ROCHESTER’S MUSIC HALL OF FAME
In March 2009, an editorial appeared in the Democrat and Chronicle newspaper authored by local musician, Karl LaPorta. He wrote about his vision to have a place in the city where local musicians and their accomplishments could be honored. A place where Rochester’s proud musical history could be celebrated and put on display.
Based on the overwhelmingly positive reaction to his editorial, Karl quickly assembled an eclectic group of supporters, each bringing a different set of skills and a unique perspective to the table including: a prominent local politician, members of the media, business people and of course, musicians. From initial meetings a core group of dedicated and determined volunteers soon formed and began to work out the details of what a “Rochester Music Hall of Fame” should look like. In less than two years, Karl’s vision became a virtual reality.
In 2018 Rochester Music Hall of Fame, INC. took a giant step forward when it opened the doors to its first brick and mortar facility located on the ground floor of the Miller Center building at 25 Gibbs St., Rochester, NY. The building, which also houses the widely acclaimed Sibley Music Library, is part of Eastman School of Music/University of Rochester’s Gibbs St. campus which includes the famed Eastman Theatre.
FOUNDING MEMBERS (2009)
NOT FOR PROFIT
The Rochester Music Hall of Fame, Inc. (RMHF) is a 501(c)(3) not for profit organization. It is supported solely by sponsors, patrons, grants, and event ticket sales. Donations to the Rochester Music Hall of Fame, Inc. are tax deductible in the US to the extent permissible by law. Its board of Directors is composed entirely of volunteers who receive no form of monetary compensation. All funds are used in the furtherance of its mission.
The area of its interest is the Greater Rochester Region which encompasses the following counties: Monroe, Orleans, Genesee, Wyoming, Livingston, Ontario, Yates, Seneca and Wayne.
Currently we produce an annual Induction Ceremony for RMHF inductees and have joined with other organizations to produce or participate in other music related events in the community. Throughout the year board members involved with our school outreach program visit schools in the Greater Rochester Region to give talks to students of all grades about our organization, local music history and job opportunities in the field of music. The talks are often accompanied by video clip presentations of our Induction Ceremonies and live musical performances. Requests to schedule one of our outreach talks for your school, classroom or organization can be made through our “Contact” form on this website.
Since the opening of the Music Hall of Fame facility at 25 Gibbs St., Rochester, NY, a variety of events have taken place there including a series of talks called “BOOKS BACKSTAGE.” Featured authors of music related books discuss the topic of their publications along with their writing process. There are book signings and some talks may include live musical performances.
Another program which was initiated in 2019 is “The Grove Place Jazz Project.” Every Tuesday we present an evening of jazz at the RMHF on Gibbs St. with Eastman School of Music students taking the stage.
ABOUT THE RMHF TROPHY
The design for the RMHF trophy was conceived by local artist, Mark McDermott. Mark personally handcrafts each and every trophy given out to the inductees making them all unique works of art. Each trophy is personalized with an inductee’s name and year of induction engraved on a brass nameplate.