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Jazz Choir Rehearses for Brubeck Family

Catherine BrubeckImagine the pressure of learning difficult choral jazz music, performing for an audience, and having a panel of scholarly jazz aficionados judge your set. Now if that is not enough pressure, imagine the composers’ family watching your rehearsal process. Well that is exactly what the Real Ambassadors, a group of Jazz singers from the Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts experienced when David Brubeck’s daughter and granddaughter unexpectedly showed up to watch.

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Choreographers' Showcase Fox 61 Featured Artist

Choreographers' ShowcaseChoreographers’ Showcase from the CREC Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts was selected as the December CAS Featured Student Artist of the month. Every month, Fox 61 along with the Connecticut Association of Schools (CAS), team up to feature student artists throughout Connecticut. ...

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Students Perform Original Music Before Hamilton Crowd

Academy HamiltonHamilton, the Broadway sensation, has come to Hartford and the Academy had a chance to take in the show and do a little performing themselves. In front of packed audience, students Justin Williams and Amareon Blackman performed together an original piece of music..

The opportunity came by in September when The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, a non profit that supports K-12 history education, asked for proposals from area schools on history projects centering on U.S. colonial times. Selected schools were awarded tickets to the Bushnell performance with a chance to present their work prior to the show…

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Actor Brings 'Hamilton Fever' To His Former School In Hartford (WNPR Story)

Tre Frasier Hamilton NPRCourtesy of WNPR.org

Hamilton – the box office smash hit – is in Hartford and one of the actors appearing in the show was actually a student at the Greater Hartford Academy Of The Arts. Connecticut actor Tre Frazier has returned to pay back his former school with a Hamilton “master class.” Frazier, who saw his very first musical on the Bushnell stage, has been spending his time working to find his groove as he rehearses for his debut. “Everyone’s just been so helpful, everyone knows how important the work is that we’re doing, and everyone seems to be very clear about how lucky we are to be where we are right now too so I’m having a great time,” Frazier said...


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A 'Hamilton' homecoming for CREC Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts graduate (Hartford Courant Story)

Tre FrasierCourtesy of the Hartford Courant

Tre Frazier knew all eyes were on him and it wasn’t because he was looking at a wall of mirrors in the dance classroom at CREC Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts. Frazier, a cast member of the traveling play “Hamilton,” could feel the starry eyes upon him because he once stared at that mirrored wall as a student who dreamed of dancing on Broadway.

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Hamilton Cast Member/Academy Alum to Give Masterclass

Tre FrasierOur Alumni always have a way of sharing their successes and giving back. Recently, musical theater alum Tré Frasier joined cast of the Angelica Tour of Hamilton. Now he wants to give back to the school that helped him on his path. On Tuesday, December 11, Tré will conduct a master class to musical theater students. During the session, he is expected to talk about his personal experiences, give insight into the industry, and conduct group workshops and personal coaching to present Academy musical theater students.

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Student Artists Donate Tree with Message of Love

Festival of TreesVisual Artists from the CREC Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts made a holiday tree with a beautiful message of love and inclusion. “Our Beautiful LGBTQ World” is the title of the work that was installed this past weekend at the Wadsworth Athenaeum for their annual “Festival of Trees.”


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Thanksgiving Food Drive A Success!


Food DriveWe say that Academy is family and nothing proves that more than the giving spirit amongst us. Because of the generosity of students and faculty, seventeen homes from within the Academy family got to enjoy a nice Thanksgiving dinner. Donations were of non-perishable items. The collection drive started on October 29 and ended on November 16 for the Thanksgiving break...


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Academy Past and Present are “29 Strong”

29 StrongWhen the Hartford Foundation For Public Giving, a non-profit serving the capital region, announced new community grants for the 29 Hartford area communities, they turned to former Academy student Zoe Chatfield (class of 2013) to write a song for the event and current students to perform it. Chatfield, who works for the branding firm CO:LAB, wrote the catchy song titled “29 Strong” about importance of communities uniting for the sole purpose of building growth.


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