Jolie Rocke Brown '89
Hartt Liaison

University of Hartford Degree Info:
Bachelor of Music Education

Other Degree Info:
Loyola College in Baltimore, MD—Master of Early Childhood Education with a Montessori Primary Level Emphasis,  2001
University of Connecticut, Doctor of Musical Arts in Vocal Performance, in progress

Current Career Info:
-Visiting Instructor of Music, Texas Southern University, Houston, TX
-Professional Vocalist, Producer and Owner of JRB Productions, LLC, CT
-Private Studio Voice Teacher

Past Career Info:
Music Teacher and Primary Level Montessori Teacher, Hartford Public Schools and Capital Regional Education Council; Adjunct Instructor, Manchester Community College; Graduate Assistant and Teacher of Record, University of Connecticut (Storrs); Executive Director and Music Teacher, Hartford Conservatory. Music Education Consultant and Clinician.

Other University of Hartford activities/volunteer service:
Student activities: Sang the National Anthem at Women’s and Men’s Basketball games; Red Cap; Hartt Student Council; African American Students Association; Resident Assistant; Student worker for ARA Food Services (first student to work at The Hawks Nest) and the Athletic Department;
Alumni activities: Former Alumni Board Member; Co-Organizer for African American Alumni & Black Student Organization Alumni reunions and events.

Community Service:
What we give freely, we reap benefits in many more ways than one can list.

Why do you volunteer for the University of Hartford and the Alumni Association? Why do you think it is important to give back to your alma mater?
The University of Hartford and The Hartt School were crucial to my successes in life. Today, I remain in contact with many of my college professors, advisors, and peers. I even married my college sweetheart, Wayne Brown ‘86. Through the years, I have remained connected to the University, attending student and alumni functions, mentoring several Hartt students, utilizing student volunteers in my classroom, hiring Hartt students to perform, recommending the Hartt Community Division to young musicians, utilizing campus venues for events and advising high school students to consider UHART. I am grateful for every opportunity afforded me through my experiences with UHART and look forward to doing whatever I can to help the UHART community thrive.

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