Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education and French Horn Performance.

While at Hartt, Theresa was a member of the Performance 20/20 Honors Chamber Music Program. She was also a Resident Assistant and Mentor Resident Assistant in the University of Hartford’s freshman residence halls, and was Ensemble Manager for The Hartt Wind Ensemble, The Hartt Symphony Band, and the Greater Hartford Youth Wind Ensemble. Her most moving experiences as a performer at Hartt include singing in Brahms’ Requiem with The Hartt Choirs, New Haven Chorale, and The Hartt Symphony Orchestra; playing in Carnegie Hall with The Hartt Wind Ensemble; playing at the CBDNA Conference in Seattle, WA with Hartt’s Foot in the Door Ensemble; and playing Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 with The Hartt Symphony Orchestra, The Hartt Choirs, and the New Haven Chorale. Theresa’s horn teachers at Hartt were Daniel Grabois, Peter Reit, and David Wakefield.

Theresa is currently a certified music educator in Connecticut and continues her horn performance career, performing with The Chelsea Symphony in New York City and freelancing in the Hartford area.

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