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Hendrick Hudson to Host NYSSMA Festival on May 10 and 11

The Hendrick Hudson School District will host an adjudication festival sponsored by the New York State School Music Association (NYSSMA) on May 10 and 11. As one of 85 festivals across New York State, the event at Hendrick Hudson will give soloists, duets, trios and other small ensembles an objective means of assessing their musical performance. Hendrick Hudson will be hosting 1,202 students from across Westchester County.

"NYSSMA adjudication festivals result in two major outcomes,’’ said music teacher Kimberly Dunkin.  "They provide information to students, parents, teachers and other interested individuals on the positive aspects of the performance and those in need of improvement. They also identify and recognize high levels of musical achievement in individuals and groups.”

Through the state wide accessibility of this process, participants receive educational value through written feedback from highly trained adjudicators. Students and teachers are provided with results and suggestions for improvement. 

"Individuals and small ensembles can participate for a rating and obtain medals acknowledging demonstrated levels of achievement,” said Marc E. Greene, NYSSMA President. "It is through this authentic assessment process that the highest achieving students are selected for and participate in All-State performing groups.’’

NYSSMA, the New York State School Music Association, is the largest state affiliate of the National Association for Music Education. Its mission is to advocate for and improve music education across New York State by promoting and producing appropriate activities and programs for its membership and students in member school music programs.