Giving to The Hartt School


Hartt relies on the support of our generous benefactors to maintain and continue to enhance the School's high caliber of artistic training and education.  From children who begin their performing arts education through our highly regarded Community Division to our multi-talented collegiate level degree students, each individual receives the highest quality of education and mentorship available from Hartt's incredible faculty.  In order to sustain this level of excellence and prepare its students for the future, Hartt must invest not only in its people, but also in its facilities, instruments, performances, equipment, technology, and other critical resources.

Hartt Scholarship Fund

The Office of the Dean takes seriously its support of students who have exhibited a commitment to their academic and artistic pursuits at Hartt.  This commitment is exhibited not only by student's academic excellence, but also by the creativity and perseverance with which they approach the financing of their educations.  The Hartt Scholarship Fund helps students who exhibit such commitment to stay in school by providing one-time assistance to students whose financial circumstances change after they arrive.

Hartt Dean's Special Projects Fund

These funds allow Hartt to meet unanticipated needs and challenges throughout the year.  Funds are used for such things as presentation of innovative work by faculty or students at national conferences or the purchase of tools and equipment that enhance learning and musicianship.  These funds are vital to Hartt's diverse and vital academic environment.

Hartt Fund for Access

The Fund for Access provides scholarships to students taking private music or dance lessons, or performing in a vocal, instrumental, or dance ensemble.  Its mission is to provide pre-college students opportunities they couldn't otherwise afford to participate in Community Division programs on a sliding scale payment schedule.  Special consideration is given to our neighbors in North Hartford and the schools of Educational Main Street, a program that collaborates with schools adjacent to the University of Hartford.

Hartt Fund for Visiting Artists

Creative partnerships, unique residencies, and thought-provoking conversations are investments in our students that exemplify why The Hartt School at the University of Hartford is a special place.  Hartt has a tradition of bringing world-class artists to the University of Hartford.  If you can help us carry on the tradition, please consider making a gift to the Hartt Visiting Artist Fund.


Fuller@50 addresses the daily experience of students, faculty and audiences in the music and theatre disciplines specifically, following the opening of dance facilities in the Mort and Irma Handel Performing Arts Center in 2008. A recent investment by a generous donor to renovate the interior of the main Fuller building through the replacement of carpeting, doors, and instrument lockers represented the first significant work done to the building since its opening.
The project encompasses renovation and refurbishment of four areas within the Fuller complex: Millard Auditorium, Bliss Music Room, O’Connell Hall and the facility’s several dozen teaching studios. The improvements will range from new flooring and seating to the installation of highly advanced sound, recording and lighting equipment. The modernization and upgrades realized through the Fuller@50 project will provide many benefits, including:

  • Increasing The Hartt School’s competitiveness with other performing arts conservatories, by providing state-of-the-art rehearsal and performance facilities;
  • Aiding in the recruitment and retention of talented students and faculty;
  • Offering our audiences comfortable, high-quality performance experiences;
  • Ensuring that the learning spaces can incorporate current and future technological advances;
  • Enhancing both community and alumni pride.

The Enid Lynn Endowed Scholarship for Dance

The Enid Lynn Endowed Scholarship for Dance honors the ground-breaking work and inspiring career in dance education of Dance Division founder and School of Hartford Ballet Director, Enid Lynn. Enid’s visionary spirit and creative thinking led to the creation of the University of Hartford’s Hartt School Dance Division in 1994. Dancers that studied under Enid have gone on to work for preeminent companies such as the American Ballet Theater, Paul Taylor Dance Company, Momix, Hamburg Ballet, Cincinnati Ballet, and New York City Ballet. This endowed scholarship fund will provide scholarships for collegiate dance students at The Hartt School who have financial need or who exhibit exceptional talent.


Founded 90 years ago, Hartt has been an integral part of the University of Hartford since its founding in 1957.  Since then, The Hartt School has evolved to become a comprehensive performing arts conservatory within the University setting, with innovative programs in music, dance, and theatre.  Hartt and its programs, renowned faculty, and accomplished alumni are known for their quality and artistry across the country and around the world.