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    2021 Virtual NYSSMA Solo/Ensemble Festivals 

    All festivals will be held virtually, with students uploading recordings that will be adjudicated by certified NYSSMA judges who will have been trained for the virtual format.


    Student Guide to the NYSSMA Virtual Solo/Ensemble Festival


    NEW! Electronic Registration for Port Washington School District NYSSMA Students (ELECTRONIC REGISTRATION IS HIGHLY RECOMMENDED):

    2021 NYSSMA Piano (Non-Jazz) Online Registration (Payment link included)

    2021 NYSSMA Solo/Ensemble (No Classical Piano) Online Registration (Payment link included)


    Direct Link for Payments Only: 2021 Online NYSSMA Payment 


    Registration Fees:

    Levels 1-4: $16

    Levels 5-6: $24

    Level 6 All-State: $30 


    Información en español:

    Hoja de información del NYSSMA para piano en español (excepto piano de jazz)

    Hoja de información de NYSSMA para solista y conjunto en español (sin piano clásico)


    Printable Forms (For non-electronic registration): 

    2021 NYSSMA Piano Solo (Non-Jazz) Printable Registration Form

    2021 NYSSMA Solo/Ensemble (No Classical Piano) Printable Registration Form

    2021 NYSSMA Adjudication Festivals Performance Upload Dates

      (Please note that all solos/ensembles MUST be selected from the CURRENT NYSSMA Manual Edition 32, dated July 1, 2018)  

    Piano Festival (Except jazz piano)

    Registration Deadline: Friday, January 15th

    Piano Levels 1-6 (non-jazz) Upload Period: Tuesday, February 23rd-Tuesday, March 2nd


    Solo/Ensemble Festivals (Except classical piano)

    Registration Deadline: Friday, January 29th

    Level 1-4 (includes jazz piano, no vocal jazz) Upload Period: Monday, March 15th-Monday, March 22nd

    Level 5 & 6 and All-State (includes non-all-state jazz piano, no vocal jazz) Upload Period: Friday, March 12th-Friday, March 19th

    All-State Instrumental Jazz and ALL Vocal Jazz Upload Period: Friday, April 30th-Friday, May 7th 

    Levels 1-6 Harp Upload Period: Friday, April 16th-Friday, April 23rd

    Classical Guitar Upload Period: Wednesday, March 17th-Wednesday, March 24th


    The New York State School Music Association (NYSSMA) annual Solo and Ensemble Festival is an opportunity for students to receive an objective evaluation of a musical performance. Participating in NYSSMA requires a student to perform a solo, scales, and sight-reading for an adjudicator. The student will receive a numerical and written evaluation. While NYSSMA is open to all students, please discuss with the school music teacher or a private teacher regarding whether your child is ready to participate in this type of evaluation.

    NYSSMA is an excellent chance for students to grow musically and rise to new challenges in their musical endeavors.

    Please note that this year's NYSSMA scores are the main criteria for next year's NMEA All-County selection committee.