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Welcome from the Philharmonia's Assistant Director

Welcome to the Hochstein Philharmonia! This orchestra is the first full orchestral (winds/brass/strings/percussion) experience students receive at Hochstein. We will be working on advanced repertoire while refining the basics of solid orchestral technique. Throughout the year, we will also be working on our musicianship, conducting, improvising, and composing. 

This website is a resource for Philharmonia students to check in with their directors, discover music both new and old, and find information about other Hochstein orchestras. Please explore and become familiar with the different areas of the site using the navigation provided. I'm looking forward to working with you all!

Matt Osika, Assistant Director 

Hochstein Philharmonia Orchestra

John Fetter, Director 

Matt Osika, Assistant Director

Suggested grades 6-11, NYSSMA Level 5-6 - audition required

Saturdays, 9:00 am -11:30 am 



  • Philharmonia will be allowed to meet in-person (excluding wind, brass, and percussion instruments). Please stay tuned for specific details which will be sent to our students by the directors.
  • Students will be asked to follow safety guidelines and expectations while in the building. Everyone entering Hochstein will be required to wear a mask when they are in the building.
  • Parents/guardians are expected to leave the building during most orchestra rehearsals after dropping off their student.


A full orchestra (strings, bass, woodwinds, percussion) providing students the opportunity to learn intermediate to advanced repertoire while refining orchestral technique.


Audition information for the 2021-2022 school year can be accessed by clicking here.


Fees for the 2021-22 school year: $10 registration fee; $476* yearly tuition, payable in quarterly installments of $119 each. For students enrolled in individual lessons at Hochstein, yearly tuition is $424, payable in quarterly installments of $106. (Fees as of Fall 2021.)


Learn more about our Tuition Assistance by clicking here.