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Eastman School of Music at the University of Rochester


The Eastman School of Music educates talented musicians from around the world who become leaders and innovators in all fields of music. Established in 1921 by Eastman Kodak Company founder and visionary George Eastman, the School—part of the University of Rochester (NY)—has achieved international prominence through its enduring commitment to the highest standards of artistry, scholarship, and leadership. More than 900 students are enrolled in the collegiate division of the Eastman School—about 500 undergraduate students and 325 graduate students. They come from almost every state, and approximately 20% are from other countries. Each year, about 260 new students enroll, selected from more than 1,400 applications. They are guided by a renowned faculty, which includes more than 90 full-time, resident members. Seven Pulitzer Prize winners have taught or studied at Eastman, as have several Grammy Award and other major prizewinners. Past and present Eastman students have won many high-profile performance competitions, including the BBC Young Musicians Competition, the NSO Young Soloist Competition, and the Russian-American Music Association Young Virtuosos Competition. The vast majority of the School’s 9,000 alumni make their careers in music. Among them are opera singers Renée Fleming, Anthony Dean Griffey, and the late William Warfield; jazz musicians Ron Carter, Chuck Mangione, and Steve Gadd; conductor, oboist, and record producer Mitch Miller; and composers Dominick Argento, Charles Strouse, and Michael Torke. Eastman graduates perform in all of America’s leading orchestras and are members of respected orchestras around the world.

Watch Past Performances

Video 4/7/2016: Conservatory Project: Eastman School of Music at Rochester University

Students from the Eastman School of Music at Rochester University present works by Steve Reich, often called the greatest living American composer, performed by the prestigious Eastman Musica Nova Ensemble, the school’s major performing group for 20th- and 21st-century music. Free general admission tickets will be distributed in the States Gallery starting at approximately 5:30 p.m., up to two tickets per person.

Video 4/23/2015: Eastman School of Music at the University of Rochester

Students from the Eastman Saxophone Project perform arrangements by Bach, Ravel, Djupstrom, Bryant, and Gorb.

Video 4/23/2014: Eastman School of Music

Students play Balakirev’s Islamey, Fantasie Orientale; Ravel’s Tzigane; Zyman’s Sonata; Young and Elliott’s “A Weaver of Dreams;” and selections from Puccini’s Turandot and Beethoven’s Piano Trio in B-flat major, Op. 97 “Archduke.” Part of the Conservatory Project.

Video 2/19/2014: Organ Showcase

Students from participating Conservatory Project schools play selections from works by Widor, Schumann, Buxtehude, Smetana, Shostakovich, Demessieux, Litaize, Albright, Dupre, Ellington, Bach, Cochereau, and others on the Rubenstein Family Organ. Part of the Conservatory Project.

Video 3/7/2012: Eastman School of Music at the University of Rochester

Students perform a vocal program featuring works by Rossini, Mozart, Barber, Smetana, R. Strauss, Bizet, Jason Robert Brown, and Kern. Part of the Conservatory Project.

Eastman School of Music at the University of Rochester