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NYSSMA, All-State, and All-County Festivals

All 2020 NYSSMA® solo festivals and major ensemble festivals are canceled
(click for details on NYSSMA site).

NYSSMA 2020 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 Mr. DeBellis.

Please see Steve DeBellis for more information.


Classical Guitar: All Levels
Kellenberg Memorial High School
March 27th and 28th 2020

Regular Solo Levels I- VI (Instrumental, Vocal, Jazz, No Guitar)
Mineola High School
May 29th & 30th 2020

All-State (Including Jazz & Vocal Jazz)
Mineola High School
May 29th & 30th 2020


Kellenberg Memorial High School
1400 Glenn Curtiss Blvd.
Uniondale, NY 11553

Mineola High School
10 Armstrong Rd.
Garden City Park, NY 11040