Rochester, New York City Guide
Rochester, NY City Guide

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Music in Rochester, NY 

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  • Amadeus Chorale.  "The Amadeus Chorale was formed to provide an opportunity for talented children and youth singers to share their music with the community." 
  • The Bach Children's Chorus.  "The Bach Children's Chorus is comprised of students ages 8 through 15 from throughout the greater Rochester area. The children, who perform from memory, have been repeatedly commended for their clear diction, musical expression, and remarkable proficiency in difficult repertoire. The 70+ singers in the Chorus practice and learn the music on their own during the time between scheduled rehearsals. The group sessions are spent fine-tuning the singers, studying the poetry, and mastering the challenges of ensemble performance."
  • Brighton Symphony Orchestra.  "The Brighton Symphony is the premier community orchestra serving the greater Rochester, NY area. For over 25 years we have provided amateur and professional musicians with a friendly, enjoyable musical experience while we've entertained thousands of people from all walks of life."
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  • The Commission Project.  "The Commission Project is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) organization that promotes music education by commissioning original music and sponsoring composer-in-residence programs at no cost to collaborating schools. TCP also works with professional performers, many of whom volunteer to coach and perform with students, often performing TCP compositions."
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  • Excelsior Brigade Fife & Drum Corps.  "The Excelsior Brigade Fife & Drum Corps is a living history organization dedicated to providing field music representing New York State Volunteer Infantry units found during the American Civil War. With no dues, and the corps providing instruments and uniforms, this unit invites families to join and learn the fife, snare drum or bass drum, cary our nation's colors, or provide civilian support at parades, concerts, festivals and reenacting events all around Western New York with occasional performance trips to Virginia, Connecticut and other destinations. This is a low-cost way to get into reenacting and to learn 19th Century music and military drill techniques."
  • The Eastman School of Music"The Eastman education prepares students artistically, intellectually, and professionally for the challenging world in which musicians now live. Eastman provides the highest level of artistic and professional training, and instills a sense of mission about the value of music."  The Eastman school of music has an extensive performance calendar.
  • Feadan Or Pipe Band.  "Feadan Or, based in Rochester, NY, is a Grade IV competition and teaching band. Kevin Angus is the band's Pipe Major. Feadan Or (pronounced FAY-den OR) is Gaelic for "Chanter of Gold". The band wears the Ancient Macmillan tartan and plays Gibson chanters."
  • Fiddlers of the Genesee, Inc.  "Fiddlers of the Genesee, Inc. is a non-profit music club devoted to the preservation of the "old-time" traditional music of the Genesee Valley in Upstate New York.  Fiddlers of the Genesee (FOG) was founded in 1991 at the Fiddlers' Fair at the Genesee Country Village and Museum, and has met almost every week since then to learn new tunes, play old ones, and in general enjoy music and musical friendships."
  • Genesee Valley Fife & Drum.  "Genesee Valley Fife & Drum (Rochester/Canandaigua, NY) was formed in 1999 by local area musicians as a creative outlet to explore the many faces of fife & drum music. We strive for quality and distinction in the field of musicianship and performance, and hope to have a good time while meeting these goals! We are a "family corps" and accept members of all ages. We wish to pass on to others the experience and teachings given to us by many great fifers and drummers before us, and to keep the Spirit of '76 alive in our hearts, as well as our music."
  • Genesee Valley Orchestra & Chorus.  "GVOC offers four major concerts each season and also performs for church and community events as civic and festival occasions arise. Its repertoire includes many styles of music, although its special and most favored style is the oratorio or extended work."
  • The Greater Rochester Choral Conrsortium.  "The Greater Rochester Choral Conrsortium is a forum that brings together community choral groups whose members work together in a way that advances the awareness and functioning of choral arts groups in the Greater Rochester Area."
  • Image City Sound Chorus. "Image City Sound Chorus is a chapter of Sweet Adelines International under the
    direction of vocal educator, Kathy Wakeman.  Sweet Adeline's International is made up of approximately 30,000 women singers in choruses and quartets worldwide. Image City Sound  currently has singers of all ages, from all walks of life, and from all parts of the Greater Rochester, NY area who meet regularly to practice and perform a cappella music in the barbershop style.  

    Image City Sound can be heard throughout the year, singing for civic and charitable organizations, private groups, schools, churches, community events, and fundraisers. All women singers are welcome. Meet new friends, benefit from weekly vocal music education, and be a part of Image City Sound's exciting future. Rehearsals are every Monday, except Holidays, from 7:00 - 9:00 pm, in  St. John's Brickstone Community 1325 Elmwood Avenue in the Winter Garden room, Rochester, NY. For more information or to hire us - call 585-234-SING (7464) - email

