Eastman Experience: Summer Classical Studies — a three-week program

Eastman Experience: Summer Classical Studies
The Premier Program for Classical Musicians (formerly Music Horizons) 

July 12- July 31, 2020   (three-week program)
Petar Kodzas, director
Tuition and schedule updated! See below!

Nothing stops music: Eastman Experience: Summer Classical Studies will be offered in an online mode.

Thank you for your patience and flexibility as we are all working together to find best ways to continue your growth as a musician during this summer.
Stay healthy, positive, and keep practicing!

“I feel like I improved more at this program than at any other institute or camp I’ve been too!” -2019 participant

Strings: Wilfredo Deglans, violin; Janet Milnes, violin; Renée Jolles, violin; Roberta Zalkind, viola; Christopher Haritatos, cello; Gaelen McCormick, bass; Rosanna Moore, harp; Lynn McGrath, guitar
Winds: Sophia Gibbs Kim, flute; Hayley Grainger, flute; Chisato Eda Marling, saxophone; Andrew Brown, clarinet; Geoff Sanford, oboe; Blaire Koerner, bassoon
Piano: Irina Lupines, Alla Kuznetsov, Tamari Gurevich Hill, Matthew Robey
Brass: Jeffrey Gray, trombone; Wesley Nance, trumpet; Maura McCune Corvington, horn, Craig Sutherland, tuba
Voice: Teresa Ringholz, Andrea Folan, Pablo Bustos 
Percussion: Kyle Peters
Music Studies: Rachel Lauber, conducting; Paul Coleman, composition; Katie Fittipaldi, Alexander Technique; Stephen Armstrong, music analysis; Alice Carli, music history; Glenn West, world music; Lauren Irschick 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, voice, classical guitar, harp, conducting, and composition) and chamber music. 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 performance and masterclass opportunities
  • Career seminar with interviews and great speakers
  • Theory, Ear Training, History classes
  • Instrumental, Compositional, and Vocal technique courses
  • Creative Ventures: choice of either composition for non-majors, conducting for non-majors, or Alexander Technique.

Photo credit: David Taylor

Daily schedule

Please note that the schedule is the basic schedule for all and does not reflect individual differences. Music Studies (such as theory and aural skills) and Elective classes will be assigned based on placements or student preferences; the students will schedule private lessons with the instructors. Due to the nature of the new online forum, many workshops, masterclasses, and special performances or activities are to be determined.


Maximum Acceptance Limits:
Normally there are space limits, but the below numbers likely will not be as strict because of the online forum.
We will accept up to these numbers in each category/major.
Other Solo Instruments (Strings, Winds (including saxophone), Brass, Percussion): Acceptance will mimic the instrumentation of a symphonic orchestra
Classical Guitar: 4
Piano: 10 
Voice: 12 
Composers: 6
Conductors: 4

Application Fee and Deadlines:

  • Application fee waived for current ECMS students
  • $50 nonrefundable if application is completed by February 15
  • $100 nonrefundable if application is completed after February 15, up until April 15 30
  • Incomplete applications and those submitted after April 15  will not be reviewed extended until April 30th!
  • Upon acceptance, students will be invoiced for a nonrefundable $300 deposit to secure their place. This is due by May 15.
  • Tuition due in full by May 15 extended until June 1
  • Cancellations less than two weeks prior to arrival will not receive a refund except for a documented emergency

Tuition  (total program price for 2020) 

Partial merit-based scholarships available (see application)

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 Classical Studies includes many international students. International students need to be completely conversant in English to take full advantage of the program. Please note that all classes are conducted in Eastern Standard Time.
  • Applications and audition recordings will be reviewed very shortly after their receipt, and most students will know their status within two weeks. Please allow extra time during the Covid19 Pandemic for processing. Current ECMS students may apply without submitting a recording but do need to have their ECMS teacher send a recommendation.

Photo credits: David Taylor

Start/End Dates:
Orientation: Sunday, July 12 at 9 a.m. EST
Last Day: Friday  July 31
More details coming soon.

Click HERE to apply now

Please be sure to add the following e-mail addresses to your address book so they are not filtered out as spam and so you don’t miss any important communications: pkodzas@esm.rochester.edu and sgreathouse@esm.rochester.edu .


In the News!

Read our blog: A View into the Eastman Experience

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.