Eastman School of Music, University of Rochester

Industrialist and philanthropist George Eastman, founder of Eastman Kodak Company, established the Eastman School of Music in 1921 as the first professional school of the University of Rochester. Through the efforts of Eastman, Howard Hanson (Eastman Director from 1924-1964), and University President Rush Rhees, the Eastman School became an innovator in American music education. The original vision of a music school dedicated to the highest levels of artistry and scholarship, to the broad education of young musicians within the context of a university, to the musical enrichment and education of the greater community, and to the promotion of American music and musicians, is still alive and vital through the Eastman School’s numerous creative endeavors.
Today, more than 900 students are enrolled in the Collegiate division of the Eastman School of Music — about 500 undergraduate and 400 graduate students. They come from almost every state, and approximately 25% are from other countries. Each year about 280 students enroll, selected from more than 2,100 applicants. They are guided by more than 95 full-time faculty members.


Address: 26 Gibbs Street
Postal address:
Postal ZIP, City:
Tel: +1/5852741020
Fax: +1/5852762150
E-mail: jhain@esm.rochester.edu
Website: http://www.esm.rochester.edu
  • +Academic Year »
    Start term 1: beginning of September
    Start term 2: mid-January
  • +Curriculum and Developments »
    Young talent/pre college: Yes
    1st cycle: Yes
    Duration of bachelor: 4 years
    2nd cycle: Yes
    Duration of master: 2 years
    3rd cycle: Yes
    Pop and Jazz Programme: Yes
    Early Music Programme: Yes
    World Music Programme: Yes
    Pedagogical studies: Yes
    New Technology Studies: No
  • +Exchange Programmes and Information for Incoming Students »
    Use of ECTS system: No
    Required language skills: English
  • +International Relations Coordinator (IRC) »
    First name: John
    Surname: Hain
    Title: Associate Dean of Academic and International Affairs
    Function: Associate Dean of Academic and International Affairs
    Phone: +1/5852741020
    Fax: +1/5852762150
    Email: jhain@esm.rochester.edu
    Assistant email:
    IRC workgroup member: No
    Other contact addresses IRC office: