Eastman To Go (ETG) is a one-semester chamber music course where select ensembles focus on the fine arts of audience engagement and development. In the late days of each fall semester, chamber groups audition for admittance into this spring-only course. In addition to weekly coachings with our chamber music faculty, groups selected for the program have private sessions with the program director, Dr. Sylvie Beaudette, and experience three guest artist master classes, all with an eye toward preparing a 40 minute program for a wide variety of audiences in our community (schools, independent living facilities, book stores, libraries, community centers, food pantries, sensory-friendly venues, etc.). The goals of the class are to support the highest level of playing while presenting the music in a manner that is most meaningful and impactful for each individual audience.
For most of its history, the Music For All program was integrated into the chamber music curriculum, ensuring that nearly the entire school participated. The scope of the program grew exponentially and more than 2000 people in the Rochester community benefited from this experience. The Ying Quartet, Elinor Freer, and Petar Kodzas, succeeded each other as Outreach Coordinator and met with every group individually to make sure students had the proper tools to perform at the highest level.
Today, up to 15 chamber groups may participate in the Eastman To Go program where they learn the art of presenting and performing for various audiences around the Rochester community.
Eastman School of Music believes that if classical music is to thrive in today’s society, musicians must engage new audiences. As educational and community performances become a significant part of a performer’s job description, the skills acquired and refined through participating in Eastman To Go will be of the utmost importance to our graduates. The Eastman School has a distinguished history of chamber music training, and we want our students to continue to lead the way, whether they are performing on the world’s great stages or winning new audiences in a third grade classroom. It is our hope that through the experiences and training they receive at Eastman, our graduates will be prepared to assume roles of musical leadership in their communities and to influence the way the world hears music in the coming century.
The Eastman School of Music can be proud of our Chamber Music department’s commitment to community engagement. We established the first community interaction/engagement program of its kind among American music schools and these interactions have served the community and our chamber music students well. We are continuing this tradition with the program Eastman To Go.
Eastman To Go is an exclusive destination within the confines of our chamber music offerings. Interested ensembles will audition for the CHB faculty on Friday, November 22 beginning at 6:00 PM in Room 209, during our normal chamber music honors auditions. Groups chosen to participate in Eastman To Go will be selected based on their musical preparation and potential for artistic growth.
Each ensemble will sign up for an audition slot on google docs (contact Mrs. Hoover email@example.com, for the link). Each group will perform a total of ten minutes of repertoire; either a mix of smaller works or a larger multi-movement work. If the ensemble chooses to present a multi-movement work, the entire work must be ready to be performed. The faculty will select the exact pieces and/or movements from your repertoire list at the audition.
Any group, whether they are currently receiving coaching or not, is eligible to audition. The only requirement is that the group contains three to eight musicians. Our hope is to include groups that have been historically underrepresented in past iterations of this program such as guitar ensembles, jazz groups, vocal or percussion ensembles.
The faculty will select no more than fifteen groups from these auditions to participate in the ETG program. In the spring semester, each group will be paired with a coach willing to prepare the ensemble and facilitate/mentor the ETG process. In many cases, this means that the group will maintain its relationship with its current coach, but we can reassign the groups, as needed.
To help with group mentoring, ETG will provide three to four required workshops in the beginning of the spring semester for students chosen for the program. These workshops will provide guidance on performance, preparation and interaction with audiences. Because the number of students involved will be relatively small, these events will provide a rich, intimate and user-friendly experience.
Each group will perform one required school concert in the Rochester area. Selected groups may also be recommended for performance opportunities in other venues. These concerts will be scheduled based on the mutual availability of each group and the host organizations. They will be scheduled directly by the ensemble with the venue, with the help of the Program Director and the Program Assistant. The goal is to include community enrichment programs such as Eastman at Strong Museum, Third Thursdays Performing Arts and Culture Series at the UR Medical Center, etc. These required concerts are to be completed by May 1, 2020. All sites will be offering written assessments to advance the learning process.
