Congratulations on your enrollment! We are thrilled that you’ve joined the University of Rochester community. Before we welcome you to campus and you begin your first semester, we want to make sure you have all the tools and information you need to be successful. If you have any questions throughout your transition, please contact the Office for Student Activities at Eastman at studentactivities@esm.rochester.edu.

New student orientation, Premiere Eastman 2022, is designed to welcome all incoming students to the Eastman campus, the University of Rochester, and the city of Rochester. Through an immersive experience, students will engage in interactive presentations, excursions, and campus traditions.

The on-campus Premiere Eastman program will begin just after move-in for undergraduates and following check-in for graduate students. Pre-orientation requirements will be shared via a checklist over the summer for students to complete.

PREMIERE EASTMAN 2022

The full list of tasks to be completed prior to your arrival can be found within your portal. There are a number of forms, documents, and placement exams that will need to be submitted in order for you to begin your studies at Eastman. Click the button below to access your portal.

International student move-in is scheduled for Tuesday, August 23, 2022 between 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM EST. There will be a free shuttle available from the airport to Eastman during the 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM time period. Please use your student portal to answer the international student arrival survey if you will be arriving from outside the United States. If you need accommodations outside of the scheduled move-in window, please contact Eastman Residential Life at reslife@esm.rochester.edu.

Domestic New Student Move-In is on Wednesday, August 24, 2022 from 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM EST.

Premiere Eastman includes a special portion for parents and families. On move-in day, parents and families are invited to join their incoming students for the resource expo, lunch, and the Welcome Session. Following the Welcome Session, parents and families will attend their very own session with administrators from multiple offices at the University of Rochester. At the end of the Parent and Family presentation, students will say goodbye to their families at the Family Farewell. The Welcome Session is at 2:30 PM EST with the Parent & Family Session immediately following at 3:00 PM EST.

Upon move-in, undergraduates will begin the on-campus portion of Premiere Eastman. The schedule below outlines what students can expect once they arrive. All of the Premiere Eastman program is required for first-year students. Every incoming student will be placed in a small group to connect with other students and their peer leader. More information about session specifics will be printed and shared with each student in their folder during orientation check-in. Sessions or requirements specific to instrument/major are not listed and will be shared with each student respectively.

The Undergraduate Schedule can be downloaded as a PDF for viewing purposes. Click here to view PDF and download.
Last Updated: Aug. 16th, 2022 6:42 PM EST

Eastman graduate students will take part in orientation sessions upon arrival and check-in. The schedule below outlines the sessions that will be presented throughout the course of the Premiere Eastman program. Further information about degree/program-specific requirements will be shared at a later date.

The Graduate Orientation schedule can be downloaded as a PDF for viewing purposes. Click here to view PDF and download.
Last Updated: Aug. 18th, 2022 11:44 AM EST

Undergraduate

Course registration for incoming undergraduate students begin on Monday August 29th at 8:00 AM. Students will attend a required advising session with information on course planning, placement exam results, and registration on Sunday, August 28th.

If you are a dual degree student, please connect with your advisor to discuss course planning for non-Eastman classes on the River campus. If you have questions about connecting with your advisor, please contact Louise Ly.

Graduate

Course registration for incoming graduate students occur on Tuesday August 30th at 8:00 AM. Students will attend graduate advising sessions on Sunday August 29th. If you have questions, please contact Zachary Peterson.

The first day of classes begin on Wednesday, August 31st.

Please join all new and returning students, faculty, & staff in Kilbourn Hall for Convocation at 2:30 PM. Eastman and the University of Rochester leaders will speak and announce the formal start of the 2022-2023 academic year, followed by performances from some students & faculty.

MORE INFORMATION

Premiere Eastman 2022 Communications

Throughout the summer, incoming students will receive email communications with helpful information, pre-orientation requirements, and other resources. These informational emails will be placed here as they are sent out. Please refer to this page to access and review them throughout the summer onboarding process.

Communications to Incoming Undergraduate Students

August 2nd, 2022 - Premiere Eastman: From Academic Affairs

Welcome to the Eastman School of Music! We are all excited to have you join us later this month for the beginning of the 2022-2023 academic year. Please read the following updates regarding Orientation and onboarding as a new Eastman student:

  • Premiere Eastman 2022 Schedule: The Premiere Eastman Orientation schedule for Fall 2022 is now available on the Student Activities website. You can view the Undergraduate Orientation schedule online or download it as a PDF. Please note that the schedule may be subject to some changes prior to the beginning of Orientation.
  • Ensemble Auditions: Please read the Ensemble Auditions tab located on the New Student Orientation website. It includes information on whether your instrument/major requires placement auditions for large ensemble during Orientation.
  • Overdue: If you have not already completed the “Understanding Sexual Misconduct” video & test, this week is your last chance to do so before a registration hold will be placed on your account. This hold will prevent you from completing your registration during Orientation and could impact your ability to register for your preferred classes. Please log into your onboarding portal to complete this task by Friday, August 5th.

We look forward to welcoming all of you to the Eastman community in the coming weeks!

Louise Ly, MS (She/Her)
Academic Counselor | Academic Affairs
Eastman School of Music | University of Rochester

July 27th, 2022- Premiere Eastman: Final Reminders

As the start of the semester is fast approaching, we are reaching out with a final list of deadlines and reminders.

