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Open to the performers of piano, strings, woodwinds, brass, percussion, harp, and classical guitar (no vocalists) enrolled in grades 10, 11, and 12 and residing or studying in one of the following counties: Genesee, Livingston, Monroe, Ontario, Orleans, Seneca, Wayne, Wyoming, or Yates.
Previous winners are ineligible.



$500 will be awarded to the winners in each of the following categories:

Category I: Piano
Category II: Strings
Category III: Woodwind, Brass, Percussion, Harp, Guitar

Prize winners will be presented in recital at The Hochstein School in the Spring, Summer, or later in 2021 as health regulations permit, and based on availability of the winners, with the recital to be recorded for later broadcast on WXXI-FM Classical 91.5.*


*In the event of unforeseen technical or other difficulties, Hochstein reserves the right to make final decisions regarding the suitability of the recording for broadcast.

Information for the 2022 David Hochstein Recital Competition will be posted later this year.

David Hochstein Recital Competition

Our school opened its doors in 1920 in memory of David Hochstein, a Rochester native and world-class violinist who was tragically killed in WWI. The David Hochstein Recital Competition was initiated in 1991 to celebrate and encourage outstanding talent and achievement among young musicians in our community. 

The Recital Competition is open to advanced students in grades 10-12 in the nine-county region surrounding Rochester. In order to compete, musicians are required to prepare challenging music in varied styles and perform before juries of noted professional artists. 

The winners are presented in recital in the Hochstein Performance Hall and recorded for future broadcast on WXXI-FM Classical 91.5.

The David Hochstein Recital Competition is sponsored by Paul and Marie Nasipak, in memory of Shirley Oliver Nasipak.



2021 DHRC Winners

(2021 winners, L-R: Katherine Huang, Luke Pisani, Margaret Bauman) 



Winds and Percussion
Winner – Katherine Huang, flute (Pittsford - Senior)
Honorable Mention – Rachel George, French horn (Newark - Senior)
Honorable Mention – Katheryn Uetz, flute (Webster - Senior)

Winner – Luke Pisani, violin (Hilton - Sophomore)
Runner-Up – Aiwen Li, violin (Pittsford - Sophomore)

Winner – Margaret Bauman (Irondequoit - Sophomore)
Runner-Up – Christopher Shen (Pittsford - Junior)
Runner-Up – Maxwell Sun (Rochester - Junior)



Robert Simonds, violin
Aaron Mossburg, viola
Lars Kirvan, cello

Winds and Percussion
Elizabeth Shuhan, flute
Maura McCune Corvington, horn
Craig Sutherland, tuba

Jacob Ertl
Irina Lupines
Joseph Werner