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MCSMA & NYSSMA Festivals

  • Students may elect to participate in solo or honors ensemble festivals throughout the school year.  Both our county (MCSMA: Monroe County School Music Association) and state (NYSSMA: New York State School Music Association) offer these opportunities.  Below you will find information on application dates and fees as well as festival requirements, dates and locations.



    NYSSMA Area All State Festivals:
    These festivals are for students who performed well on a solo at the NYSSMA Spring solo festival (either the April/June Conference solo festival or the May Pittsford In-House solo festival).  The teacher deadline for student applications and recommendations is June 30, 2020.  Those accepted will participate at the following festivals:

    November 2020 (Jr. High Area All State*) canceled

    November 2020 (Sr. High Area All State*) canceled 

    December 2020 (Conference All State*) canceled, however a virtual ensemble experience is planned for those students who are accepted


    *The Jr. High festival is for grades 7-9.  The Sr. High festival is for grades 10-12.  Both Area All State festivals include students from eight Western New York counties.  A participation fee of $18 per student must be paid (usually by MHS or FAME).  The Conference All State festival is for students in grades 11-12 who participated in the April/June Conference solo festival.  The Conference All State festival includes students from the entire state of New York.

     

    Congratulations to this year's Junior High Area All-State musicians (2019):

    Grace Wu (flute), band
    Jenny Zhao (flute), band
    Ella Henry (French horn), band
    Ethan Hess (French horn), band
    Natalie Schnose (trombone), band

     

    Congratulations to this year's Senior High Area All-State musicians (2019):
    Katherine Huang (flute), orchestra
    Emily Oldfield (clarinet), orchestra
    Madeleine Eckhardt (French horn), orchestra
    Kathy Yan (flute), band
    Olivia Harkin (clarinet), band
    Sydney Grossman (clarinet), band
    Sadie Oldfield (alto sax), band
    Molly Collins (trumpet), band
    Sadie Wallis (trumpet), band
    Alex Pogharian (euphonium), band
    Owen Oldfield (tuba), band
    Lauren Romanick (clarinet), alternate
    Emma Stenzel (trombone), alternate
    Libby Merkel (snare drum), alternate

     

     

    Congratulations to this year's Conference All-State musicians (2019):
    Emily Oldfield (clarinet & alto 2), Symphonic Band & Treble Chorus
    Katherine Huang (flute), alternate
    Kathy Yan (flute), alternate
    Sadie Oldfield (alto sax), alternate
    Alex Pogharian (euphonium), alternate


     

     

    MCSMA All County Festivals:
    MCSMA offers both classical and jazz solo festivals in January.  Performing well at these festivals may result in acceptance to the March All County ensemble festivals.  The teacher deadline for student registration with payment ($12 for solo levels 1-4 or $18 for solo levels 5-6) is November 15, 2020.  Solo festivals will be:

     

    January 2021 (Jazz Solo Festival) canceled

    January 2021 (Sr. High Solo Festival) canceled

     

     

    If accepted to the All County festivals, a participation fee of $8.00 per student must be paid (usually by MHS or FAME).  All County festivals will be:

     

    February 2021 (Jazz All County) canceled

    March 2021 (Sr. High All County) canceled

     

     

    Congratulations to this year's MCSMA All-County musicians:

     

     

     

     

     

     

    NYSSMA Spring Solo Festivals:

    NYSSMA offers two options for Spring solo festivals.  The Conference solo festival is for students in grades 10-11 (performing level 6 literature with accompaniment for a fee of $30) who wish to be considered for the following year's December Conference All State festival.  The teacher deadline for student registration with payment is March 26 2021 (Classical & Jazz).  The Pittsford In-House solo festival is for students in grades 9-12 who wish to be considered for the following year's November Area All State festival.  The teacher deadline for student registration with payment ($16 for solo levels 1-4 or $24 for solo levels 5-6) is March 26, 2021.  Solo festivals will be:

    May 14 & 15, 2021 (All State Classical & Jazz Solo Festival) at Canandaigua Academy

    May 18, 20120 (Pittsford In-house Solo Festival) at Calkins Road Middle School

    NYSSMA is considering the possibility of a virtual solo festival experience for all Spring solo festivals.

     

     


     

     

    Piano Accompaniment:

    Piano accompanists for solo festivals are optional (with the exception of the Conference All State audition held in June), however performing the prepared solo with piano accompaniment will prove to be a more enriching experience for both the performer and the listener (adjudicator).  In addition, using piano accompaniment provides an authentic opportunity to experience how musicians communicate and interact to reach a common goal.  Since piano accompanists are not required (with the above exception), they are considered a private investment and the fee for this investment varies based on the pianist.  In an effort to keep rehearsal costs down, you may ask the accompanist to make a recording of the piece to use as a practice tool or as the actual accompaniment for the audition.  In addition, some repertoire accompaniments can also be found on the software program Smart Music, which the school has a subscription to.  Please contact me with questions regarding piano accompanists or for suggested contacts.

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