-Plan to arrive at Columbia HS at least 40 minutes before scheduled performance time.
-Go straight to the registration table as soon as you arrive.
-Use the information on the Performance Ticket to register. The people at the registration table will not know what a Performance Ticket is, but they will need that information.
-Proceed to the "Brass/Woodwind/Percussion Warm-up Room" (gymnasium).
-Find Mr. Clermont and obtain a second original copy of solo - students need to have 2 original copies, one to play and one for the judge.
-Percussionists: Obtain Snare Drum from Mr. Clermont
-Students should warm-up for 10-15 minutes prior to going to performance room.
-Arrive at scheduled performance room 10 minutes before scheduled time.
-Parents can listen to their students' performance from the hallway outside the classroom. Parents are welcome in the room, but it tends to help the stress level of the student to have parents listen from outside.
-When performance is over, you are free to leave. I suggest going to get ice cream.
-Scores will be available next week in school.
-Students should warm-up for at least 30 minutes on the day of NYSSMA. (this will not be possible for a few students) I have instructed students to play scales and easy tunes from their lesson book to warm up.
-Before you leave for NYSSMA double check the following items:
Your child’s instrument and supplies. (reeds, valve oil, etc.)
The purchased (not photocopied) version of your solo.
A "Performance Ticket"
A bottle of water.
Your child should dress nicely for the performance.
-Remind your child to relax, have fun and showcase the great work they’ve done preparing their solo.
It will take at least 45 minutes to drive to Columbia HS - this means most families will want to leave an hour and a half before their scheduled performance time.
Google Maps directions to Columbia HS
Map of Columbia HS NYSSMA Festival