Good music news for Hartford (students, anyway): outgoing HSO music director Edward Cumming is heading for a position at the University of Hartford's Hartt School of Music.

Here's an excerpt from a press release we just received:

"The Hartt School of the University of Hartford is pleased to announce that Edward Cumming, outgoing Music Director of the Hartford Symphony Orchestra, has been named Associate Professor of Conducting and Director of Orchestral Activities at The Hartt School.  The full time tenure track appointment follows a year-long national search that considered more than 150 candidates.

During the 2010-2011 academic year, Cumming served as Hartt’s Interim Director of Orchestral Activities while simultaneously concluding his nine-year tenure with the Hartford Symphony.

In his new position, Cumming’s duties will include overseeing The Hartt School’s orchestral activities, including conducting the Hartt Symphony Orchestra, which typically gives six full-length programs per year, and whose members include undergraduate and graduate students from throughout the United States and abroad.  He also will teach conducting, score reading, and related courses."