The entire Hartt and University community is mourning the death of David Macbride, professor of composition and music theory, renowned musician and community builder, who passed away suddenly on Friday, September 7 at the age of 66.
David was a mentor, friend, esteemed colleague, and above all, he was creator. Not only a creator of music, but a creator of community. He was always striving to make music accessible to all and was the driving force behind Paranov Day, a day in which Hartt will offer a variety of “pop-in” rehearsals and performances, which will happen during Hawktober weekend.
David will be remembered as a pillar of The Hartt School, with a gentle soul and his drive to make the world a better place. His legacy will live on through his music and his students.
“He loved to get people together and create pieces that would build a sense of community,” Dean Larry Alan Smith told the Hartford Courant. “He just had a knack of bringing people together and using his music in order to do that. It actually was really powerful.”
Information about arrangements for David will be shared with the University community as it becomes available. The Hartt School will be celebrating the life and music of David Macbride at an appropriate time later in the academic year.