Larry Alan Smith has been named dean of the University of Hartford’s The Hartt School, as announced by Provost H. Frederick Sweitzer. He will begin his appointment on Aug. 16.
A composer, conductor, pianist, educator, arts executive, poet, and writer, Smith has been a part of the University of Hartford community since 1990. He led The Hartt School as dean from 1990–97, during which time he transformed the School through the addition and integration of dance and theatre programs. He currently is professor of music composition at The Hartt School in addition to serving as curator of the School’s prestigious Richard P. Garmany Chamber Music Series.
Many of today’s outstanding soloists, chamber ensembles, and orchestras have performed and commissioned Smith’s music. He studied in Paris with Nadia Boulanger and graduated from The Juilliard School as a student of Vincent Persichetti. Smith has been on the faculty of The Juilliard School, and he has also served as dean of the School of Music at the North Carolina School of the Arts and president of the School of American Ballet in New York City.
“It is clear that Larry Alan Smith brings unique strengths to the table,” said Provost Sweitzer. “He is an experienced dean and understands all aspects of The Hartt School. He knows the faculty, staff, students, and board members well and is widely respected among all those constituencies. I thank him for his willingness to step forward and serve the school he loves.”
The Hartt School is the comprehensive performing arts conservatory of the University of Hartford, offering innovative and immersive degree programs in music, dance, and theatre, as well as the opportunity to pursue a minor or a secondary major. Our renowned faculty perform, create, and teach around the world, returning to campus to inspire and mentor our students in their pursuit of excellence. With more than 400 yearly performances, recitals, and master classes featuring instrumental, jazz, and vocal music; theatre; dance; and music theatre each year, we are the largest and most diverse producer of performing arts events in the state of Connecticut.