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Hochstein remembers Alice Pratt and Baiba Peelle
With sadness we write in loving memory of Alice Pratt and Baiba Peelle - two remarkable faculty members who have left an indelible mark on our hearts and minds. We remember their extraordinary contributions, the ripple effect their influence had, at Hochstein and beyond, and the legacies they leave behind. These exceptional educators exemplified unwavering dedication, inspiring countless students and colleagues with their wisdom, passion, and commitment to fostering knowledge and growth. T...
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Hochstein group music class enables healing and self-expression
For more than 45 years, Hochstein’s Expressive Arts program has served the Rochester community by offering music, art, and dance therapy; adaptive lessons; and wellness sessions – both at Hochstein and through group programs at 71 sites each week. One of the sites is the Hickok Center for Brain Injury, which serves individuals with traumatic brain injuries and neurological disorders. Read more and watch a video.
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Alum Chris Matheos attributes his longevity and success to Hochstein
Hochstein alum Chris Matheos is a seasoned freelance bassist, author, and composer with more than 30 years of experience. His distinguished career has been shaped by the transformative impact of The Hochstein School. Read onto find out more about Chris and his advice for current Hochstein students.
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Hochstein returns to roots with classes on Joseph Avenue
A new weekly African Drumming class led by Hochstein instructor Adrianne Santucci at Baden Street Settlement is part of a new collaboration with Joseph Avenue Arts and Culture Alliance (JAACA). This is not the first time Hochstein has held activities at Baden Street. The two organizations have a long history dating back more than 100 years!
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Hochstein provides music and movement programs to School 19 and Nativity Prep
More than 300 students at Nativity Prep and Rochester City School 19 – through their Arts4All program – participate in group music, dance, and wellness classes taught by Hochstein instructors. Read more about the results and watch two videos here.
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Hochstein chamber ensembles work with David Ying
Acclaimed musician David Ying – cellist with the Grammy Award-winning Ying Quartet and faculty member at the Eastman School of Music – gave a masterclass at Hochstein in February for students in the Chamber Music Connection (CMC) program.
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Hochstein receives the RPO Music Educators’ Award!
The Hochstein School is honored to be the recipient of one of the 2023 RPO Music Educators’ Awards! A committee of RPO musicians and community educators selected the recipients and the awards were presented on March 16 by RPO Music Director Andreas Delfs and musician representatives Andrew Brown and Willa Finck. Hochstein President & Executive Director Hilary Respass and Peggy Quackenbush accepted the award on behalf of Hochstein.
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Two Hochstein alums hike the Appalachian Trail
On March 4, two Hochstein alums marched forth on a new adventure. Friends since they were in the Hochstein Youth Symphony Orchestra together, Jake Kinney (trumpet) and Sophie Wiltse (violin) are through-hiking the Appalachian Trail!
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Remembering Joe Dady by supporting Rochester music students
On Sunday, February 26, as part of the “Show for Joe” DVD release event at the Little Theatre, Rochester musician John Dady welcomed Hochstein President & Executive Director Hilary Respass to the stage to share updates about the Joe Dady Memorial Scholarship Fund at Hochstein. 
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Hochstein faculty and staff celebrate “Love Your Pet Day” 2023
It’s National “Love Your Pet Day,” so we asked Hochstein faculty and staff to send in photos of themselves and their companion animals. Lots of cats, dogs, and even chickens and a horse! Read more to see pictures of our people and their pets with captions for who is in each picture. 
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