David Hochstein Memorial Music School

aka The Hochstein School   |   Rochester, NY   |  www.hochstein.org

Mission

The mission of The Hochstein 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.

Ruling year info

1962

President & Executive Director

Dr. Margaret Quackenbush

Main address

50 N. Plymouth Ave

Rochester, NY 14614 USA

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EIN

16-0768758

NTEE code info

Arts Education/Schools (A25)

Health Support Services (E60)

Public, Society Benefit - Multipurpose and Other N.E.C. (W99)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The Hochstein School provides comprehensive music and dance instruction as well as therapeutic arts services to over 3,600 individuals annually from the City of Rochester, Monroe County, and surrounding counties. As part of Hochstein's mission, opportunities are provided to people of all ages, proficiency levels, ethnic backgrounds, and socioeconomic levels. We aim to nurture and inspire each individual, and to welcome all to our community of musicians, dancers, and audiences.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Music instruction

For children and adults, individual instruction – the most effective way to improve musical skills – is at the heart of our comprehensive music program. Lessons are available in all orchestral instruments, voice, guitar, and drum set. Classes for children emphasize fun, creativity, and movement, while classes for tweens, teens, and adults are tailored to their interests in specific topics. Ensemble opportunities include orchestras, bands, chamber music, rock and jazz combos, and choral groups.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Hochstein's dance education philosophy emphasizes the joy of dance in a range of styles, grounded in a strong technical foundation. Offering a full range of sequential, guided instruction, our classes include creative movement, ballet, tap, jazz, African, Latin, and modern dance. Beginners of all ages – children, teens, and adults – are welcomed and encouraged to explore the enjoyment and art of dance, while a variety of levels provide the serious student advanced training.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Music, Art, and Dance Therapies are well-established and researched healthcare professions offering therapeutic music, art, and dance interventions that address the physical, emotional, cognitive, communication, and social needs of individuals of all ages. Our Expressive Arts program offers individual sessions in music, art, and dance therapy, in addition to group offerings at the Hochstein building as well as many group homes, senior centers, healthcare facilities, and community centers throughout the greater Rochester region.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Hochstein's ensemble program draws from a rich history that started with the original Hochstein String Quartet in the 1920s and has grown into the comprehensive program in existence today. Hochstein's ensemble program includes four student orchestras, three wind symphonies/bands, three vocal ensembles, jazz combos, rock and Dixieland bands, and a myriad of chamber and instrument-specific ensembles.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Accreditations

National Association of Schools of Music - Accreditation 2009

Affiliations & memberships

National Guild of Community Schools of the Arts - Member 1937

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of students who receive scholarship funds and/or tuition assistance

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of hours of live broadcast

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Broadcast live from the Hochstein Performance Hall and hosted by Classical 91.5's Mona Seghatoleslami, Live from Hochstein is the longest running live broadcast concert series in Western New York.

Number of professional artists employed

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Number of students enrolled

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Age groups, Ethnic and racial groups

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

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.

For children and adults, individual instruction – the most effective way to improve musical skills – is at the heart of our comprehensive music program. Lessons are available in all orchestral instruments, voice, guitar, and drum set. Classes for children emphasize fun, creativity, and movement, while classes for tweens, teens, and adults are tailored to their interests in specific topics. Ensemble opportunities include orchestras, bands, chamber music, rock and jazz combos, and choral groups.

Hochstein's dance education philosophy emphasizes the joy of dance in a range of styles, grounded in a strong technical foundation. Offering a full range of sequential, guided instruction, our classes include creative movement, ballet, tap, jazz, African, Latin, and modern dance. Beginners of all ages – children, teens, and adults – are welcomed and encouraged to explore the enjoyment and art of dance, while a variety of levels provide the serious student advanced training.

Music, Art, and Dance Therapies are well-established and researched healthcare professions offering therapeutic music, art, and dance interventions that address the physical, emotional, cognitive, communication, and social needs of individuals of all ages. Our Expressive Arts program offers individual sessions in music, art, and dance therapy, in addition to group offerings at the Hochstein building as well as many group homes, senior centers, healthcare facilities, and community centers throughout the greater Rochester region.

