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Foot in the Door

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Foot in the Door is a mixed ensemble of musicians whose repertoire includes music of established as well as emerging 20th- and 21st-century composers. Members play in a variety of ensemble sizes from small chamber groups to large chamber orchestras. The ensemble has appeared in several of the nation's major cities, and has been heard on Connecticut Public Radio and WNYC-FM and recorded for Opus One and CRI labels. In addition to works by Hartt students, faculty and alumni, the past several seasons have featured music by world-renowned composers including Adams, Bolcom, Berio, Ligeti, Cage, Schoenberg, Schwantner, Reich, Webern, Messaien, Boulez, and Stravinsky.

About the name:

"A Foot in the Door" is the title of the autobiography of Alfred C. Fuller (1885-1973), who gained worldwide fame as the founder of the Fuller Brush Company. He established the company in Hartford, Connecticut in the early days of the 20th century, and actively presided over it for more than 50 years. Mr. Fuller was also a champion of the arts, and for many years he, along with his wife Mary Primrose Fuller, was the principal benefactor of The Hartt School. "A Foot in the Door" is the figure of speech used to describe the technique whereby door-to-door salesmen (for many years the only way Fuller brushes were sold) would win a few minutes to pitch the virtues of their products. Likewise, we have chosen this as the name for our contemporary music ensemble, reflecting the pluck, ingenuity and perseverance that our students bring to the task of promulgating new music -- of all genres and types -- to the wider world.