April 23, 2020

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Program Contact:  Sylvie Beaudette, Summer@Eastman Director,

Media only: Katey Padden, Public Relations and Social Media Coordinator,

(585) 274-1052,


Color Your World with Music posterThe Eastman School of Music will be online for you this summer! Thanks to the Eastman faculty’s enthusiasm, creativity, and energy, the Summer@Eastman program is pleased to offer over 40 online courses, programs, and workshops from June 22 to August 15, 2020. Summer online programs and workshops will include faculty special topic presentations, Q&A sessions or roundtables with experts, and useful online material shared with participants. Many workshops will also offer one-on-one sessions with faculty, and the option to audit a workshop for a lower tuition fee.

“I am in awe of the numerous ideas that our faculty and their team brought to the table in order to make the online experience the best it can be for our participants,” says Dr. Sylvie Beaudette, Summer@Eastman Director. “With many summer programs being cancelled across the United States and around the world, we didn’t want to let people down. We’re offering an amazing variety of online workshops, so now parents of high school musicians will be able to find something for their children to do this summer, and music lovers of all ages will have easy access to our faculty’s great knowledge. Everyone can just log in!”

In addition to transforming existing programs into online workshops, Summer@Eastman has also ADDED new and affordable online courses for participants to enjoy! Our new courses include: Guitar Heroes!; How to Listen to a Symphony; Swashbuckling Sailors and the Songs they Sing; The Treasury of Music Manuscripts; and more! Musicians can also learn how to repair their own music scores, thanks to the “Music Preservation for Musicians at Home” workshop: Alice Carli, a conservator with thirty years’ experience binding, repairing, and digitizing musical scores at Eastman’s renowned Sibley Music Library, will teach people how to preserve their private collection with materials found at home.

The Cello, French Horn, Trombone, and Wind Conducting online workshops still require a video audition for applicants who want to be selected as performers in each class. The audition deadline has been extended to May 15, 2020 to give applicants more time to record and upload their videos. Please visit course web pages to learn about application requirements for all classes, programs, and workshops. The final deadline to apply for Summer@Eastman online programs is June 15, 2020. 

Visit the Summer@Eastman website at: For inquiries about our programs and how to register, please send an email to:

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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.

More than 900 students are enrolled in the Collegiate Division of the Eastman School of Music—about 500 undergraduates and 400 graduate students. They come from almost every state, and approximately 23 percent are from other countries. They are taught by a faculty comprised of more than 130 highly regarded performers, composers, conductors, scholars, and educators. They are Pulitzer Prize winners, Grammy winners, Emmy Winners, Guggenheim Fellows, ASCAP Award recipients, published authors, recording artists, and acclaimed musicians who have performed in the world’s greatest concert halls. Each year, Eastman’s students, faculty members, and guest artists present more than 900 concerts to the Rochester community. 

About Summer@Eastman: 

Summer@Eastman has played a significant role in the Eastman School of Music’s curriculum since the school’s beginnings in 1921.  The first summer sessions mostly offered classes in “public school music,” now called Music Teaching and Learning. Between 1954 and 1972, under Allen Irvine McHose’s leadership, Eastman’s Summer Session grew rapidly, thanks in part to innovative programs such as ‘Opera Under the Stars’ at the Highland Park, the Eastman Chamber Orchestra, and workshops for piano teachers, church musicians, librarians, saxophonists, and arrangers.  The Summer Session was also instrumental (pun intended) in promoting the Suzuki method in the United States.

Today, Summer@Eastman—as Summer Session is now known– offers nearly 50 programs and courses every year including: a summers-only masters degree in Music Education; collegiate classes in Music Theory and Musicology; two pre-collegiate  programs: Eastman Experience: Summer Classical Studies (for classical musicians), and Eastman Experience: Summer Jazz Studies; as well as various institutes, workshops, and a full-day music camp.