The Hartt School


The harp studio at Hartt is a supportive community of talented, friendly harpists. Learn about harp at Hartt, including undergraduate and graduate admission and audition requirements and faculty information. 

About the Major

Harp Ensemble, Repertoire and Studio Class and Harp Teaching Principles are just a few of the courses that harpists at Hartt partake in and enjoy. Orchestral and solo opportunities are many at Hartt, with monthly opportunities to perform solos or chamber music in the Evening with Guitar and Harp concert series. Hartt harpists are encouraged to partake in as many performance, competition and growth opportunities as possible, both in school, and in the vibrant capital region of Hartford.

Admission and Audition Requirements

In order to schedule an audition, the University of Hartford application as well as the Hartt Undergradute supplemental application must be completed.  Learn more about the undergraduate or graduate application process.

The Hartt School conducts live auditions and interviews for applicants on campus as well as in select cities around the United States. Applicants who reside more than 300 miles away from campus are eligible to submit a recorded audition. 

Undergraduate & Graduate

  • Two contrasting etudes demonstrating different technical skills
  • A composition from the Baroque, Classical or Contemporary periods
  • A composition, of the level of difficulty of Au Matin by Marcel Tournier or Fantaisie on a Theme of Haydn by Marcel Grandjany, of the Romantic or Impressionist style

Our Faculty

Susan Knapp Thomas

Susan Knapp Thomas

Harp Faculty; Artist Teacher

Susan Knapp Thomas brings a wealth of orchestral, show, and opera performance experience to Hartt. As Founder, Director and Instructor of Connecticut Valley Harp Intensive Summer Camp, she possesses skills in Harp Ensemble direction, group and individual teaching experience, and programming and administrative knowledge. Ms. Thomas has had multiple students place in national competitions such as the YAHS Competition, Lyon and Healy Awards, and the Anne Adams Awards., and has judged for the Metro New York Chapter Competition.

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