NYSSMA, All-State, and All-County Festivals

NYSSMA 2019 Application

The New York State School Music Association (NYSSMA) sponsors an annual music performance festival each spring. Students who are interested in performing a solo for an adjudicator in order to receive feedback with comments as well as a numerical score, should consider attending this festival.

Attending the NYSSMA festival in the spring is the only way to be considered for the NMEA sponsored All-County Festival the following January. The scores generated at the NYSSMA festival are submitted to the Nassau Music Educators’ Association (NMEA) in September for consideration. Students are generally notified in early winter if they have been selected.

Students enrolled in 10th or 11th grade are permitted to audition for a NYSSMA Conference All-State music group. The difference between the All-State Conference and the NYSSMA Festival is that students who choose to compete at the All-State Festival will be considered for selection to the All-State Chorus, which takes place during the NYSSMA conference in late November or early December. Students who opt to perform an All-State solo will also receive comments and a score, and will be eligible for All-County. It is not necessary to attend both the All-State festival and the NYSSMA festival.

Students who are interested in going to either festival should prepare early and work with a music teacher to choose a piece from the NYSSMA manual. Once a song is chosen, please fill out the application (link above) and return with payment to Dr. Stuckenbruck.

Please see Dr. Stuckenbruck for more information.


Regular Solo
Levels I-VI

May 7th & 8th
at Hempstead HS

Jazz and Piano
Levels I-VI

May 7th & 8th
at Hempstead HS

Classical Guitar
All Levels
March 29th & 30th
at Syosset High School

All-State (Including Jazz & Vocal Jazz)
May 10th & 11th
at Uniondale High School


High School

201 President St.
Hempstead, NY 11550

High School

933 Goodrich St.
Uniondale, NY 11553

High School

70 Southwoods Rd.
Syosset, NY 11791