Dr. Ryan Ford

Double Bassist and Music Educator

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Hartt Suzuki Institute

American Suzuki Institute

Stevens Point, Wisconsin

White Mountain Suzuki Institute at Ogontz

Simsbury Friends For Music Gala

Friends is a non-profit volunteer organization dedicated to enriching the lives of students by funding opportunities that go beyond the Board of Education’s budget. We believe the arts play an important role in Simsbury schools, and most importantly in the growth, development and character of children.


Our talented teachers seek enrichment opportunities for students and request funding from Friends. This past year, our $30,000 budget enabled us to support:

The Town-wide Choral Festival featuring Guest Artist and clinician Elizabeth Nunez (funded entirely by Friends)
Transportation costs for students and ensembles to attend adjudications and CMEA Festivals
Music Excellence Awards in all 5 elementary schools, HJMS and SHS
The Town-wide Elementary Chorus (funded entirely by Friends)
Guest artists for Master Classes in elementary schools, HJMS and SHS
Lighting costs for the SHS Theatre Department
Recording fees for choral performances
These things would not exist without your generosity. Thank you, donors!

Romantic Virtuosity Performance

Dvorak — Carnival Overture
Tchaikovsky — Violin Concerto
Elgar — ‘Enigma Variations’

Waterbury Symphony Orchestra

Romantic Virtuosity Rehearsal

Maestro Leif Bjaland and the Waterbury Symphony Orchestra musicians in rehearsals for Opening Night, Romantic Virtuosity.


Imagine Main Street ::: September


The Hartt School of Music Community Division Summer Musical Theatre Intensive Preprofessional Program Showcase presents Relationship

Friday, July 14 at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Beethoven, Mozart & Glantz at the Beth El Temple

Trav’lin – The 1930s Harlem Musical

Musicians Kenny Nigro, Mark Ryan, Ryan Ford and John DiPinto at TRAV’LIN East Coast premiere at Seven Angels Theatre in Waterbury, CT. – May 14, 2017

TRAV’LIN is a high-octane, jazzy-soul fest that takes you back to Harlem in the 1930’s when the music was swinging, big bands ruled and the Harlem Renaissance was in high gear. This jazz infused musical follows the romantic escapades of three couples of different ages: the young lovers new to love and oh so innocent, the seen-it-all lovers who bicker and fight but darn it they love each other, and the mature folk who wonder if it’s too late to fall in love one more time. Playing the game of love, they learn enduring lessons when George, a retired Pullman porter and church deacon, meets his match in the guise of a down-and-out stranger who is not the person she pretends to be. TRAV’LIN rediscovers the music of Harlem Renaissance composer J.C. Johnson. Johnson wrote Bessie Smiths’ signature song “Empty Bed Blues” and collaborated with such artists as Fats Waller, Chick Webb, and George Whiting. His songs were recorded by such icons as Billie Holliday, Ethel Waters, Ella Fitzgerald, Louie Armstrong, Fred Astaire, Duke Ellington and Count Basie.

Music and Lyrics by J.C.Johnson Book by Gary Holmes and Allan Shapiro

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