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2021 Competition Info

The 2021 David Hochstein Recital Competition application deadline is Saturday, February 13, 2021.
Late applications will not be considered. 

All auditions will be heard virtually.  Audition videos must be submitted by Saturday, March 20, 2021.

Please review the detailed information to your right.

The online DHRC application can be found by clicking here.

Questions can be directed to Diane Smith at: 

2020 DHRC Winners

(2020 winners, L-R: Amy Feng, Maxwell Sun, Noah Lee) 




Winds and Percussion

Winner – Maxwell Sun, marimba (Rochester, Grade 10)

Runner-Up – Jaz Koft, percussion (Brighton, Grade 12)

Honorable Mention – Christine Ott, horn (Rochester, Grade 12)



Winner – Noah Lee, violin (Pittsford, Grade 12)

Runner-Up – Madelyne Garnot, violin (Naples, Grade 11)

Honorable Mention – Isabella He, violin (Pittsford, Grade 11)



Winner – Amy Feng (Pittsford, Grade 10)

Runner-Up – David Munechika (Fairport, Grade 12)

Runner-Up – Maxwell Sun (Rochester, Grade 10)





An-Chi Lin, violin

Aaron Mossburg, viola

Robert Simonds, violin


Winds and Percussion

Marjorie Roth, flute

Connor Stevens, percussion

Jonathan Dozois, horn



Jacob Ertl

Kevin Nitsch

Joseph Werner

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.




Open 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.*


APPLICATION DEADLINE: Saturday, February 13, 2021

All applications must be submitted electronically at this link to The Hochstein School no later than Saturday, February 13, 2021. No late applications will be considered. 

A non-refundable fee of $35 must accompany the application. The application fee can be submitted by check/money order or paid by credit card.

  • Checks or money orders should be made out to The Hochstein School with DHRC - student name in the memo line. They should be mailed to The Hochstein School, 50 North Plymouth Avenue, Rochester, NY 14614.
  • Credit card payments can be made over the phone by calling the Hochstein office at 585.454.4596. (Please indicate the student name AND that you are paying the DHRC application fee.)

Please ensure that your payment is submitted by the application deadline of 2/13/21.



All auditions will be heard virtually.  Audition videos must be submitted by Saturday, March 20, 2021. When the application has been received, the applicant will receive further instructions including a link to Dropbox for the video upload. It is not necessary to have a Dropbox account to submit your video.

Given continued social distancing efforts and the difficulties surrounding group activities, all audition video performances for Categories II and III should be unaccompanied. Please do not submit a video with piano accompaniment.



  • All contestants must perform three compositions (or movements) in contrasting styles. Each piece should be recorded separately, in one take with no edits. 
  • All three compositions performed must be by different composers.
  • Contestants in Categories II and III may perform selections written for either solo instrument or accompanied instrument. However, all audition videos must be submitted without any accompaniment.
  • Contestants may provide a scanned copy of their pieces for the judges.
  • Piano contestants must perform from memory. Memorization is optional for other instrumentalists.
  • Concerto repertoire is not permitted for piano contestants.
  • The combined length of the three audition videos should not exceed 15 minutes. If your repertoire is longer than 15 minutes total, please select representative portions of your pieces (i.e., Exposition and Development of a Sonata movement) based on the advice of your teacher.

*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.