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About The University of Hartford's Hartt School Community Division

Our mission is to enrich lives through innovative and unparalleled performing arts education.

Vision Statement

We believe in the transformative power of the performing arts.

We engage the region’s best, most innovative faculty, building an unparalleled educational experience and environment that will enrich the lives of our students regardless of age, background, or level. We are committed to the development of the whole artist through a complement of instruction, collaboration, performance, outreach, and creative exploration.

The Hartt School Community Division provides comprehensive instruction in music and dance for people of all ages and experience levels. At our locations in West Hartford, Hartford, and Simsbury, Conn., we are proud to serve over 2,800 students of all ages and backgrounds.

Each of our students experience high-quality instruction from our committed faculty of teaching artists. We encourage our students to enroll in multiple activities such as

  • individual and group instruction
  • small and large ensembles
  • performances and recitals
  • music theory classes
  • workshops and master classes

Throughout the entire year, these activities support our students’ development as well-rounded artists.

HCD is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music and the National Association of Schools of Dance. We are viewed as a national model for community schools based on university campuses.

Our Story

The community comes first.

In 1920, master teacher and musician Julius Hartt opened the doors of The Hartt School of Music at 222 Collins Street in Hartford. Hartt, with his colleague Moshe Paranov and an association of teachers and students, designed the school as a cooperative. Their goal was to give 100 students broader educational opportunities than were possible at the time.

The community was not left behind as The Hartt School was granted college accreditation and developed into a conservatory. 1938 saw the foundation of the Community Division’s current ensemble program. That year, Rubin Segal created The Hartt School Training Orchestra. From that one youth orchestra, The Hartt School Community Division developed nine orchestras, three wind ensembles, and eight choirs.

The Hartt School, along with the Community Division, merged with the University of Hartford in 1959. The Community Division offered exclusively music programs until 2005, when the School of Dance Connecticut (formerly the School of the Hartford Ballet) joined the Community Division. Many of our core dance faculty members were performers and/or teachers with the well-respected professional Hartford Ballet. 

The Hartt School Community Division continues to provide expert instruction in music and danceto the Greater Hartford area. 

The University of Hartford is a private, nonprofit, tax-exempt under Section 501 (c)(3) of the IRS Code.

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