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NYSSMA, All-State, and All-County Festivals

NYSSMA 2021 Application

All payments and applications are due no later than Friday, February 5th, 2021.

Please e-mail Steve DeBellis with specific questions.


NYSSMA Dates 2021

The festival will not be a two-day in-person festival, but rather a window of time for students to upload their performances to the platform. The upload window for students to submit their performances is:

Wednesday, March 10th to Wednesday, March 17th, 2021, and
April 30th to May 7th for All-State, Instrumental Jazz, and Vocal Jazz.

Click here for the NYSSMA Virtual Festival Calendar.

Click here for Virtual Solo & Small Ensemble Festival Information and Video Tutorials.


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 an 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 it with payment to the School’s NYSSMA Coordinator as indicated above on the registration form.