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David Hochstein Memorial Music School Inc

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Causes: Arts & Culture, Arts Education

Mission: The mission of the David Hochstein Memorial Music School is to provide people of all ages, backgrounds, and abilities with access to excellent music and dance education in a community that nurtures and encourages personal achievement.

Results: During the 2017-2018 school year, Hochstein awarded $312,266 in need-based assistance to almost half of its students – a 14% increase from previous years.

Target demographics: Hochstein provides opportunities for children (starting at 6 mos), teens, adults, and senior citizens to receive an excellent music and dance education or art therapy within a supportive and diverse community. Enrollment at Hochstein is available to anyone regardless of age, ability, or socioeconomic status.

Direct beneficiaries per year: Annually, over 3,500 children, teens, and adults participate in our exceptional music, dance, and therapeutic arts programs.

Geographic areas served: Hochstein primarily serves Rochester and Monroe County; however, because we have a broad range of programs and services, our reach includes the 9-county Greater Rochester region.

Programs: Since 1920, the mission of The Hochstein School has been to provide people of all ages, backgrounds, and abilities with access to excellent music and dance education in a community that nurtures and encourages personal achievement. To accomplish this, we offer personalized music and dance instruction led by our highly accomplished faculty and compassionate art therapies led by our team of certified therapists. To help provide equal access to our programs and services, we offer financial assistance to students/clients with limited financial means through need-based scholarships.

Community Stories

23 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I am grandparent of a student of the Hochstein. My granddaughter learned guitar, piano and trombone at the school. She really loved playing in the orchestra. The building is beautiful and the concert halls are really special. The school will never turn away a student due to inability to pay.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I am a parent of a student at Hochstein. The school has been fantastic. Excellent instruction, nurturing environment and great programs up to and including a superb orchestral program. Open to all regardless of ability to pay.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

wonderful people and experience for many years as a parent and as a part time accompanist for the student cello recitals.

Jasmine K H.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Hochstein is a great resource for the community! It’s great that they offer access to the arts for everyone at every level. And I really enjoy their concerts!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I was a student of Hochstein for many years as a child and teenager - taking private instrument lessons, participating in their youth orchestra, and a variety of smaller ensembles (instrumental, vocal, and dance) throughout my youth. Now, my husband I are bringing our daughter for the Music FUNdamentals program so we can share our love of music - and Hochstein - with her!!

Donor

Rating: 5

I have taken banjo lessons and other classes at the Hochstein School and I love to drop in for the occasional concert, both free ones and ticketed ones. It is the greatest place and they do so much in the community too. The concert hall is so incredibly awesome, it has great sound and is so inviting. Musicians sound better on that stage than anywhere else in Rochester

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

We enrolled our daughter in their infant music FUNdamentals class. She loves the music, instruments and is encouraged to enjoy the class anyway she wants to.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Hochstein is a marvelous school offering music and dance for all ages!

Board Member

Rating: 5

Hochstein is a fantastic part of our community. I've had family members and friends teach and take lessons there, and I've attended many performances in their wonderful facilities. The outreach they do to the underserved parts of our community are critical to spreading music and arts.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Hochstein is a remarkable place for people of all ages and economic status to learn music and dance. It has the widest range of opportunities from individual instruction to large orchestras and choirs. The instructors are very dedicated to their students, and the quality of the instructors is routinely cited as the main strength of Hochstein. In addition, Hochstein is very involved in the community with many educational and governmental partners, to make music education available to under served people in the Rochester area. I am very proud to have been associated with Hochstein for many years.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Hochstein is a pillar in the Rochester community and provides the love of music to all that are associated!

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have volunteered at and donated to Hochstein for the past 11 years. There is a focus and dedication on the students. Sometimes they teach a student a new skill, sometimes they change lives. It might be a child being exposed for the first time or a senior with Alzheimer's coming back out of their shell. The mission of providing high level of instruction without regard to financial means is unique and uniquely needed in our city.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

1 Eric W L.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Since its founding, the School has been committed to providing access to its excellent programs; tuition assistance awards averaging $280,000 annually permit all to participate, regardless of their means. Each year, thousands of audience members attend concerts and recitals in the School’s Performance Hall, the hall that witnessed historic events including the funeral service of Frederick Douglass and the memorial service of Susan B. Anthony.
Over 100 experienced and accomplished professional arts educators/performers serve on the Hochstein faculty, supported by a team of 22 administrative staff (12 full-time, 10 part-time) - all committed to ensuring that this extraordinary organization realizes its goal of transforming lives through the arts.
A hallmark of the School is to provide both excellence and access to a wide variety of arts experiences – for students from 6 months to 90+.
● Individual lessons are offered to students from all orchestral instruments, piano, voice, and guitar.
● Music FUNdamentals classes offer joyful learning experiences in music and movement for young children.
● The Dance Program has exceptional offerings in Ballet as well as opportunities to learn Modern, Tap, African, Latin-Caribbean, and Spanish-Flamenco styles.
● The Ensemble Program, drawing from the rich history of the Hochstein String Quartet in the 1920s, has grown into the comprehensive program in existence today: five orchestras, three wind symphonies/bands, three choral ensembles, jazz combos, rock bands, and myriad chamber and instrument-specific ensembles. These ensembles have attracted students from a multi-county region across western New York.
● Workshops for learning and making music with various folk instruments such as ukulele, banjo, bagpipes, and harmonica, as well as an array of summer camps are offered each year.
● Myriad individual and group performance opportunities are available for students of all ages in the School’s excellent performance facilities as well as in the community.
● In addition, Hochstein’s Expressive Arts program: Music, Art, and Dance Therapy provides individual and group offerings to address physical, emotional, cognitive, communication, and social needs for children, youth, adults, and seniors with disabilities. Through partnerships with over 25 agencies across the community, the Expressive Arts program serves over 1,400 people each year.
● Hochstein’s singers, musicians, and ensembles are strongly represented in local, regional, and state-wide festivals and competitions, such as Area- and Conference All-State.
● The Hochstein School was the first non-degree-granting institution to be granted accreditation by the National Association of Schools of Music and has maintained accredited status continuously ever since.
● The musicians of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra chose Hochstein as the recipient of their Outstanding Music Educator Award in 2020 in the category of Special Award, in honor of the School's centennial, recognizing Hochstein for its extensive contributions and long-term impact on the field of music education.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Meredith Hudson D.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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!

Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

Board Member

Rating: 5

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.


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Board Member

Rating: 5

Pride and joy in supporting Hochstein over the past 40 years! Please join me in the experience.

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Donor

Rating: 5

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.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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!