Practice Rooms


The Aqueduct rooms within the Rochester Riverside Convention Center have been reserved exclusively as warm-up/rehearsal rooms and will be open during the following times:

Thursday, October 7
7:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Friday, October 8
7:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Saturday, October 9
8:00 a.m. – 12 noon


Please note the following:

  1. Practice rooms are provided for warm-up & rehearsal specifically related to this conference. Those preparing non-conference related projects must make their own arrangements elsewhere for practice facilities.
  2. 30 minutes per presentation or ensemble (NOT PER PERSON) is allowed on each day. Ensembles should appoint one member of the group to reserve on behalf of the group, and reservations should be made under the ensemble’s name.
  3. If any vacancies remain on the practice room schedule once the conference has started, an additional 30 minutes per presentation or ensemble may be reserved.
  4. Each practice room will contain an upright piano, single bench, and 2 music stands. Performers who require additional stands for rehearsal must provide their own.
  5. Pianos may not be prepared or altered in any way, including the insertion of objects into or onto the strings.
  6. Kindly display the utmost in professional courtesy regarding piano usage and room sharing.


In addition to the rehearsal space described above, specific times have been allotted for set-up and sound-check in the concert space related to the Showcase Concert programs according to the following schedule:

Showcase Concert I: CMS Performers & Composers
Thursday, October 7
Grand Lilac Ballroom South
Set-up & Sound Check: 12 noon–1:15 p.m.
Concert Begins: 1:30 p.m.

Showcase Concert II: CMS Performers & Composers
Thursday, October 7
Hatch Recital Hall, Eastman School of Music
Set-up & Sound Check: 5:00–6:30 p.m.
Concert Begins: 7:30 p.m.

Showcase Concert III: CMS Performers & Composers
Friday, October 8
Hatch Recital Hall, Eastman School of Music
Set-up & Sound Check: 2:30–4:00 p.m.
Concert Begins: 4:30 p.m.

Showcase Concert IV: CMS Composers
Saturday, October 9
Hatch Recital Hall, Eastman School of Music
Set-up & Sound Check: 10:30 a.m. – 12 noon
Concert Begins: 1:30 p.m.

The concert manager for each of the above programs will reach out directly to those involved in each concert with specific schedules for these rehearsal periods.


An online practice room schedule will be established for this conference, and attendees will be able to reserve space on a first-come, first-served basis via computer, cell phone, or tablet. Please look for a future announcement containing instructions on how to reserve.