Final Reminders:
If you have not done so already, please be sure to complete all of the required tasks and review all listed information within your portal. Here is a list of important final reminders as you prepare to arrive on campus:

  • Student Email: please note, this will be the last email that includes your personal email address. Please be sure to begin the practice of regularly logging into your university email as all future communications will be sent to your university email address. Instructions for accessing this account, FAQs and troubleshooting options can be found here.
  • Piano Class Audition Videos: If you are seeking to place out of PCL 101 please be sure to submit your video no later than July 31st.
  • Ensemble Audition Information: Information about ensemble auditions will be sent out via email within the next week or so. Please look out for this communication.
  • On Campus Orientation Schedule: The Premiere Eastman: On Campus schedule will be available on our website in the first week of August.
  • A Note about Course Registration: Please note, registration for classes will begin on Monday August 29th, during on campus orientation. Advising sessions will be held on Sunday August 28th. If you are a dual degree student, please check with your advisor about course registration for any non-Eastman classes. If you need more information about connecting with your River Campus advisor, please email Louise Ly for more information.

Virtual Event: Thursday August 4th at 4:00PM ET.
Our final virtual event, All About Residential Life at Eastman, will take place Thursday August 4th at 4:00PM ET. Join Bert Bones, Assistant Dean of Student Affairs, as he presents All About Residential Life at Eastman. Please register here.

We are all looking forward to welcoming you to campus in a few weeks!

See you soon,

Office of Admissions & Office for Student Activities
Eastman School of Music | University of Rochester

July 22, 2022- Tips and Tools for Music School

​Hello again from the Eastman School of Music!

For our final edition of Tips and Tools for Music School we will be discussing life on campus.

July Topic: Life On Campus and Preparing for your Arrival
Connecting with your Roommate
You should have recently received information about your roommate and housing assignment. If you have not yet received this information please email reslife@esm.rochester.edu. Now that you have these details, we encourage you to connect with your future roommate in advance your arrival on campus. Here are a few ideas to get the conversation started:

1. Expand your discussion beyond you will bring to campus. Talk honestly and openly about your likes and dislikes.
2. Establish Expectations such as a cleaning list (who cleans what?), and comfort levels with sharing food or having guests in the room.
3. Talk about your routines, sleep habits, study patterns, and ways you like to relax/unwind.

Preparing for Your Arrival
Your room in the Student Living Center comes equipped with a bedframe with twin XL mattress, desk with drawers, desk chair, dresser, freestanding closet, wastebasket, window coverings, and wireless internet access. In addition to clothing for the semester, students can bring their own personal items to make their room feel more cozy. View our complete list of items to consider bringing along with you here.

Upcoming Virtual Residential Life Presentation
August’s virtual event about living in the Student Living Center (SLC) will take place Thursday August 4th at 4:00PM ET. . You can register here. This is the final online Premiere Eastman event before on-campus orientation. Join Bert Bones, Assistant Dean of Student Affairs, as he presents All About Residential Life at Eastman.

We look forward to seeing you on campus next month!

More soon,

​Office of Admissions & Office for Student Activities
Eastman School of Music | University of Rochester

June 29th, 2022- July Deadlines and Virtual Premiere Eastman Event

Greetings from the Eastman School of Music! Please review the upcoming dates and deadlines for July and information about our Premiere Eastman Pre-Advising Sessions. In advance of your session, we encourage you to review the following video: Preparing for your Studies at Eastman.

Upcoming Deadlines and Dates for July
For July, here are the deadlines that you should be keeping in mind:

  • Submit your Health History Form [due: immediately]
  • ​​​​​Billing Statements Released [mid-July]​​​​​​
  • Submit Photo for ID card [due: July 1st]
  • Submit Final Official Transcripts [due: July 15th]
  • Complete Piano Class Placement Form [due: July 31st]
  • ​​​​Upload Piano Class Placement Recording (if applicable) [due: July 31st]
  • Complete Title IX Video Training and Quiz [due: July 31st]

Remember, a complete list, with detailed information about each task, will remain updated and viewable within your portal throughout the summer.

Virtual Event: Last Month’s Event and Multiple Sessions in July
If you were not able to attend Theory at Eastman: What to Expect and How to Prepare, you can now view a recording of this event here.

July’s virtual event will be in two parts. First, students are asked to view an informational video about the curriculum for undergraduate students. For the second part, Louise Ly, Eastman Academic Counselor, will host a collection of virtual Pre-Advising Sessions. These sessions will be offered for each major from July 18th – July 21st. There will be additional sessions for international students, transfer students, students who will be double-majoring, and students who will be pursuing (or are interested in considering) a Dual Degree. These events will not be recorded or required, however, they will be helpful to those who would like to learn more and prepare for their course of study at Eastman.

     Register Here

 

Students are also welcome to schedule an individual virtual meeting with Louise for further questions or to discuss their individual plan of study. Students who are not able to make the scheduled pre-advising sessions are also encouraged to schedule an individual time to meet, if they would like.
Click here to schedule a one-on-one virtual advising meeting with Louise Ly.

Upcoming:

You can now register for August’s virtual event here. This is the final online Premiere Eastman event before on-campus orientation. Join Bert Bones, Assistant Dean of Student Affairs, as he presents All About Residential Life at Eastman. This virtual session will take place Thursday August 4th at 4:00PM ET. 

We are looking forward to continuing to connect with you more this summer and seeing you on campus this fall!

More soon,

Office of Admissions & Office for Student Activities
Eastman School of Music | University of Rochester

June 21st, 2022- Tips and Tools for Music School

​Hello again from the Eastman School of Music!

For this month’s Tips and Tools for Music School we will be discussing physical health.

June Topic: Hearing Health and 5 Tips for the Healthy Musician
Hearing Health
For music students, hearing health is crucial to your continued development as a musician. It is important to understand the risk factors that may contribute to hearing damage and the preventative measures that students can take to safeguard their hearing health. The following video presentation discusses types of hearing damage, risk factors, and offers practical advice for music students to consider. View this video here.

