The Monroe County School Music Association is a cooperative organization supporting every music teacher in Monroe County.

We sponsor Solo Festivals for all grade levels in January, and Ensemble Festivals in March. MCSMA sponsors these festivals to enhance the school music experience for our most outstanding and committed student-musicians, so that they will bring to their home music ensembles the lessons they have learned and positively influence their district-wide music program.

We still need sites for our Elementary and

Junior High Festivals!


When was the last time YOUR school hosted a March festival?

All-County Instrumental Jazz Update

All-County Jazz Festival February 26-27, 2016Spencerport HS

This year, we are excited to welcome Nathan Parker Smith (Senior High) and the Institute for Creative Music’s Chris Teal and Chris Ziemba (Junior High) as the MCSMA All-County Jazz directors. Smith recently debuted his Nathan Parker Smith Large Ensemble album, Not Dark Yet, which received instant critical acclaim and is nominated for a GRAMMY. Teal is a founding member and co-director of the Institute for Creative Music, and Ziemba maintains an active teaching and performing schedule in the New York area.

MCSMA Jazz Solo FestivalJanuary 22-23, 2016Pittsford - Barker Road MS
Application Deadline: November 23, 2015

We would like to strongly urge you to consider sending your students to this year’s jazz solo festival. While there are numerous opportunities for students to participate in local jazz groups, most notably the Eastman Youth Jazz Orchestra, which includes students from many of your districts, the MCSMA All-County Jazz Festival is an opportunity for students todiscover new music while working with and learning from outstanding jazz musicians and educators.

For the past 5-10 years, coordinators of the MCSMA Jazz Ensembles have adapted the NYSSMA Manual jazz improvisation requirements, feeling that the requirements for level 4 were too difficult and lacked context. If you dig out your copy of the October 2015 edition of the School Music News magazine, you will see an article describing similar reasons describing why a committee was formed to revise the old requirements.

It is for the reasons outlined in this article, and to eliminate any confusion surrounding the improvisation requirements, that we are going to follow the new NYSSMA manual edition when it comes to the jazz improvisation requirements.

We will again assess the range of trumpet and trombone players by asking them to play a Concert Bb Major scale as high as they feel comfortable. This will not have any bearing on their score and will only be used to assist in distributing parts to accepted students.

If you have questions, please contact either of us for clarification.

Erik Piazza & Aaron Staebell
MCSMA Jazz Coordinators


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MCSMA is a county unit of the New York State School Music Association (NYSSMA)
and the National Association for Music Education (MENC).