Eastman Experience: Summer Classical Studies

Eastman Experience: Summer Classical Studies
The Premier Program for Classical Musicians

The next dates will be in 2025
Petar Kodzas, director

Dear students,
Due to extensive repair work in the Student Living Center, we are not able to host residential programs for high school students in the Summer of 2024.
We are continuing to offer individual lessons (online and in person), and an array of day programs for local students. The registration form and a complete list of our offerings will be available on December 1, 2023.
We wish you a great year of music making and hope to see you in the summer of 2025, if not at one of our 2024 day programs. Please visit our site in December 2024 to apply for the Summer Classical Studies 2025 program!
For any questions, please reach us at summer@esm.rochester.edu

This internationally acclaimed Classical Studies program is a three-week program for academically inquisitive performers, conductors and composers currently in grades 9–12 (ages 14-18 only–student must turn 14 and not be beyond 18 years of age before the first day of the program) 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.

“I have never grown so much as a musician in such little time; the opportunity to study around fantastic peers and incredible teachers was golden.” –2022 Participant

Summer Classical Studies was recently named as a pick for Best Summer Arts Programs in 2023 by Artsbridge!

Program Information

Strings: Wilfredo Deglans, violin; Janet Milnes, violin; Renée Jolles, violin; Roberta Zalkind, viola; Christopher Haritatos, cello; Cory Palmer, bass; Lynn McGrath, guitar
Winds: Sophia Gibbs Kim, flute; Chisato Eda Marling, saxophone; Andrew Brown, clarinet; Emily Hart, oboe; Blaire Koerner, bassoon
Piano: Irina Lupines, 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, Karie Templeton (chorus)
Percussion: Kyle Peters
Music Studies: Nancy Strelau & Evan Meccarello, conducting; Paul Coleman, composition; Katie Fittipaldi, Alexander Technique; Anthony LaLena, music analysis; Alice Carli, music history; Glenn West, world music; Lukas Perry and Daniel Sawler, music theory.

Arrival/Check-In for residents: First Saturday of the program from 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Orientation for all participants: First Sunday of the program at 9:30 a.m. in Kilbourn Hall
Last Day: Third Friday of the program (Saturday morning check out for residents, no later than noon)

Please note that we do not offer shuttle services between the airport and campus, but we recommend hiring an Uber/Lyft or taxi. Many offer Eastman discounts, and the campus is about a 15 minute drive from the airport. Students can ask to be dropped off at the Student Living Center, 100 Gibbs St, Rochester, NY 14605. It is optional for parents to accompany and attend orientation, though we hope they can make it for the performances at the end of the program. 

Please click here to view the schedule. (Latest update: 6/16/23)
Please note that this is the 2023 schedule, and it will not be updated until the 2025 program dates are set, since this program will be on pause in 2024.

  • Please note that the schedule does not reflect individual differences.
  • Theory and aural skills schedules will be decided based on placement exams (online tests will be sent to students in advance). Each student will take one Theory and one Aural Skills class each.
  • Elective classes are based on student preferences are assigned on a first-come, first-serve basis. Students will know their placement several weeks prior to the program.
  • After their academic schedule is solidified, the students will schedule private lessons with their instructors (faculty contact information will be provided to the students). Each student will receive two private lessons per week. Lessons may be scheduled during free times during the week or on weekends.

Tuition:  $2,195 (2023)
Room & Board: $1,620* (2023)
Total: $3,815 (2023)

*Students must be between ages 14 and 17 by the first day of the program in order to stay in the Student Living Center. Students who are 18 should arrange for off-campus housing.
– Partial merit and need-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.

  • Application fee waived for current ECMS students
  • $50 nonrefundable if application is completed by March 15
  • $100 nonrefundable if application is completed after March 15, up until April 30. 
  • Final application deadline: April 30. Incomplete applications and those submitted after April 30  will not be reviewed.
  • Upon acceptance, students will be invoiced for a nonrefundable $300 deposit to secure their place. This is due by May 15.
  • Remaining tuition will be billed separately by mail and email in late May. Tuition due in full by June 27. 
  • Cancellations less than two weeks prior to the beginning of the program will not receive a refund except for a documented emergency.

Piano: 10
Classical Guitar: 4
Other Solo Instruments (Strings, Winds (including saxophone), Brass, Percussion): Acceptance will mimic the instrumentation of a symphonic orchestra
Voice: 12
Composers: 6
Conductors: 4

  • Each year Classical Studies includes many international students. International students need to be completely conversant in English to take full advantage of the program.
  • International students in the program can get information on travel documentation and insurance HERE.
  • Applications and audition recordings will be reviewed very shortly after their receipt, and most students will know their status within two weeks. Current ECMS students may apply without submitting a recording but do need to have their ECMS teacher send a recommendation.

The program’s main features:

  • Two individual lessons per week per student
  • Performance and masterclass opportunities
  • Career seminar with guest speakers who are leaders in their field of the music industry
  • Theory, Aural Skills, History classes
  • Relevant specialized classes for Instrumentalists, Composers, and Vocalists
  • Elective classes: choice of either composition for non-majors, conducting for non-majors, or Alexander Technique.

Stay tuned for 2025 application information!


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.

Audition video requirements (Approximately 10 minutes of music. Can be over 10 minutes as long as there are contrasting pieces as specified below):

Instrumentalists: Several contrasting pieces, such as etudes, sonata/concerto movement, or solo compositions representing different eras. At least 3 selections demonstrating student’s artistic and technical skill and versatility. Pieces should represent different musical eras (Baroque, Classical, Romantic, Contemporary). Repertoire can include etudes, sonata/concerto movement, concert solo pieces, no orchestral excerpts or chamber compositions.

  • 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.

Vocalists: At least 3 songs contrasting in era, style, tempo, and language. Examples include: selections from 24 Italian Songs or equivalent; American, British, German, or French art songs; Folk songs and Spirituals; level-appropriate arias or oratorio solos.

Composers: Two works with scores and recordings, if available. Live recordings are preferred; midi files acceptable.

Conductors: A recent video recording of the student conducting (vocal or instrumental).

In the News!

Visit Summer@Eastman’s blog for some great articles on the Eastman Experience, interviews with faculty, helpful tips, and much more!

Learn about the Eastman Experience from three different perspectives: a former Summer Classical Studies student (and current Eastman student), a Summer Classical Studies faculty member, and an Eastman School of Music Professor!

One of our Summer Classical Studies alumna was recently interviewed about her Eastman Experience and what she’s doing now!

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