Zone 13

Zone Representative


Welcome to Zone 13! 

Ruth Breidenbach
NYSSMA Zone 13 Representative
Important Message!
Level 1-4 $16 (Piano $22) 
Level 5-6 $24 (Piano $30) 
All State $30
Major Organization Fees 2024
Level 1-3 $150
Level 4 $180
Level 5-6 $225
*Please note when registering instrumental and vocal jazz groups for NYSSMA Majors that Hofstra will be the only site accommodating jazz groups in addition to band, orchestra and chorus. 
NEW -Major Clinic Evaluation Pilot Program available at the Adelphi Location!
Traditional and Non-traditional ensembles are invited to participate.
Ensembles perform two selections from any source and receive written, recorded and in-person feedback by oriented adjudicators. No rating will be given. Registration, time, and fees are consistent with Major Organization evaluations.
Please reach out for more information if interested!
NYSSMA Manual edition 33 is now available July 1, 2022 
Make sure you are using edition 33 when registering for 2024 festivals.
Welcome to the Zone 13 (Nassau County) web page.  As your Zone Rep it is my responsibility to oversee all NYSSMA activities in the Zone, and also to represent the needs and concerns of our Zone to the Executive Council. Teachers, please make sure your membership is up to date and please consider attending the adjudicator orientations to support the evaluation process. Thank you to the directors and teachers for the collective success of our festivals and providing the best adjudication process anywhere. 

Presidents of Affiliated Counties 

Karl Siewertsen, NMEA President,
Teacher Information:

To find information on Nassau County festivals or which area a particular school is part of, please look at the files below or go to the NMEA (Nassau Music Educators Association) web site. You can do this by clicking on the link above.

Parent Information:

Parents with NYSSMA questions or concerns should contact their child’s school music teacher and/or music administrator prior to contacting me. I have found that, in most cases, situations can be resolved within the school districts more quickly and effectively. If you are unsuccessful resolving your issue or finding solutions to questions, please e-mail to

NEW NYSSMA Manual is Edition 33.

Be sure that you are using the NEW NYSSMA Manual 33 marked “Effective July 2022”. This latest edition has been updated to include many new pieces and it has eliminated many works which are no longer in print. In addition, there have been some changes to the Rules and Regulations. Please be sure to review these changes and make sure that students prepare pieces which are listed in this current edition of the manual. 

Spring 2024 festivals
All spring festivals is Zone 13 will use Dacapomusicfestivals for registration.  

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