Classical 91.5

Music In Our Schools Month 2017

Music In Our Schools Month® is an annual celebration during March which engages music educators, students, and communities from around the country in promoting the benefits of high quality music education programs in schools.

This year WXXI Classical 91.5 is joining the celebration with a variety of on-air and online content. 

Classical 91.5 is partnering with the Rochester Education Foundation to collect musical instruments and supplies to provide used musical instruments for Rochester city students, increase city students' musical performance opportunities, support the purchase of musical instruments for in-school use, and provide summer music lessons for students. The program also provides new musical instruments to enable college-bound students to be successful.

Take in a musical or concert at one of the schools in our region.  Here's a comprehensive list of MIOSM celebrations in regional school districts.

Share a story, tribute or memory of a music teacher that makes a difference.

Learn more about MIOSM.

Ways to Connect

Musical Mentors

Mar 5, 2017

There were many adults in my life that inspired my musical interest. My parents, Fred and Marie Andres took their 3 year old son to classical concerts at the Eastman Theatre. Sometimes I fell asleep!

During elementary school, Miss Dolan from School # 35 and Miss Beckwith from School # 33 inspired me with the variety of songs taught during class. Miss Dolan insisted that I would sing an Irish lullaby solo on stage in 2nd Grade. That was my last solo! (read more)

Music in Our Schools Month, March 2017

Monroe, Orleans, Genesee, Livingston, Ontario and Wayne Counties

Wednesday, March 1

District Chorus Concert, Wayne Central Schools, Wayne Performing Arts Center – 7:00 pm

Band Prism Concert, Brighton High School, HS Auditorium – 7:00 pm

District-wide Choral Concert, Spencerport – 7:00 pm

All District Instrumental Concert, Albion Central School, HS gym – 7:00 pm

Thursday, March 2

Democrat and Chronicle

School of the Arts (SOTA) student Aliciana LoTemple fell in love with the bassoon, but the instruments available to borrow from the school left much to be desired.  That's when three of her teachers  got together and contacted the Rochester Education Foundation (REF).

Duke Performances - Duke University

Internationally respected pianist Jeremy Denk studied music at Oberlin College.  One night in his senior year, he went to hear the Hungarian pianist György Sebők, who was visiting from Indiana University. 

Jeremy is writing a book about Sebők, and his life as a piano student, that was sparked by an article he wrote in The New Yorker. He recently played a Brahms concerto with the RPO.

So much great teaching takes place in music school and conservatories across the country, where students are trained to teach the next generation.  American conductor and former Music Director of the RPO David Zinman spoke with WXXI’s Brenda Tremblay about the conductor he met at Tanglewood.  Maestro Zinman says the legendary Pierre Monteux changed his life.   

In November 2016, American conductor David Zinman, whose career has been distinguished by a wide-ranging repertoire, a commitment to contemporary music, and the introduction of historically informed performance practice, was appointed Distinguished Visiting Artist at the Eastman School of Music at the University of Rochester.

ROCmusic Collaborative

ROCmusic founder Alexander Peña says he has a dream for our city’s youngest musicians.

ROCmusic is an innovative arts-outreach program that engages children and their families in the experience of making and appreciating classical music. The program is designed to instill a love of learning, responsibility, respect, and academic success, ultimately positively affecting social change in our students and the communities surrounding them.

Sean Jefferson is a drummer who taught for a couple years in public schools, then went out on his own as a private music teacher.   He spoke to Mona Seghatoleslami about an often overlooked part of learning music.  

If you know how to physically move with your instrument, you get the most out of it with the least effort, and you make the instrument work for you, rather than you working for the instrument.

Sean Jefferson is the founder of the Rochester Contemporary School of Music.

North Carolina Music Hall Of Fame

One of the most successful professors at the Eastman School of Music is four-time Grammy Award-winning American tenor Anthony Dean Griffey.  Tony says he started his career a long way from the Metropolitan Opera.

Opera tenor Anthony Dean Griffey was born in High Point, North Carolina and holds degrees from Wingate University, the Eastman School of Music, the Juilliard School and was a member of the Metropolitan Opera’s Lindemann Young Artists Program.

ROCmusic Collaborative

ROCmusic offers tuition-free classical music instruction and instrument lessons to all children in grades 1-12 who reside in the city of Rochester, NY.  Eastman student and ROCmusic instructor Tahlia Cott shares how she brings a flare for improvisation to her students.

Tahlia Cott is a performer and educator currently pursuing her undergraduate degree in music education at the Eastman School of Music.  In addition to teaching at ROCmusic, she also teaches at the Kanack School of Music.