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A Message from our Collegiate President:

Welcome back, everyone!

I hope you all have had a refreshing break and are ready to have a successful year! I am beyond excited to be working with you all and to see all of the great work that we will do. 

It is without a doubt that we have had a tough past few semesters and I hope to help make the best out of our time together and to give you each the opportunity to get the most out of your education. I know your ideas and passion for music education are so incredible and it is my mission to make sure that you each have the space to express that. 

This has been an important year for inclusion and representation in the music ed world, and I want to make it clear that each and every one of you is valued and heard. During my time on the C-NYSSMA E-board, I plan to make the music scene in school much more diverse and accessible. I also want to bring more opportunities, community, and resources into our collegiate pod. Some of these may include teaching free lessons, or creating an online platform where we can share the work/ideas we are most proud of!  We are all here for the same reason, we should all be learning from each other and everything around us. 

The rest of the E-board and I have some great things in the works for this year, so be on the lookout! We are capable of such great things and I hope to see many of you (virtually or in-person) at some of our many conferences and events throughout our time together. 


I look forward to our future,

Emma Uruburu


A Message from our Collegiate President-Elect:



A Message from our Collegiate Advisor:

Welcome to the Collegiate NYSSMA Webpage brought to you on behalf of NYSSMA and our state collegiate members and faculty advisors.

As you check out the webpage, take a few minutes to get to know your state representatives, review our handbooks and updates, social media links for our chapters, current and past newsletters, as well as any other information.

Across the state, our collegiate chapters have been recognized for their positive contributions to music education at local, state and national levels. This continued success speaks to the caliber of music education in the great state of New York.

I am proud of the work of our state collegiate officers, especially for their commitment to their peers, NYSSMA and NAfME, as well as bringing a 21st century perspective to the future of music education.

Dr. Keith Koster
State Advisor for Collegiate NYSSMA (C-NYSSMA)


Dr. Koster

Dr. Keith Koster, Advisor

In addition to his work serving New York C-NYSSMA members, the state collegiate exeuctive council, and NYSSMA, Dr. Koster is the program director for Undergraduate Music Education at the Nazareth College School of Music, Rochester, NY.

For the past 21 years, he has served as a collegiate advisor for C-NAfME chapters at colleges and universities around the United States. Under his mentorship, collegiate chapters have been recognized for excellence at state and national levels.