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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

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:
2019-2020 NYSSMA Collegiate Executive Board Application Form
We need caring NAfME/NYSSMA members from chapters across New York State to lead the next generation of music educators.
Fill out this form by March 25th, 2019.
Please contact the current NYSSMA Collegiate President-Elect, Derek Schmelter, at for any questions or extension requests.
Joseph R. Sugar Day
Register here to come advocate with music educators from across New York State as we speak with our legislators in Albany to ensure a good future in music education.
 School Music News: Collegiate Corner
Learn more about Joe R. Sugar Day through the lense of Kiersten Hecht, our NYSSMA Collegiate President!
Eastern Division Conference
The bienniel NAfME Eastern Division Conference will be hosted by PMEA in Pittsburgh, PA.
For more information and to register for the conference, please click here.
Spring Newsletter
Click here for the most up-to-date information for all things NYSSMA Collegiate.
2019 Winter Conference Sessions Request Form
Know someone interested in presenting a session at the next NYSSMA Winter Conference?
Click here to create a Submitable account and propose a session!
2019 Winter Conference Session Suggestions
If there is a topic you would like to learn more about, or if there is something you woul like to see happen at the next NYSSMA Winter Conference, please let us know by filling out our form here!
Survey for 2018 Winter Conference Collegiate Sessions
2018 NYSSMA Winter Conference in Rochester
Follow this link to find the handouts for the NYSSMA Collegiate sessions!
Conference Crazy!
Our e-board would like to know which conferences you plan on attending this year.
Please let us know by filling out the following survey:


School Music News: Collegiate Corner

Read Kiersten Hecht’s November-December article for School Music News!

November-December NYSSMA® Collegiate President’s Page


Meeting with Denese Odegaard

On September 9th, our NYSSMA Collegiate E-board had the wonderful opportunity to have a video meeting with our immediate NAfME Past President, Denese Odegaard! Her presentation on NAfME Collegiate was very informative, and we thought it would be great to share it with everyone!

Collegiate Power Point




Meet the 2018-19 NYSSMA Collegiate Executive board!



Kiersten Hecht

Nazareth College


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!





Derek Schmelter

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.


Morgan Beaton

Nazareth College

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. 

Web Editor:

Shoko Nagami

Syracuse University

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.



Province 1:

Kayla Boedner

SUNY Fredonia

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.


Province 2:

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.


Province 3:

Caitlyn Krueger

Syracuse University

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.


Province 4/5:

Christina Fray

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!


Province 6:

Kristina Ortiz

CUNY Queens


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!


Province 7:

Peter O’Malley

Hofstra University


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.


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