Who we are
YEARS OF EXPERIENCE AND PROVEN RESULTS
Our association is made up of the Music Educators in the State schools of Jefferson and Lewis Counties in New York State. We also work with parochial schools and private teachers in the area. Our bi-county area, together with St. Lawrence County, to our north, comprises Zone 5 of the New York State School Music Association. Please visit the NYSSMA page for more information.
The area is mostly rural but has seen much development in the years since Fort Drum has become the Home of the 10th Mountain Division. Jefferson and Lewis Counties are located in upstate New York, east of Lake Ontario. We have one large city school district, and several larger districts impacted by Fort Drum. Some of our schools are K-12 districts covering comparatively large areas of land.
We work together to provide festival performance opportunities for our music students. Students meet criteria, prepare challenging repertoire, and then perform for their parents and the public. This gives students in smaller schools the chance to sing with numbers and instrumentation that expand their musical horizons.
This website is designed to provide information on the public school, music-related events available to students in our bi-county area under the purview of this association, and with the support of our parent organization: N.Y.S.S.M.A.
Thank you for visiting~ As an up-to-date group of professionals, we want to give you the opportunity to stay in touch with our festival information and our scholarship and performance opportunities.
The emphasis of our site is on the opportunities we have to educate students and promote the value of music education and performance in our schools and the community. This topic is certainly of interest to you. Please continue to check the site for updated information.
If you are not familiar with our association and your first contact with us is online: We would be pleased to hear from you! We will be more than happy to help with any questions we can answer. Please visit the contact page and leave us a message. We are happy and excited to help however we can.
Alexandria Central Schools
Beaver River Central Schools
Belleville-Henderson Central Schools
Carthage Central Schools
Copenhagen Central Schools
Faith Fellowship Christian Schools
General Brown Central Schools
Harrisville Central Schools
Immaculate Heart Central Schools
Indian River Central Schools
LaFargeville Central Schools
Lowville Central Schools
Lyme Central Schools
Sackets Harbor Central Schools
South Lewis Central Schools
Thousand Island Central Schools
Town of Webb Union Free Schools
Watertown Central Schools
Jefferson-Lewis Music Educators Counsel
Mrs. Sara Gleason, Watertown Central School District
Ms. Maresa Badour, Carthage Central School District
Mrs. Shelly Peck, LaFargeville Central School District
Mr. Stephen Hirst, Watertown City Schools
Executive Band Chair
Mrs. Andrea Wischerath, Watertown City Schools
Executive Band Chair
Mrs. Connie Bast, South Jefferson Central Schools