NYSSMA® Officers

These are your association officers, news editors and advisory council members.

Feel free to contact any of us with questions or comments. 


Russ FaunceRFaunce

137 Stafford Drive, Black River, NY 13612
(315) 486-3362







Edmund Chiarello
President Elect

1430 Briard Street, Wantagh, NY  11793
Office (516) 531-3604








Dr. David Brown
Past President

2886 County Line Road
Skaneateles, NY 13152-9462
Cell Phone – 315-480-3536





Daryle Redmond
2nd Vice President

134 Maple Avenue Troy NY 12180









Kathy Perconti
Third Vice President

85 Sewilo Hills Drive
Rochester, NY 14622







Dr. David A. Gaines
Executive Director

718 The Plain Road
Westbury, NY 11590-5931
Work Phone: 516-997-7200 X10
fax: 516-997-1700





News Editors

Thomas N. Gellert

Thomas N. Gellert
School Music News Editor 

167 Middleville Road
Northport, NY 11768-2365
Work Phone: 631-754-5379
fax: 631-261-1537
Retired Director of Music and Art – Harborfields CSD





Terry Nigrelli


Terry Nigrelli
NYSSMA Web Editor 

Retired Director of Cultural Arts – Bay Shore Schools





Advisory Council

Dr. Steven Schopp
Executive Director Emeritus

17 Cottonwood Ln.
Westbury, NY 11590
Home Phone: 516-334-2632




Adele Bovard
Retired Deputy Superintendent Syosset Central Schools






Michael W. BrownellMichael W. Brownell

President-Elect Eastern Division, National Association for Music Education
NYSSMA Past President

6 Kirby Dr.
Freeville NY 13068
Home Phone: 607-592-4364




Jeanne D. GrayJeanne D. Gray
Past President 

310 East Street
Pittsford, NY 14534
Home Phone: 585-381-8209
fax: 585-586-8645


Richard Rabideau
Advisory Council
23 Lynde Street, Plattsburgh, NY 12901
Home Phone: 518-561-6825
email: richard.rabideau@charter.net





Dr. Bert NelsonDr. Bert Nelson
Advisory Council 

180 East Rockaway Road
Hewlett, NY 11557
Home Phone: 516-374-4480
fax: (516) 374-1230