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Honor a Hochstein Hero and Help a Hochstein Student!

December 1, 2020

Thank you to everyone who donated to our ROC the Day campaign this year! Your support helps make music, dance, and expressive arts therapy classes available to people of all ages, backgrounds, and abilities.


ROC the Day is a 24-hour, online event that gives you the opportunity to support not-for-profit organizations doing great work in the nine-county Greater Rochester area.

The Hochstein School is taking this opportunity to honor the dedicated faculty that makes this school so incredibly special! For the faculty here at Hochstein, providing people of all ages, backgrounds, and abilities with access to excellent music and dance education is more than just a mission statement. It's their passion. They are personally committed to helping their students as much as possible. They are Hochstein's Heroes.

Every year, nearly half of Hochstein's student population receives need-based tuition assistance. Thanks to this vital funding from community members like you, Hochstein's Heroes are able to positively impact the lives of nearly 1,600 students.

This ROC the Day, please consider making a gift in honor of a Hochstein Hero who has helped transform your life!


Click HERE to join our mission by supporting our school directly.

Click here to learn more about ROC the Day.


After you've made a gift, please consider sending an email to development@hochstein.org! We want to hear how a Hochstein Hero has touched your life and share it on social media to inspire generosity within the community!


Below are just a few stories about how they have influenced the community and helped students grow into more well-rounded individuals who will positively impact our shared community.


Thank you for supporting Hochstein’s students and faculty!


Joe Werner (Piano)

He has taught me so much – not only about playing the piano, but also how to be patient with myself. I am a perfectionist and become easily frustrated when I don't meet even moderate standards of playing. Joe is always patient while still loving the progress I am able to make. I consider him both my piano teacher and a dear friend. We have shared many stories of the years, not just about music, but also about our families, politics, religion, the arts, and life and death. Many of these discussions were inspired by music.

-Janet F.


Barb Bonisteel (Music FUNdamentals)

We signed my 14-month-old daughter up for Music Fundamentals over the summer (8-week class) and she/I thoroughly enjoyed it! Barb was an amazing instructor who really has a gift for teaching children and helping them to understand music in their own way. We highly recommend Hochstein and can’t sing their praises enough!

-Meredith H.


The Suzuki teachers

The Suzuki teachers we've had are amazing and brilliant in how they work with my very young daughter. As a teacher myself, I am constantly in awe of their skill in encouraging their students even at the youngest ages. I have taken voice and guitar class as well and been equally happy with the instruction I have received as an adult.

-Leticia K.


Grace Adams (Little Singers, Music FUNdamentals)

We first learned of the programs at Hochstein when we were invited to attend the annual gala event. We were so impressed by the student performances that we quickly realized we needed to get our youngest daughter involved in the Little Singers program. Already a piano player and a child who regularly communicates through song, she loves practicing with Ms. Adams each Saturday. So impressed were her grandparents that Hochstein classes have become an annual birthday gift. She is also excited to start her first Ukulele class this Fall. Hochstein is a wonderful asset to our community. We are fortunate to be a part of it!

-Margot L.