Dear WCSMA Colleagues,

Happiest of New Years to you all!

At the end of this message please find the  pdf’s containing  information  of  Zone 11’s  2020 NYSSMA adjudication festivals:

A few points:

  • If you have questions about which festival your students should attend, please visit
  • ALL 2020  jazz, guitar, and harp adjudications will be held at the UP COUNTY festival.
    •  This includes jazz vocal and jazz piano adjudications. 
    •  If your school is a Down county participant, the up county deadline for jazz, guitar and harp submissions is MARCH 6, 2020,  a different deadline than the down county deadline. Please read the attachments for more information. 
  • As you prepare your students this year please note that the NYSSMA manual is the July 2018 edition # 32.
    • If your insert pages are yellow, you are using the correct version.
  • Please read and re-read the ‘R’ pages which tell you all adjudication rules and requirements.
  • Please read the manual’s introductory pages; anything with an arrow next to it is changed from previous editions.
  •  The jazz pages in the NYSSMA manual have been updated and expanded. 
    • If you are preparing a student for a jazz adjudication, please spend a few minutes reading explanations and rules.
  • Questions? PLEASE ask BEFORE preparing a student incorrectly!
  • 2020 FEES are  the same as last year and as follows: Solo & Ensemble: level 1-4 $16 (piano $22), Level 5-6 $24 (piano $30), All State $30

CONTINUING THIS YEAR: County Wide Strings-Only festival, level 1-4, March 27-28 in Edgemont.

  •  If you are sending your string students on a level 1-4 piece, they must attend this festival. 
    •  See the attached pdf for more information.

NYSSMA information can be found at  and at

NYSSMA registration for Zone 11’s Majors Festival is open.  Register  at

Solochair registration will be open for String 1-4 Festival on Thursday, January 9. 

All other festivals will open no later than Tuesday, January 21. 


All information is attached in pdf form – any questions, please write to me or your festival’s host.

Please share this information with your district’s music faculty.

Wishing all our students a successful, positive NYSSMA 2020 adjudication experience!
Nancy Torrente

NYSSMA Zone11 Representative