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HAPpy Anniversary

A message from Executive Director, Lloyd Theiss, as we celebrate 25 years and look forward to the future.

Lloyd Theiss Our Director

From an undeveloped 52-acres to a scenic, sprawling campus, The Highlands at Pittsford has become the Rochester area’s premier senior living community. Now, with its first quarter-century in the books, there is much to celebrate about its past, enjoy in its present, and anticipate for its future.

In the 25 years since The Highlands welcomed its first residents, we have always worked as a community, for the community. It is this harmony that has led to our past successes and will allow us to continue to provide the highest quality services and amenities for generations of seniors to come.

The Highlands at Pittsford has always been a leader in senior living. In the early 1990s, Highland Hospital brought to Rochester the then novel concept of offering seniors a congregate living environment that provided various levels of support and care all on one campus. Today, under the much bigger umbrella of the University of Rochester, The Highlands continues to lead the way. In keeping with the University’s motto of “Meliora”, we are Always changing to Better our community.

Our affiliation with the University of Rochester has positioned us as the only university-affiliated retirement community in Rochester. The University connection enriches the lives of our residents through an array of educational opportunities as well as a seamless connection to its world-class academic health care system. Our residents benefit from access to some of the area’s finest educational and cultural offerings, including fascinating on-site lectures and discussions led by university faculty. The University’s ties to the Eastman School of Music and the Memorial Art Gallery offer additional enrichment opportunities. In addition, we have the outstanding guidance and support from University of Rochester senior management and a diverse and accomplished Board of Directors.

2020 marks my 14th year with The Highlands and I am very fortunate, and could not be more proud, to be part of this unique community. There is an intrinsic reward I get from working here. I love the residents and the staff. Out of 70 full-time employees, the average tenure with the Highlands is 9 years and a number of our staff members have been here for their entire career. We have many residents who have lived here for a decade or two.

The future is indeed bright at The Highlands at Pittsford, where we’ve set the bar for senior living and we continue to raise the standard.

Hear more from Lloyd as well as some of our residents and staff members!

We invite you to join us for a walk down memory lane with this timeline of major milestones at The Highlands at Pittsford.

‘U R’ In Tune with The Eastman School of Music-Music Learning in Early Childhood: What Difference Does It Make?

Donna Brink Fox, Ph.D.

Senior Associate Dean of Academic and Student Affairs, Eastman School of Music                    


Date: Thursday, February 13, 2020

Time: 4:00 pm-5:00 pm

The early childhood music program at the Eastman Community Music School is celebrating its 35th year of offering classes for young children and their parents.  The initial design for the program was sparked by Dr. Fox’s dissertation research on infant vocalizations and further grounded in theories of musical play.  Interest in the musical experiences of very young children has drawn international attention; classes, lessons, children’s concerts, and commercial music products are readily available, creating an explosion of opportunities for family music making.  What difference does it make when children have these early music experiences?  What role could you play in creating musical communities for children?

‘U R’ In Tune with The Eastman School of Music-The Eastman Rochester Organ Initiative and the Organs at Christ Church

David Higgs

Chair, Organ Department, Eastman School of Music                                                              


Date: Thursday, March 12, 2020

Time: 4:00 pm-5:00 pm


*Please note this lecture will be held on location at Christ Church:

141 East Avenue, Rochester, NY 14604

In this lecture, David Higgins will discuss the Eastman School’s efforts to make Rochester a pipe organ capital of North America, and demonstrate the pipe organs which are a result of those efforts, located inside the beautiful Christ Church Rochester.  Christ Church also holds important Tiffany windows and chancel decorations, which will be visible during the presentation.

Christ Church is located at 141 East Avenue, Rochester, NY 14604. 

Parking is available on street via pay station (credit card only) or meter parking on Lawn Street (behind the church).  Please note Lawn Street is one way from Chestnut Street to Broad Street.  There is also a parking garage where you can pay for parking at the East End Garage; enter from Main Street or Scio Street.  There is also a very small parking lot on Lawn Street, noted for Christ Church parking only.  Please enter through the Parish House Entrance, as it is handicap accessible.  This is the right-side entrance when facing the church from East Avenue.  The Main Entrance is also available, but does have stairs to climb.

This presentation will include both Mr. Higgins talking about and playing on the Historic American Romantic Hook & Hastings pipe organ.  Mr. Higgins will also perform on the Craighead-Saunders Organ.  Attendees will also be given the opportunity to look at this organ up close.  Small groups will be taken up a set of stairs to view the organ.

Please do not contact the church with any questions.  All questions will be handled by The Highlands at Pittsford at the phone number or email address listed below.

We look forward to taking this UR In Tune field trip with you!

‘U R’ In Tune with The Eastman School of Music-A Journey Through 30 Years of Recitals at Eastman

Tony Caramia

Director, Piano Pedagogy Studies, Eastman School of Music                                                              


Date: Thursday, April 9, 2020

Time: 4:00 pm-5:00 pm


This lecture is a glimpse into the creative process: how Professor Tony Camaria has chosen program; what his research has revealed; and what musicians Mr. Camaria has been fortunate to meet as a result.  Whether he is starting with a single word (“Keys” or “Dances”), celebrating an important birthday (George Gershwin’s or Harold Arlen’s 100th), or exploring jazz composed by European jazz musicians, the results have always been exhilarating and fun performances at Eastman.  This lecture will take you behind the creative process of Tony Caramia’s recitals at Eastman.

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