NYSSMA MAJORS

Majors is an opportunity for a multi-member group to go and have a performance as a group evaluated by a panel of judges.  Performance Selections are made partially from the Ensemble listings in the Current NYSSMA manual. The entire process gives feedback that can help the group's performance skills.

SOLO FESTIVAL

Solo Festival involves one place with many teachers from out of the area who are trained in NYSSMA adjudication seminars to listen to solo performances and give constructive feedback and a rating to students who prepare selected solo literature. These ratings are used as criteria for both Zone (Area All- State) and New York State (All- State) level festivals. 

BI-COUNTY

Bi-County Festivals are events where students from all participating districts come together to rehearse and perform repertoire selected by a guest conductor for large group performance. Bi-County Festivals generally include a rehearsal day and another day of rehearsal/concert. 

 

The locations vary for each festival.

 

There is an opportunity for students at the 5th - 12th-grade levels to perform in band and chorus each year. 

 

If your student comes home with paperwork, that means they are eligible to participate.  There is a selection process.  All participants are expected to be in attendance for the FULL TIME PERIOD LISTED on the application.*  

AREA ALL-STATE

Area All-State Festivals are events where students from all participating districts come together to rehearse and perform repertoire selected by a guest conductor for large group performance. AAS Festivals generally include a rehearsal day and another day of rehearsal/concert. 

 

The locations on even-numbered years are typically held at at the Crane School of Music in Potsdam, NY. The locations on odd-numbered years are typically held at Indian River High School in Philadelphia, NY.

 

There is an opportunity for students at the 9th -12th grade to perform in a concert band, full orchestra, and mixed chorus each year.

 

If your student comes home with paperwork, that means they are eligible to participate.  There is a selection process.  All participants are expected to be in attendance for the FULL TIME PERIOD LISTED on the application.*  

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