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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




Eligibility Requirements: 

  • Intermediate division, all instruments: Grades 4 - 8 

  • Senior division, STRINGS: Grades 9 -12 

  • Senior division, WINDS and PERCUSSION: Grades 9 -12



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 - Sean Alvaro, trombone - Student of David DiGennaro
2nd place - Will Lesser, clarinet - Student of John Friedrichs
3rd place - Frank Wang, saxophone - Student of Kathy Freer
Honorable Mention - Jim Manard, euphonium

Senior Strings
1st place - Eric Lee, violin - Student of Peter Rovit
2nd place - Abigail Feng, cello - Student of David Ying
3rd place - Colin Chin, cello - Student of
Pam Devenport
Honorable Mention - Max Clark, double bass, Student of Spencer Phillips
Honorable Mention - Caleb Ryu - cello, Student of Greg Wood

1st place - Daniel Yang, violin - Student of Peter Rovit
2nd place - Leo Clark, cello - Student of Pam Devenport
3rd place - Eve Clark, violin - Student of Noemi Miloradovic
Honorable Mention - Kaylee Xu, flute - Student of Dana DiGennaro

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