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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:
Download the PDF: nyssma-collegiate-mailing-spring-2017pdf
  Music Ed Workshops

GRAOSA Orff Workshop – Nazareth College

Orff Workshop – SUNY Fredonia

Apply to be a part of the E-Board!
 C-NYSSMA Officer Application


Joseph Franzino, C-NAfME President
Joseph Franzino

Joseph is a 2016 graduate from Queens College where he received his Bachelor of Music Degree in Piano Performance. He will receive his Advanced Certificate in Music Education from Queens College in the Spring of 2017. He has served as the President-Elect and President of the Queens College chapter of NAfME and has also served as the Province 6 Representative and President-Elect for C-NAfME.



Shoko Nagami
Syracuse University

Shoko will be entering her sophomore year at Syracuse  University in the fall of 2016. She is a saxophonist pursuing a B.M. in music education. Shoko is an avid member of Syracuse University’s NAfME and NYSBDACC chapters, and is also a sister of Sigma Alpha Iota. This will be Shoko’s first time on the C-NAfME executive council, and she’s very excited to be on board!

Secretary-TreasurerMadison Hanel, C-NAfME Secretary-TreasurerMadison Hanel
Nazareth College

Madison will be entering her junior year at Nazareth college in the fall of 2016. She is a music education major with a vocal primary. She has previously served as secretary of Nazareth’s Dare 2 Dance and is currently the secretary of Nazareth’s collegiate chapter of NAfME.

 Web Editor

Ian Riley, C-NAfME Web Editor

Ian Riley
Houghton College

Ian is a 2016 graduate of Houghton College with a BMus in Music Education and is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in percussion performance. Ian has worked closely with his local chapter of NAfME at Houghton College, as well as C-NAfME, serving as the web editor since 2015.


  Province Representatives

 Province 1Julianna Grabowski
SUNY Fredonia

Julianna is a senior Music Education / Performance Major with concentrations in voice and piano at the State University of New York at Fredonia. This is her second year serving as the Province 1 Representative on the Collegiate NYSSMA Executive Board. She is also the President of Fredonia’s Collegiate NAfME chapter and Vice President of Fredonia’s Collegiate ACDA chapter. 

Province 2Kiersten Hecht, C-NAfME Province 2 RepresentativeKiersten Hecht
Nazareth College

My name is Kiersten Hecht and I am Province Rep for Zone 2. I’m a sophomore music education major at Nazareth College, and voice primary. In my spare time, you can find me either working as the school mascot, practicing in the music hall, or hanging out by the canal with a green tea frappuccino. I love meeting new people and branching out at conventions, so feel free to say hello at this year’s NYSSMA Conference!

Province 3

Jesse Wilhelm, C-NAfME Province 3 Representative

Jesse Wilhelm
Syracuse University

Jesse is a Senior Music Education Major at Syracuse University. This is her second year serving as the Province 3 Representative on the Collegiate- NYSSMA E-board. In addition, she is the Director of the Syracuse University’s Pep-Band called the Sour Sitrus Society, as well as being an avid member of the National Honorary Band Service Sorority Tau Beta Sigma and a member of Sigma Alpha Iota the International Music Fraternity. It is in these organizations that Jesse fulfills her aspiration to encourage music to prosper in the community around her.


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