The Eastman Pathways Program, a partnership between the Eastman School of Music and the Rochester City School District (RCSD), provides RCSD students in 4-12th grades with generous scholarships to pursue music studies at the Eastman Community Music School. Each year, Pathways is home to almost 70 of Rochester’s top student musicians. Students begin with private lessons, and can advance through theory and music history classes, participate in ensembles and some choose earn an ECMS Diploma.
Eastman Pathways honors the legacy of world-renowned baritone William Warfield, who graduated from both the RCSD and the Eastman School of Music. Graduates of the Pathways program have attended colleges such as Eastman, University of Rochester, Harvard, MIT, Columbia, the University of Miami, SUNY Fredonia, the Manhattan School of Music, and Juilliard. Since the program’s birth in 1997, its student population has always reflected Rochester’s rich, cultural diversity: underrepresented minorities account for over half of the graduating classes.