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Petar Kodzas as new Associate Dean to the ECMS

May 11, 2017
Michelle Martorell

On February 27, 2017, it was announced that guitar teacher Petar Kodzas was named Associate Dean of the Eastman Community Music School (ECMS).   “I am deeply honored to have an opportunity to contribute to [Rochester’s] musical future through my role as an Associate Dean” Kodzas says.  His vision for the future is to make music more relevant.  Growing the ECMS programs and keeping them healthy and successful, Kodzas’ hope is to find new ways to involve more people in music making and music listening.  

There's a musical asterisk on French president-elect Emmanuel Macron's bio: He is an avid amateur pianist. It's a facet of his life occasionally noted in passing, as in this piece from the French radio network Europe 1 titled "The Things You Don't Yet Know About Emmanuel Macron." Along with mentioning his abiding fondness for karaoke, Europe 1 reported that he studied piano for 10 years at the music conservatory in Amiens, where he won third prize.

Another day, another study undercutting the myth surrounding the 18th-century Italian violin maker Antonio Stradivari.

Since the early 20th century, musicians and instrument experts have been trying to figure out what, if anything, makes the violins he made sound better.

For professional musicians, the instrument on which they play is more than just a tool of the trade. It can also be a muse, a partner and a voice.

Min Kym started playing the violin at age 6 and won her first competition at 11. Now, the former child prodigy is the author of a new book: Gone: A Girl, A Violin, A Life Unstrung, in which she shares her story of finding her perfect partner — only to have it stolen away.

Although more women have been winning Pulitzer Prizes for music lately, it's still next to impossible to hear works by female composers performed by America's symphony orchestras.

This year's Pulitzer winner, Du Yun, has a lot to say about the situation.

Conductor Gustavo Dudamel — one of the most famous Venezuelans in the world today and one of the world's most prominent classical musicians — issued an open letter today to the president and government in his native country.

Long reticent to address politics directly, he has published his comments in a letter titled "Levanto Mi Voz / I Raise My Voice," in both Spanish and English. (The full text is below, in both languages.)

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Courtney Lewis, who has been a guest conductor for your Rochester Phiharmonic Orchestra, is now  Music Director for the Jacksonville Symphony. He's given serious thought to where the orchestra players should sit.  In fact, he has two different seating plans, depending on the program. So who sits where and why?

As a composer, I entered a profession in which I knew I could actively alter our fractious present using the incomparable tools of art. After all, the intellectually curious and essentially progressive landscapes of our concert halls and opera houses seem like the perfect arenas in which to harness momentum for change and, through the aspirational craft of music, feel the resurrection of hope in the midst of despair and apathy.


The Rochester Music Hall of Fame is getting ready to welcome a new class of inductees. We talk to some of the members and have some fun with local music. Our guests:

  • Bruce Pilato, RMHF board member and show producer
  • Jack Whittier, RMHF board vice president
  • Joe Beard, 2017 inductee and legendary blues musician
  • Gary Lewis, 2017 inductee and 1960s hit maker
  • Samuel Adler, 2017 inductee and celebrated composer

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