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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 committed to new explorations in classical music and engaging with communities across the Northeast.  He is Music Director of the Binghamton Community Orchestra, Founder and Director of the Hochstein Alumni Orchestra, and Conductor of the Thames Valley Youth Symphony in New London, CT.  He previously served as Conductor of the Nazareth College Chamber Orchestra, and assists the Nazareth College Symphony Orchestra.

When many musicians could not play together during the pandemic, he developed and led Music Outside the Box, an all-online festival for high school musicians that featured live virtual ensemble rehearsal and performance.  In a collaboration through the Binghamton Community Orchestra and Broome County Music Educators Association, over sixty students from districts across Binghamton had the opportunity to connect and learn new techniques, playing contemporary classical music designed for internet video conferencing.  The success of the project led to an invitation to lead a similar experience for Sistema Europe Youth Orchestra.

Meccarello’s conducting experience spans professional, collegiate, youth, and community ensembles. He makes appearances as guest conductor and clinician at middle and high schools around the area, including NYSSMA Area All-State and All-County Orchestras.

Meccarello’s training in conducting has included lessons and masterclasses with some of the most acclaimed conducting teachers, including Larry Rachleff, Benjamin Zander, David Effron, and Jorma Panula. He is Vice President of the Keuka Lake Music Festival and a radio host for Soundspace on WAYO-LP in Rochester. 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.