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Instrumental Ensembles

Auditions for the academic year are held annually in June. Call us at 860.768.4451 or email with questions.


instrumental ensemble student

Instrumentalists at the Hartt Community Division can participate in a wide variety of performing ensembles.

For woodwinds and brass

  • Harmony Winds
    For intermediate wind ensemble for middle school and early high school instrumentalists
    Conductor: Alan Francis
    Rehearses Saturdays, 11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m.

  • Philharmonia Winds
    For high-school and advanced middle-school musicians
    Conductor: Alan Francis
    Rehearses Saturdays, 9-11 a.m.

  • Greater Hartford Youth Wind Ensemble (GHYWE)
    For high-school musicians
    Conductor: Glen Adsit
    Rehearses Sundays, 5:30-7:30 p.m.

For strings 

  • Stringendo
    For beginning to intermediate elementary and middle-school string players
    Conductor: David Kramer
    Rehearses Saturdays, 11:15 a.m-12:15 p.m.
  • Sinfonia
    For high-school and advanced middle-school musicians
    Conductor: Mickey Reisman
    Rehearses Saturdays, 9-11 a.m.
  • Suzuki String Orchestras 
    Level-based Suzuki string orchestras (Rehearsal times vary per orchestra.)

Full orchestras 

  • Opus 89
    For advanced string players regardless of method (Suzuki or traditional)
    Conductor: Emmett Drake
    Rehearses Saturdays, 12:30-2:30 p.m.

  • Connecticut Youth Symphony
    For advanced high school instrumentalists or high-level middle-school instrumentalists
    Conductor: Daniel D'Addio
    Rehearses Sundays, 1-4 p.m.


Chamber music

Chamber ensembles allow musicians to hone ensemble skills in a small, collegial atmosphere. We offer them for young students and adults.


For additional information, contact the Hartt Community Division at (860) 768-4451 or harttcomm@hartford.edu.

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