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CNYAMT is pleased to offer an annual instrumental competition, comprised of two divisions - intermediate and senior.  The competition is open to all instrumentalists, including winds, brass, percussion and string players, ages 10-18.  This aim of the competition is to offer students wonderful performing opportunities, constructive comments from professional judges and a chance to "warm up" their NYSSMA pieces.  Winners will receive cash prizes.  We hope to encourage students to reach their musical potential, and to cultivate confidence through new musical experiences. 

Entry Fees (non-refundable):

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  • $35.00 for students whose teachers are current CNYAMT members.  

  • $45.00 for students whose teachers are not current members of CNYAMT.  




Saturday, May 4, 2024

Winners' Recital, Sunday, May 5, 2024, 7:00 p.m.


Park Central Presbyterian Church

504 E. Fayette St., Syracuse, NY

Competition Chairpersons

Dana DiGennaro - 315-254-9995


James Krehbiel - 315-445-9390






William Knuth - Professor of Violin at Syracuse University 
Lisa Albrecht - Second Trombonist of the Rochester Philharmonic

Instrumental Competition 2024 Winners


Competition Guidelines: Please read carefully. 

  • Auditions are open to families, but closed to teachers. Teachers may listen from outside the sanctuary at Park Central Presbyterian Church.

  • Accompaniment is required. Contestants must provide their own accompanist.

  • Contestants must provide one original solo part or accompaniment part of all repertoire to the judges. (No photo copies allowed)

  • Memorization is recommended, but not required. In case of a tie, the advantage will be given to the applicant performing from memory.

  • Students must reside in Onondaga, Madison, Oswego, Oneida, Cayuga, Thompson, or Cortland counties to be entered in the competition.

  • All Winners commit themselves to performing on the winner’s recital, Sunday, May 7, 2023 at 7:00 PM at Park Central Presbyterian Church.

  • Monetary awards will be given, depending upon enrollment, up to a maximum of three places per division.

  • Information about competition day details and final results will be given to teachers only, by e-mail or telephone.

  • Prior intermediate division winners will be required to move up to the next division regardless of grade. Senior division winners may compete again in the senior division after a one year break from the competition.

  • Rules set forth on this page will be strictly enforced.

Senior Winds

1st place and winner of the Senior Scholarship Competition - Nathan Liu, flute - student of Dana DiGennaro
2nd place - Andrea Iqbal, flute - student of Stephanie Mata-Mercado
3rd place - Justin Liu, euphonium - student of Michael Coldren
Honorable Mention - Will Lesser, clarinet - student of John Friedrichs
Honorable Mention - Madelynn Hilt, flute - student of Dana DiGennaro
Honorable Mention - Olivia Yang, saxophone - student of Kathleen Freer

Senior Strings

1st place - Abigail Feng, cello, student of David Ying
2nd place - Caleb Ryu, cello, student of Greg Wood
3rd place - Alexa Rose Battaglia, violin, student of Noemi Miloradovic
Honorable Mention - Daniel Yang, violin, student of Peter Rovit
Honorable Mention - Nagi Aitbayeva, violin, student of James Krehbiel
Honorable Mention - Devin Dantuono, viola, student of Margaret Mercer



1st place - Christian Lee, cello, student of Pamela Devenport
2nd place - Heim Park, cello, student of Greg Wood
3rd place - James Cooper, cello, student of Lars Kirvan
Honorable Mention - Haya Park, violin, student of YooJin Lee
Honorable Mention - Ethan Lavallee, violin, student of Joan Batson
Honorable Mention - Kaylee Xu, flute, student of Dana DiGennaro

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