One of the most important preventative tools used to preserve hearing health is earplugs. Did you know that students can receive a free set of earplugs through the Office of Student Life? Be sure to pick up your free earplugs during your first week on campus!

5 Tips for the Healthy Musician
Making music involves your whole body. Our Wellness at Eastman team would like to offer the following tips that you can incorporate into your daily routine and continue with as you begin your collegiate music studies:

1. Warm Up: Warming up off your instrument prior to practice prepares your body for activity and decreases your risk of overuse injuries. Warm up should be done about 15 minutes before practice or performance. Include: dynamic stretching, full body and specific muscle group movements, and exercises that increase heart rate.

2. Take Proper Practice Breaks: Practice intervals of 25-30 min with 5-10 min rest breaks, and no more than 4 hours total per day reduces the risk of overuse injuries. Pay special attention to repetition and difficulty of music. Plan for the progression of weekly and daily practice time increases. An increase of no more than 15-20% per week is recommended.

3. Cool Down: A short cool down after practice or performance helps return the body to its normal state including heart rate, breathing, and muscle tension and decreases risk of muscle soreness. Static stretching and slow elongation poses are beneficial to promote recovery.

4. Get Adequate Sleep: The average person needs 7-9 hours of sleep a night for healthy body and brain function. Inadequate sleep can result in musculoskeletal pain, difficulty concentrating and increased risk of injury. Limit screen time 1 hour before bed, keep a consistent sleep schedule even on the weekends, and establish a relaxing bedtime routine.

5. Plan Regular Exercise Into Your Day: This includes both cardio and full body strength training for 30 min 4-5x per week. Regular exercise improves blood flow and oxygenation to your tissues and brain, enhancing physical and mental endurance and resilience. It also improves your sleep and reduces your risk of overuse injuries.

Continue the Conversation
For more about the importance of physical health for a long musical career check out the following presentations from Wellness at Eastman team: Benefits of Warming Up and Cooling Down and Fueling the Performing Artist Wellness at Eastman regularly presents on topics that are focused on holistic musician health. When you arrive on campus, keep a look out for more of these helpful presentations throughout the year.

Stay tuned for more tips and tools to prepare you for your first semester at music school.

More soon,

​Office of Admissions & Office for Student Activities
Eastman School of Music | University of Rochester

June 1, 2022- Upcoming Deadlines and Virtual Premiere Eastman Event

We hope summer is off to a great start! We remain excited about having you join our community this August! For June, there are a few deadlines that are fast approaching and one virtual Premiere Eastman Event designed to get you thinking about your studies at Eastman.

Upcoming Deadlines:
Each month we will list important tasks for enrollment with their corresponding deadlines. A complete list of enrollment tasks will be regularly updated and remain viewable within your portal.

For June, here are the deadlines that you should be keeping in mind:

  • Submit your Housing and Dining Contracts [both due: June 15th]
  • Submit your Health History Form [due: June 30th]
  • Upload Photo for your Student ID Card [due: July 1st]
  • Submit Final Official Transcripts [due: July 15th]
  • Submit AP Exam Scores (if applicable) [due: July 15th]
  • Complete Piano Class Placement Form and Upload Recording (if applicable) [due: July 31st]
  • Complete Title IX Video and Quiz [due: July 31st]

Virtual Event: Wednesday June 8th at 3:30pm ET
Each month we have a virtual event designed to prepare you for your studies at Eastman. June’s presentation will be: Theory at Eastman: What to Expect and How to Prepare. Music theory is a critical part of robust and versatile musicianship. On Wednesday June 8th at 3:30pm ET, Dr. Ben Baker, Assistant Professor of Theory will discuss how theory works at Eastman — he’ll provide an overview of the theory core curriculum, and he’ll offer some guidance about what to expect on the music theory placement exams, which will take place during the in-person portion of Premiere Eastman in August. This session will be recorded and distributed to all incoming undergraduate students after the event.

For next month’s virtual event, Louise Ly, Eastman Academic Counselor, will host a collection of virtual Pre-Advising Sessions. These sessions will be offered for each undergraduate major from July 18th – July 21st. There will be additional sessions for international students, transfer students, students who will be double-majoring, and students who will be pursuing a Dual Degree.

We are looking forward to connecting with you more this summer and seeing you on campus this fall!

More soon,

​Office of Admissions & Office for Student Activities
Eastman School of Music | University of Rochester

May 24th, 2022- Tips and Tools for Music School

Hello again from the Eastman School of Music!

What is Tips and Tools for Music School?
Tips and Tools for Music School is an email series that we will be sending you at the end of each month, throughout the summer, leading up to your enrollment at Eastman. We have gathered some thoughtful advice from various members of the Eastman community. We are hoping to offer helpful tips, things to consider, and useful tools that will prepare you for this next chapter your studies.

May Topic: Procrastination and Mental Health
Procrastination
Have you ever found yourself waiting until the last minute to complete your work? Have you convinced yourself that you do your best work when you’re under pressure? Procrastination can sometimes indicate higher levels of stress and anxiety that may be present in our lives. The following video presentation explores the various types of procrastination and ways to manage the tendency to procrastinate. View this video here.

Mental Health
It’s never too soon to start thinking about mental health! This past semester, as a part of our Wellness at Eastman programing, Dr. Mary Natvig and Dr. Dagmar Kaufman spoke to students about Mental Health and Music School. They discussed the stressors that can cause mental health complications at music school and the signs that we should look out for ourselves and others. View a recording of this session here.

