Each year the New York State School Music Association (NYSSMA) hosts solo festivals throughout the state for students to receive adjudication and feedback from certified judges. These solo festivals also serve as the basis for acceptance into honors ensembles at the upper grade levels for groups like Intermediate All-County, Area All-State, State Wide Honors Band, and All-State ensembles. Additionally, students who participate have a clear focus to direct their technical and musical goals with their instrument or voice.
If you are considering registering your child for one or more NYSSMA solo festivals, please read this entire notice carefully.
There is a two step process to register your child for the NYSSMA festivals: 1) The completion and submission of Form for each student/festival/instrument that you desire to participate in. 2) The payment of NYSSMA fees with a check made out to the Greenburgh Central School District. Cash will not be accepted.
Fees: Levels 1-4 = $16, Levels 5&6 = $24
The following festivals are available for Greenburgh CSD Students:
Down County NYSSMA Solo Festival @ Bronxville High School - May 15 and May 16
This festival is for all band, chorus and jazz students as well as orchestra students performing level 5-6 solos.
Strings Level 1-4 Only NYSSMA Festival @ Edgemont MS/HS - March 27 and March 28
This festival is only for orchestra students performing level 1-4 solos.
Piano NYSSMA Festival @ Lakeland High School - June 5 and June 6
This festival is for classical piano soloists (jazz piano soloists should register for the Down County NYSSMA solo)
1. Participation in a NYSSMA Festival is an extra-curricular activity that is encouraged by the school district but not incorporated into the schedule or curriculum of the music department. Students who wish to participate are strongly encouraged to seek the assistance of a private instructor.
2. All students participating in a NYSSMA Festival must purchase two original copies of their solo (one for the student and one for the judge). Photocopies are strictly forbidden. If the piece has a piano part that is not being utilized, the judge may use the piano accompaniment as their copy. If a student is performing from memory, the judge may use the sole original as their copy. Please do not rely on the school to provide music for your child to use at the festival. Music is available from most local music stores and also can be searched for and purchased by instrument and NYSSMA level at https://www.hickeys.com/music/contests/NYSSMA/
3. NYSSMA solos range in difficulty from level 1 to level 6. Students should seek the advice of their private instructor or school music teacher to determine a level that is appropriate for them.
4. Vocalists have the option of using a recorded accompaniment or hiring an accompanist (see our list of private piano teachers on the document above). All-State soloists (vocalists and instrumentalists) are required to use a live accompanist. Greenburgh faculty do not accompany soloists at the festival and the Greenburgh school district does not provide for outside accompanists. Students must make arrangements in advance for both the performance and rehearsals of the music. It is advised that students and parents make these arrangements months in advance as the accompanists are in high demand. If a student chooses to utilize recorded accompaniment, they are responsible for bringing the play back equipment to the festival.
5. The NYSSMA manual is a copyrighted manual that is not to be duplicated. There is a new manual in effect as of July 2018. All private teachers who wish to have a list of solos are encouraged to join NYSSMA and purchase a manual for their private use. Greenburgh teachers are no longer permitted to photo-copy the NYSSMA manual for students or private teachers. Hickey's Music (see link above) has cataloged their music by level and is a good resource if the manual is not available.
6. All payments are final. NYSSMA does not provide any reimbursement for cancelled solos. NYSSMA also does not guarantee time slots or days. If you are registering for a festival, please be prepared that your assigned time and date might be different than what was requested. While this is rare, it has happened in the past. We will try to place our registration early to try to avoid conflicts.
7. Please complete the registration process by February 1, 2020.
8. All questions and registration information should be directed to Doug Denniston at email@example.com All registrations must be made through the google forms below, your child's music teacher will not be accepting registrations in person or via email. Checks are not accepted for NYSSMA registration.
Thank you, and best of luck to all of our talented musicians!