Rochester Academy of Music & Arts teams with Abbott’s to feature local kids in Disney Showcase event

Local music students to perform Disney songs in a showcase concert, featuring costumed characters, photo opportunities, Abbott’s Custard, and more.
An Academy student prepares to eat some “Frozen” custard in her Elsa costume
An Academy student prepares to eat some “Frozen” custard in her Elsa costume
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ROCHESTER, N.Y. - Aug. 20, 2014 - PRLog -- On Friday September 19, the St. Paul Abbott’s will be filled with Disney Magic, as local music students gather to perform Disney songs in a special showcase event. The performers are attendees of the Rochester Academy of Music & Arts-- Western New York’s largest privately-owned music school. The Academy has partnered with Abbott’s, who will be hosting the event, featuring costumed characters, photo opportunities, frozen custard, and more. The showcase will take place at 6:30 pm, and is free and open to the public. Attendees are welcome to wear Disney-themed costumes to the event.

Rochester, Please Be Our Guest

The idea for a Disney-themed concert began with Academy teacher Katie Fisher. According to Fisher, “I was looking for something new and exciting to do with my students this summer, when I had the idea of utilizing the music of Disney. Summer is a time for fun, and Disney songs fit the bill, while still providing students the challenge of applying the fundamentals they’ve learned thus far.”

When Academy events coordinator Brigid Harrigan heard Fisher’s idea, she decided to run with it, contacting Abbott’s and securing a venue. “I felt that Katie’s idea had the potential to be a wonderful event not just for the Academy, but for the Rochester community. We love supporting the arts, and Abbott’s was very excited to be able to showcase local talent.”

A Whole New World, Where Education Meets Fun

Because the Academy grows larger every summer, it was a unique challenge to find a theme that would fit an ever-increasing number of students. “Our reasoning behind the theme is pretty simple,” explains Harrigan. “Disney, much like music itself, is a kind of universal language. Students of all ages and backgrounds will be performing at the event. But no matter your age or upbringing, we all have a favorite Disney film.” Harrigan continues, “Students were encouraged to make their own song selections for the event—to choose the songs that really speak to them as individuals. At the Academy, we always encourage students to work with music they love, and this event is a perfect showcase for that philosophy.”

About the Rochester Academy of Music & Arts

The Rochester Academy of Music and Arts, located at 161 Norris Drive, is Rochester’s largest family-owned and family-oriented music school. In 2014, the Academy was the recipient of a national award for music school excellence. The Academy has been featured by many news outlets, including the Democrat & Chronicle, News10, In Good Health, City Newspaper, Freetime Magazine, and more. The Academy is highly active in the Rochester community-- performing on Frontier Field, hosting fundraisers for local charities, and supporting arts education. It was founded by Hungness in January of 2007, starting with only 14 students. In just seven years, it has grown into a major presence, boasting over 300 students, 20 teachers and an office staff. For more information, please visit

About Abbott’s Frozen Custard

Abbott’s Frozen Custard is a prominent frozen desert franchise, and a major staple of the Rochester NY region. Founded in 1902 by Arthur Abbott with a single location, Abbott’s now features over 40 shops across the US. Abbott’s Downtown is one of Rochester NY’s largest locations, featuring the customary frozen custard shop, as well as a full-service restaurant. More information can be found at

Event Details:

Rochester Academy of Music & Arts / Abbott’s Downtown

What: Disney Showcase Concert

Where: 72 St Paul St, Rochester, New York 14604

When: Friday, September 19th 6:30 pm


A professional photographer will be present at the event. Pre- and after-event interviews are available to members of the media. For more information the media can contact the event organizer directly at 585-313 -3734 (tel:585-313%20-3734%20\%20_blank) or at

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