Eastman Community Music School will host an open house from 2 to 4 p.m. on June 3 at Eastman School of Music, 26 Gibbs St., Rochester.
Students of all ages can learn more about the school, explore musical possibilities and sign up for lessons, classes and ensembles.
The open house ends a 10-day festival in which students showcase their accomplishments in a series of free recitals and concerts known as Springfest. Rochester music lovers can attend free performances on May 24-June 3 that feature choruses, chamber music and jazz sessions.
“In this day and time, when we are used to getting information virtually, there are so few opportunities to meet instructors in person and ask questions about the lessons, classes and ensembles we offer — that is what makes the ECMS open house so valuable,” said Petar Kodzas, ECMS director. “Most children don’t know what instrument attracts them until they see and touch the actual instrument and experience its unique sound quality firsthand. Parents will be able to experience our faculty members sharing their art with students, and see directly the innovative teaching methods they employ. And, just perhaps, parents might decide to enroll in lessons for adults, too.”
Open house highlights include an instrument petting zoo, demonstrations and booths with faculty members and students from all departments, a raffle, a catalog launch party with new class demonstrations, performances by students and faculty members and a preview of newly renovated Messinger Hall set to open in September.
Students wishing to join ECMS ensembles can participate in placements and auditions, as well as optional placement tests for theory and musicianship courses, from 4 to 7 p.m. Call (585) 274-1400 to reserve placement times.
Visit esm.rochester.edu/community for information.