Each student participating will receive an additional credit in the spring semester by simply registering for their regular chamber music course plus an additional Chamber Music course listing called Eastman To Go (CHB 286/486). Graduate students will be allowed to register for their regular chamber course in the spring semester for zero credits, but they will be required to register for Eastman To Go (CHB 486). This credit earned by graduate students will count toward the four credit limit of ensemble coursework.
The goal of Eastman To Go is to make our community engagement program an even more vibrant presence within the CHB curriculum, one that is initially based on artistic merit and potential and includes the rewards of an extra credit, a modest honorarium and recommendations for other opportunities. By serving a select number of groups, Eastman To Go provides each ensemble with an opportunity to have more faculty contact and the necessary support to provide a positive, closelymonitored experience.
2022 Host Feedback
The Lyra Winds came to perform for some of the first grade students yesterday and they were AMAZING! Helen, Payton, Noah, Danica and Harrison were very professional. They were funny and relatable to the students. Each one of them talked about their instrument in a developmentally appropriate way. The music they chose was expertly performed and engaging to the students. The students and staff who were lucky enough to attend the performance cannot stop talking about what an invaluable experience it was for them. I am so grateful to you and the Lyra Winds for creating such a memorable day for Leary. —Jillian Mazzenga, Leary Elementary School
School 19 had a wonderful visit yesterday with the Avant String Quartet. They did four back to back sessions for 4 different age groups (3rd-6th grade). I wanted you to know about the amazing experience they provided for our students. The quartet was thoroughly prepared with a very interesting and well thought out lesson plan. They were also able to easily adapt their plan to the needs of the various age groups. They were completely at ease with the children, engaging and very personable. The quartet also played so beautifully. I could have listened to them all day! — Patty Yarmel, Strings for Success, The Center for Youth
If you are a school or community site in greater Rochester interested in hosting an Eastman To Go performance, download an application form here. Forms can be filled out with Microsoft Word and emailed to Vicky Hoover, Eastman To Go Program Assistant
Applications must be returned by December 8, 2023 to be considered for the Spring 2023 performance season.
Or contact Sylvie Beaudette, Director, Eastman To Go, Associate Professor of Chamber Music
Eastman School of Music 26 Gibbs Street Rochester, NY 14604 | 585-274-1378
How long does each performance last? Can the chamber music groups stay and do repeat back-to-back performances for a different audience?
Eastman To Go performances for schools are designed to fit into a class period (generally 30-45 minutes); you can indicate the duration of your class on the response form. Community performances range from 45-60 minutes; please indicate the desired length on your form.
I have filled out the response form with times that I would like a group to come and perform. When will I know for certain if a group will be coming at that particular day/ time or not?
You will be contacted in late January to re-confirm your desired performance dates and times. The final schedule will be completed the second week in February, after all the students sign up. You will then receive definite confirmation of your performances.
You will be notified of the type of group (string quartet, piano trio, etc.) and the instruments that will visit, and you will be given a contact person for each group. Feel free to make contact with that student regarding the group’s specific repertoire if you wish to prepare your audience ahead of time.
The contact person from each student group is requested to get in touch with you at least one week before the performance to confirm their arrival, to check the group’s directions to your site, etc.
No. The program is underwritten by the Eastman School and by the generosity of several local, private donors.
I would like to hire an Eastman student group to play background music for a party, wedding, etc. How would I arrange this, and is this part of Eastman To Go?
Eastman To Go does not provide groups for hire; Eastman To Go focuses on presenting interactive performances for a seated audience. For all background and party music, you may contact Eastman’s Career Services Center at 274-1210, and they will be happy to help you.
How do the student groups get to their performance sites? If I can provide transport for the groups, would this be needed?
Students either drive themselves or use a taxi to get to the sites. If you have transport to provide (especially if you are a site more than 20 minutes from downtown Rochester), this would be greatly appreciated. Details can be arranged with Sylvie Beaudette.
Eastman To Go performances are designed for audiences of a maximum of 30 people. Since this is the first time that many of these students have presented an educational performance, we ask that you keep the audience size and performance space intimate.
Yes, the chamber music faculty at Eastman works with the students specifically to develop ways of effectively introducing the music they have been studying to audiences of all ages.