Julius Stephen Hartt was born March 29,1869 in Brighton District Newton, MA. When 21 he went to Berlin to study and also to Vienna. He tutored under a pupil of Brahms and a pupil of Rubinstein. He returned to U.S.A. in 1903. He became organist of Asylum Hill Church in Hartford. In 1898 he married Jennie Hall, she died 1932. Hartt School of Music was founded in 1920 by Julius Hartt and Moshe Paranov,The Hartt School, initially called ``Julius Hartt, Moshe Paranov, and Allied Piano Teachers,'' began in Hartt's home on the corner of Collins and Sigourney streets. As enrollment grew, the school moved, first to a larger home on Collins Street, and later to the former Hartford Seminary building on Broad Street. Mr. Paranov held the title associate director until 1932, when he became dean in 1924, Mr. Paranov married Julius Hartt's daughter, Pauline, who was a pianist and who later became Hartt's dean of students. Pauline died in 1981, and the next year Mr. Paranov married Elizabeth Warner, the school's academic dean. Elizabeth Warner-Paranov retired in 1983. Moche Parfnov died in 1994 at 99 yrs of age. Hartt has been part of the University of Hartford since its charter merged the then Hartt School of Music, the Hartford Art School, and Hillyer College to create the University in 1957. The Hartt School is the comprehensive performing arts conservatory of the University of Hartford located in West Hartford, Connecticut, U.S. that offers degree programs in music, dance, and theatre. Julius is described as a gentle, engaging man, whose cultural attainments transcended even his exceptional musicianship. He died September 9, 1942 and is buried at West Hartford, Conn. Children of Jennie (Hall) & Julius Hartt are: Pauline 1899-1981, Robert Tillotson 1901, Harriett 1902-1994.
Courtesy: M. Mair, University of Hartford
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