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Hochstein programs are made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature.
The Hochstein Orchestra and Chamber Music Programs are supported in part by the Louise Alfreda Hill Memorial Fund.

Hochstein's Chamber Music programs have  been made possible, in part, with support from ACMP Associated Chamber Music Players.

"Philharmonia as well as Concertino, Sinfonia, and HYSO provide a fantastic opportunity for young musicians in our great community to have fun together making beautiful music and learning an incredible amount from their amazing directors!"

"The orchestra program has been wonderful for all our children. The directors offer a rich learning environment that goes beyond playing in an ensemble to include a chance to conduct, compose, and play from different seats in the orchestra."

General Orchestral Program Information

A sequential program for students in Grades 1-12, ranging from an introductory orchestral experience to full symphonic orchestras.

The Hochstein Orchestral Program is designed to provide students at all levels of skill with the opportunity to learn and grow within the orchestral setting, by developing comprehensive musicianship and an understanding of orchestral literature.

Serving nine counties surrounding the Greater Rochester area, the Orchestral Program offers a sequential course of study for beginning to advanced student musicians with an emphasis on technical expertise and musical expression. Focusing on the individual as well as the group, Hochstein’s program offers a positive environment in which to thrive, achieve personal goals, and have fun!

Auditions are required for all orchestras. The audition process takes place each May for the following school year. Each participant in the Hochstein Orchestral Program must maintain membership in an instrumental ensemble (if available) in his/her school.


Click here for more information on orchestral auditions.

The Hochstein Youth Symphony Orchestra, directed by Casey Springstead, performs Rossini's Overture to Semiramide, recorded in 360° video on February 4, 2018. Use the controls in the top left corner to pan around the scene. Thanks to HYSO parent Joel Rosen for capturing the musicians in action!