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Music Honors Program

The Hartt Community Division takes great pride in the quality of its pre-college performers. One of the ways we recognize these performers is through departmental honors auditions and recitals held each spring. Students chosen to participate in the honors program are also eligible for the school scholarships described below. The Honors Program is by teacher recommendation only. Students will be notified by their private teacher if they qualify for this program.

Department chairs serve as the organizers and coordinators of the honors recitals. For more information, contact the Community Division office at (860) 768-4451 or harttcomm@hartford.edu.

String Honors Program

High school students (grades 9-12) may audition for our Senior String Honors Program each spring. Younger students (grades 6-8) may participate in our Junior String Honors Program by recommendation of their teacher.

Scholarship Opportunities

  • Senior String Honors: Abraham M. Huang Memorial Award, awarded for the best performance in the Senior String Honors Audition.
  • Junior String Honors:  John Jorgensen Memorial Award, awarded to a serious cello student.  In absence, the award may be given to a qualified string student.
  • String Honors Program: Abraham M. Huang Memorial Prize, a talent prize awarded to the best performer in the String Honors Audition process.  Student may not be a graduating senior.
  • Abraham M. Huang Memorial Prize Senior Award, a non-monetary award given to the most-deserving graduating senior in the honors audition.

Voice Honors Program

Students may audition for the Senior (grades 9-12) or Junior Honors Concert (grades 6-9).

Scholarship Opportunities

  • Students chosen to participate in the honors program may be considered for the Bel Canto Scholarship.  This award is given to a talented vocalist with special interest in opera, or another qualified student.

  • Other awards may be available at the discretion of the department chair through the Nancy Andersen Vocal Activities Fund.


Piano Honors Program

Winners will be chosen to perform on Junior and Senior Piano Honors Recitals. Junior Piano students (grades 3-5) will be chosen by teacher recommendation.

Scholarship Opportunities

  • Musical Club of Hartford – Evelyn Bonar Storrs Scholarship I, will be awarded for the best performance by a pianist in grades 9-11 at the Piano Honors Auditions.
  • Musical Club of Hartford – Evelyn Bonar Storrs Scholarship II, will be awarded for the second best performance by a pianist in grades 9-11 at the Piano Honors Auditions.
  • Dr. Watson Morrison Scholarship, awarded for the best performance by a pianist in grades 6-8 at the Piano Honors Auditions.
  • Jeffrey Quinn Morrison Prize, is award for the best performance by a pianist in grade 12 at the Piano Honors Auditions

Woodwinds, Brass, and Percussion Honors Program

High school students are selected for the Senior Honors Recital by audition. Younger students may audition at the recommendation of their teacher. Honors scholarships and awards are presented at the recital.

Scholarship Opportunities

  • Beatrice Sewall Scholarship is awarded to the highest ranking student at the audition.
  • The Woodwinds, Brass and Percussion Senior Award is given to the highest ranking senior at the audition.

Guitar and Harp Honors Program

Guitar and harp students are chosen by teacher nomination to participate in the Honors Program and perform in a recital recognizing the most accomplished guitar and harp students.  Honors scholarships and awards are presented at the recital.

Scholarship Opportunities

  • Beatrice Sewall Scholarship is awarded to the highest ranking student at the audition.
  • The Guitar and Harp Senior Award is given to the highest ranking senior at the audition.

Chamber Music Honors Program

Each year, up to 3 high school level chamber ensembles are selected as the Hartt Community Division Honors Ensembles. These groups are usually one of each of the following: woodwind quintet, brass quintet, and string quartet, but may also include other ensemble variations such as piano trio, sextet, and others. Those ensembles selected will demonstrate a high-level of musicality and dedication in their Chamber Ensemble work. If selected, students will receive tuition reimbursement at the end of the year upon successfully completing the requirements stated in the Chamber Music Handbook.

Eligibility: Any current high school chamber ensemble that is performing high-level literature will be eligible to seek Honors Status.

Audition Requirements: Each ensemble must perform two contrasting movements of current repertoire not exceeding 15 minutes of performance time.

 

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