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Eastman's CED gets new name, location

The Eastman School of Music's Community Education Division (CED), the noncollegiate division that offers students of all ages and ability levels opportunities to learn and perform music, has changed its name and will soon be moving to a new location.

The new name, Eastman Community Music School, is the result of an 18-month review process involving CED faculty, administration, students, and parents, along with senior administration from the Eastman School.

"Most people would agree that the current name--especially when referenced by the letters 'C-E-D,' as it most commonly is--has never embodied the essence or the excellence of our outstanding community education division," says James Undercofler, director and dean of the Eastman School. "The CED has always been a full-fledged community music school within the setting of our world-renowned collegiate division--yet often has been overshadowed by it. The new name ultimately was selected because it most clearly and accurately sums up the essence of the CED to people both inside and outside the school."

Despite the name change, the Eastman Community Music School's relationship to the Eastman School of Music remains unchanged, and all current lessons, courses, programs, and ensembles presently offered through the CED will continue, with periodic enhancements.

In addition to a new name, the school will also have a new location: the highly visible "storefront" location in the Lincoln Building on the corner of East Avenue and Gibbs Street (formerly home to the Rochester Broadway Theatre League and Ticket Express). A gift by East-man Board of Managers member and University Trustee Martin Messinger has allowed the Eastman School to purchase the building at 10 Gibbs Street, which will provide administrative and faculty studio space for the school.

When renovations are complete, the new location will fully accommodate the Community Music School's need for space, long an issue at its current location in Eastman's main building at 26 Gibbs Street.

"For years, the CED offices have been tucked away on the fourth floor of the School's main building, and faculty studio space has been scattered throughout the building," adds Undercofler. "While CED students and faculty will always have a presence in Eastman's main building, this new location will be much more accessible for them and will make Eastman's role in community education much more visible to the public as a whole. Plus, it extends and further establishes Eastman's downtown 'campus' on Gibbs Street."

"We're ecstatic about these changes," says Howard Potter, Eastman's associate dean for community and continuing education. "Since the days of George Eastman, community education has always been an important part of the Eastman School of Music--albeit under different names. Now, as the Eastman Community Music School, the Rochester public will have a clearer understanding of how we serve the community."

For information on the school and its lessons, courses, and offerings, call x4-1400 or visit

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