Hochstein Alumni Orchestra

Founded in 2010 by Evan Meccarello, the Hochstein Alumni Orchestra (HAO) is a reunion orchestra composed of musicians who received musical training at the Hochstein School of Music & Dance. During its history, the orchestra has performed summer concerts in Canandaigua and Perinton, and since January 2011 has performed an annual winter concert in Hochstein’s Performance Hall in downtown Rochester. 

In addition to works of standard repertory, the Hochstein Alumni Orchestra has presented three world premiere compositions by alumni as well as featured alumni soloists from around western New York. Over the years, HAO has forged connections between members of the Rochester community and beyond, with many of its founding members graduating from college to become music teachers around the region. The return of these experienced players year after year not only fosters connections between them and the younger musicians, but presents unique energy and camaraderie in performance.

To get involved, contact conductor Evan Meccarello.

About Evan Meccarello:
Evan Meccarello is the founder and Conductor of the Hochstein Alumni Orchestra. With HAO, he has commissioned and presented three world premieres by Hochstein alumni composers. He is currently pursuing his master’s degree in orchestral conducting at Bowling Green State University (BGSU) in Ohio. His upcoming performances include the premiere of a new pocket opera A Respectable Woman by a BGSU composer and Mozart’s Vespers with the University Choral Society and orchestra. 

Before coming to Bowling Green, Evan was Assistant Conductor of the Finger Lakes Symphony Orchestra. Evan has served as a substitute conductor in rehearsals for the Berlin-Brandenburg Symphony Orchestra, Nazareth College Symphony Orchestra, the Symphonic Orchestra of the Toledo Youth Symphony, and the Greater Buffalo Youth Symphony Orchestra. Evan’s conducting studies include numerous master classes with Kenneth Kiesler, as well as with Michail Jurowski, Victor Yampolsky, and Paul Vermel.

As a violinist, Evan was a two-time winner of Nazareth College's concerto competition.  He has participated in summer festivals held around the western New York region, as well as in Tanglewood and Spoleto, Italy.  As a chamber musician, he has played with the Delmonico String Quartet for seven years.