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Celebrating the reopening of Hochstein Performance Hall!
On Tuesday, September 27, The Hochstein School celebrated the reopening of the historic Performance Hall after a summer of repairs and renovations with “Hochstein Presents,” a special event for community partners, supporters, media, and guests.
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Milestone anniversaries for Hochstein faculty & staff
At the Hochstein All-Faculty Meeting on Tuesday, September 6, 21 members of the faculty and staff were recognized for milestone anniversaries with the School, from 5 years to 30 years. Hochstein’s dedicated faculty and staff are the life blood of the organization and we are grateful for all of their contributions. Read on to find out more about these people.
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Hochstein dance instructor Nydia Padilla Rodriguez receives award
In August, Hochstein dance instructor Nydia Padilla Rodriguez was recognized by New York State Senator Samra Brouk as a 2022 Woman of Distinction in a special ceremony held at Geva Theatre Center. Nydia is the founder and artistic director of the Borinquen Dance Theatre, which was born in 1981 at the Puerto Rican Festival and several years later became an ensemble in residence at Hochstein with regular performances in the Performance Hall. Read more about Nydia and the award.
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Alumni Profile: Broadway performer traces his roots to Hochstein
A Broadway actor, versatile performer, and teacher, Tamar Greene traces his roots back to his early years at The Hochstein School. Tamar first came to Hochstein when he was around 6 years old and took dance and piano lessons and sang in the children’s choir. Now, he plays the role of George Washington in the Broadway production of "Hamilton." Read more about his musical journey...
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Get Ready to Fringe!

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Get Ready to Fringe!
Hochstein faculty members are taking part in a number of Rochester Fringe Festival events starting on Tuesday, September 13 and running through Saturday, September 24. Events include a comedy show called “Band Geeks;” a reprise of a tribute to Chick Corea through music and dance; dynamic Latin dance; an evening of stand-up comedy and drag; percussion ensemble; jazz band; and ukuleles!
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Hello, Hochstein!

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Hello, Hochstein!
The start of school always brings with it a thrum of excitement as we take a collective breath and launch a new year. This year especially, I look forward to many new experiences at Hochstein – new for me because this is my first fall as President & Executive Director. I can’t wait to experience the bustle of faculty, students, and families filling our hallways.
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Hochstein alum back in Rochester

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Hochstein alum back in Rochester
A former Hochstein student showed up at yesterday’s Hochstein at High Falls concert. Chris Matheos is originally from Penfield and took bass lessons at Hochstein but now lives in Los Angeles and is a full-time musician.
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Flamingo sidekicks and other fun at Hochstein Flute Camp
Meet Flo the Flute Flamingo… or it might be Larry, Koda, Frodo, or Steve, one of a flamboyance of flamingos at Hochstein this week! Each of the campers at Hochstein Flute Camp has their own flamingo, since the students are all superheroes and every superhero needs to have a sidekick. They worked on earning their superpowers through different flute techniques.
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Alumni Profile: How time at Hochstein inspired this music teacher’s career
When Sonia Rose was searching for a new piano teacher in high school, Joe Werner from The Hochstein School was highly recommended to her. She was familiar with Hochstein because she had done summer programs here when she was younger and her brother had studied here for a number of years. Sonia chose to return to Hochstein to take piano lessons from Joe, and now teaches K-5 general music in a public school district in Illinois. Read about how her Hochstein education has impacted her career.
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Hochstein Performance Hall undergoes renovations
In case you noticed the equipment outside Hochstein the past couple of weeks – and the warning signs now outside the Performance Hall – here’s the scoop on what’s going on behind those closed doors.
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