Instrument/Department: Chair of Music FUNdamentals; Choral Ensembles
Joined Hochstein Faculty in: 2007
Director of the Hochstein Little Singers and department head and instructor for Hochstein’s FUNdamental classes, Alice Sciscioli Pratt is former winner of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra’s Music Educators Award and multiple year inductee in Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers.
In addition to her work at Hochstein, where she was honored with the Outstanding Service Award for 2016, Pratt is also on the faculty of Nazareth College of Rochester. She taught music for the Rochester City Schools for 33 years. She has served as national conference co-chair for the American Orff Schulwerk Association Professional Development Conference and on their National Board of Trustees and authored “OPUS: Orff Programs in Urban Schools” in Reverberations, their quarterly newsletter.
Pratt is a published composer and author, and frequent presenter for AOSA, Canada Orff, and the New York State School Music Association. She is a graduate of Nazareth College of Rochester where she received her B.S. in Music Education and is recipient of their 2016 Outstanding Alumna Award. Postgraduate work includes the Eastman School and SUNY Fredonia. She is a certified Orff Schulwerk instructor.
2016 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. We presented the 2016 Faculty Service Award to the faculty member whose dedicated work at Hochstein deserves special recognition - Alice Pratt.
We were thrilled when, in 2007, after retiring from a 33-year career teaching music in the Rochester City School District, Alice accepted our invitation to join our Music FUNdamentals staff. Since then, she has dedicated herself to developing expertise with teaching younger children than she had ever taught previously and to founding and growing a new choral ensemble - the Hochstein Little Singers - for very young children, grades K-3. More recently she became Chair of the department and has provided invaluable guidance and support for our work with a city charter school as well as for a partnership for pre-K students from city YMCA child care centers.
Thank you Alice, for all you do to inspire joy in making music with the children you teach, and for reminding us of that same joy inside each of us. We're so grateful for all you've done to help our School and our students thrive.