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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 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.
Kiersten Hecht is a senior music education major with a minor in the honors program at Nazareth College. She is a mezzo soprano vocal primary, and is starting her student teaching placement in the fall. She is president of the Nazareth College chapter of the American Choral Directors Association, and loves to get involved on campus. Junior year she was the historian for the Nazareth College NAFME Collegiate Chapter. She served as Province 2 representative for NYSSMA Collegiate sophomore year, and president-elect her senior year. She hopes to make big strides and continue to learn every day as Collegiate President this year. Most importantly, she cannot wait to work with such an amazing E-board!
CUNY Queens College
Derek Schmelter is a Junior Music Education major with an instrumental focus on Clarinet at the Aaron Copland School of Music. He teaches private clarinet and percussion lessons for students ranging from grades 4-12 in the greater Huntington area. Derek has worked with the Huntington Blue Devil Marching Band serving as both a percussion and visual instructor since 2014, and is an active volunteer Huntington’s music department. As ACSM C-NAfME Chapter 504 President he helped organize the 2018 NYS C-NAfME Biennial Conference with Dr. Susan Davis and the rest of the chapters’ 50+ members. In his spare time, Derek enjoys spending time hiking and enjoying the great outdoors.
I am a Sophomore Music Education major with a Music Theory minor from Nazareth College. My primary instrument is Voice and my secondary instrument is Piano. On campus, I am Co-VP of Dare2Dance, Secretary-Treasurer of our ACDA chapter, and President of our NAfME chapter. In my spare time, I enjoy hanging out with friends, dancing, and listening to music. Being a member of ensembles and taking private lessons with wonderful music educators inspired me to become a music educator as well.
Shoko Nagami is a senior at Syracuse University, studying for a BM in Music Education with Saxophone Performance Honors. This is her third year on the NYSSMA Collegiate Executive Board, serving as President-Elect, President, and now Web Editor. Shoko’s vision for NYSSMA Collegiate is to create a welcoming community for collegiate students in NYS who are interested in pursuing a career in music education. She hopes to help create a network of strong individuals who have every resource they need to succeed. Shoko is the Vice President of the NYSBDA Collegiate Chapter at Syracuse University as well as the Vice President for Kappa Delta Pi.
Kayla Boedner is a senior at the State University of New York at Fredonia studying voice with Lisa Layman. This is her second year serving as the Province 1 Representative on the Collegiate NYSSMA Executive Board.
Kayla has also served as the President of Fredonia’s NAfME e-board during the 2017-2018 school year. She is looking forward to working with such remarkable people with the same passion as herself and meeting other future music educators at NAfME events.
Juliana Dueñas Lopez
New York University
Juliana is a Junior at New York University studying Music Education with a minor in Global and Urban Education Studies. A Jersey native, she participated in the NJMEA Honors Choirs, where she was inspired by her conductors and teachers to pursue music education. She is extremely ambitious and has always been interested in the impact music education can have on people. Juliana chose to study at NYU in order to work closely with NYC Public schools, where she hopes she can influence some of the city’s most vulnerable students through Music Education. She is an active voice on campus and has recently been elected as the President of NYU’s NAfME chapter. Juliana hopes to continue her work past college graduation, and continue being a voice of change and growth for music education around the world.
Caitlyn Krueger is currently a sophomore at Syracuse University. She is studying Music Education, with a concentration in flute performance. She is an active member of her school’s community, serving as the Fundraising Chair for Syracuse’s collegiate chapter of the New York State Band Directors Association, and as Vice President for her school’s NAfME chapter. In addition, she also performs in the Syracuse University Wind Ensemble, and is a member of the Syracuse University Marching Band. Caitlyn is also a member of Syracuse’s student-run theatre organization, First Year Players. Currently, after finishing her undergraduate studies, Caitlyn hopes to pursue a degree in Educational Policy.
College of St. Rose
Christina Fray is currently a junior at The College of Saint Rose, pursuing a Bachelor’s of Science degree in music education with primary studies in flute. Christina is president and head of the conference and constitutional revision committee in her NAfME collegiate chapter. She is an active participant in Wind Ensemble, Symphony Orchestra, Flute Choir, Baroque Flute Ensemble, and Secondary Ensemble. Christina enjoys spending time with her friends in the flute studio, hiking, and biking. She is looking forward to representing her collegiate chapter and working with her fellow state executive members on the NAfME state board this year!
Member of the the Aaron Copland school of Music chapter of NAfME for two years and serves as current e-board secretary. Studying as a Music Education: Choral concentration. She serves as music director at her local Spanish baptist church, Tercera Iglesia Bautista. She also serves as secretary on the Spanish speaking American Baptist Churches of Metropolitan New York. She is looking forward to being a positive asset for the Collegiate NAfME board for this coming year!
Peter O’Malley is a junior Music Education major at Hofstra University located in Hempstead, NY. During his time at Hofstra he has served as their NAfME chapter’s Vice President (2018) and Freshman Representative (2017). Outside of his NAfME positions at Hofstra he has held leadership roles serving on the universities’ American String Teachers Association (ASTA) E-Board and enjoys teaching private lessons.
In his free time, Peter, enjoys singing with one of Hofstra’s award winning a cappella groups, The Hofbeats. Outside of Hofstra he enjoys being Varsity Football Coach at W.T. Clarke High School in Westbury, NY. One of Peter’s current endeavors is kickstarting and directing the “Hofstra Music Experience” at Hofstra Summer Camps. His primary instrument is String Bass and he hopes to one day teach high school orchestra.
- 2019 Office Application Form (PDF – 57 KB)
- JanFebSMN (PDF – 575 KB)
- 2018-2019 Spring Newsletter C-NYSSMA-NAfME (pdf version) (PDF – 117 KB)
- 7.-November-December-2018-NAfME-NYSSMA®-Collegiate-Presidents-Page (PDF – 67 KB)
- Collegiate Power Point (PPTX – 9 MB)
- NYSSMA Collegiate Mailing January 2018 pdf version (PDF – 194 KB)
- collegiate-nyssma-state-office-appllication-pdf (PDF – 48 KB)
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- nyssma-collegiate-mailing-spring-2017pdf (PDF – 160 KB)
- NYSSMA Collegiate INFO Fall 2016 (PDF – 159 KB)
- NYGIML at NYSSMA 2016 Flyer (PDF – 267 KB)
- Fall 2016 Workshop Flyer (PDF – 104 KB)
- GRAOSA Workshops for 2016-2017 (PDF – 119 KB)
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