David Hochstein Recital Competition

Sunday, February 12, 2017

The 2017 David Hochstein Recital Competition is sponsored by Paul and Marie Nasipak, in memory of Shirley Oliver Nasipak.


Open to performers of piano, strings, woodwinds, brass, percussion, harp or classical guitar (no vocalists) enrolled in grade 10, 11, or 12 and residing or studying in one of following counties: Genesee, Livingston, Monroe, Ontario, Orleans, Seneca, Wayne, Wyoming, or Yates. Previous prize winners are ineligible.


$500 will be awarded to winners in each of the following categories:

Category I: Piano

Category II: Strings                       

Category III: Woodwinds, Brass, Percussion, Harp, Guitar

Prize winners will be presented in recital at Hochstein School in the Spring of 2017, based on availability of the winners, with the recital to be recorded for later broadcast on WXXI-FM Classical 91.5*.  

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Tuesday, January 17, 2017 (note: revised date due to MLK holiday)

All entries must be received by the Hochstein School office no later than 5:00 pm. No late applications will be considered. A non-refundable fee of $25 must accompany the application. 

Download the application for the 2017 competition here. For additional information, call Hochstein School at (585) 454-4596.


All auditions will be heard on Sunday, February 12, 2017 at Hochstein School of Music & Dance, 50 N. Plymouth Ave., Rochester, NY.


  • All contestants must perform three compositions (or movements) in contrasting styles.
  • All three compositions performed must be by different composers.
  • Contestants in Categories II & III are required to provide piano accompaniment and their own accompanist.
  • Contestants must provide one extra copy of each composition for the judges.
  • Piano contestants must perform from memory. Memorization is optional for other instrumentalists.
  • Concerto repertoire is not permitted for piano contestants.
  • Audition time may be limited. Contestants should be prepared to be interrupted and asked to perform any portion of the music.

* *In the event of unforeseen technical or other difficulties, Hochstein School reserves the right to make final decisions regarding the suitability of the tape for broadcast.


Our school opened its doors in 1920 in memory of David Hochstein, a Rochester native and world-class violinist who was tragically killed in WWI. The David Hochstein Recital Competition was initiated in 1991 to celebrate and encourage outstanding talent and achievement among young musicians in our community. 

The Recital Competition is open to advanced students in grades 10-12 in the nine-county region surrounding Rochester. In order to compete, musicians were required to prepare challenging music in varied styles and perform before juries of noted professional artists. First-place winners of the 2016 David Hochstein Recital Competition are honored for their achievement with a $500 prize and invited to share their gifts with the community in a spring recital in the Hochstein Performance Hall that is open to the public and recorded for later broadcast on WXXI-FM Classical 91.5.

Winners of the 2016 David Hochstein Recital Competition, which took place on March 20, 2016, are:

Winner: Jonathan Madden  of Fairport
Fairport High School (Brian Preston, teacher)
Runner-Up: Jake Kinney of Pittsford
Pittsford Sutherland High School (Brian Preston, teacher)
Honorable Mention: Muxing Zhao of Brighton
Brighton High School (Elier Suarez, teacher)
Winner: Benjamin Doane (cello) of Rochester
Harley School (Rosemary Elliott, teacher)
Runner-Up: David Morse (cello) of Brighton
Brighton High School (Rosemary Elliott, teacher)
Honorable Mention: Epongue Ekille (violin) of Rochester
Fairport High School (An-Chi Lin, teacher, Hochstein faculty)
Winds, percussion, and guitar
Winner: Riesa Cassano (oboe) of Pittsford
Pittsford Mendon High School (Emily Agnew, teacher)
Runner-Up: Joy Zhang (flute) of Penfield
Penfield High School (Diane Smith, teacher, Hochstein faculty)