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Come Together for Hochstein!

On April 5, 1919, musicians of Rochester performed at the Convention Hall where the community rallied to create the David Hochstein Memorial Music School - a place where everyone would have access to an excellent arts education.

What our Hochstein community has built over the past 100 years is a place of beauty, a place of grace. Preserving music and dance is something we all cherish. It represents an idealism of what our community can be and can do together.

We hosted a virtual event on April 5, 2020, to commemorate that first concert and showcase what we continue to build as a community today.

You can watch the video that was presented on April 5, 2020, below.

Join us as we celebrate our 100th year and the future milestones we will achieve together!




Watch on YouTube at https://youtu.be/1rgZpzTvgDI.


We are pleased to share this virtual event with you to commemorate the April 5th concert that helped create our school more than 100 years ago. This video features 20 minutes of what makes Hochstein so special – YOU. Our community full of students, families, faculty, staff, and lovers of music and dance.

We start with audio from the highlight of our Centennial Orchestra Concert in February – all four of our youth orchestras performing together! Next is a performance by our Hochstein Alumni Orchestra from January. (This was the 10th anniversary of our alumni returning to Hochstein to perform together.) Finally, we conclude with a special message from Monroe County Executive Adam J. Bello before we launch our Hochstein Centennial video. 

This video showcases what we have built over the past 100 years and shares the common story that brings our diverse community together around music and dance. Enjoy!

Thank you to our entire Hochstein community who helped us capture life at Hochstein for our Centennial video. Special thanks to the following individuals for sharing their personal stories: 

Hochstein Board Members
R. Carlos Carballada
Eric Logan
Dr. Meera Sampath

Hochstein Faculty & Staff
Dr. Margaret (Peggy) Quackenbush, President & Executive Director
Dr. Gary Palmer, Assistant Director and Dean
Dr. David Chisholm
Kathleen Murphy Kemp
Diane Smith
Joseph Warner

Hochstein Students
Matt Alexander
Joshua Fugate
Michael Leonard III
Theo Munson
Luke Pisani

Hochstein Parents
Angela Beckley
Dawn Fugate
Philomina Iheukwu
Michael and Carolyn Leonard
Anthony Pisani

Community Partners
Mona Seghatoleslami (WXXI 91.5 Classical, Host of “Live from Hochstein”)
Dr. Armand Hall (ROCmusic, Executive and Artistic Director)

Our Hochstein Centennial video was recorded and produced by CrystalPix (https://www.crystalpix.com/) and made possible by a generous gift from Tae and Josephine Whang.