About us as we celebrate our 100th anniversary ...
Founded to commemorate the genius of the late David Hochstein, the David Hochstein Music School Settlement (now known at The Hochstein School) opened on January 2, 1920, in the Hochstein family home on Joseph Avenue, with 250 students on its roster. During the last 100 years, our physical building has moved several times and the school has grown to approximately 3,500 students annually!
Did you know that HOCHSTEIN IS the ONLY SCHOOL OF ITS KIND in the United States?
Because of our offerings – extensive and varied music and dance programs; large and small ensembles; classes specifically for adult learners; therapeutic arts in music, dance, and art – we serve all ages, beginning at 6 months, and consistently deliver an educational experience that cannot be found at any other community arts institution.
We believe in ACCESS TO OPPORTUNITY.
From its earliest days, Hochstein has been an open window to knowledge and self-expression, offering lessons and classes to all – regardless of age, skill level, ethnicity, or ability to pay – growing its diverse community to thousands of students each year, many of whom are supported by a robust tuition assistance program.
We believe in CELEBRATING ACHIEVEMENT at EVERY AGE and SKILL LEVEL.
Hochstein students have opportunities to perform in individual recitals, orchestras, bands, choirs, chamber groups, rock bands, jazz bands, dance showcases, and more! Our Performance and Recital Halls are home to student concerts and faculty performances throughout the year. Along with live radio broadcasts and rental events – many of them free to our students and their families – Hochstein buzzes with music and dance. Whether on or off the stage, at lessons or classes, or as an audience member, Hochstein students and their families have daily options for cultural immersion!
We believe that the ARTS CAN CHANGE LIVES.
At Hochstein, we have the capacity to transform lives, thanks to our dedicated faculty – experienced professionals in their field with a passion for teaching. Helping each of our students achieve personal success is our goal. We believe music nurtures, enriches, and energizes every human life – holding the key to creating a better world.
We believe in COMMUNITY.
100 years ago, the Rochester community, saddend by the untimely death of David Hochstein, came together and formed our school. Because of their commitment, along with a century of support, Hochstein celebrates our "family" of staff, faculty, students, audience members, and supporters who, with their dedication to our mission, have embraced us for 100 years.
We look FORWARD to the FUTURE.