April 2021
 CNYAMT Mission
"We desire to promote enrichment
and education in the musical arts
for teachers and their students."
President's Message
From our President, Bernadette Kessler

Happy Spring 💐
As I look at our CNYAMT calendar of events, I am amazed at what our organization has been able to accomplish this year. Without our dedicated Teachers, Event Chairs, Committee Members, Sponsors, Underwriters, Board of Directors, and our Staff, none of these events would have been possible. 
Thank you all for your diligence, perseverance, and support of
our mission to serve the needs of our members and their students. 

Mark your calendar for these important application deadlines:
April 15: Senior Scholarship Competition
April 16: Instrumental Competition
April 24: Vocal Competition  
May 1: Summer Camp Tuition Assistance - Senior Merit Scholarship
CNYAMT Board Meeting

Join us for our next Zoom Board Meeting with Board Members and Event Chairs: 
Wednesday, April 14th at 9:30 am. 
We welcome all members to join us!
Contact Bernadette for an invitation: 

CNYAMT Calendar

Take a look at all of the exciting events we have coming up in our
CNYAMT year!

Welcome to our newest Members!

Christine Huber - piano, violin, viola - Jamesville, NY
Meghan O'Keefe - violin, viola, cello - Syracuse, NY
Baroque, Classical, & Sonatina Piano Festival

CNYAMT held the annual piano festival March 20th with 6 studios participating: 
Patricia DeAngelis, Bernadette Kessler, Lynn Moroz, Ida Trebicka, James Vatter, and Mary Whittington. 

Congratulations to the 35 students who performed for Jacob Ertl of Nazareth College, a total of 47 pieces receiving High Honor and Honor ratings. Special thanks to Jo Beth Dellinger of Artist Pianos in East Syracuse for hosting the festival, and Co-Chairs James Vatter and Lynn Moroz for a very successful event. 

CNYAMT High School Vocal Competition
The CNYAMT High School Vocal Competition is an invaluable experience for aspiring singers, plus constructive comments from top-notch judges and prizes in each grade level, also good for your college applications! Those winning in the 12th grade category may be invited to become a Rising Star for Cazenovia Counterpoint, which means singing a group of your favorite classics, in addition to having a short work by a young composer written to premiere, plus a performance fee.

The updated application is attached below. The deadline is April 24th.

CNYAMT Community Outreach Virtual Spring Recital
Due to the huge success of our virtual Valentine's Day recital, we are planning a spring virtual recital! This time we hope to extend our recital to more senior living environments in the Syracuse area.

Our theme for this recital is "Popular Music from the 30's, 40's, 50's, and 60's!" Please see the attachment for complete details and guidelines. Participation in this video recital will be counted as a CNYAMT event towards scholarships and awards. I'm sure this will be another fantastic performance that the residents will be talking about for many days after.

Kim Farrell, chairperson

CNYAMT Merit Scholarship
The 2021 Music Merit Scholarship is being offered to High School Seniors pursuing a college degree in music. No audition is required. Applications must be submitted by May 15th.

The Music Merit Scholarship forms are now available on our CNYAMT website. If you have a student who is a high school senior and is planning to major in music next year at an accredited university or college, please encourage them to apply. If they meet the following eligibility requirements and are interested in applying, they must have their applications in by May 15th. It has been determined by the scholarship committee that the award this year will be $1,000 to be divided among deserving applicants. The student must be a high school senior in good academic standing on track to graduate during the current academic year. 

1.     Student must currently be taking lessons from a CNYAMT teacher who has been a member since October 2020. The student must have participated in CNYAMT performances, events, or competitions during the past three years. 
2.     Students who have won the high school scholarship competition are not eligible for this scholarship. 
3.     Student must be approved by their current CNYAMT teacher. (signature needed on last page) 
4.     Students must submit their scholarship application on or before the deadline date, May 15th.

(The merit scholarship should not be confused with the competition scholarship for which the student must compete.)
If you have any questions, please contact Barb Irwin, or 315-458-9020.
CNYAMT Luncheon Cancelled

Due to the uncertainty of social gatherings surrounding the Covid-19 situation, our Annual Luncheon and Scores for Scholars is cancelled. We are in discussion for alternative plans and will make an announcement as details become finalized. There will be more information concerning membership payment, early bird sign-ups, and board elections following the June Board Meeting.

Barb Irwin, Luncheon Chairperson
Summer Music Camp Tuition Assistance
Many organizations are advertising music camp sessions for this summer and we are happy to be able to award tuition assistance to our students. The application deadline for tuition assistance is May 1st.  

The eligibility requirements are listed below and on the application at our website ( Information and links to website listings of local, national, and international music camps are located under the Fundraisers & Scholarships drop-down menu: Music Camp Tuition Assistance.

* The referring teacher must be an active CNYAMT member, participating in yearly events.
* The teacher must be the instructor of the major instrument the applicant will study at the camp.
* Student must be currently taking lessons from a CNYAMT teacher and have participated in 3 of this year's CNYAMT events (September 2020-May 2021).
* Students in Kindergarten thru grade 12 may apply.
* First time applicants receive priority if funds are limited.

For further information, contact:
Bernadette Kessler,
SSMA Grant
Special thanks to Syracuse Sounds of Music Association for awarding $4,500 to CNYAMT
to carry on these programs:

Summer Music Camp Tuition Assistance Program
Student Lesson Tuition Assistance Program
Vocal Masterclass

The mission of Syracuse Sounds of Music Association is to support music in the Syracuse area by funding special projects and events that will encourage music education and performance in our community. SSMA's support enables us to make a difference in the lives of our young musicians and teachers as well. We are forever grateful to them for the positive and lasting impact they continue to affect in our music community.  
Senior Scholarship Competition

Teachers with graduating seniors, it's time to plan ahead for the Senior Scholarship Competition! The competition is open to any senior student of a CNYAMT member who plans to continue musical activities in college (does not have to be a music major). Two prizes may be awarded in the amounts of $1,000 and $500.

Please check out all of the details, rules, and requirements on the application form linked below. The written application deadline is April 15, 2021. YouTube audition videos are due May 1, 2021.

Please let me know if you have any questions!
Dana DiGennaro (

CNYAMT Instrumental Competition

We are pleased to announce the Central New York Association of Music Teachers Instrumental Competition, which will be held virtually this year. The competition is open to all wind, brass, percussion, and string students, ages 10 through 18, in two divisions. CNYAMT membership is not required to participate.

We are hoping that the competition will help motivate our students during these challenging times! All entrants will receive a certificate of participation and written comments from professional judges. Winners will receive monetary prizes and may be featured on the CNYAMT website.
The deadline for applications is April 16, 2021, and YouTube video performances are due on May 1, 2021. An application and pertinent information can be found on our website at: under the festivals and competitions tab or attached below.
We appreciate your consideration, and hope that you will enter your students for this invaluable experience. Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact either of us. 

Dana DiGennaro (
James Krehbiel (

Need more information? Check out our website!