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Mission Statement

The mission of the David Hochstein Memorial Music School is to provide people of all ages, backgrounds, and abilities
with access to excellent music and dance education in a community that nurtures and encourages personal achievement.



Music matters. Making music matters more.

The Hochstein School, founded in commemoration of genius and dedicated to providing access to opportunity, is a vibrant community of musicians, dancers, and supporters who choose to come together in this historic and inspiring place to develop in themselves, and in each other, the ability to speak and communicate through the making of music and dance. We do this with the conviction that music nurtures, enriches, and energizes every human life, and that the joy of making music, and all the expressive arts that it inspires, holds the key to creating a better world.


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Hochstein at High Falls: Genesee Johnny
Event summary
Join us for a free lunchtime concert in High Falls, featuring Genesee Johnny.
Event details

Location: Granite Mills Park near the Pont de Rennes Bridge, 104 Platt Street, Rochester. Click here for a map.

Attendees are encouraged to bring their own seating and lunch, or pick up a lunch at one of the many area restaurants. New this year: the rain location is at MCC’s downtown campus and in the event of rain, the change in venue will be announced via social media.

Genesee Johnny (a.k.a. John R. Sacheli) takes Mississippi Delta blues and incorporates Chicago and modern blues, as well as folk, early country and rock ‘n’ roll, and some original songs as well for his unique brand of Genesee delta blues. Harmonica ace Tim Brinduse adds his soulful harp and vocals; Dan Lopata brings the low end on upright bass and occasional backing vocals. Their debut album, National Grid, was released in August 2014. http://geneseejohnny.wixsite.com/geneseejohnny

Here’s a video preview

Hochstein at High Falls concerts are presented by High Falls Business Association, The Hochstein School, WXXI, and Monroe Community College (MCC).

The concerts are sponsored by a number of local organizations, including SEI Group, Stantec, The Mills at High Falls, Norry Management Corporation, LMT Technology Solutions, Fina’s Catering and Café, LaBella Associates, The Cabot Group, The Zoghlin Group, Entercom Communications, and Avalon.

  • Time
    16 Aug, 2018 PM 12:10 — 16 Aug, 2018 PM 12:10
Granite Mills Park, High Falls
Summer Pops Concert by HYSO and RPYO
Event summary
This free Summer Pops concert by the Hochstein Youth Symphony Orchestra and Rochester Philharmonic Youth Orchestra features music from Broadway musicals, blockbuster movies, and operas. The concert is free and open to the public.
Event details

The program includes selections from Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Oklahoma, E.T., Star Wars: The Phantom Menace, and Rossini’s Barber of Seville, among others. Paul Shewan conducts the joint orchestra, trumpet soloist Herb Smith on “I Can’t Get Started,” a jazz standard by Vernon Duke and Ira Gershwin. Smith and Shewan will also be featured together on Vivaldi’s Concerto for Two Trumpets.

Paul Shewan is Professor of Conducting and Trumpet at Roberts Wesleyan College, where he conducts the Wind Ensemble and the Orchestra, and teaches trumpet, brass ensembles, and instrumental conducting. He earned a Master’s degree in Trumpet Performance and a Doctorate in Conducting from the Eastman School of Music, and has returned to Eastman as a visiting professor of conducting. He is a member of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra trumpet section and a frequent RPO guest conductor and also has performed as soloist and conductor on the Live from Hochstein concert series.

Herb Smith is third trumpet with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra. He is a graduate of the Eastman School of Music and began playing in the orchestra after graduation. He also plays with his own jazz quartet and as a substitute player for the Chautauqua Symphony, Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, and Portland Symphony (Maine). He has played with many notable artists, including Wynton Marsalis, Al Jarreau, Natalie Cole, Doc Severinsen, and The O’Jays. He also teaches trumpet at Eastman and SUNY Geneseo, writes musical arrangements for local bands, and composed a full-length ballet for Garth Fagan Dance.

About HYSO: The HYSO is an advanced youth orchestra comprised of approximately 80 students in grades 7-12 from throughout the Rochester region. The primary goal of HYSO is to create a community of talented young musicians through the rigorous study of classical symphony orchestra literature. Each season the orchestra presents three full programs in the historic Hochstein Performance Hall. The HYSO has performed at Carnegie Hall and has toured and performed in Austria, France, Germany, the Czech Republic, Italy, Ireland, Portugal, and Spain. 

About RPYO: The Rochester Philharmonic Youth Orchestra is a symphonic orchestra comprised of about 100 of the most accomplished middle- and high-school musicians from more than 30 schools from 5 different counties around the greater Rochester area. A component of the Education Department of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, the RPYO was founded in 1970 to provide highly enriching musical ensemble experiences to very accomplished young musicians from varied backgrounds. Each year the RPYO presents three full programs of major symphonic works, as well as special outreach concerts. RPYO has toured and performed in Italy, France, Eastern Europe, England, Germany, New York City, and Canada. In 2017, the RPYO performed in Carnegie Hall. For more information, visit www.rpyo.org.

  • Time
    19 Aug, 2018 PM 3:00 — 19 Aug, 2018 PM 4:30
Hochstein Performance Hall
Whose Live, Anyway?
Event summary
It’s like Whose Line Anyway, only it’s Whose LIVE Anyway. Enjoy a completely improvised 90-minute show of games, scenes and songs that will tickle not only your funny bone, but every bone in your body. Bring your suggestions and you might be asked to join the cast onstage!
Event details

Starring Ryan Stiles, Greg Proops, Jeff B. Davis, Joel Murray and Bob Derkach.

For tickets, visit https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3380742.

  • Time
    11 Sep, 2018 PM 8:00 — 11 Sep, 2018 PM 10:00
Hochstein Performance Hall
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