    Do you like to sing??  Image City Sound Chorus of Rochester is always auditioning new members! Join our chorus and join the fun."
  • Irish Musician's Association (Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann).  "A gathering of Irish Musicians Comhaltas Ceolt�ir� �ireann, pronounced coal-tis kyol-tory air-in, is an international organization dedicated to the preservation and enjoyment of traditional Irish music, dance, language and culture. The Irish translation is roughly," A Gathering of Irish Musicians". Our organization is often called CCE or simply Comhaltas. Founded in 1951 in Ireland, Comhaltas has grown to encompass four continents, with over 400 branches worldwide. (60 in North America) CCE has no political or religious agenda and you do not have to be Irish to join or attend our events. Comhaltas is open to anyone interested in traditional Irish culture. The organization offers a wide variety of activities that include music jam sessions, Irish country dance workshops, ceilis (kay-lees, dances with live traditional music), celebrity concerts, music lessons and Irish language classes."
  • The Hochstein Music School.  "For 80 years the David Hochstein Memorial Music School has served as Rochester's community school of the arts. Enrollment in Hochstein's music and dance programs is open to the entire community - welcoming and nurturing students of all ages, all levels of skill, and all backgrounds - regardless of ability to pay."
  • Madrigalia.  "Madrigalia is an eighteen-voice chamber ensemble founded in 1975. Well known for its core repertoire of sixteenth and seventeenth century madrigals and motets, the choir also explores the secular and sacred choral literature from earlier times through the twentieth century. Its extensive repertoire includes a wide variety of traditional and contemporary styles. Based in Rochester, New York, Madrigalia performs for loyal and enthusiastic audiences throughout western New York State, including recent concerts at Alfred University, Hobart College, and the Lancaster and Geneva Opera Houses."
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  • The Penfield Symphony Orchestra.  "The Penfield Symphony Orchestra's purpose is to bring enjoyment and appreciation of fine music to the residents of Penfield and the Greater Rochester area. It is an artistic organization with high performance standards, providing an outlet for dedicated and talented musicians. The Penfield Symphony has frequent collaborations with area educational institutions and community groups, and strives to enhance the quality of life and the cultural environment in Penfield and the surrounding area."
  • The Publick Musick.  "The Publick Musick was formed in 1995 by directors Steven Zohn and Thomas Folan to perform music of the seventeenth, eighteenth, and early nineteenth centuries in an historically-aware manner, using period instruments and performing techniques. Deriving its name from The Private Musick, the ensemble of instrumentalists and vocalists employed by King James II of England during the late seventeenth century, The Publick Musick appears as an orchestra, professional chorus, and chamber ensemble. The ensemble's members are also noted soloists and have performed and recorded with many leading North American and European early music ensembles. Fast establishing a reputation for its virtuosic music-making and imaginative programming, The Publick Musick has performed for enthusiastic audiences across the northeastern United States."
  • Rochester Bach Festival
  • Rochester Chamber Orchestra.  " Since 1964, the Rochester Chamber Orchestra has become known for its valuable cultural and educational service to the Rochester community, offering the outstanding repertory of chamber orchestra music from the 17th century to the present, with special emphasis on reaching families and students. The RCO was established with encouragement and assistance of the major faculty at the Eastman School of Music, including director Dr. Howard Hanson, and the principal players of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra. David Fetler, then on the
    Eastman School faculty, who also served as assistant conductor to Leopold Stokowski and the American Symphony Orchestra in New York, became the Music Director and Conductor."
  • Rochester Chorus Sweet Adelines.  "The Rochester Chorus is an award-winning women's a cappella performing chorus and part of the Sweet Adelines International organization. We welcome women singers who are interested in musical education, public performance and FUN! The Rochester Chorus is available to perform for any and all events, both private and public. We also offer Singing Telegrams: An unforgettable gift for any occasion!"
  • Rochester Gay Men's Chorus.  "The Rochester Gay Men's Chorus, by nurturing pride in and acceptance of the diversity of our communities, creates social change through excellence in the choral arts."
  • Rochester Music Coalition.  "The Rochester Music Coalition is an organization set up to create a thriving, profitable music community in Rochester NY. The RMC is made up of musicians, club owners, radio stations, press, record stores, recording studios, promoters, and all others who support the art of music in our area. The coalition will work to build a Rochester music scene that our community and the nation can enjoy. It is the policy of the Rochester Music Coalition to support and promote the art of music and the musicians who create it regardless of genre. We will support and promote musical events, activities and institutions in a way that establishes our city as a “world class” musical center. We will strive to make Rochester a city where musicians can live and work in an environment that recognizes the valuable contribution they make to the community’s life, vitality and growth. We will form musician, government and business partnerships and use our resources to create economic development and community pride."
  • Rochester Opera Factory.  "Rochester Opera Factory is an opera chorus of professional quality whose mission is to develop opera audiences and performers through regular rehearsals, concerts, performances, and workshops. ROF singers are volunteer musicians from the Rochester community. The group was formed in September of 1999 and incorporated as a not-for-profit corporation in NY State in January of 2000."
  • Rochester Oratorio Society.  "The Rochester Oratorio Society is an independent organization dedicated to bringing the best of choral music to Rochester audiences and providing opportunities for singers in the community to take part in the performance of these masterworks. The Society's nearly 200 members take pride in their 'Tradition of Excellence.'"
  • Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra.
  • The Rochester Theater Organ Society, Inc.
  • The Smugtown Stompers.  "Since 1958, the Smugtown Stompers have been preserving the heritage of early jazz. Named for hometown Rochester, NY (Smugtown, USA, according to the name of a book about Rochester society), the band performs blues, ragtime, dixieland, and pop tunes from the 1890 - 1930 period.
    The band was formed by the late Rochester cornetist and internationally known record collector, Bob Fertig. His massive record collection and many friends in the jazz scene are the sources of the band's music."
  • Towpath Volunteers fife and drum corps.  "The Towpath Volunteers fife and drum corps is Celebrating 25 years of fife and drumming excellence in 2003. Available for parades and festivals in and around the Rochester Settlement. The corps has performed at Walt Disney World in Orlando 3 times and planning trips to perform at Williamsburg in 2003 and Tournament of Roses Parade and Macy's Thanksgiving Parade in 2004. Open to all, a great way to have family fun or improve musical and marching skills with friends. See you on the streets.
  • University of Rochester Symphony and Chamber Orchestras.  "The Symphony Orchestra is a combined student and community member ensemble that has presented quality concerts free to the community for 47 years. The Chamber Orchestra is an all-student organization now in its ninth year."



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