NYSSMA INFO IN Sauquoit

Sauquoit Valley Central Schools
Sauquoit Valley High School
2601 Oneida Street
Sauquoit, NY 13456
(315)839-6316
NYSSMA SOLO & ENSEMBLE FESTIVAL
April 24 & 25, 2015
January 20, 2015
Dear Colleagues:
The Sauquoit Valley Central School District will be hosting a NYSSMA Solo & Ensemble
Festival for Level 1- IV soloists on Friday, April 24 and Saturday, April 25, at the
Sauquoit Valley High School.
REGISTRATION
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Registrations for this festival must be done online at www.solochair.com,
as I am using this software to register and schedule all soloists for this
Festival. Please do not send a NYSSMA “Form A” to me in the mail, or as an
attachment in an email. The web site will be OPEN for registrations on February 1,
2015. Registration will CLOSE on the deadline date of Friday, March 13, 2015.
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Once on the home page of this web site, you will need to set up a new teacher
account (if you didn’t use the site for registration last year), or log in to your already
established account, which will allow you to access this festival.
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Please register ALL of your students at the same time. This is very important –
please wait until you have all of the information for all of your students, then
register all students at the same time – if you register often, a few at a time, it is
very difficult to keep all of your students’ performance times together in a block.
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This program will also allow you to print an INVOICE upon completion of your
registration. That invoice must be sent to me with the appropriate fees. NYSSMA
requires registration fees upon the date of registration, not
“participation”. Therefore, your payment must reflect the total number of solos
that you register, not just for those students who “participate” in the Festival.
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All scheduling will be on a First-Paid basis. Your invoice should be accompanied by
a SINGLE check or Purchase Order to cover all student fees. Please do not send
separate checks from individual students.
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Checks need to be made payable to NYSSMA. DO NOT send cash.
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ARTS IN EDUCATION funding - If you plan to use Arts in Education money,
please send your information to BOCES WAY in advance of the registration deadline
date, as it takes extra time to process that funding. NO “emergency”
registrations or fee changes made after the deadline date will be accepted
for Arts in Education funding.
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Fees: Solo & Ensemble
 Level 1-4 = $14
 Level 5-6 = $21
 All-State = $26
 Piano Level 1-4 = $19, Level 5-6 = $26
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DEADLINE: Your on-line registration and payment is due six (6) weeks prior to the
festival. The deadline date is Friday, March 13, 2015. If you have not
registered by this date, the SoloChair web site will lock you out of the
registration process.
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CURRENT NYSSMA MANUAL IS IN EFFECT! Be sure to use the NYSSMA
EDITION 30 (July 2012) for your music selections. Read the Manual
carefully. Contact Hope Greco, our NYSSMA Zone Rep for any questions about
music selections BEFORE your
register. http://www.nyssma2.org/committees.cfm?subpage=1
ACCOMPANIED SOLOS
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Pianos will only be available in rooms requiring accompaniment (voice, one
woodwind, one brass, one string room). There may be pianos available in other
rooms as well. Please indicate your need for piano accompaniment on the
SoloChair.com site WHEN YOU REGISTER.
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Directors must indicate clearly if students desire to use a piano accompaniment and
the NAME of the accompanist ON YOUR REGISTRATION FORM
(SoloChair). By scheduling students without accompanist names it is virtually
impossible to avoid conflicts! Please do not put “TBA” for the accompanist’s name!
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It should be understood that all student(s) requesting assignment to a room with a
piano are subject to piano availability. Please do not request assignment to a room
with a piano if you do not intend to use it.
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Students using recorded accompaniments will be responsible for providing
appropriate equipment for playing the recording.
I am looking forward to hosting this festival and hope to hear from you soon. If you have
any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me.
Sincerely,
Stephanie Paine
Festival Chairperson
email: SPaine@svcsd.org
school phone: (315) 839-6316
school fax: (315) 839-6397