Stay tuned for more tips and tools to prepare you for your first semester at music school.

More soon,

​Office of Admissions & Office for Student Activities
Eastman School of Music | University of Rochester

May 11th, 2022- Welcome, Upcoming Deadlines, and Virtual Events

Congratulations on your decision to attend the Eastman School of Music!

What is Premiere Eastman?
Premiere Eastman is our orientation program designed to prepare you to enroll as a student at the Eastman School of Music. Over the summer we will host a handful of helpful virtual events, remind you about paperwork deadlines, and communicate helpful tips for new students. At the end of summer, Premiere Eastman will conclude with a week-long orientation here on campus.

Upcoming Deadlines:
Each month we will list important tasks for enrollment with their corresponding deadlines. A complete list of enrollment tasks will be regularly updated and remain viewable within your portal, now updated for enrolling students.

For May, here are the deadlines that you should be keeping in mind:

  • Complete your Onboarding Tasks in UR Student [due: June 1]
  • Submit your Housing and Dining Contracts [both due: June 15th]
  • Submit your Health History Form [due: June 30th]
  • Complete Piano Class Placement Form and Upload Recording (if applicable) [due: July 31st]

Virtual Event: Wednesday, May 18th at 3:00pm ET
Each month we have a virtual event designed to prepare you for your studies at Eastman. On Wednesday, May 18th at 3:00pm ET, Louise Ly, Academic Counselor at Eastman, in partnership with University of Rochester’s Disability Services Office, will host a virtual webinar presentation about disability-related accommodations at Eastman. They will discuss the process for requesting an accommodation(s), self-advocacy in college, and share examples of accommodations for music students. This session will be recorded and distributed to all registrants after the event. Please register in advance to attend or to receive a recording of this event.

Save the date for next month’s virtual event: On Wednesday June 8th at 3:30pm ET Prof. Ben Baker will host Theory at Eastman: What to Expect and How to Prepare. This is a required Eastman Premiere event that can be attended live or completed through review of the post-event recording.

We are looking forward to connecting with you this summer and seeing you on campus this fall!

More soon,

Office of Admissions & Office for Student Activities
Eastman School of Music | University of Rochester

Communications to Incoming Graduate Students

August 3, 2022- Premiere Eastman: Graduate Studies & Advising

Dear Graduate Students,

Welcome to the Eastman School of Music! We are delighted that you will be joining us later this month for the beginning of the 2022-2023 academic year. Please read the following updates regarding Orientation and onboarding as a new Eastman graduate student.

  • Premiere Eastman 2022 Schedule: The Premiere Eastman Graduate Orientation schedule for Fall 2022 is now available on the Student Activities website. You can now view the Graduate Orientation schedule online or download it as a PDF. Please note that the schedule may be subject to some changes prior to the beginning of Orientation.
  • Ensemble Auditions: Please read the Ensemble Auditions tab located on the New Student Orientation website. It includes information on whether your instrument/major requires placement auditions for large ensemble during Orientation.
  • Onboarding Overdue: If you have not already completed the “Understanding Sexual Misconduct” video & test, this week is your last chance to do so before a registration hold will be placed on your account. This hold will prevent you from completing your registration during Orientation and could impact your ability to register for your preferred classes. Please log into your onboarding portal to complete this task.
  • Online Placement Exams: A reminder that the online exams must be completed by Friday, 5 August 2022.
    • The MM Listening Exam must be completed by 12 Noon (Eastern Time).
    • The Classical Music History Exam must be completed by 11:59PM (Eastern Time)
      • The faculty grade the exam by historical period. Please do not pay attention to the score you received from Blackboard.
    • The Jazz History Exam must be completed by 11:59PM (Eastern Time).
    • The Contemporary Media/Film Composition Exam must be completed by 11:59PM (Eastern Time). *REMINDER: Students should contact Prof. Watters (mwatters@esm.rochester.edu) to receive the materials required to complete the exam.*

As always, if you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at zpeterson@esm.rochester.edu.

Warm regards,
Mr. Peterson

Zachary A. Peterson (he/him)
Director of Graduate Advising and Services
Eastman School of Music | University of Rochester

July 27, 2022- Premiere Eastman: Final Deadlines

As the start of the semester is fast approaching, we are reaching out with a final list of deadlines and reminders.

Final Reminders:
If you have not done so already, please be sure to complete all of the required tasks and review all listed information within your portal. Here is a list of important final reminders as you prepare to arrive on campus:

  • Student Email: please note, this will be the last email that includes your personal email address. Please be sure to begin the practice of regularly logging into your university email as all future communications will be sent to your university email address. Instructions for accessing this account, FAQs and troubleshooting options can be found here.
  • On Campus Orientation Schedule: The Premiere Eastman: On Campus schedule will be available on our website in the first week of August.
  • A Note about Course Registration: Please note, registration for classes will begin on Tuesday August 30th, during on campus orientation. Advising sessions will be held on Sunday August 28th.

August Topic: Institute for Music Leadership
Eastman’s Institute for Music Leadership has career-focused classes, professional development opportunities, grants for student projects, career advising and more. They also offer a certificate and degree program in Music Leadership! The following video details the many services available to graduate students through the Institute for Music Leadership.

If you are interested in incorporating some of these offerings into your program of study at Eastman please feel free to connect with Zachary Peterson, Director of Graduate Advising and Services to discuss scheduling or Blaire Koerner, Assistant Director of the Institute for Music Leadership to discuss program offerings.

We are all looking forward to welcoming you to campus in a few weeks!

