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Hochstein Ensembles Faculty - Casey Springstead

Instrument/Department: Music Director of Hochstein Youth Symphony Orchestra

Additional Position(s) at Hochstein: Conducting 

Joined Hochstein Faculty in: 2003

Casey Springstead earned two degrees from the Eastman School of Music and he is a music educator with the West Irondequoit Schools.  As a guest conductor, he has led area ensembles such as Cordancia, the Nazareth College Concert Band, Irondequoit Concert Band, Brighton Symphony Orchestra, Rochester’s New Horizons Band, and junior high and senior high All-County bands in Western New York. 

Since 2012, Springstead is the Director of the Youth Symphony Orchestra at the Hochstein School of Music and Dance. Previous appointments at Hochstein include Director of the Youth Wind Symphony and Junior Wind Symphony, and Assistant Director of Philharmonia. He was recognized with Hochstein's Faculty Service Award in September 2017.

For several years, he also conducted ensemble.twenty.21, a contemporary music ensemble comprised of faculty from Hochstein, Nazareth College, and Roberts Wesleyan College as well as musicians from the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra. Performances include Stravinsky’s Octet, broadcast live on WXXI-FM’s “Live from Hochstein” series.

Springstead is a hornist with the Penfield Symphony Orchestra and has performed with several area ensembles, including Mercury Opera, the Gregory Kunde Chorale, Cordancia, and as a member of many pit orchestras and ceremonial brass quintets.  He is also active as a collaborative pianist, accompanying Rochester-area high school and college musicians for recitals and auditions.  

He has been a member of Hochstein’s faculty since 2003, and he lives in Webster with his wife and Hochstein faculty member, Kirsta Rodean, and their two children, Orson and Malin.

Photo: Brooke Nance Photography

2017 Faculty Service Award

The Faculty Service Award was first given in 1990 to recognize the contributions of outstanding faculty members to the work of the Hochstein School. Nominations are solicited from the entire faculty, from a list of those who have completed at least five years of teaching at Hochstein. Hochstein presented the 2017 Faculty Service Award to the faculty member whose dedicated work at Hochstein deserves special recognition - Casey Springstead.

Hochstein President & Executive Director Margaret Quackenbush said, “As a longtime member of our ensembles faculty, Casey has been an incredibly thoughtful, dedicated, inspiring musician and educator, giving all the students who've had the good fortune to play under his baton the finest musical leadership I can imagine.” Congratulations, Casey!