NYSSMA Solo Festival 2021

This year, the New York State School Music Association (NYSSMA) is holding its solo festivals virtually. This means that student performances will be uploaded during “upload periods” listed under the registration section. Performances consist of solo pieces (all performers) and scales (instrumentalists only); there is no sight-reading component this year. 

The New York State School Music Association (NYSSMA) sponsors a festival each spring in which students have the opportunity to perform for a judge in an audition format. This festival is an excellent opportunity for highly motivated musicians to engage in focused work towards a goal and develop their skills and confidence in the process. The NYSSMA written reports are a widely recognized evaluation that can be used for applications to a variety of musical opportunities such as Honors Choirs, All-County festivals, and music camps.

Who May Participate:
Highly motivated students who take private lessons on any instrument or voice type are welcome to participate, provided that: 1) the private teacher is familiar with NYSSMA requirements and agrees to oversee preparation for the audition, and 2) that the student is willing and able to put in the necessary preparation time.

Please note that this year, you must be working with a private teacher in order to participate. If you would like recommendations for private music teachers, feel free to contact the music department. 

How to Participate Virtually: 
The NYSSMA website has detailed information regarding how to participate virtually. Please read over all of the links on this page carefully with your child’s private music instructor.

Ms. Chen is also available to answer questions. 

NYSSMA’s participation fees are as follows:
Levels 1-4 = $16
Levels 5-6 = $24
Plus costs of purchasing sheet music.


Piano (all levels)
Registration deadline:
March 17
Upload period:
April 19-26


Voices and Instrument Solos (all levels)
Registration Deadline:
February 22
Upload Period:
March 16-23