March: A Month in Review

March is our Music Education Month. From celebrating the next generation of musicians, to honoring dedicated music educators, your RPO values the role of music in being a creative and influential force in our community.


High School-age students take part in our annual Young Artist Auditions (YAA)

On March 10th, the Rochester Philharmonic League hosted the annual Young Artist Audition (YAA). Since 1955, the YAA has been the region’s most prestigious competition for high school-age musicians. Judged by professionals, with Music Director Ward Stare as a guest judge, the competition awards talent and dedication in Male Vocal, Female Vocal, Strings, Piano, and Instrumental categories. Winners receive awards and scholarships of up to $1,000, as well as the opportunity to perform with your RPO! Click here for a listing of this year’s winners.


Selfie with our ‘cowboy’ conductor on the final day of Intermediate concerts.

From March 12-15, we welcomed more than 7,000 third-through-fourth graders from across the five-county region, with 2,570 students from the Rochester City School District. Conductor Enrico Lopez-Yañez took them on a musical journey through the Wild West in search of gold, as students joined in the interactive concert with your RPO! 


Each year we present awards to music educators throughout our region.

On March 21, we presented awards to five outstanding music instructors in the region during our Zarathustra! concert. Each year, your RPO opens up nominations for outstanding music educators and professionals in our area. Congrats to Penny Kunkel (Charles Finney), Karl Carpenter (RCSD), Kathy Perconti (Wayne Central), Dr. Paul Shewan (Roberts Wesleyan), and Andrea Somerville (Greece Central). Congrats, winners! 


If you’ve noticed, we’ve updated our official blog! Launched earlier this month, we feature articles ranging from the history of Soviet music, to little snippets about film scores. Ever wondered how musicians ‘capture’ Springtime? Look no further.

Send in your reviews! From a local recital, to an album you listened to while at work, to an out-of-this-world performance you attended while on vacation, we would love to hear about you and your experiences. They will be made available on our blog. Reviews should be 300 words or less, with your name and where you’re from. Pictures encouraged! Email us at


This month, we collected foodstuffs in partnership with Foodlink.

Earlier this month, the Neighbortones launched a food drive in conjunction with Foodlink. Staff and musicians were encouraged to donate non-perishable foodstuffs and canned goods, collected in our Patron Services Lobby throughout the month. Thank you, team!


(Click titles for program information)

Michael Francis Conducts Rachmaninoff
Apr 11 & 13
7:30pm & 8:00pm – Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre

Around the Town
Apr 24-26
7:00pm – locations vary

The Music of Queen
Apr 27
7:30pm – Kodak Center, 200 West Ridge Road

Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Missing Maestro
Apr 28
2:00pm – Hochstein Performance Hall

Bravo Italiano
May 5
2:00pm – Hochstein Performance Hall

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