Do you have the current NYSSMA Manual?

Please read below for more information.

The NYSSMA Manual is a 600+ page reference book copyrighted by the New York State School Music Association (NYSSMA).  It is updated every three years. 

NYSSMA Manual Edition 31, effective July 2015, (Blue & White colored pages), is the current edition. 

Edition 31 is in effect until the end of the Spring 2018 NYSSMA Festival Season (June 2018).

The NYSSMA Manual contains an extensive repertoire list of instrumental and vocal music titles for solo and ensemble performance. Every section is broken down into six levels of difficulty. The Manual also includes the NYSSMA Constitution and By-Laws as well as all of the Rules and Regulations for all NYSSMA-sanctioned evaluation festivals, including sight-reading and scales requirements.  If you are a music teacher and intend to send your students to NYSSMA festivals, please strongly consider purchasing a NYSSMA Manual.  


Distribution of the current NYSSMA Manual (Edition 31) began on July 1, 2015.  Please allow at least 1 week for delivery.  Pricing and ordering information can be downloaded below:

Ed. 31 General Ordering Information Flyer 

Ed. 31 Out of NY State Ordering Information Flyer


What’s New In Edition 31????

New ColorsBlue and white pages

Vocal Solos—The Vocal Books List has undergone a new numbering system. Please see pg. 7-3 in the Manual for more details. If you find any mistakes in the sources, please report them to me ([email protected]).

Jazz Solos—The Improvisation requirements been completely revised. Please be sure to look at page 9-3 if you are planning on sending students for a Jazz evaluation. A Lead Trumpet Skills Proficiency has been added – please see pgs. 9-1 and 9-2 for more details.

Piano Solos—This section has been redone and all solos are now listed by composer and work rather than by collection.

One other important noteEdition Musicus publications will not be in Edition 31 of the Manual (July 2015).  This includes the popular Ostrander arrangement of Honor and Arms.  At the time that the new Edition 31 was going to press, it was discovered that EM was out of business.  We knew that it would become increasingly difficult to obtain the music.  It would also be impossible to gain any permission to copy any music.  Because of this and because there were several EM items that were popular (i.e. Honor and Arms), we decided to remove all of them entirely.  Please don’t throw out your EM editions yet however……we recently were informed that a company has purchased EM.  If the music is in print and available next time, our plan is to reinstate most of EM’s music in Edition 32 (2018).   In the meantime, there will be no addendum for Edition 31.

This means: 

For all 2016, 2017, and 2018 festivals, Edition Musicus publications cannot be performed for a rating.


Ordering Information

Please Note:  A printable flier containing all of the following ordering information is below under “Related Documents.”

NYSSMA Manual Edition 31, effective July 2015 (Blue & White colored pages) is required for use in all NYSSMA Festivals, starting with the Spring 2016 Festival Season and will be in effect until the end of the Spring 2018 Festival Season (June 2018).  


Edition 31 Complete (Binder & Insert Pages)….$55.00*

Edition 31 Insert Pages Only…………………………$50.00*

Binder Only…………………………………………………$ 8.00*

*This price includes Ground shipping & handling for orders shipped within NY State.       

For all orders outside of NY State:  Please add $18.00 per item for Ground shipping & handling. (for Bulk Or Express shipping, please see below).  For orders outside of the US, please contact the NYSSMA Manual Chairperson for a shipping fee quote.

Out of State Bulk Shipping:  Out of state orders of 3 or more Manuals now qualify for a flat bulk shipping & handling fee.  Please click on the Out of State ordering information flyer below in “Related Files” for more information.

Optional Shipping & Handling Fees:

NY State Express shipping……………………………………………………$18.00 per item**

Out of State (within the Continental U.S.) Express shipping…….$25.00 per item**

**One item is one Complete Manual, one Insert Page Only, or one Binder Only.


Three Ways to Order:

Please note: Credit card orders are accepted through online purchases only.   Credit card orders by phone or fax will NOT be accepted.

  • Click here to Order Online.
  • Mail a check or a purchase order* (made out to: NYSSMA)Send to:

Kathryn Struzik, NYSSMA Manual Chairperson

535 Rondo Lane

Webster, New York 14580-1214

  • Fax a purchase order* (made out to: NYSSMA)
           Fax No. : 585-670-0214

*Please do not duplicate purchase orders by faxing and then mailing them.

Please note:  All NYSSMA Manual sales are final. No returns will be accepted. No credits will be issued.  Damaged items may be exchanged for the same item only.  Please contact the NYSSMA Manual Chairperson for further details.


For all feedback and NYSSMA Manual correspondence and questions, please contact:

Kathryn Struzik, NYSSMA Manual Chairperson
535 Rondo Lane Webster
New York 14580-1214
Phone: 585-670-9252
Fax: 585-670-0214
E-Mail: [email protected]

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