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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.




Meet the 2019-20 NYSSMA Collegiate Executive 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.



Daria Barteldt

CUNY Queens

Daria Barteldt is currently a Sophomore studying Music Education at the Aaron Copland School of Music. Her primary instrument is cello, however her focus for her degree is strings. She has been teaching privately for three years with students K-12. Daria has also had the pleasure of working at multiple music centers from Queens to Long Island. Beginning Summer of 2013, she attended and worked at USDAN: Summer Camp for the Arts. Daria is currently the Secretary of Chapter 504 and has been an active member for two years. On her free time, Daria loves practicing yoga and is expanding her knowledge with her mentor.



Morgan Beaton

Nazareth College

Morgan Beaton is a junior Music Education major at Nazareth College. She is honored to serve on the Collegiate Board again! Her primary instrument is voice and her secondary focuses are in piano and conducting. Other leadership roles of hers include serving as the president of the Nazareth NAfME Chapter #328 for a second year as well as serving as the president of the Nazareth ACDA Chapter. Aside from this, she has performed in the Nazareth Opera Workshop (The Medium by Gian Carlo Menotti), sang backup vocals for Josh Groban, and toured with the Nazareth College Chamber Singers in Poland. In her free time, she enjoys reading, singing, and bullet journaling.

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Sierra Taylor

Nazareth College


Sierra Taylor is a senior at Nazareth college pursuing a bachelor’s of music in music education along with a German minor. She is a vocal primary, and has recently been exploring vocal jazz. Sierra’s vision for NYSSMA Collegiate is to create a vibrant and welcoming community for collegiate students in New York state 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. This past year, Sierra was the historian for her college’s NAfME chapter.



Province 1:

Devin Bartlett

Nazareth College

Devin Bartlett is an upcoming sophomore at Nazareth College.  He is a music education major with his primary instrument being trombone and secondary being alto saxophone. He is very excited to have been appointed as Province 1 representative for Collegiate NAfME. Devin has been a part of Nazareth College’s NAfME chapter and has had the opportunity to play on many ensembles in college. Devin has worked backstage in all of Nazareth College’s performance halls and theaters. In his spare time Devin enjoys playing golf, reading and working backstage. 


Province 2:

Thomas McCartney

Nazareth College

Tom is a Junior Music Education Major at Nazareth College. He is a trumpet primary with jazz improv secondary. Tom is also currently serving as Secretary of the Nazareth NAfME Chapter. From Buffalo, New York, he teaches trumpet lessons around the area and is a huge Buffalo Bills fan. He loves living in Rochester area during the school year with all the amazing musical opportunities it provides. He participates in various ensembles such as Wind Symphony, NCSO and Jazz Ensemble and some clubs around the Naz campus. Tom is extremely excited to work with this E-Board and keep putting music in students’ lives!

Province 3:

Amanda Zall

Syracuse University

Amanda Zall is currently a junior at Syracuse University. She is studying Music Education, with a concentration in cello performance. She is also an active participant in the Symphony Orchestra, Baroque Ensemble, and Athletic Bands program. She serves as a second year Drum Major of the Syracuse University Marching Band, and plays trombone in the Sour Sitrus Society. She has just completed a semester abroad in Strasbourg France and looks forward to returning to New York to work with her peers on the Collegiate NYSSMA Executive Board. After finishing her undergraduate studies, Amanda hopes to pursue a degree in Conducting.


Province 4/5:

Megan Gallucci

College of St. Rose

Megan will be a sophomore at the College of Saint Rose in 2019-2020. Megan is a mezzo-soprano with a double major in Vocal Performance and Music Education. Within her first year, Megan has taken on what a great deal of responsibilities and made her voice heard. She will be the incoming President of her all female acapella group on campus, the Girls Next Door, have two jobs through the St. rose where she will interact with incoming students and participate in her NAFME chapter and ACDA chapters on campus. In the upcoming years, Megan will be taking time to audition and perform in YAP programs and operas to fulfill her goals as a musician. Megan is ecstatic that she has the honor to be the Province 4/5 Representative this year. She looks forward to working with the of E-board members in this upcoming year and uniting all of us together!


Province 6:

Christopher Cavarretta

CUNY Queens

Christopher Cavarretta will be a junior Music Education major with a minor in Psychology attending CUNY Queens College. His primary instrument is the Cello and has been a member of the Queens College Symphony Orchestra, Baroque Ensemble and also plays in the student-run Undergraduate Big Band on the guitar. Chris is currently the President-Elect of NAfME chapter 504 and will be the President starting Spring 2020. As a New York City resident, he is a huge Rangers fan and has taught lessons on the Cello, Viola and Violin. This coming summer in 2019, Chris will be studying in Perugia, Italy taking composition and arranging courses hoping to bring back an exciting new take on original compositions as well as new skills to implement in his future classrooms. After finishing his degree in Music Education, Christopher hopes to study Music Therapy in his graduate studies. 


Province 7:

Kimberly Rosenbaum

Hofstra University

Kimberly is a junior at Hofstra University working towards a Bachelor’s of Science in Education degree in Music Education. She studies trombone and performs in the University Band, Wind Ensemble, and the Hofstra Symphony Orchestra. Kimberly has served as Freshman Representative (2017-18) and is currently serving as the Vice President of Hofstra’s NAfME chapter. She is also a stage manager for the Hofstra Music Department’s stage crew and plays viola in the Hofstra Chamber Orchestra. She has a keen interest in organizing collaborations between NAfME chapters in province seven and creating new opportunities in networking and education for the NAfME chapters in province seven.



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