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The New York State School Music Association
Though it is known mostly for the solo festival, this organization does many things for music students and teachers. Among them are:
NYSSMA large ensemble festival. Each year, bands, choruses and orchestras perform for NYSSMA approved judges and receive ratings and comments.
The High School All-State Music festival. This takes place each year in Rochester, NY in late November or early December. Music teachers, students and vendors from all over the state gather for three days to share ideas through clinics concerts and demonstrations. The best high school musicians from all over the state are put together into a band, orchestra, wind ensemble, chorus, jazz band, and jazz choir. These outstanding groups all perform at the end of the conference. Several Pat-Med students qualify for these groups every year.
Setting standards. NYSSMA as a collection of music educators has created standards for music teaching in schools.
Political activism. NYSSMA is an advocacy group that tries to protect the role of music and arts in public education.
If you are interested you can check out the NYSSMA website