See you soon,

Office of Admissions & Office for Student Activities
Eastman School of Music | University of Rochester

July 1, 2022- Premiere Eastman: Upcoming Dates and Deadlines for July

Greetings from the Eastman School of Music! Please review the upcoming dates and deadlines for July.

Upcoming Dates and Deadlines:
Each month we will list important tasks for enrollment with their corresponding deadlines. A complete list of enrollment tasks will be regularly updated and remain viewable within your portal.

For July, here are the deadlines that you should be keeping in mind:

  • Submit your Health History Form [due: immediately]
  • Email Notification: MM Listening Exam Excerpts [sending in early-July]​​​​​
  • Billing Statements Released [mid-July]​​​​​​
  • Submit Photo for ID card [due: July 1st]
  • Submit Final Official Transcripts [due: July 15th]
  • Complete Title IX Video Training and Quiz [due: July 31st]

July Topic: Living in Rochester
Rochester has many fun things to explore downtown and throughout the surrounding area. The Strong Museum of Play, the Little Theatre, the Rochester Museum and Science Center, George Eastman House, and Memorial Art Gallery all offer enriching experiences within walking distance of campus! If you are interested in venturing out, you may wish to walk along the canal in Pittsford, check out the Pittsford Dairy, go on a hike in Letchworth State Park, explore Chimney Bluffs, or enjoy time by Lake Ontario. Rochester also offers a wide variety of dining options in and around the city. Check out an interactive map of Rochester (and the surrounding areas) here.

We are looking forward to continuing to connect with you more this summer and seeing you on campus this fall!

More soon,

Office of Admissions & Office for Student Activities
Eastman School of Music | University of Rochester

June 2, 2022- Premiere Eastman: Upcoming Deadlines for June/July

​We hope summer is off to a great start! We remain excited about having you join our community this August! For June and July, there are few deadlines to keep in mind.

Upcoming Deadlines:
Each month we will list important tasks for enrollment with their corresponding deadlines. A complete list of enrollment tasks will be regularly updated and remain viewable within your portal.

For June, here are the deadlines that you should be keeping in mind:

  • Submit your Health History Form [due: June 30th]
  • Upload Photo for your Student ID Card [due: July 1st]
  • Submit Final Official Transcripts [due: July 15th]
  • Complete Title IX Video and Quiz [due: July 31st]

Did you know?! 
Did you know that the Eastman School of Music has its own Graduate Students Association (GSA)? Students can participate in a number of GSA-hosted events, be a part of the campus conversation with administration, and stay looped in to all things Graduate Studies at Eastman. Look out for an email from GSA in early September to learn more!

Graduate students also have their own advisor. Zachary Peterson, Director of Graduate Advising and Services will be your go-to resource during your time here at Eastman. Mr. Peterson will be available to meet with incoming graduate students remotely over zoom throughout the summer. These meetings are a great opportunity to discuss your program of study, questions about graduate awards, ways to get involved on campus, and more! Use the button below to select an appointment time that will work for you:

We are looking forward to connecting with you more this summer and seeing you on campus this fall!

More soon,

Office of Admissions & Office for Student Activities
Eastman School of Music | University of Rochester

May 11th, 2022- Welcome and Upcoming Deadlines

Congratulations on your decision to attend the Eastman School of Music!

What is Premiere Eastman?
Premiere Eastman is our orientation program designed to prepare you to enroll as a student at the Eastman School of Music. Over the summer we will be communicating with you about paperwork deadlines, placement exams, and helpful information for new students. At the end of summer, Premiere Eastman will conclude with a three day orientation here on campus.

Upcoming Deadlines:
Each month we will list important tasks for enrollment with their corresponding deadlines. A complete list of enrollment tasks will be regularly updated and remain viewable within your portal, now updated for enrolling students.

For the next couple months, here are the deadlines that you should be keeping in mind:

  • Complete your Onboarding Tasks in UR Student [due: June 1]
  • Submit your Health History Form [due: June 30th]
  • Upload Photo for your Student ID Card [due: July 1st]
  • Submit Final Official Transcripts [due: July 15th]
  • Complete Title IX Video and Quiz [due: July 31st]

Virtual Event: Wednesday, May 18th at 3:00pm ET
On Wednesday, May 18th at 3:00pm ET, Louise Ly, Academic Counselor at Eastman, in partnership with University of Rochester’s Disability Services Office, will host a virtual webinar presentation about disability-related accommodations at Eastman. They will discuss the process for requesting an accommodation(s), self-advocacy in college, and share examples of accommodations for music students. This session will be recorded and distributed to all registrants after the event. Please register in advance to attend or to receive a recording of this event.

We are looking forward to connecting with you this summer and seeing you on campus this fall!

More soon,

Office of Admissions & Office for Student Activities
Eastman School of Music | University of Rochester

Ensemble Auditions

All Eastman students participate in one or more of Eastman’s many large ensembles, and students in certain majors are required to take auditions for their large ensemble placements. Please refer to the information below to find out what ensemble auditions are required for your instrument and major.

Orchestral Ensemble: Violin, Viola, Cello, & Bass
Choral Ensembles: Voice (UG & GR), Piano, Organ, Guitar, Composition, Theory, Music Education – Voice/General
Jazz Ensembles: Jazz Majors – all instruments
For Woodwinds, Brass, & Percussion, your ensembles will be assigned

Find out more about the Eastman School of Music Ensembles here

Orchestral Ensembles

Violin, Viola, Cello, & Bass students

Eastman School Symphony Orchestra (ESSO)
(First years and Sophomores): are not required to submit evaluation recordings prior to the start of the Fall 2022 semester. A recording will be requested in advance of the Spring 2023 semester, details to be announced later in the Fall.

