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The Guitar Program at The Hartt School is the oldest and most developed performance-based guitar program in the country. In 1968, Hartt graduated its first guitar major. Over time, the program expanded its offerings with the addition of intensive graduate study at the master's and doctoral levels. Our graduates presently hold or have held guitar positions at New England Conservatory, Boston Conservatory, The Longy School of Music, University of Idaho at Moscow, University of Akron, Oberlin Conservatory, The Hartt School, University of Central Florida, and William and Mary College to name but a few. Our alumni and present students have won or been finalists in the Alirio Diaz International Guitar Competition in Venezuela, Guitar Foundation of America International Guitar Competition, American String Teachers Competition, MTNA competition, and Appalachian State Guitar Competition.
We offer not only excellent training in classical guitar but also in chamber music, guitar pedagogy, guitar literature, lute and baroque guitar tablature, and electric guitar styles. Our goal is to graduate students who are well-prepared to enter the fields of concert performance and college teaching. Towards that end we sponsor four to six public "Evening with Guitar" concerts each semester where our students are given the opportunity to develop and refine their performance skills.
Currently, The Hartt School has two guitar faculty members, Richard Provost and Christopher Ladd. The program offers students the opportunity to study guitar literature, teaching principles, and electric guitar styles for two semesters. Additionally students are given the opportunity to spend a semester each studying baroque guitar tablature and lute tablature.
Each year, through a collaboration with the Connecticut Guitar Society, several master classes are held. Additional weekly performance classes are required of Richard Provost's students. The Lincoln Theater on the University of Hartford campus has also welcomed such guitar greats as The Romeros and Manuel Barreuco.
Additional chamber music experience may be gained through Performance 20/20, Hartt's honors chamber music program for selected students on the undergraduate and graduate levels.
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