Classical 91.5

Music In Our Schools Month 2018

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.  If you don't have an instrument to donate, you can support REF's work to send RCSD students to summer music camps.  Find out more.

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.

Photo by Benjamin Chappell (New York)

David Chin serves as the Artistic Director of the Hong Kong Bach Festival, Malaysia Bach Festival, and the East Malaysia Bach Cantata Singers and Orchestra, as well as the Principal Conductor of the Association of Toronto Chinese Evangelical Church Musicians in Canada.  In this conversation with WXXI's Brenda Tremblay, he describes the blooming appreciation for J.S. Bach in Malaysia and the teachers that first introduced him to Bach's sacred masterworks.

Ken Kreuzer

Dr. Ken Kreuzer, a native of Webster, New York, studied composition with Dr. Mark Taggart and Dr. Robert Carl. He is a graduate of Ithaca College, East Carolina University, and the University of Hartford, where he received a doctorate of musical arts in music composition.

He teaches fourth and fifth grade band at Manor Elementary in Honeoye Falls. After years of writing for professional musicians, he says that writing for his students has refined how he composes.

Hochstein School of Music & Dance

Learning to write a song is not as straight forward as say, learning to play a scale on the piano, but it can be taught.  

Dave Chisholm teaches rock bands, music technology, composition, and songwriting at Hochstein. He teaches students to write songs, through understanding patterns and pathways in music: 

A new way of playing J. S. Bach

Mar 9, 2017
Benjamin Chappell

David Chin directs choral activities at Roberts Wesleyan College.  He's also a Rochester musician and conductor who’s passionate about Bach.

In a conversation with WXXI's Brenda Tremblay he recalls the day piano teacher Daisy De Luca Jaffe opened his eyes to a new way of playing Bach's music.

David Chin conducts a performance of Bach’s St. Matthew Passion (BWV 244) Saturday, March 25, at 7:00 the Reformation Lutheran Church in Rochester.  Performing are Voices Chamber Choir and Orchestra, tenor Pablo Bustos as the Evangelist, and bass Cody Müller as Jesus.

Chocolate Fixes Everything

Mar 9, 2017

I love my mom.  But we fight.  I am just like her: stubborn. 

My mother signed me up for violin lessons at age four.  The majority of days following that fateful event, she told me to practice, made me practice, and grounded me for not practicing. The thing was though; one can practice for numerous hours in a day, but the next it has to be done all over again.  There was never a point where my practicing was enough or finished. 


This March, Mu Phi Epsilon, a musicians' fraternity, is presenting its Musician of the Year award to composer and performer Cary Ratcliff.  Cary has devoted his life to making music.  He’ll be honored in a special concert of his music in Kilbourn Hall on Sunday, March 12th at 4:00 p.m. 

WXXI’s Brenda Tremblay spoke to Cary about his high school music teacher at Santa Clara High School in Santa Clara, California. When Cary was a student, he says, Mr. Duane Garton offered a beautiful lesson for the whole school.

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).