Music Horizons — a three-week program


Music Horizons: The Premier Program for Classical Musicians  
July 7-28, 2018   (three-week program)
Petar Kodzas, director

Strings: Wilfredo Deglans, violin; Janet Milnes, violin;  Samantha Rodriguez, viola;  Christopher Haritatos, cello; Justin McCulloch, double bass; Rosanna Moore, harp
Winds: Jan Angus, flute; Sophia Gibbs Kim, flute; Chisato Eda Marling, saxophone; Marcy Bacon, clarinet; Geoffrey Sanford, oboe; Blaire Koerner, bassoon
Piano: Irina Lupines, Alla Kuznetsov, Tamari Gurevich Hill, Matthew Robey
Brass: Jeffrey Gray, trombone; Wesley Nance, trumpet; Don Harry, tuba; Maura McCune Corvington, horn
Voice: Cecile Saine, Teresa Ringholz, Andrea Folan,  Karie Schroer Templeton, chorale
Percussion: Kyle Peters
Music Studies: Rachel Lauber, conducting; Paul Coleman, composition; William Cahn, improvisation; Stephen Armstrong, music analysis; Alice Carli, music history; Glenn West, world music; Stephanie Venturino and Daniel Sawler, 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.

Music Horizons Schedule 2018 Updated 7/6/18. Check it out!
Incoming students: please note that this schedule is the basic camp schedule and does not reflect individual differences. Music Studies and Elective classes will be assigned, private lessons will be scheduled with the instructors, and every participant will perform in one chamber performance on Thursday and one solo recital on Friday. 

Arrive (dorm): Saturday afternoon, July 7
Orientation: Sunday, July 8 at 9 a.m. in Kilbourn Hall
Depart (dorm): Saturday morning, July 28

All concerts are livestreamed, video recorded, and audio recorded.
Video and audio files will be available for download a few weeks after the end of the program.

Chamber Ensembles: Thursday, July 26 at 2 and 7 p.m. in Kilbourn Hall
Programs: Chamber 2pm & Chamber 7pm
To watch the livestream, click here:
Vocal Ensemble: Friday, July 27 at 10 a.m. in Kilbourn Hall   
Program: Chorale 10am                       
To watch the livestream, click here:
Solo: Friday, July 27 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. in Hatch Recital Hall  
Programs: Solo 2pm & Solo 7pm                
To watch the livestream, click here:

Application Fee and Deadlines:

  • Fee waived for current ECMS students
  • $50 nonrefundable if application is completed by March 1
  • $100 nonrefundable if application is completed after March 1, up until April 15
  • Incomplete applications and those submitted after April 15 will not be reviewed
  • Upon acceptance, students will be invoiced for a nonrefundable $100 deposit to secure their place
  • Tuition and housing payment (if applicable) due by May 15
  • Cancellations less than two weeks prior to arrival will not receive a refund except for a documented emergency

$2020  Tuition only
$1659  Housing & Meals only  
$3679  Total tuition, housing and meals 

10% tuition discount for ECMS students enrolled both semesters, 25% discount for children of qualifying University of Rochester employees. Partial scholarships may be requested on the application form. Employee discount must be applied for through employee’s HRMS page.

Audition video requirements (approximately 10 minutes of music):
Instrumentalists: Several contrasting pieces, such as etudes, sonata/concerto movement, or solo compositions representing different eras.

  • Percussionists: At least one of each from the following three categories:
    Snare Drum: 1-2 minute excerpt of a Rudimental Solo (Pratt, Wilcoxin, etc.) and an Orchestral Solo (Peters, Cirone, etc.)
    Timpani: Solo or Etude (Hochrainer, Firth, etc.)
    Mallets: 3-4 minute excerpt from a solo mallet work using four mallets; 1-2 minute excerpt from a solo mallet work using two mallets

Composers: One or two works with scores and recordings, if available. Live recording or midi file acceptable.

Singers: Several songs contrasting in era, style, tempo, and language. Examples might be selections from 24 Italian Songs or equivalent; American, British, German, or French art songs; Folk songs and Spirituals; level-appropriate arias or oratorio solos.

Conductors: A recent video recording of the student 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.

Click HERE to apply (not open for 2019 yet)

Click HERE for forms for accepted students

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In the News!

Read our blog: From Summer Study to a Dream Realized: Reflections on Music Horizons 2015

Read an interview with Music Horizons Director and ECMS Associate Dean 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.