Eastman Philharmonia (PHIL)
(Juniors, Seniors, Grads): are required to submit audition recordings at the start of the Fall 2022 semester. These recordings will be used as a general assessment, and will be factored in when determining the seating rotation for each program.

The audition recording should be submitted as an audio-only digital file. The recording file will be assigned a number, so that Professor Varon will not know the identity of the performer. The deadline for the audition recording is Wednesday, August 31, 5:00pm (please be aware that late submission of audition recordings will impact your ensemble grade.) Recordings should be emailed to Meredith Gangler, Ensemble Manager, mgangler@esm.rochester.edu.

In preparation, Professor Varon strongly suggests musicians listen to at least 3 recordings of the complete work. It is also advisable to review the complete parts of the works, in order to better understand the context of the excerpts.

PDFs of the excerpts can be found here:
https://www.esm.rochester.edu/ensembles/guide/#auditions 
Please contact the Conducting and Ensembles Office with any questions.

Audition Recording:
The first PHIL cycle of the year will feature Strauss Don Juan. Professor Varon asks all PHIL strings to begin individual preparation of this piece in its entirety, so players are fully ready when rehearsals begin.

For the audition, please record the first page of Don Juan for your respective instrument. Bowed PDFs of the entire piece are being made available.
*Violins – both parts are posted for use in practicing. Only the 1st page of the violin 1 part needs to be recorded.

Questions can be directed to the Conducting and Ensembles Office:
ensembles@esm.rochester.edu
585-274-1620

 

Choral Ensembles

Voice, Piano, Organ, Guitar, Music Education – Voice/General, Composition, Theory, & Graduate Voice students

The choral placement auditions will consist of vocalizing to determine the most comfortable range, and some brief sight-singing. No other prepared solo is necessary.

Voice Majors only (Undergraduates & Graduates) will be sent a brief excerpt to prepare soon.

Auditions will be at an assigned time during orientation. Students should view their University email (NetID@u.rochester.edu) for their assigned times and location prior to the start of Orientation.

Jazz Ensembles

All Jazz Majors

The Jazz department ensemble audition dates and times are listed below. The audition times are separated by your instrument, so please make sure to find your indicated instrument for your audition date. Students are expected to stay for the entirety of the indicated time. Students will not need to prepare any music but should be ready to sight read. All auditions will be held in the Ray Wright Room (ESM 120).

 

 

JCM Trumpets: Monday August 29th, 5:30 – 7:00 PM

JCM Saxophones: Tuesday August 30th 12:30 – 3:00 PM

JCM & Non-majors Trombones: Wednesday August 31st 12:30 – 2:30 PM

Non-JCM Majors: Wednesday August 31st 4:00 – 6:30 PM

JCM Rhythm Sections: Thursday September 1st 6:30 – 8:30 PM

Woodwinds, Brass & Percussion

Woodwinds, Brass, & Percussion students will be assigned their large ensemble placement by their studio faculty and department. 

Additional Resources

Please click on each topic below to access additional information about resources to aid your transition.

FINANCIAL AID

Below is a brief guide to some of the common financial pieces to entering Eastman, please reach out to the Financial Aid Office for individual assistance.

Financial Aid

As a reminder, students are responsible for filing all required applications, documents, and certifications with the ESM Office of Financial Aid so that awards are credited to the student’s Eastman School bill.  Be sure to visit ESM FAOnline to review your financial aid for the upcoming academic year.

Federal Work Study

Students are responsible for finding and securing an on-campus job in order to utilize their Work Study award. Earned funds are paid directly to the student via University payroll in a bi-weekly paycheck based on hours worked. How to search for a job and other information can be found at the University of Rochester Student Employment Office website: https://enrollment.rochester.edu/student-employment/job-link-for-students/

Outside Grants, Awards, and Prizes

If you are receiving an outside grant, award, or prize, please notify the ESM Office of Financial Aid so that the award can be anticipated on your student account.  Checks should be forwarded to the Office of Financial Aid, Eastman School of Music, 26 Gibbs St, Rochester, NY 14604.

UNIVERSITY HEALTH SERVICES

University Health Service (UHS)

The University Health Service (UHS) provides a full range of confidential, high-quality health care services for full-time University of Rochester students. Visits to UHS physicians, nurse practitioners, and nurses are covered by the mandatory health fee. UHS provides treatment for illnesses and injuries, management of ongoing medical problems, allergy injections, preventive care, and advice for health concerns. All visits to UHS are confidential.

UHS has offices at the Eastman School of Music, on the River Campus, and in the UR Medical Center. Students can be seen at any one of three locations. Eastman students are most likely to be seen at the UHS Eastman Office or the UHS River Campus Office. The UHS Eastman Office, located in Room 106 in the ESM Student Living Center, is open weekdays from 9:30 am until 4:30 pm during the academic year while classes are in session.  The office is staffed by a registered nurse. A UHS physician and nurse practitioner see students on specific days and times during the academic year. Appointments with the physician, nurse practitioner, and registered nurse are made by calling 585-275-2662.

The UHS office on the River Campus is located in the UHS Building, which is next to Susan B. Anthony Residence Hall on the University of Rochester River Campus. This office is open 7 days/week during the academic year with evening hours Monday through Thursday. This office is open weekdays during the summer and school breaks. The specific hours are posted on the UHS web site. Appointments are scheduled at this office by calling 585-275-2662.

When UHS is Closed: Whenever UHS offices are closed, a UHS physician is on-call and available by phone for urgent concerns that cannot wait until the offices re-open. Students are asked to contact UHS before going elsewhere for care. Students should call 585-275-2662 to reach the UHS physician on-call.

