Music Horizons — a three-week program

July 9–29, 2016 / Monday–Friday, 8 a.m.–5:30 p.m., plus evening concerts; Saturday, 9 a.m.–noon
Petar Kodzas, director

Faculty: Students study with members of Eastman Community Music School faculty and members of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra:

Piano: Alla Kuznetzov & Irina Lupines
Voice: Andrea Folan & Cecile Saine
Strings: Wilfredo Deglans & Janet Milnes (violin), Elizabeth Seka (viola), 
                 Christopher Haritatos & Kathy Kemp (cello), Spencer Phillips (bass),
                 Matthew Ardizzone (guitar)
Woodwinds: Jan Angus & Sophia Gibbs Kim (flute), Anna Steltenpohl (oboe), Andrew Brown (clarinet), Chisato Eda Marling (saxophone),
                  Matthew McDonald (bassoon)
Brass: Herb Smith (trumpet),  Jeff Gray (trombone), Lauren Becker (horn), Craig Sutherland (euphonium)
Percussion: Ruth Cahn
Composition: Paul Coleman
Conducting: Rachel Lauber

This internationally acclaimed program is for students currently in grades 9–12 who are seriously considering a career in music. Our highly individualized program emphasizes solo performance (all orchestral instruments, piano, organ, voice, classical guitar, conducting or composition). This program is for mature students of advanced performance levels who can work well in a focused collegiate type environment. It is important that students possess high level musical skills, good organizational skills and mature personal skills. The program includes:

  • Two private lessons per week
  • Weekly solo performance in a repertory class
  • Career seminar including individual career interviews and professional musician guest speakers
  • Three levels of theory and two levels of ear training
  • A choice of: History of Western Music, World Music, or Analysis of Western Music
  • Small ensembles for all winds, brass, strings and percussion
  • Accompanying class for pianists

Plus three creative components:

  • Composition for non-majors
  • Improvisation
  • Conducting

Music Horizons Schedule 2016

Final solo performance and chamber music concerts are held in Eastman’s new Hatch Recital Hall. Performances will be recorded, and each student will have online access to a recording.


Arrive (dorm): Saturday afternoon, July 9
Orientation: Sunday, July 10 at 9 a.m. in Hatch Recital Hall
Depart (dorm): Saturday morning, July 30


Chamber: Thursday, July 28 at 2 and 7 p.m. in Hatch Recital Hall
Vocal Ensemble: Friday, July 29 at 10 a.m., Lowry Hall
Solo: Friday, July 29 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. in Hatch Recital Hall


$1,950  Tuition only   CRN 17035
$1,575  Housing & Meals only  CRN 17041
$3,525 Total tuition, housing and meals  

Audition video (10–15 min.) requirements:

  • Instrumentalists: etudes, sonata/concerto movement, or solo compositions representing two centuries (if possible). Percussion recordings must include snare, timpani, and keyboards.
  • Composers: one or two works with scores and recordings, if available
  • Singers: Selections from 24 Italian Songs or equivalent; American songs by Aaron Copland, British songs by Vaughan Williams, Henry Purcell, or John Dunstable; French songs by Fauré, Debussy, Hahn, or Gounod; early Schubert songs; and folk songs by American composers (this would include spirituals, Stephen Foster, and W.C. Handy).
  • Conductors: A video recording of a most recent conducting (vocal or instrumental).

How to Apply:

A complete application includes the 2-page 2016 Summer Registration Form plus:

  • An audition video, via streaming service (such as YouTube) or mp3 file. You must submit a working link to each video you wish to include. YouTube videos can be “Unlisted” to avoid sharing with anyone else, but should not be set to “Private.” Please email YouTube link(s) or mp3 file(s) to
  • A recommendation from your current ensemble director or private teacher
  • Musical résumé including recent solo and ensemble music, honors, awards
  • Application fee: $50 nonrefundable application fee if completed application is postmarked by April 1, 2016; $100 application fee if the complete application is postmarked by April 30, 2016. Incomplete applications and those postmarked after April 30, 2016 will not be reviewed.

Please mail your completed application to:

Eastman School of Music
Summer@Eastman Office
26 Gibbs Street, Box 36
Rochester, NY 14604-2599


  • Each year Music Horizons includes many International students. International students need to be completely conversant in English to take full advantage of the program.
  • Applications and audition recordings will be reviewed within 48 hours of their receipt. Current ECMS students may apply without submitting a recording but do need to have their ECMS teacher send a recommendation.
  • To participate fully in the experience of being part of this outstanding peer group, we recommend that any Rochester area students stay in the Student Living Center.


Read an interview with Petar Kodzas on our blog.