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Hochstein Alumni Orchestra

Founded in 2010 by Evan Meccarello, the Hochstein Alumni Orchestra (HAO) is a reunion orchestra composed of musicians who received musical training at The Hochstein School. During its history, the orchestra has performed summer concerts in Canandaigua and Perinton, and since January 2011 has performed an annual winter concert in Hochstein’s Performance Hall in downtown Rochester. 

In addition to works of standard repertory, the Hochstein Alumni Orchestra has presented three world premiere compositions by alumni as well as featured alumni soloists from around western New York. Over the years, HAO has forged connections between members of the Rochester community and beyond, with many of its founding members graduating from college to become music teachers around the region. The return of these experienced players year after year not only fosters connections between them and the younger musicians, but presents unique energy and camaraderie in performance.

To get involved, contact conductor Evan Meccarello.


About Evan Meccarello

Conductor Evan Meccarello is founder and director of the Hochstein Alumni Orchestra. Since 2010, he has led the group in world-premiere performances of Rochester composers and showcased talented musicians in a concert tour of the region. He was a member of the Hochstein Youth Symphony Orchestra in high school, serving as Co-Concertmaster and Apprentice Conductor.

In July 2020, it was announced that Evan Meccarello will serve as the Binghamton Community Orchestra's Music Director, beginning with the 2020-2021 concert season.

Meccarello also conducts the Thames Valley Youth Symphony in New London, CT, and the Irondequoit Community Orchestra. He previously served as Conductor of the Nazareth College Chamber Orchestra and assists the Nazareth College Symphony Orchestra. He completed his master’s degree in orchestral conducting at Bowling Green State University, where he led performances with their Philharmonia and Choral Society.

In past seasons, he has conducted The Nutcracker with the Ithaca Ballet, been guest conductor with the Finger Lakes Symphony Orchestra, and worked with the Brandenburg Symphony Orchestra in Germany, University at Buffalo Symphony Orchestra, Northern Ohio Youth Orchestra, University of Toledo Symphony Orchestra, and the Hochstein Youth Symphony Orchestra.

He is also Vice President of the Keuka Lake Music Festival and a radio host for Soundspace on WAYO-LP in Rochester.  As a violinist, Meccarello has taught private students from age five to 65. Uptown Tango is his ongoing project playing violin in an Argentine tango duo for dancers and listeners. 

Stay in Touch!

No matter what your Hochstein experience, if you have ever enrolled in a Hochstein program – whether individual lessons, classes, or ensembles; for years or for a summer – we invite you to consider yourself an alumna/us of the school.

We would love to hear your Hochstein stories and see what you are up to now!

Stay in touch with Hochstein by clicking HERE to fill out our simple online form.

Thank you for being part of the Hochstein community.