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The University of Rochester’s Eastman School of Music has many offerings for the community to embrace and enjoy.

Mike Stefiuk, the Director of Concert Activities, and Petar Kodzas, the Associate Dean of the Eastman Community Music School, discussed some of those offerings Friday during News 8 at Noon.

“I see my job really as a continuation of the mission and vision that George Eastman set for us in 1921, and we’re growing that vision into the twenty-first century and making that next step,” said Kodzas. “We really have opportunities for every age and every level of musicianship. So, our goal is to attract as many people to music, because we believe that music is something that’s very important in human life. So, if you have a three month old, or three year old, or if you’re 33 or 93 there’s a way for us to offer you music lessons, ensembles, classes. So, we’re open and accessible and our hope is that as many people in the Rochester community take advantage of this right there in the neighborhood of Main Street.”

Stefiuk said as Kodzas is setting the Eastman Community Music School as the destination for learning about music in our community, he is focused creating a destination for concerts and entertainment. “I’m responsible for basically managing about 700 performances annually,” he said. “Many of those performances are actually free and open to the public – student ensembles, faculty recitals, student performing ensembles, et cetera. We also have the Eastman Presents Series, Eastman Performance Series in which we’re bringing in world class artists, even some of whom have been students here at the Eastman School of Music and have gone out to have very successful careers on their own.”

To learn more about these great opportunities through the Eastman School of Music, click here.

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