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Funk Band

For students in grades 7–12
Sundays, 2:30 - 3:30 p.m., Simsmore Square location (540 Hopmeadow Street, Simsbury, CT)

Length of course: 28 weeks (Sept.-May)

Auditioned Ensemble.

Instrumentation includes 2 drums, 1 bass, 1 piano, 1 guitar, and 4 woodwind or brass players. 

No refunds.

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Simsmore Square
SIM TBD
Nelson 9/22 - 5/31 Su 02:30 PM - 03:30 PM $790.00

Hartt Harmony: A Cappella/Vocal Arranging

For students in grades 7–12
Thursdays, 6:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Length of course: 28 weeks (Sept.-May)

A class for singers only! This chamber vocal ensemble will be a training ground for both singers and arrangers. Students will develop their best singing skills and ear training to create an impressive vocal sound, while learning about arranging for voices. Hartt Harmony is an a cappella ensemble featuring close harmony singing, with music supplied by both the director and the students. We will cover a wide range of music, from the Renaissance to today. Students are expected to read music and develop their voices toward an ensemble blend that is at the heart of this performance practice.

Hartt Harmony is limited to 12 students. Students should have experience being part of a choir and singing harmony. An audition is required - please contact Luke Nelson for more information. 

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University of Hartford Main Campus
F TBD
Nelson 9/19 - 5/28 Th 06:00 PM - 07:00 PM $505.00

Hot Club 2

For students in grades 7–12
Sundays, 4:15 - 5:15 p.m., University of Hartford main campus
Length of course: 28 meetings (Sept.-May)

Auditioned ensemble. Students must have participated in Hot Club 1 and must read music. 

The course is limited to six students. 

No Refunds.



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University of Hartford Main Campus
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Nelson 9/22 - 5/31 Su 04:15 PM - 05:15 PM $505.00

Jazz Combo

Students will be placed into combos based on scheduling, audition results, and coach/teacher availability. 

For students in grades 7-12

1-Hour Class, Fridays, 6:45 - 7:45 p.m.

Length of course: 28 meetings

*Meets in Simsbury

 

The Hartt Jazz Combo is designed for students looking for a chamber-sized ensemble to develop their jazz playing, practice improvising, and increase their knowledge of classic jazz tunes. From Blues to Be Bop, the Jazz Combo is a training ground for middle school and high school players. 

Students will develop their collaborative skills in this smaller ensemble, and have the opportunity to explore improvisation at great length. The language and history of jazz will be part of the process, as we study the legends and explore this great art form. Students should be able to read music and have an understanding of the jazz style to be part of this ensemble. Find out how far your jazz playing can go in a combo setting that lets you be heard.

The course is limited to 4 winds and a rhythm section. A placement meeting is required.  Contact Luke Nelson for more information.

No refunds are available for this course.



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Simsmore Square
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Nelson 9/20 - 5/29 Fr 06:45 PM - 07:45 PM $790.00

Middle School Jazz Combo

Grades 6-8: Fridays at 5:30 - 6:30 p.m.

Length of course: 28 meetings (Sept.–May)
* Meets in Simsbury

The Hartt Jazz Combo is designed for students looking for a chamber-sized ensemble to develop their jazz playing, practice improvising, and increase their knowledge of classic jazz tunes. From Blues to Be Bop, the Jazz Combo is a training ground for middle school and high school players. 

Students will develop their collaborative skills in this smaller ensemble, and have the opportunity to explore improvisation at great length. The language and history of jazz will be part of the process, as we study the legends and explore this great art form. Students should be able to read music and have an understanding of the jazz style to be part of this ensemble. Find out how far your jazz playing can go in a combo setting that lets you be heard.

The course is limited to 4 winds and a rhythm section. A placement meeting is required.  Contact Luke Nelson for more information.

No refunds.



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Simsmore Square
SIM TBD
Nelson 9/20 - 5/29 Fr 05:30 PM - 06:30 PM $790.00

New Beat Jazz Combo

Students will be placed into combos based on scheduling, audition results, and coach/teacher availability. 

For students in grades 9-12

1-Hour Class, Tuesdays, 5:00 - 6:00 p.m.

Length of course: 28 meetings

*Meets at University of Hartford main campus

 

The Hartt Jazz Combo is designed for students looking for a chamber-sized ensemble to develop their jazz playing, practice improvising, and increase their knowledge of classic jazz tunes. From Blues to Be Bop, the Jazz Combo is a training ground for middle school and high school players. 

Students will develop their collaborative skills in this smaller ensemble, and have the opportunity to explore improvisation at great length. The language and history of jazz will be part of the process, as we study the legends and explore this great art form. Students should be able to read music and have an understanding of the jazz style to be part of this ensemble. Find out how far your jazz playing can go in a combo setting that lets you be heard.

The course is limited to 3 drums, 1 bass, 1 piano, 1 guitar, and 4 woodwind or brass players. A placement meeting is required.  Contact Luke Nelson for more information.

No refunds are available for this course.



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University of Hartford Main Campus
F TBD
Nelson 9/17 - 5/26 Tu 05:00 PM - 06:00 PM $790.00

Roots Ensemble

For students in grades 7 and up
Tuesdays, 6:30 - 7:30 p.m., University of Hartford main campus
Length of course: 28 classes (Sept.-May)

American Roots music covers a wide range of styles, from Blues to Bluegrass, from string bands to the Folk Revival music of the 60s. Much of this music is personal, political, and powerful and here’s your chance to join the band! Playing the music of Pete Seeger, the Carter Family, Bob Dylan and more, you can let your voice be heard. Players at every level are invited to join, using limited music reading and lots of ear training to develop authentic roots performances. The group is sure to improve your playing and listening skills while giving you a chance to jam with other “fans of Folk.

The ensemble welcomes players in grades 7 and up interested in studying and playing this rich, powerful music. Instrumentation is designed for acoustic guitar, string bass, banjo, mandolin, violin (fiddle), and voice. However, other instruments will be considered, depending on interest.

No Refunds.



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University of Hartford Main Campus
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Nelson 9/17 - 5/26 Tu 06:30 PM - 07:30 PM $505.00

Traditional Jazz Combo

Students will be placed into combos based on scheduling, audition results, and coach/teacher availability. 

For students in grades 7-12

1-Hour Class, Sundays, 1:15 - 2:15 p.m.

Length of course: 28 meetings

*Meets in Simsbury

 

The Hartt Jazz Combo is designed for students looking for a chamber-sized ensemble to develop their jazz playing, practice improvising, and increase their knowledge of classic jazz tunes. From Blues to Be Bop, the Jazz Combo is a training ground for middle school and high school players. 

Students will develop their collaborative skills in this smaller ensemble, and have the opportunity to explore improvisation at great length. The language and history of jazz will be part of the process, as we study the legends and explore this great art form. Students should be able to read music and have an understanding of the jazz style to be part of this ensemble. Find out how far your jazz playing can go in a combo setting that lets you be heard.

The course is limited to 4 winds, 1 bass or tuba, and a rhythm section. A placement meeting is required.  Contact Luke Nelson for more information.

No refunds are available for this course.



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Simsmore Square
SIM TBD
Nelson 9/22 - 5/31 Su 01:15 PM - 02:15 PM $790.00