MEANYC Festivals

All-County Middle School Festival
Friday, Feb 2 – Saturday, Feb 3

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High School Honors Festival
Friday, March 23 – Saturday, March 24

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Zone 12 NYSSMA Spring Festivals are listed by borough here.

MEANYC All-County Festivals invite participation from schools in all five boroughs. The festivals are two day events with students rehearsing preselected music on Friday evenings and Saturday morning and culminating in a Saturday afternoon concert. The Middle School Festival is open to all MEANYC members, takes place early in February and includes a chorus, a band and a string ensemble. The High School Festival is a co-sponsored with the NYCDOE and as such is open to all city schools as well as private and parochial schools with a NYSSMA membership. This festival is scheduled at the beginning of March and along with a chorus, band and string ensemble, there is also a jazz band. With the organization of these festivals, MEANYC sought to provide opportunities for students to learn and to perform pieces that are one or two levels of difficulty higher than would likely be possible in their home schools and to receive coaching from an alternate conductor.

NYSSMA Adjudication Festivals are events for member schools with the purpose of providing detailed feedback regarding an instrumental or vocal solo or an ensemble performance from certified judges in each area of music. Each student or music group receives a performance time slot for their review at some point during a two or three day event.  (All city schools are eligible to participate since the Department of Education of the City of New York insures that all schools are registered with NYSSMA.) The calendar of dates for each festival is issued by NYSSMA and is typically published in School Music News and on the NYSSMA website. The dates take place at various times throughout the spring with a festival site in each borough.


MEANYC All-County Middle School Festival
Feb 5-6, 2016
Bishop Loughlin Memorial HS

2015 Music Educators Association of NYC All-County Middle School Festival
Friday February 6 — Saturday Feb 7, 2015

Bishop Loughlin Memorial High School
357 Claremont Avenue
Brooklyn, NY, 11238

Friday Feb 6th: 4:30pm – 8 pm
Saturday Feb 7th:  9am – 1:45pm
Lunch break
Concert – 3pm

Performance groups: Concert Band, String Ensemble, Mixed Chorus, Jazz Ensemble
Eligible:  MEANYC member students in grades 6 - 8 who are currently in a performing ensemble in their schools.
Deadline for submission of Application: Friday October 31, 2014
Notification of Acceptance:  Monday  November 10, 2014
Fee: $15.00 per student  (to be paid after acceptance and sent with commitment letter)
Information packets with music and concert ticket information will be available in mid December.

Please note:  Before nominating a student, please check to see that the student can commit to all rehearsal times and the performance.  Students are expected to rehearse the music before the first rehearsal, and be prepared to perform.  Any questions, e-mail:

2014 New York City Wide Honors High School Music Festival
Grand Street Campus High School
March 7 and 8, 2014    

On Saturday, March 8th I had the opportunity to witness magic. The spell was cast at Grand Street Education Campus where the Honors Music Festival for High School Students was happening. All five boroughs were represented as students from twenty two schools met on Friday after school to play together, many for the first time. After rehearsing Friday night they once again arrived early on Saturday morning to continue their preparation. This preparation paid off big as that afternoon they mesmerized the audience with the wonders that only music can bring.

The performance was visited by Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams and he provided his thoughts on Music and the Arts.  Mr. Adams said, "We consume food to nourish our physical anatomy but I think Music and the Arts nourishes out spiritual anatomy."

This event treated all who attended the performance music from four ensembles under the direction of renowned Music Educators and Performers.

Orchestra - Dr. Susan A. Davis, Conductor
Chorus - Jana Ballard, Conductor
Concert Band - Dr. Raymond Wheeler, Conductor
Jazz Band - Dr. Thomas Zlabinger, Conductor

I can't praise the students and educators enough as the music touched my very soul.  These talented individuals sounded like they had been playing and singing these pieces together for years not for less than two days.  All I can say to them is thank you for making my day special.

Brian Klasewitz

2014 Music Educators Association of NYC All-County Middle School Festival
Bishop Loughlin Memorial High School
February 7 and 8, 2014   


2017-18 Festivals

All-County Middle School Festival Friday, Feb 2 – Saturday, Feb 3
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High School Honors Festival
Friday, March 23 – Saturday, March 24
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Zone 12 NYSSMA Festivals
(more details to come)