Dr. Colleen Hartung
Teaching PhilosophyEvery student is an individual and as such music education needs to be reflective of this. For students to increase their proficiency on an instrument, they first must be met at their level of ability. Growth as an instrumentalist is very important, but so is growth as a musician. An understanding of the fundamentals of music and their instrument allows a student to freely engage with others while performing and to create an outstanding musical experience.
Dr. Colleen Hartung is an avid educator and freelance musician that has performed with the Plymouth Philharmonic Orchestra, Allentown Symphony, Williamsport Symphony, Winston-Salem Symphony, Opera Roanoke, Roanoke Symphony, and the Ashlawn Opera Festival Orchestra. She has also been a participant at the Banff Centre for the Arts. Colleen premiered Ryan Woodward’s Suite for Clarinet and Violin with Marcus Smolensky at the International Clarinet Association’s Mid-America Clarinet Festival. She reintroduced Ruth Crawford Seeger’s Diaphonic No. 3 for two clarinets with Stacie Thompson at the International Clarinet Association’s ClarinetFest in Ostende, Belgium. As a chamber musician, Colleen was a founding member of the Sunderman Woodwind Quintet while on the faculty of the Sunderman Conservatory of Music at Gettysburg College. She has also performed with the Dover Quartet and toured internationally with the Weis Trio. In addition to her work at Groton Hill, Colleen coaches chamber music ensembles and teaches classes in the Music Department at UMASS-Lowell.