I had played violin for 9 years when I was younger, but hadn't really played for over 26 years. I decided I wanted to try lessons again to get myself back playing - it was hard to do on my own. So I called the Hochstein school and they matched me up with an amazing teacher who got me back playing - she was really able to help me get back to playing close to the level I had previously been at in less than a year. It's been an amazing experience. I was also able to join an adult chamber orchestra and have been playing with a group again.
I also love the fact that Hochstein provides scholarships for those who cannot afford it to help all kinds of people access music education. Plus being able to attend some amazing free concerts, including by the amazing faculty makes this school an asset to the community. I would highly recommend them to anyone both for their own education, and for a place that makes music and art accessible.
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 that 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!
The Hochstein School is an anchor in downtown Rochester, NY. As Hochstein approaches its Centennial in 2020, now is a good time to reflect on the incredible value the school has given to the city for almost 100 years. Hochstein serves the most diverse and vibrant community of students imaginable. From the 6-month-old babies swaying to music with their parents; to the city YMCA pre-schoolers coming for classes every week and joyfully performing for their parents at the end of the year; to the Expressive Arts students, for whom Music, Dance and Art may be their only way to transcend disabilities; to multiple orchestras and chamber groups filled with students who may dream about careers in music, or just enjoy performing; to dancers moving to ballet, hip-hop, and everything in between; to seniors who want to learn to make music in a welcoming environment - Hochstein truly has something for everyone. And over half of these diverse students receive financial help made possible by donors.
When I think of Hochstein, the image that immediately comes to mind are smiles. Because Hochstein opens their doors to everyone, regardless of ability to pay, it is the great equalizer for the Rochester Community. I can’t think of a more worthy organization to support with my time and dollars.
At the School one day I was supervising the removal of some carpet. One of the employees of the firm doing the work casually expressed an interest in the School and what was type of music talent he needed to demonstrate to enroll. I told him his interest was all that was necessary and told him to make an appointment with someone on the staff who could discuss his options. The only prerequisite for attendance was a desire to learn. Lessons would be at an appropriate level for the individual.
I have served on the Board of Trustees for more than 15 years and it has been my favorite board experience.
Hochstein is dedicated to providing music and dance training to the full Rochester community, regardless of age, level of talent or ability to pay for lessons. Hochstein is vibrant and unique in America with its wide range of offerings including single lessons, and small and large ensembles. Hochstein also provides music, dance and art therapy for many individuals with special needs. Its faculty is constantly praised by students and parents alike. A special mission of Hochstein is that a large number students are able to attend classes because of financial assistance provided by the school . Hochstein also partners with the City of Rochester, City School District and other organizations to bring music instruction to city kids in their neighborhoods. Created and named in the memory of David Hochstein, a brilliant violinist who was killed in World War I, the school will celebrate its 100th anniversary next year. Hochstein faces the challenges of other non-profits in delivering its services and fulfilling its mission, and deserves to be supported by all who value education in the arts for everyone.
Our daughter takes violin lessons at Hochstein and I volunteer there. The teachers she has had in her 5 years there have all been patient, kind, empathetic, and technically excellent. The ensemble experiences really set this school apart. Our daughter got to have her first taste last school year, and it added a whole new dimension to her experience.
Besides our personal experience, I know Hochstein does tremendous work in the community. It opens the door of high-level instruction to students without regard to financial means. City kids get great teaching and mingle with kids from lots of other backgrounds. Through my volunteer work I know they are careful stewards of the school's resources. It is a community treasure.
Pride and joy in supporting Hochstein over the past 40 years! Please join me in the experience.
I've been involved in supporting Hochstein School for 37 years, as a donor, a volunteer board member, and a parent. One of my sons studied violin and guitar lessons at Hochstein, the other performed in the Hochstein Youth Symphony Orchestra. They're both grown now, and they both still play their instruments. But Hochstein is NOT just a place that offers music or dance lessons to all regardless of their ability to pay; it offers a diverse, creative community within the broader Rochester community in which people of all ages and circumstances, sharing little in common but a love for music and dance, become more accomplished musicians and dancers-- together. Hochstein students don't just interact with their teachers in a quiet studio, they make music and create dance with other students and teachers, in ensembles of all kinds. They perform all over the Rochester community for the pleasure of others. In this vibrant, creative school community, people come to know and appreciate the talents of other students that they wouldn't otherwise be likely to meet, and this helps create a stronger and better community of Rochester. Music matters a lot to most of us, but Hochstein knows that the act of "making music" can matter even more in the life of the individual. Hochstein students (over 3,000 of them a year) are enriching their own lives in coming here, but they're also enriching the life of our community through what they accomplish here. All to say, to support the Hochstein School is to nurture human creativity, deepen understanding and appreciation between people, and in so doing, strengthen the social fabric of our community.
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!
Knowing the difference that a community music school and education made in my life, I enrolled my grandkids at Hochstein. I saw my grandson Isaiah blossom under the love and guidance of the faculty and staff. As a result, when I was asked to consider joining the Board I was eager to do so to help other people's kids and grandkids have the same experiences. I was impressed by the professionalism of the board and especially of the CEO, Peggy Quackenbush. I joined a board that already understood the value of music and the art for all children, but especially for the positive, life changing impact it has on youth from troubled communities. As an African-American, I really appreciate Hochstein's heart and love for the youth in Rochester and bringing them together with kids from all over Monroe County and surrounding region. Hochstein welcomes youth and adults regardless of music skills or aspirations, and creates a safe enriching space that I have come to know and love.