Rochester Arts Scene

Rochester is home to a vibrant performing arts scene.

The region’s entertainment offerings brims with all styles of great music, theater, dance, and musical theatre. As a Performing Arts Scholar, you’ll receive funding to attend and enjoy a variety of shows, concerts, and festivals, allowing you to immerse yourself in both the RIT and Rochester performing arts communities.

Highlights of Rochester’s notable organizations and performing venues include:

Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra

Grammy Award winner 2020. One of the great American orchestras, the RPO is the region’s premier cultural organization and is recognized nationally for artistic excellence and innovation.


Rochester International Jazz Festival

The CGI Rochester International Jazz Festival has quickly become one of the nation's most popular and respected music festivals. This city-wide music festival attracts visitors from all over the U.S. and the world.

Rochester International Jazz Festival

Kilbourn Hall at the Eastman School of Music

Considered by many to be one of the finest chamber music halls in the world, Kilbourn Hall presents extraordinary guest artist recitals, chamber music and jazz performances, and opera productions.

Kilbourn Hall

Rochester Oratorio Society

The ROS presents live choral music of the highest quality. They engage and educate their community in a variety of musical genres.

Rochester Oratorio Society

Rochester Lyric Opera

The RLO presents a pleasing variety of musical experiences, educational opportunities, and community collaborations.

Rochester Lyric Opera

Kodak Hall at the Eastman Theatre

Kodak Hall is a magnificent theatre that showcases world-class talent performing all genres of music, dance, and popular entertainment.

Kodak Hall

Garth Fagan Dance

Grammy Award Winner, 1995, Tony Award Winner, 1998. Known around the world for his groundbreaking choreography of Broadway’s The Lion King, Garth Fagan is widely acknowledged as one of the most dynamic and original artists working in the field today - architect of a distinct new movement style, creator of over 75 works for theater and the concert stage, inspired teacher, and the man who transformed Rochester, NY into an incubator for world-class contemporary dance.

Garth Fagan Dance

Rochester Broadway Theatre League

The Auditorium Theatre, home of the RBTL, features a full season of touring Broadway shows. The Auditorium Theatre also hosts a number of live concerts, comedy, dramatic and family events throughout the year.

Rochester Broadway Theatre League

The Geva Theatre Center

Featuring world class theatre on two stages, the Wilson and the Fielding, the Geva Theatre Center is the region’s foremost professional theatre and the largest in New York State outside of Manhattan. Geva draws upon the talents of the country’s top actors, directors, designers and writers who are shaping the American theatre landscape.

Geva Theatre Center

The Blackfriars Theatre

Blackfriars Theatre is a mid-sized professional theatre that entertains audiences with exceptional theatrical arts using local talent.

Blackfriars Theatre