UNIVERSITY COUNSELING CENTER

University Counseling Center (UCC)

Students often seek counseling services for a wide variety of concerns including, anxiety, depression, grief, relationship difficulties, alcohol or substance use concerns, as well as school/academic or general discomforts about what is going on in one’s life.  The University Counseling Center (UCC) provides a comprehensive initial assessment and an individualized treatment plan to members of the University of Rochester community who pay the mandatory health fee.  Based on the initial assessment, a treatment plan is developed by the clinician that addresses the client’s unique needs and concerns.  This plan may include recommendations such as, but not limited to:  group therapy, brief therapy, referrals to community provider for specialized treatment or longer term therapy services, Therapist Assisted On-line (TAO), case management services, psychiatry, or other campus services.  All visits to UHS and UCC are confidential. Appointments at UCC are scheduled by calling 585-275-3113.

The University Counseling Center (UCC) also provides a 24-hour crisis service, consultation and educational presentations to students.

The University Counseling Center (UCC) has an office in Room 107 in the ESM Student Living Center. Appointments with a UCC therapist can be scheduled by calling (585) 275-3113. This number can also be used to reach the mental health professional on-call when UCC is closed. The University Counseling Center (UCC) office on the University of Rochester campus is located on the third floor of the UHS Building. The office is open weekdays throughout the year. UCC web site: www.rochester.edu/ucc

UCC After Hours: Whenever UCC is closed, a UCC mental health professional is on-call and available by phone for urgent concerns that cannot wait until the office re-opens. Students should call 585-275-3113 to reach the mental health professional on call.

CAMPUS SAFETY

University Public Safety

University of Rochester Department of Public Safety officers are on duty 24 hours a day/7 days a week. Additionally, student office assistants in Residential Life check identification at the entrance of the Student Living Center and act as liaisons to Public Safety. To report an emergency or receive assistance, call Public Safety:

  • Pick up a Blue Light emergency phone.
  • Dial x13 from any other University phone.
  • From a cell phone or other non-University phone, dial 585.275.3333.
  • Dial #413 from AT&T or Verizon cell phones.
  • If you are off-campus always call 911.

For more information on the Department of Public Safety, please visit http://www.publicsafety.rochester.edu/.

Blue Light Emergency Phones

You can call the Public Safety Communications Center for assistance at any time of the day or night from any Blue Light Emergency Phone. Simply pick up a BLUE LIGHT EMERGENCY PHONE and you will be immediately connected to the Public Safety Communications Center, or dial extension 13 from any University service phone. To see where all the Blue Lights are on campus visit http://www.publicsafety.rochester.edu/images/2017_Bluelightmap.pdf

AlertUR Campus Notification System

The University of Rochester has a highly trained staff of public safety professionals, as well as comprehensive policies and procedures to deal with emergencies. AlertUR is part of the comprehensive plan to provide emergency notification to the University of Rochester community of students, faculty, and staff. AlertUR uses e-mails, cell phones with domestic phone numbers, and other electronic devices to send out warnings of imminent danger. The alerts contain official University information when a crisis threatens the health and safety of people on or near University property. The names and campus e-mail addresses of all students are contained in the new system.

You are strongly encouraged to check personal data online at https://alert.rochester.edu/ and add additional numbers and e-mails in regular use. Additionally, the AlertUR website provides a frequently asked questions page. Parents, family members, and international phone numbers cannot not receive AlertUR notifications, but the University regularly sends out e-newsletters to parents, alumni, and friends of the University, using those e-communications to update families and friends on critical situations. They and other members of the University community also can go to the University’s emergency Web page located at www.rochester.edu/emergency. If you have questions about AlertUR you may email offcomm@rochester.edu.  An AlertUR FAQ is available at https://alert.rochester.edu/FAQ.aspx.

CONCERT DRESS & MUSIC STANDS

Concert Dress

Appropriate concert attire includes:

Instrumental Ensembles

Black ankle-length dress with long sleeves and round necklines, or black skirt or dress slacks with long-sleeved blouse or shirt (black) with round neckline. Black stockings and black dress shoes are also required. Please avoid open toed shoes.

OR

Black tuxedo with tails, white vest, white bow tie, black shoes and socks, to be purchased on your own.

Choral Ensembles

Required purchase of a uniform concert dress from the company Stage Accents. Please order a long-sleeved “Geneva” style performance dress #8665. Ordering information is below. The cost of the dress is approximately $80 (dress + tax/shipping). Note that the dresses run large. Please allow 2 to 4 weeks for shipping and extra time for alterations if necessary. Order online at https://www.stageaccents.com/geneva-long-sleeve.html.

Order by phone at 1.800.631.1611 in the USA and Canada; all other international calls 1.201.750.2520. Monday-Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. EST.

OR

Black tuxedo with tails, white vest, white bow tie, black shoes and socks, to be purchased on your own. 

Take a Stand

For many years, the equipment in the practice rooms at Eastman has included a music stand. Sometimes, when you are in a hurry to find a practice room, you may find the music stand has wandered to another location. We recommend that everyone bring with them a portable (foldable) music stand, one that you can carry in your backpack or instrument case so that you are ready to practice at any time, without the need to spend extra practice time searching for a music stand.

You can purchase a music stand at the Eastman School Bookstore. If you want to reserve a music stand for purchase when you arrive on campus, call Tammy in the Eastman Bookstore at 585.274.1399 or email the bookstore at bksrochestereastman@bncollege.com. You can “take a stand” and pay for it in the Miller Center building during regular store hours.

UNIVERSITY IT INFORMATION

University Information Technology provides IT services and support to enhance your education and campus experience.

