• NYSSMA Information


    NYSSMA is the New York State School Music Association.  It is a professional association of music teachers from throughout New York State. NYSSMA’s parent organization is The National Association for Music Education. NYSSMA’s mission is to advocate for and promote music education in New York. They sponsor conferences and professional development opportunities for its teacher members, proactively advocate for music education throughout the state, and present many programs for students in its member schools. 

    NYSSMA is best known for sponsoring festivals each spring in which students have the opportunity to perform solos and small ensembles (duets, trios, etc.) for an impartial adjudication. This process has long been held up as one of the finest examples of authentic assessment and is designed to help students to improve their musical abilities. Participation in NYSSMA is voluntary and provides students an opportunity to evaluate their own level of achievement and to set goals for making progress.

    Click here to read more about NYSSMA and NYSSMA festivals. 


    2023 NYSSMA Festival Dates for Syosset CSD Students:

    Syosset Central School District students will attend the following NYSSMA Solo and Ensemble Festivals this spring. 

    Click on the festival for a copy of the application for that festival. 

    Each has a different application:


    Classical Piano, Jericho High School, March 10-11, 2023

    Levels I-IV, Cold Spring Harbor High School, March 17-18, 2023

    Classical Guitar, Holy Trinity High School, April 21-22, 2023

    Levels V-VI, All-State Auditions, and Harp, Syosset High School, May 5-6, 2023

    All-State Instrumental and Vocal Jazz Auditions, Hewlett/Woodmere High School, May 19-20, 2023


    Application Deadline: Friday, January 6, 2023

    All applications and fees must be turned in to your music teacher by January 6th

    Students not enrolled in a music course can turn in their application to any music teacher in their school. 

    Contact your music teacher for more information.


    2023 NYSSMA Festival Fees

    Level 1-4 solos/ensembles: $16.00

    Level 5 & 6 solos/ensembles: $24.00

    All-State: $30.00

    Levels 1-4 Harp: $16.00


    Piano Participation fees

    Level 1-4: $22.00

    Level 5-6: $30.00