• Our faculty help make up the richly talented and remarkably diverse community that is uniquely Hochstein. Faculty members are specialists in their area and draw upon their extensive performance and teaching backgrounds to share their knowledge, expertise, and love of music and dance to students of all ages and levels.
• Expressive Arts sessions improve the quality of life for persons who are well and meets the needs of children and adults with disabilities, disorders, illnesses, or learning differences. Interventions are designed to promote wellness, relieve stress, alleviate pain, express feelings, enhance memory, develop academic skills, improve communication, promote physical rehabilitation, and improve social development.
• The music FUNdamentals department at Hochstein offers the teaching methods of Carl Orff and Zoltan Kodaly, among others, and provides a nurturing environment for both children and adults to listen, move, sing, and play instruments together.
• Ensemble experiences not only take students' musical skills to the next level, but they instill confidence while building collaborative skills and camaraderie among our students.
• Music Theory is the study of the building blocks of music. A knowledge of theory is an essential tool for musicians and gives performers and listeners valuable insights into a composer's creative thoughts and technical methods. Students may take advantage of a curriculum–sharing partnership between Hochstein and Eastman Community Music School.

We employ a faculty of over 120 specialists in music, dance, and therapeutic arts who hold advanced degrees and are experienced teachers as well as active performers, in addition to an administrative staff of 25 (12 FT, 13 PT).

Our faculty help make up the richly talented and remarkably diverse community that is uniquely Hochstein. Faculty members are specialists in their area and draw upon their extensive performance and teaching backgrounds to share their knowledge, expertise, and love of music and dance to students of all ages and levels.

All Expressive Arts therapists are board-certified, and many have additional training in neurologic music therapy and performance wellness.

Through support from the community, including individuals, foundations, and corporations, Hochstein is able to continue to offer tuition assistance to those who qualify ensuring all who has a passion to learn can access our programs and services.

Since its founding in 1920, Hochstein continues to be a great asset in our community.
It is unique in its depth and breadth of offerings -- extensive and varied music and dance programs for ages 6 months through 90+, large and small ensembles, as well as therapeutic arts (music, dance, art therapy). Hochstein will continue to serve our community in the future, attracting highly-skilled faculty and staff, while identifying partnerships that will increase access to our programs and services.

Below are some of Hochstein's accomplishments:

• Hochstein's ensemble program draws from a rich history that started with the original Hochstein String Quartet in the 1920s and has grown into the comprehensive program in existence today. Hochstein's ensemble program includes four student orchestras, three wind symphonies/bands, three vocal ensembles, jazz combos, rock and Dixieland bands, and a myriad of chamber and instrument-specific ensembles.
• On average, Hochstein awards more than $276,000 annually in need-based assistance to over 1,700 individuals ensuring our community has access to our programs and services.
• Hochstein partners with several other organizations to support ROCMusic, an after school program at the David F. Gantt and Edgerton Community Centers that brings classical music instruction and instrument lessons to city children in grades 1-12, free of charge.
• Hochstein also maintains a collaborative relationship with the YMCA that allows pre-school children from low income neighborhoods to come to Hochstein for tuition-free, sustained, hands-on learning that develops not only their musical skills but also their social and academic skills.

How we listen

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Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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David Hochstein Memorial Music School

Board of directors
as of 05/19/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Jenny Stenzel

Carlos Carballada

Charitable & Community Relations, M&T Bank/Hochstein Alum

Eric Logan

IT Infrastructure Manager, City of Rochester, Hochstein grandparent

Judith Ricker

Vice President, Market Probe

Christopher Shea

VP at Landmark Insurance, Hochstein parent

Sidney Sobel

Oncologist, community arts volunteer

Jenny Stenzel

Accounting professional

Allen Reeve

Attorney, Reeve Brown PLLC

Anthony Piazza

Partner, Barclay Damon LLP

Meera Sampath

Provost Fellow, The State University of New York

Virgil Joseph

Business Banking Relationship Manager, M&T Bank

Steven Morse

Principal, The Bonadio Group

Nancy Reale

Community Volunteer/Hochstein Parent

Aimee Jozic

CPA, The Bonadio Group

Neal Burns

Director, FCM LLC/Hochstein Alum

Laurie Coles

Corporate Counsel, Paychex/Hochstein Parent

Christopher Hasenauer

COO, Redcom Laboratories

Deborah Onslow

Retired Public Broadcasting Executive

Margaret Rachfal

Arts Consultant/Community Volunteer

Michael Reed

Marketing Automation Manager, Paychex/Hochstein Parent

Maureen Rutecki

Partner, EFPR Group LLP

Mary Steblein

Civil Engineer, LaBella Associates

Stephen Wershing

Principal, Focused Wealth Advisors/Hochstein Parent

Jeffrey Wright

Retired Attorney

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 11/4/2019

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Decline to state
Disability status
Decline to state

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data