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NAfME-Collegiate/NYSSMA is the new name for CMENC (Collegiate Music Educator’s Conference). NAfME-Collegiate/NYSSMA is our collegiate connection to the National Association for Music Education (NAfME) and the largest state organization of Music Educators in the country, the New York State School Music Association.
Our collegiate Chapters in New York State make up about 1,000 students from Upstate to Downstate, many other states in the U.S., and many countries in the world. Our members go on to be some of the most innovative, well-informed, and effective music educators. Our members care about education, and about preserving quality music education for all students. By providing a support network for student music educators, we hope to help this transition period from “student” to “educator” be a smooth one, as well as one of the most rewarding times in our young careers!
Congratulations to our newly appointed advisor,
Dr. Koster is the program director for Undergraduate Music Education
at Nazareth College. For the past 18 years, he has served as a collegiate advisor
for C-NAfME chapters in Pennsylvania, Oregon, Virginia, and New York. In addition
to supervising collegiate chapters, he was the state collegiate chair for
the Virginia Music Educators Association (VMEA). Under his mentorship,
collegiate chapters have been recognized for excellence at
state and national levels.
Music Ed Workshops
C-NAfME Executive Board
|Joseph is a 2016 graduate from Queens College where he received his Bachelor of Music Degree in Piano Performance. He will receive his Advanced Certificate in Music Education from Queens College in the Spring of 2017. He has served as the President-Elect and President of the Queens College chapter of NAfME and has also served as the Province 6 Representative and President-Elect for C-NAfME.|
Shoko will be entering her sophomore year at Syracuse University in the fall of 2016. She is a saxophonist pursuing a B.M. in music education. Shoko is an avid member of Syracuse University’s NAfME and NYSBDACC chapters, and is also a sister of Sigma Alpha Iota. This will be Shoko’s first time on the C-NAfME executive council, and she’s very excited to be on board!
Madison will be entering her junior year at Nazareth college in the fall of 2016. She is a music education major with a vocal primary. She has previously served as secretary of Nazareth’s Dare 2 Dance and is currently the secretary of Nazareth’s collegiate chapter of NAfME.
Ian is a 2016 graduate of Houghton College with a BMus in Music Education and is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in percussion performance. Ian has worked closely with his local chapter of NAfME at Houghton College, as well as C-NAfME, serving as the web editor since 2015.
Province 1Julianna Grabowski
Julianna is a senior Music Education / Performance Major with concentrations in voice and piano at the State University of New York at Fredonia. This is her second year serving as the Province 1 Representative on the Collegiate NYSSMA Executive Board. She is also the President of Fredonia’s Collegiate NAfME chapter and Vice President of Fredonia’s Collegiate ACDA chapter.
Province 2Kiersten Hecht
My name is Kiersten Hecht and I am Province Rep for Zone 2. I’m a sophomore music education major at Nazareth College, and voice primary. In my spare time, you can find me either working as the school mascot, practicing in the music hall, or hanging out by the canal with a green tea frappuccino. I love meeting new people and branching out at conventions, so feel free to say hello at this year’s NYSSMA Conference!
Jesse is a Senior Music Education Major at Syracuse University. This is her second year serving as the Province 3 Representative on the Collegiate- NYSSMA E-board. In addition, she is the Director of the Syracuse University’s Pep-Band called the Sour Sitrus Society, as well as being an avid member of the National Honorary Band Service Sorority Tau Beta Sigma and a member of Sigma Alpha Iota the International Music Fraternity. It is in these organizations that Jesse fulfills her aspiration to encourage music to prosper in the community around her.