About Pathways

Eastman Pathways provides scholarships for dedicated and talented Rochester City School District students to pursue music at the Eastman Community Music School. Eastman’s world-class faculty guide our students through a rigorous course of study, including individual lessons, ensembles, music history and theory classes…and more!

Since the program’s inception in 1997, its student population has reflected Rochester’s rich cultural diversity: students from underrepresented communities account for over half of the graduating classes.

83% of Pathways graduates have gone on to attend college, and 47% chose to major in music.

William WarfieldEastman 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.

We want to ensure the success of all the students in our program. So, we require that all prospective students meet the following requirements before applying.

To apply for the Pathways Program, the student:

  • Must attend a Rochester City School
  • Must be recommended by their RCSD instrumental, vocal or general music teacher
  • Must be in 4th-10th grades
  • Must have played their instrument for at least one year and
    audition on a NYSSMA solo
  • Must be in good academic standing (2.0 minimum) and have
    no disciplinary referral
  • Must be a participant in the school music program
  • Must maintain 90% attendance or above
  • Students attending SOTA must be registered in a music ensemble

If the student meets the above requirements, congratulations! You’re eligible to apply for Pathways! Keep reading to find out more…

Before reading this section, remember that acceptance to Pathways is NOT based on income. We are looking for talented students with good teacher recommendations. Your income level will not effect your acceptance to Pathways.

Scholarships:

A Pathways Scholarship covers private lessons, and any classes or ensembles you are eligible for.

To determine the amount of your Pathways scholarship, we look at Page 1 of your IRS form, which you submit with your application:

Income under $40,000  Full tuition scholarship
Income above $40,000  Scholarship amount based on a sliding scale

Additional costs:

All students are required to pay a $30.00 registration fee per year. There may be other fees (up to $25/semester) for materials such as theory text books, or music books. Need-based funding for materials is sometimes available upon request.

Step 1: Get a School Teacher Recommendation

Ask your school music teacher to submit an RCSD Teacher Recommendation Form.

Step 2: Submit a Pathways Application

Fill out the Pathways Online Application Form.

Here is a checklist of all the information you will need to complete in the application:

General Information

Your Contact and School Information

Your Legal Guardian Contact information

Proof of Family Income

Page 1 of your family’s latest IRS form (1040, 1040A, or 1040EZ)  must  be  submitted with your application

Grade Consent

Permission to check your grades throughout the year

Report Card

Evidence of your current academic standing — you will be asked to bring this to your audition

Citywide Commitment

Agreement to partner with the RCSD and give back to the district
RCSD Music Teacher Recommendation Form This form must be filled out and submitted by your RCSD teacher. We cannot process your application until we have this recommendation.


Step 3: Perform an Audition

After we receive your application, you must perform a live audition. Further information regarding your audition day and time will be sent to you after you submit the application

During the audition, we will ask you to:

  1. Play 2-3 scales of your choice
  2. Perform ONE prepared solo. You have two options for choosing your solo:
    1. Perform any NYSSMA solo from the NYSSMA Manual
    2. Perform one of the Method Book pieces from the lists below:

String Method Book Selections for Pathways auditions:

Essential Elements Book 1 

Banana Boat Song – Page 30  #117

Surprise Symphony Theme – Page 42  #182

Simple Gifts (Part A) – Page 45  #192

Minuet No. 1 (Solo) – Page 46  #193

 

Band Method Book Selections for Pathways auditions:

Sound Innovations Book 1 – Winds

Surprise Symphony – Page 37  #166

Scarborough Fair (Solo) – Page 39  #173

Molly Malone (Part A) – Page 30  #175

O Canada – Page 42  #181

Sound Innovations Book 1 – Percussion

Ode to Joy (snare)  –  Page 27  #107

Alouette (snare) – Page 32  #134

Just For Drums (Snare Solo) – Page 39  #173

Grant Us Peace (snare) –  Page 42  #182

Vocal Selections for Pathways auditions:

America (My Country, ‘tis of Thee)

Simple Gifts

De Colores

Follow the Drinking Gourd

 

After you fill out your Online Application, you will perform a LIVE or PRE-RECORDED audition. During the Audition, we will as you to:

  1. Play 2-3 scales of your choice
  2. Perform ONE prepared solo. You have two options for choosing your solo:
    1. Perform any NYSSMA solo from the NYSSMA Manual
    2. Perform one of the Method Book pieces from the lists below:

String Method Book Selections for Pathways auditions:

Essential Elements Book 1 

Banana Boat Song – Page 30  #117

Surprise Symphony Theme – Page 42  #182

Simple Gifts (Part A) – Page 45  #192

Minuet No. 1 (Solo) – Page 46  #193

 

Band Method Book Selections for Pathways auditions:

Sound Innovations Book 1 – Winds

Surprise Symphony – Page 37  #166

Scarborough Fair (Solo) – Page 39  #173

Molly Malone (Part A) – Page 30  #175

O Canada – Page 42  #181

Sound Innovations Book 1 – Percussion

Ode to Joy (snare)  –  Page 27  #107

Alouette (snare) – Page 32  #134

Just For Drums (Snare Solo) – Page 39  #173

Grant Us Peace (snare) –  Page 42  #182

Vocal Selections for Pathways auditions:

America (My Country, ‘tis of Thee)

Simple Gifts

De Colores

Follow the Drinking Gourd

 

 

APPLICATION PERIOD IS NOW CLOSED!

Applicants, check your email for further information!

We are excited to open applications for the 2022-2023 school year! Click below for complete application and audition information!

Pathways Calendar

Pathways Calendar At A Glance

Wed., 9/8                                       Semester begins

Wed., 11/24-11/28                Thanksgiving Recess

December                           Pathways Holiday Party

Tues., 12/21-Sat., 1/1                    Holiday Recess

Sun., 1/2                                          Classes resume

Mon., 1/17              Martin Luther King Jr. Day Holiday

Sat., 1/22                                    First semester ends

Sun., 1/23                            Second semester begins

February                             Pathways at the RPO

Mon., 2/21-Sun., 2/27                       Winter Recess

March                       Pathways @ Arnette Library

Sat., 4/16-Fri., 4/22                         Spring Recess

Tues., 5/24-Sun., 5/29              Exam & Jury Week

Mon., 5/30                            Memorial Day Holiday

Sat., 6/11      Commencement & Award Ceremony

Wed. 5/18                                       RCSD NYSSMA

*Event updates and details will be sent via email to current students!

Newsletter!

Want to stay up-to-date on Pathways happenings? Come join our mailing list, whether you are an alumni, current student, or supporter…Send us an email at eastmanpathways@esm.rochester.edu with the subject “Subscribe to Newsletter.”

Contact Us!

Please contact Hannah with any questions regarding Pathways!

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Hannah Harrow, Program Coordinator

eastmanpathways@esm.rochester.edu

Mary Robey Hannah Garfield, Pathways Liaisons
Rochester City School District
Dominic Pickard, Director of Arts
Rochester City School District
585-262-8642
Eastman Community Music School
585-274-1400