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Hochstein students Brynn and Caroline have been singing together for 15 years!
Brynn Peters and Caroline Fountain started music classes at Hochstein at the same time at age 3, first in Little Singers with Alice Pratt, then joining Hochstein Youth Singers with Director Maryellen Giese in fourth grade. Now they are high school seniors, with 15 years of singing together at Hochstein. Caroline says, “I really owe it to my parents for signing me up for Hochstein. I think I would not be the same person today if I didn’t go to Hochstein.”
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Graduating senior learned lessons on violin and on life
Violin student Chris Han and his sister Jeslyn started studying with Marcos Kreutzer in 2008. This year, Chris graduates high school. Both he and his sister have been in all the Hochstein orchestras as well as taking piano and Suzuki lessons at Hochstein. At his June 5 recital, Chris thanked Marcos, saying, “You’ve taught me invaluable lessons about not only violin but life."
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Online lessons led to successful solo fest performance
Meet Sara Ward, currently a sophomore at Churchville-Chili High School, who has been playing saxophone for 6 years, since fourth grade. Sara began taking private saxophone lessons online with Hochstein instructor Nancy Boone-Bahr during the onset of the pandemic in March 2020. Her first in-person lesson was just two weeks before her solo fest recording in April 2021.
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“Play for Your Life” class inspires students
The new “Play for Your Life” musical action-adventure game with Warner Iveris wrapped up last week. During the class, the kids traveled to various places and battled evil forces, using their musical talents. The kids played a variety of music from Bach and Suzuki to Europe’s “The Final Countdown” and also composed their own music.
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Hochstein faculty and staff celebrate “Love Your Pet Day”
It’s National “Love Your Pet Day” on February 20, so we asked Hochstein faculty and staff to send in photos of themselves and their companion animals. Lots of cats, dogs, and even chickens! Read stories about our people and their pets.
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Elizabeth Lind issues a song challenge to her voice students
Voice instructor Elizabeth Lind, who joined the Hochstein faculty this past fall, issued a song challenge to students in her voice studio at the beginning of the year, hoping to inspire them to explore different genres of music. The song challenge is in the form of a grid with different topics for them to work on. She says, “I was inspired by the idea of New Year’s resolutions but wanted to expand it for lessons. Each student is completing this at their own pace.”
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Hochstein’s Year in Review 

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Hochstein’s Year in Review 
With 2020 now behind us, we took a look at all that happened during Hochstein’s 100th anniversary year. Although not all of our centennial celebrations took place as planned due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many exciting things did happen during the year. Hochstein’s faculty and staff quickly pivoted to offering online lessons and classes and worked together to find solutions to myriad new challenges.
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Hochstein student recitals return – on Zoom!
Our first “Hochstein at Home” recital of the semester was held on Saturday, October 17. Instrumental and vocal students of all ages performed, with friends and family members watching on Zoom from as far away as Oklahoma and Michigan. 
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“Love Wins” – Couple celebrates 57th wedding anniversary at Hochstein
​​​​​​​Chuck and Pat Williamson of Liverpool, NY, were married in the Hochstein building in 1963, back when it was still a church. They have come back over the years to take a photo of themselves in the main hall to mark the occasion. 2020 marks their 57th wedding anniversary! We’ve celebrated with them the past few years and it was nice to catch up with them again today and see family photos – just like old friends do.
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Hochstein Youth Singers’ hold masked, socially distanced Barnyard Sing
On Saturday, September 19, the Hochstein Youth Singers' year got under way with a Barnyard Sing at HYS Director Maryellen Giese’s farm – with everyone masked and properly distanced so they could sing together. Both ensembles – Hochstein Youth Singers and the older Hochstein Singers students – are working on social justice repertoire this year. The day was all about being together, meeting the new singers, and seeing and interacting with each other in person.
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