Eastman Community Music School Celebrates Annual “Winterfest”
December 5, 2018
For Media Only: Jessica A. Kaufman (585-274-1057, firstname.lastname@example.org)
Each year since 1998, the Eastman Community Music School showcases the talent and musicianship of its students during an annual celebration of the winter season. An extravaganza of concurrent performances in venues across the Eastman School of Music campus, Winterfest features ensembles and students ranging in age from elementary school to adults. The day-long celebration features a wide array of music styles and ensemble types and includes holiday favorites on each program.
All performances are free and open to the public.
“Eastman Community Music School is proud to house a wonderfully diverse student population. Winterfest is a showcase for ECMS as we celebrate the holiday season by making music. Within an hour you can be transported from Big Band sound of 1920’s Harlem to Indonesian court music; you can hear a Baroque ensemble and season favorites arranged for a trumpet ensemble by walking a mere 100 yards from Hatch Recital Hall to Kilbourn Hall! Even if you stay in one place, you will have a chance to see three generations of musicians perform back to back. I hope you can join us for an hour, or better yet, stay for the whole day!” Petar Kodzas, Associate Dean, Eastman Community Music School.
The Eastman Community Music School has been an integral part of the Eastman School of Music, University of Rochester, and the Rochester community, since its opening in 1921. For a full list of Open House festivities and Winterfest performances please visit: https://www.esm.rochester.edu/community/recitals-and-special-events-winterfest-december-15-2018/
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About Eastman Community Music School:
The Eastman Community Music School (ECMS) provides opportunities for community members to learn, discuss, and celebrate music. As one of Eastman’s primary connections to the greater Rochester community since 1921, the school offers music lessons, ensembles, classes, and workshops to student of all ages and backgrounds. ECMS serves an average of 1,600 students per year ranging in age from 4 months to 100 years old. From pre-school and early childhood programs, to college prep and diploma programs, to adult ensembles and classes, ECMS nurtures and inspires students at all levels.
About Eastman School of Music:
The Eastman School of Music was founded in 1921 by industrialist and philanthropist George Eastman (1854-1932), founder of Eastman Kodak Company. It was the first professional school of the University of Rochester. Mr. Eastman’s dream was that his school would provide a broad education in the liberal arts as well as superb musical training. The current dean is Jamal Rossi, appointed in 2014.
About 900 students are enrolled in Eastman’s Collegiate Division—about 550 undergraduate and 350 graduate students. Students come from almost every state, and approximately 25 percent are from other countries. They are guided by more than 95 full-time faculty members. Six alumni and three faculty members have been awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Music, and numerous alumni and faculty have received Grammy Awards. Each year, Eastman’s students, faculty members, and guest artists present more than 800 concerts to the Rochester community.