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Musicians of Rochester

Musicians of Rochester serves as a portrait of musical life in and around the greater Rochester, New York region. Inspired by Humans of New York, Classical 91.5 intern Bridget Kinneary started Musicians of Rochester early in 2015 as part of her Eastman Arts Leadership Internship program. This portrait continues to grow each month as interns and staff meet and share stories and insights from Musicians of Rochester. We invite you to visit this page often to meet new musicians and find out more about the music scene in Rochester. Click on the name of the artist to find out more about them or to hear an interview with them.

L to R starting at the top Sean Jefferson, David Costello, Gaelen McCormick Casey Springstead, Brian Williams, Siena Facciolo Orlando Diaz, Petar Kodzas, Herb Smith
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Erick Aceto, violinist and luthier
Andrew Alden, silent movie composer

Veronica Bain-Derby, singer & advocate for the people of Ghana
Maria Battista-Hancock, guitarist & music therapist
Al Biles, RIT Professor & jazz trumpeter

Kristine Bouyoucos, musician & printmaker

Sean Brabant, singer
Kathleen Bride, harpist & teacher
Stephanie Buell, student singer
Andy Calabrese, jazz pianist & composer
Philip Carli, silent movie pianist
Katherine Ciesinski, mezzo soprano and master teacher

Mitzie Collins, teacher & dulcimer expert
David Costello, pianist & composer
Orlando Diaz, pianist & composer

Brian Donat, cellist & teacher
Pete DuPre, Harmonica

Siena Facciolo, soul-folk singer/songwriter
Christopher Glatty, piano technician
Jeanne Gray, grandmother & teacher
Alma Haddock, student & cabaret singer
Oliver Hagen, contemporary pianist & conductor
Peter Hasler, trombonist & teacher

David Hochstein, composer & Founder of the Hochstein School
Kristin Jarvis, singer
Sean Jefferson, drummer & teacher
Lawrence Johnson, guitarist & bus driver

Alan Jones, retired music teacher, pianist & singer of American song

Henry Kearse, piano & Honky Tonk Henry

Reverend Kingfish, blues singer & guitarist
Bridget Kinneary, violist & teacher
Petar Kodzas, guitarist & teacher
Sister Anita Kurowski, singer & teacher
Gaelen McCormick, string bass & teacher
Ted McGraw, Irish music archivist

Honey Meconi, Professor of Musicology, U of R
Aristea Mellos, pianist & composer
Sergio Munoz, guitarist, violinist & teacher
Ayano Ninomiya, violinist

Leah Ou, pipa musician

Blake Pattengale, jazz guitarist and rapper

Alexander Pena, violist & teacher

Mark Phinney, organist & teacher

Dave Porter, optical engineer & trombonist
Evan Ritter, pianist & music festival co-director
Corrine Shaffer, cellist & swing dancer
Johnandrew Slominski, pianist & teacher

Herb Smith, trumpeter, teacher & advocate
Casey Springstead, conductor & teacher

Armenio Suzano, clarinet, saxophone & Dean of Greatbatch School of Music

David Temperley, composer & teacher
Bill Tiberio, saxophonist & teacher
Octavio Vazquez, composer & teacher
Neil Varon, pianist & conductor

Rachel Waddell, conductor & educator
Teryle Watson, cellist & teacher
Brian Williams, jazz bassist
David Ying, violinist & teacher
Melissa Zgouridi, opera singer
Danny Ziemann, jazz bassist
 

While David Hochstein is not, like most of our Musicians of Rochester, someone you can meet as part of Rochester's musical community today, his legacy continues to have an impact on our lives. As we commemorate Memorial Day, I wanted to share the story of this young musician who gave his life in service to his country. 

David Hochstein was born in 1892, and grew up on Joseph Avenue. His father, Jacob, was a highly educated Russian-Jewish immigrant who spoke six languages and ran a print shop out of their house. Jacob was David’s first violin teacher, but soon passed him on to other more knowledgeable musicians from Rochester’s European immigrant community.

Maya Temperley

David Temperley composes tuneful, expressive pieces in a classical mold, drawing on his experiences with chamber music and influences from the popular music he grew up listening to on the radio. He's also a music theorist who writes about rock music, including in his latest book The Musical Language of Rock

Read more about Temperley and his music in CITY Newspaper this week: "Having it Both Ways. The Music of Rochester Composer David Temperley."

You can also hear his music and story in this radio feature: 


Photo: Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra

He works on both sides of the podium with your Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, grooves at the Rochester International Jazz Festival and the Fringe Fest, teaches students of all ages, is a longtime participant with the Gateways Music Festival, and plays with the Gateways Brass Collective. Meet Herb Smith...a proud graduate of the Eastman School of Music, and one of Rochester's most versatile and vibrant musicians. Intrigued? You can hear Herb perform in the William Warfield Scholarship Fund concert on Sunday, January 12 at 3 PM in Kilbourn Hall. 

Musicians of Rochester: Blake Pattengale

Nov 27, 2019
Jacob Walsh/City Newspaper

A seemingly strange dichotomy is at work in the creative life of Rochester musician Blake Pattengale. A guitarist who graduated from Eastman School of Music in 2018 with a Bachelor’s degree in jazz performance, he’s also the rapper known as Redbeard Samurai.

“What I’ve kind of done through high school, college, and everything is just try out all these different musical hats and try out all these musical genres, and give myself license to do it,” Pattengale says.

Read more in Blake Pattengale: Song of the Samurai in City Newspaper.

Musicians of Rochester: Siena Facciolo

Aug 20, 2019

Siena Facciolo is a musician that channels every aspect of her being into each chord she plays or note she sings. Siena grew up in Vermont, where she started piano lessons at 6 years old and continued on to be a classically trained pianist and talented vocalist. In university, she spent two years at McGill (one year studying environmental sciences) before switching to their music program, and ultimately transferring to the University of Rochester to complete her undergraduate studies in music. As much as she enjoys performing her work, she also takes time to teach piano, and has offered private lessons throughout her music career.

Musicians of Rochester: Reverend Kingfish

Jul 29, 2019
Aaron Winters

Nietzsche famously said, ‘if you stare into the abyss, the abyss stares back at you.’ Reverend Kingfish likely did so, and decided to write a song about it. After many years away from his home, The Reverend has returned to Rochester to shake things up with his guitar.

Musicians of Rochester: Leah Ou

Jul 1, 2019
Neal Ganguli

Leah Ou, who performs under the name O’s Pipa, moved from Chengdu, China to Rochester just last year. On her previous visits to Rochester, she took to busking at the public market (among other venues), and people began to take notice – after all, according to Leah, it’s not often there’s a pipa musician in Rochester.

Two young people from different backgrounds meet and fall in love -- and society tears them apart.  You may recognize that as "West Side Story."

Here's another story: Two young people from different backgrounds meet and fall in love -- and end up making music together all over the world. 


Musicians of Rochester: Katherine Ciesinski

May 3, 2019
katherineciesinski.com

I see myself as an educator, and over time I have also seen myself more broadly as a part of the healing community, that music is a healing force. My participation in music and my representation of a living entity, bringing music to life and engaging with audiences, is a healing act.

This is Professor Katherine Ciesinski.

Meet Rachel Waddell. She’s the Director of Orchestral Activities at the University of Rochester

She describes music as a “performing tool to bring people together" and views her work with the orchestras at the University of Rochester’s River Campus as a chance to have people challenge themselves, and society. 

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