About Us

Dear Music Teacher:

Welcome to Westchester County and the Westchester County School Music Association.

 

Our membership is comprised of instrumental, vocal and general music teachers in public and private schools, universities and colleges in Westchester County. Administrators, school district music directors or chairpersons, principals, private teachers (i.e. studio or conservatory), NYSSMA Executive Board members, and persons involved in music industry are also members. In recent years our membership has exceeded 400. In general, our purpose is to foster and encourage the improvement of music programs in the schools of Westchester County.

 

WCSMA was formed in 1954 with the merger of the Westchester Instrumental Music Educators Association and the Westchester Vocal Music Teachers Association. In January 1972, the Association was granted corporate status by the Department of State of the State of New York and received its Certificate of Incorporation as WESTCHESTER COUNTY SCHOOL MUSIC ASSOCIATION, INC. With incorporation, the Association became a non-profit tax-exempt educational organization. WCSMA is a county unit of the New York State School Music Association (NYSSMA) and is designated as ZONE 11 of NYSSMA’s fifteen geographical zones.

 

Throughout the school year, a monthly Newsletter is mailed to WCSMA members. Please be sure to read the Newsletter, for it is the source of all information, announcements, calendar dates and deadlines, and other WCSMA/NYSSMA news and items of interest.

 

In affiliation with NYSSMA, WCSMA sponsors annual SPRING EVALUATION FESTIVALS. Vocal and Instrumental major groups, small ensembles and soloists perform and receive a rating. Students currently in grades 10 & 11 may qualify for participation in the NYSSMA CONFERENCE ALL-STATE performing groups, students in grades 9-11 may audition for Area All-State, and students in grades 6-8 may audition for Intermediate All-County Band/Orchestra through this evaluation process. The Evaluation Festivals are held from April-June; the NYSSMA Conference, Area All-State and Intermediate All-County Festival take place the following November/December.

 

WCSMA sponsors four ALL-COUNTY MUSIC FESTIVALS:

Elementary Festival – grades 4,5,6
Intermediate Festival – grades 7,8,9
High School (Area All-State) Festival – grades 10,11,12
High School (Area All-State) Jazz Festival – grades 10,11,12

 

All of the Festivals, with the exception of the Jazz Festival, feature a Band, Orchestra, and Chorus. Each has a Festival Coordinator, who is assisted by a Chairperson for each performing group. As a member of WCSMA, your vocal and instrumental students are eligible to audition and participate in the annual festivals.

 

In every school district or private school, WCSMA has a designated “Primary Contact Person”. The Primary Contact Person is cognizant of the activities of WCSMA and is there to help new teachers get involved in the organization.

 

The first general membership meeting is held in the “fall” season of the school year and is WCSMA’s annual “Open House”. This meeting is open to all music teachers in the county.

 

The WCSMA Executive Board welcomes your active participation in your county organization.

 

To join WCSMA or renew your membership please visit Solochair.com. You will be able to print an invoice and then mail a copy of the membership application, with your dues check to:

Caitlin Corvini
WCSMA Membership

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