Zone 5


Zone Representative

Ashley E. Trudell
Indian River Central School District

Indian River High School
32925 US Rt 11
Philadelphia NY, 13673

Indian River Middle School
32735 County Rt 29
Philadelphia, NY 13673

(HS) 315-642-3427 x19312
(MS) 315-642-0125 x18148
(C) 315-706-9081


Presidents of Affiliated Counties

St. Lawrence County Music Educators Association
Laura Gilbert, Morristown Central School, PreK-12 Vocal Music
408 Gouverneur St, Morristown, NY 13664
315-375-8814 ext. 21102 

Jefferson Lewis County Music Teachers Association
Maresa Badour, Carthage Central School, 6-8 Band
26500 State Rte 26, Carthage NY 13619


Zone 5 Festivals 

Crane School of Music

November 17th-18th, 2023 – Area-All State

The Crane School of Music

Don Cannamela, Chair

Ensemble Band Mixed Chorus String Ensemble Modern Band



Mike Struzik 

Jill Roberts

Dr. David Fryling

Brianne Sterling

Joshua Barkle – Accompanist

William Mercer, Jr.

Jill Savage

Brian Franco

Matthew Gayle

May 3rd-4th, 2024 – Carthage Solo Festival (South)

Carthage Middle School

Heather Wood, Chair


May 10th-11th, 2024 – Crane Solo Festival (North)

Crane School of Music

Michael Draper, Chair


May 22nd, 2024 – Major Organization Festival

Indian River High School

Charles Heck, Chair


All Zone 5 Area-All State, Solo, and Small Ensemble will register via DaCapo.

Majors Festivals registration is done on the NYSSMA Website.

NYSSAMA Manual Edition 33 

Available July 1st, 2022

Make sure to use edition 33 when registering for 2023-2024 festivals.

This manual will be in effect until the end of the Spring 2025 Festival Season

Area-All State Participation Fees Area-All State Participation Fees Major Organization Participation Fees Major Organization 2024 Trial Participation Fees

2023-2024       $25

2024-2025       $25

2025-2026       $30

Solo & Ensemble – Level 1-4 – $16

Solo & Ensemble – Levels 5-6 – $24

All-State – $30

Piano – Level 1-4 – $22

Piano – Levels 5-6 – $30

Rated Performance

Majors – Level 1-3 (30 mins.)


Majors – Level 4 (35 min.)


Majors – Levels 5-6 (45 min.)


Clinic Performance

Clinic – Grades 4-5 (30 mins.)


Clinic – Grades 6-8 (35 mins.)


Clinic – Grades 9-12 (45 mins.)



Rules for Private School and Home-Educated Students

  • Private school students who attend a K-12 private school are eligible to attend solo festival, Area All-State, and All-State as long as their private school has paid its NYSSMA Member School Participation Fee. They must register through their private school.
  • Private school students who attend a private school that does not offer a HS diploma (i.e. a K-8 school) may attend solo festival if they register through their public school district. It is the public school teacher’s choice whether to register them or not.
  • Home-educated students may attend solo festival if they register through the public school district in which they reside. It is the public school district’s choice whether to register them or not.
  • Home-educated students may not apply for All-State or Area All-State. The applications clearly state, “Applicant must attend a NYSSMA Member New York State School.”