One Hundred Years of Hartt: A Centennial Celebration recounts the development and history of what is now the University of Hartford's The Hartt School, founded in 1920. The school's rich history is highlighted by dynamic and colorful leaders whose deep desire to promote the arts propelled them through a century of challenging world and personal events. Drawing on archives and interviews and lavished with illustrations, this book explores the close, generative relationship between the school and the greater Hartford community—in particular the Jewish and African American communities—from its inception to the twenty-first century. The Hartt School holds unique qualities that continue to distinguish it from other performing arts institutions. These qualities emanated directly from its founders. Through personal and official written communications, school newsletters, speeches, and the exquisite quality of artistic expression, their belief in the value of the arts is continually reinforced, often with great eloquence, sometimes with humor, and always from the heart. This history of The Hartt School highlights the vision and dedication of a school that has enriched the lives of thousands of students and indeed the lives of people who in turn have received the gift of the arts from the school's many illustrious alumni.
Foreword by Steve Metcalf • Author's Note • Part I "The Early Years" • Part II "Formation of the University of Hartford" • Part III "The Hartt School Community Division" • Part IV "Programs, Degrees, and Services • Part V "A Performing Arts Institution for a New Century" • Into the Future • Acknowledgements • Appendix • References
"Demaris Hansen perfectly describes the creativity and devotion to art—from Moshe Paranov through Jackie McLean to Malcolm Morrison—that has since 1920 driven The Hartt School, inspired its students, and since 1957 helped define the University of Hartford."~Walter Harrison, President Emeritus, University of Hartford
"The extraordinary vision of the founders lives on in the work of today's faculty, staff, and students. My colleague, Demaris Hansen, has done a remarkable job of capturing Hartt's rich and colorful history."~Larry Alan Smith, Dean, The Hartt School
"To commemorate the centennial, Hartt published a lavishly illustrated book documenting its history, One Hundred Years of Hartt, written by music education professor Dee Hansen"~Connecticut Magazine