Music Horizons — a three-week program


Music Horizons: The Premier Program for Classical Musicians
July 8-28, 2017   (three-week program)
Petar Kodzas, director

Faculty: Spencer Phillips, bass; Christopher Haritatos, cello; Kathleen Murphy Kemp, cello;  Marcy Bacon, clarinet; Rachel Lauber, conducting; Jan Angus, flute; Sophia Gibbs Kim, flute; Rosanna Moore, harp; Irina Lupines, piano;  Alla Kuznetsov, piano; Tamari Gurevich Hill, piano; Matthew Robey, piano; Chisato Eda Marling, saxophone;  Jeffrey Gray, trombone; Wesley Nance, trumpet; Craig Sutherland, tuba/euphonium; Maura McCune Corvington, horn; Anna Steltenpohl, oboe; Blaire Koerner, bassoon; Elizabeth Seka, viola; Wilfredo Deglans, violin; Janet Milnes, violin; Andrea Folan, voice;  Cecile Saine, voice; Teresa Ringholz, voice; Kyle Peters, percussion; Karie Schroer Templeton, chorus; Maria Cristina Fava, music analysis; Alice Carli, music history; Glenn West, world music; Paul Coleman, composition; William Cahn, improvisation; Stephanie Venturino & Renée Becker, music theory.  

This internationally acclaimed Classical Studies program is for academically inquisitive performers, conductors and composers currently in grades 9–12 who are seriously considering a career in music.

Our highly individualized program emphasizes solo performance (strings, winds, brass, piano, organ, voice, classical guitar, harp, conducting, and composition). This program is for mature students of advanced performance levels who can work well in a focused collegiate-type environment.

The program’s main features:

  • Two private lessons per week
  • Weekly solo performance in Repertory Class
  • Career seminar with individual interviews and great speakers
  • Theory, Ear Training, History classes
  • Small ensembles
  • Creative Ventures: choice of either composition for non-majors, conducting for non-majors, or improvisation

Final solo performance and chamber music concerts are held in Eastman’s acoustically magnificent Kilbourn Hall and Hatch Recital Hall. All performances are recorded, and each student will have online access to a recording.

Application fee: $50 nonrefundable before April 1; $100 by April 30.

Music Horizons Schedule 2017

Arrive (dorm): Saturday afternoon, July 8
Orientation: Sunday, July 9 at 9 a.m. in Hatch Recital Hall
Depart (dorm): Saturday morning, July 29

Chamber Ensembles: Thursday, July 27 at 2 and 7 p.m. in Kilbourn Hall
Vocal Ensemble: Friday, July 28 at 10 a.m. in Kilbourn Hall
Solo: Friday, July 28 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. in Hatch Recital Hall

$1980  Tuition only     CRN 17084 (10% discount for ECMS students enrolled both semesters)
$1617  Housing & Meals only     CRN 17096
$3597  Total tuition, housing and meals 

Audition video requirements (10-15 minutes of music):
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).


  • 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.

Click HERE to apply

Click HERE for forms for accepted students

(for the password, contact the Summer Coordinator at:

In the News!

Read an interview with Petar Kodzas on our blog.

Read a helpful article by Music Horizons saxophone instructor Chisato Eda Marling on a musician’s wellness, and another on performance anxiety.