Computer Labs, Printing, and Copy Services

There are three public computer labs with printing available on the Eastman campus. The Eastman Media Lab (in the Student Living Center) and The Cave (in the Main Building) are equipped with Macs, and the Listening Room (in the Sibley Music Library) offers both PCs and Macs.

For large or complex copy/print jobs, there are two Macs and multiple Xerox copiers in the Copy Center (on the Mezzanine level of the Annex).

A coin-operated copier is located in Sibley Music Library.

All copiers at Eastman can perform ‘scan-to-email’ functions, allowing you to turn paper copies into PDF files sent directly to your email address. There is no charge for this service. For more information, please visit https://www.esm.rochester.edu/esmtmp/ecs/print-copy/


Technology & Media Production

The Technology & Media Production department is responsible for technology services throughout the Eastman School of Music. They provide support, advice, and training for desktop support, online content, individual and ensemble recording and filming, multimedia events, video-conferencing, distance learning, and public workspaces. For more information, please go to: https://www.esm.rochester.edu/esmtmp/

Media Production
The Media  Production  department is located in ESM60 (basement, main building), and provides audio and video recording services, live streaming of events, and AV services.  Self-serve AV equipment (video cameras, audio recorders,  projectors, and screens) is available to sign out.  Recording sessions with a T&MP engineer can be booked for an additional cost.


Eastman Computing Services
Eastman Computing is located in Room 35 off The Cave in the basement of Lowry Hall. The Eastman Computing Helpdesk offers support for NetID accounts, email access, and wireless connections, as well as assistance in troubleshooting general software and hardware issues. Contact the Helpdesk at 585.274.1160 or via email at help@esm.rochester.edu. For more information visit https://www.esm.rochester.edu/esmtmp/ecs/.

Email, Internet & Telephones
University IT provides all Eastman students with a University email account.

About 3.5 million square feet of the University’s campuses have wireless coverage, including the Student Living Center, Sibley Music Library, and classrooms and public locations in Eastman academic buildings. All students living in residence halls are provided high-speed, wired access to the University campus network (ResNet). Students need to bring their own 14-ft Ethernet cord for wired Internet service; these are also available through the UR Tech Store.

Residential Life maintains courtesy telephones capable of inbound calling and local outgoing calls; those telephones can also be used for emergency calls. The University offers discounted cellular telephone service to students through select service providers. Students may sign up for new service or learn about discounts available for their current plan by contacting the provider directly.

Student Portal (Blackboard)
A number of student services are accessible through the student portal, including access to course syllabi, readings, assignments, grades, financial information, and OneCard accounts. The student portal also provides access to the Bursar’s online statement and payment system, UR ePay.

Course information can also be accessed via some mobile devices through the Blackboard Student application, which can be downloaded via UR Mobile.


UR Mobile

UR Mobile is a mobile app that provides access to a number of University web resources on iOS, Android, Blackberry, and mobile web browsers. It offers driving directions, campus maps, course descriptions and schedules, campus and athletic events, live shuttle locations, University news, directory information, and more. Download the app at https://tech.rochester.edu/services/ur-mobile/

UR Tech Store
The UR Tech Store is the University of Rochester’s on-campus technology store that offers educational discounts on computers, software, accessories, video gaming products, popular consumer electronics, and other technologies. In addition, the UR Tech Store has partnered with local companies to provide repair services to the University community. Shop their website or visit one of their retail locations in Rush Rhees Library (at the IT Center) and the Medical Center (Room G-7220B).

Information Security
University IT provides an IT environment where information security is a priority. Best practices for secure passwords, routine backups, spam filtering and virus protection are just a few core services. They provide free antivirus software, which is available to download at www.rochester.edu/antivirus. They encourage all students to sign up for AlertUR, a system used to alert the University community via phone, text, and email in case of an emergency.

Copyright Infringement Information
Sharing copyrighted works without the copyright owner’s permission is illegal and a violation of University policy. Students have the responsibility to know the law and University policy on downloading and distributing copyrighted files.[WD7]  For more information visit http://tech.rochester.edu/security/copyright-file-sharing/ 

ID PRINTING

ID printing is available on-campus at the Eastman Student Living Center.

This service is typically by appointment only, but there will be open hours for incoming undergraduate and graduate students during Premiere Eastman orientation.

Incoming undergraduate students may have a photo taken and ID printed on August 24th, 2022. Interested students should stop at the front desk between 9:00am and 11:00am or between 12:30pm and 2:00pm on that day.

Incoming graduate students may access the same services on Sunday, August 28th, between 11:00am and 1:00pm. Any students who still hold another University ID will need to turn that badge in at the time they receive a new badge.

There will be additional hours scheduled between August 29th and September 2nd for any students unable to make the original openings. This time will also be available to returning students.

 

IDs will be prepared and printed on a first come, first served basis.

Celebrate Diversity

Each year, the University of Rochester comes together for a night of performances by clubs, organizations, and ensembles from across campus. This showcase highlights some of the unique involvement opportunities available to students.

Premiere Eastman Dance

The Premiere Eastman Dance brings all first-year students together for a fun night of music, food, and jamming!

George Eastman Day of Service

The George Eastman Day of Service (GEDS) is the starting point for incoming students to engage, not just within the immediate community, but within the larger Rochester and Western New York area.

Candlelight Ceremony

The Candlelight Ceremony is the place for first year students to gather and sing Dona Nobis Pacem and The Genesee for the first time.

Identities at Eastman

This program is designed for current students to share their unique Eastman experiences with first-year students. Identities at Eastman also provides space for student leaders to facilitate discussions around identity within the community.