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NAfME-Collegiate/NYSSMA is the new name for CMENC (Collegiate Music Educator’s Conference). NAfME-Collegiate/NYSSMA is our collegiate connection to the National Association for Music Education (NAfME) and the largest state organization of Music Educators in the country, the New York State School Music Association.

Our collegiate Chapters in New York State make up about 1,000 students from Upstate to Downstate, many other states in the U.S., and many countries in the world. Our members go on to be some of the most innovative, well-informed, and effective music educators. Our members care about education, and about preserving quality music education for all students. By providing a support network for student music educators, we hope to help this transition period from “student” to “educator” be a smooth one, as well as one of the most rewarding times in our young careers!

Dr. Koster

Dr. Keith Koster, Advisor

Congratulations to our newly appointed advisor,

Dr. Keith Koster.

Dr. Koster is the program director for Undergraduate Music Education
at Nazareth College. For the past 18 years, he has served as a collegiate advisor
for C-NAfME chapters in Pennsylvania, Oregon, Virginia, and New York. In addition
to supervising collegiate chapters, he was the state collegiate chair for
the Virginia Music Educators Association (VMEA). Under his mentorship,
collegiate chapters have been recognized for excellence at
state and national levels.

NAfME Collegiate Information:
Don’t Forget to Register for the CUNY Queens Collegiate Conference!:

Here’s the Spring 2018 Collegiate Newsletter!


Meet the 2017-18 C-NYSSMA E-board!


Shoko Nagami

Shoko will be entering her junior year at Syracuse Univerity in the fall of 2017. She is a saxophonist pursuing a B.M. in music education. This is Shoko’s second year on NYSSMA’s collegiate eboard, serving as the president-elect last year. Shoko is an avid member of Syracuse University’s NAfME and NYSBDA-CC chapters, and is a proud sister of Sigma Alpha Iota. 



Kiersten Hecht
Nazareth College

Kiersten Hecht is a junior music education major (vocal primary) at Nazareth College. She is historian for the NAFME chapter at their school, and a member of the Nazareth College Chamber Singers. In her spare time she likes to go to the Erie Canal, watch Jeopardy and America’s Next Top Model, and try new crafts she sees on the internet. Kiersten is passionate about everything she does, and is up to the challenge of being President-elect this year. She cannot wait to meet everyone at the NYSSMA Conference in Rochester this December, and encourages everyone to keep up with NAFME on all of our social media platforms!






Rainamei Luna
Eastman School of Music

Rainamei Luna will be entering her senior year at the Eastman School of Music in the Fall of 2017. She is majoring in General Music Education with a piano primary. Other roles include: Vice President of Eastman’s collegiate chapter of NAfME, Director of ROC Music Play, Nursery Care Provider, and a Theory in Motion teacher at the Eastman Community Music School. Not only is she passionate about teaching and performing, Rainamei is also an emerging researcher, and is currently working on an independent study that focuses on music making with older alduts. Rainamei is very excited to be on board, and looks forward to working with this incredible group!  

 Web Editor

Tayler Kochan

Nazareth College

Tayler will be entering her junior year at Nazareth College in the Fall of 2017. She is a music education major, with a minor in musical theater, and also a vocal primary. She has previously served as Historian for Nazareth’s collegiate chapter of NAfME, and will be continuing as vice president for Nazareth’s NAfME this upcoming school year. This will be Tayler’s first time on the C-NAfME executive council, and she is super excited to be on board!


  Province Representatives

 Province 1

Kayla Boedner
SUNY Fredonia

Kayla Boedner is a junior at the State University of New York at Fredonia studying voice with Lisa Layman. This is her first year serving as the Province 1 Representative on the Collegiate NYSSMA Executive Board. Kayla is currently the President of Fredonia’s Chapter of NAfME.  She is also the secretary of Fredonia’s Spectrum Entertainment and is an active member of Fredonia’s chapter of ACDA. Kayla is looking forward to working with such remarkable people with the same passion as herself and meeting other future music educators at NAfME events.

Province 2

Kayla Freeden
Nazareth College

Kayla Freeden is entering her junior year at Nazareth College as a saxophone primary pursuing a degree in music education. This is her first year serving as the Province 2 Representative of the Collegiate NYSSMA Executive Board, and she is currently serving as the President of Nazareth’s Collegiate NAfME chapter.

Province 3

Kathleen Krumbach 
Syracuse University

Kathleen is a junior Music Education major at Syracuse University from Utica, New York. A vocalist and flutist, Kat has found her love of teaching music while working with her high school marching band, participating in musical theater, and directing children’s choirs. At SU, she sings in Hendrick’s Chapel Choir, is an active sister of Sigma Alpha Iota, and will be music directing First Year Player’s next production. Kat spent the past semester studying at the Conservatory of Strasbourg, France and singing with the Choeur des Jeunes Chanteuses.

Province 4/5

Megan Vanacore 
College of Saint Rose

Megan Vanacore is a rising senior studying Music Education with a concentration in voice at the College of Saint Rose. While at school, Megan enjoys being a campus Tour Guide, a Resident Assistant, the president of Saint Rose chapter of the American Choral Directors Association, and the president of her a cappella group, The Girls Next Door. As a soprano vocalist, she enjoys performing a wide variety of repertoire, especially musical theater and opera. In addition to her theater achievements, Megan has studied dance for seventeen years and is a Gold Award Girl Scout. Megan enjoys working with students of all ages and plans on teaching and gracing the Broadway stage in the future.

Province 6

Joel Touranjoe 
Nazareth College

 Joel Touranjoe is a junior Music Education major who enjoys performing in various choral ensembles, and speaking French with other students at the French house on campus. Joel enjoyed partaking in last year’s NYSSMA Conference in Rochester, attending the workshops as well as meeting and talking with the various vendors and professionals there. In high school, he was the treasurer of the French club, and this year he has a leadership position in the Fermata Thin Air a cappella group, and also held the position of Music Director in the foreign language play Hiccup in a Teacup. Over the summer he worked as a counselor at Camp Echo Lake. Joel is organized, determined, and loves to be involved with anything and everything he can, and is excited to work as province representative for NAfME.



Province 7

Kristine Murnieks
SUNY Buffalo State

Krissy Murnieks is a Senior Music Education major at SUNY Buffalo State. She is a flute player in the Wind Ensemble, Flute Ensemble, Woodwind Trio and Buffalo State College Philharmonia. Krissy is the President of the NAfME Chapter at Buffalo State and enjoys working with her peers to bring in educational opportunities for her NAfME Chapter. During each semester, Krissy volunteers for the Early Childhood Music and Movement classes through the Buffalo Community Arts program and at the Buffalo State Childcare Center where she teaches music for children birth-4 years old. She really enjoys sharing her passion with children, peers and new friends! Krissy is looking forward to working with everyone in the NYSSMA Collegiate E-Board and meeting new people the the Winter NYSSMA Conference!



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