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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. 




Saturday, May 6, 2023

Winners' Recital, Sunday, May 7, 2023

Deadline: April 21, 2023


Park Central Presbyterian Church

504 E. Fayette St., Syracuse, NY

Competition Chairpersons

Dana DiGennaro - 315-254-9995


James Krehbiel - 315-445-9390




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.  

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.

2023 Instrumental Competition Application

Competition Repertoire Requirements: 

  • Intermediate: 6-10 minutes 

    • One or two pieces (or movements of one piece) that demonstrates contrasting character.

  • Senior Division (all instruments) 10-15 minutes 

    • Two different pieces or movements from pieces, that represent at least two different genres/time
      periods and demonstrate contrasting character.

  • Student compositions will be allowed only if the student performs two other contrasting pieces from standard. published repertoire, within the allotted performance time. 

  • No chamber music transcriptions will be allowed

Please list the program in order of performance. Please include complete composer’s name,  title, movement names, and opus numbers. Timing requirements will be strictly enforced. Entrants must not repeat repertoire from prior year’s CNYAMT competitions. 



  • We attest that the information given on this application is accurate.

  • We understand that should our child win a place in this competition, they have an obligation to perform at the winner’s recital on May 7, 2023. Should a student not fulfill this obligation, they shall relinquish their place and prize. In the event of illness or family emergency this rule will not apply.

  • We understand that our child may be photographed and recorded by CNYAMT at the winner’s recital. We give our permission for CNYAMT to use our child’s image and/or musical performance for publicity and/or archival purposes only. 

Thank you for your application!

Intermediate Division

Honorable Mention - Daniel Yang, Violin - Student of Peter Rovit


Senior Division - Strings

1st prize - Mia Sakonju, Violin - Student of James Krehbiel

2nd prize - Abigail Feng, Cello - Student of Walden Bass


Senior Division - Winds/Brass/Percussion

1st prize - Bianca Lucas, Flute - Student of Dana DiGennaro

2nd prize - Frank Wang, Saxophone - Student of Kathleen Freer


We are so grateful to our wonderful judges Anne Kunkle, saxophone and Joshua Lohner, viola. We so appreciate their patience, knowledge, and expertise. 


Anne Kunkle is an award-winning saxophonist and educator based in Rochester, New York.  Prior to her doctoral studies, Ms. Kunkle received her Bachelor of Music with High Distinction in Saxophone Performance and Music Education from the Eastman School of Music, and a Master of Music from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She was also inaugurated into the Beta Pi Eastman Chapter of Pi Kappa Lambda for her academic excellence, and earned a certificate from the Arts Leadership Program. Ms. Kunkle is a candidate for the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Saxophone Performance and Literature with a minor in Music Theory at the Eastman School of Music, where she was a member of the Eastman Wind Ensemble, and former Assistant Director and chief arranger of the Eastman Saxophone Project. Ms. Kunkle is the Instructor of Saxophone at Syracuse University Setnor School of Music, Nazareth College, and an Adjunct Professor of Saxophone at Roberts Wesleyan College. She also teaches at the Eastman Community Music School. Her primary teachers include Chien-Kwan Lin and Debra Richtmeyer.


Violist Joshua Lohner enjoys an active and multifaceted as a performer and music educator. Recently he joined the Buffalo Philharmonic, and has performed with various orchestras in New York and Pennsylvania, including the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, Symphoria, the Binghamton Philharmonic, the Harrisburg Symphony, and the Cayuga Chamber Orchestra. Joshua holds a Master’s Degree from the Eastman School of Music and a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Utah. His education also included a year of study abroad at the Netherlands’ Rotterdam Conservatory.As a chamber musician, Joshua is a founding member of the Maven Piano Quartet and a former member of the Alloro String Quartet. He performs often and has recorded with the Syracuse Society for New Music as a soloist and chamber musician.  As an educator, Joshua is currently the viola and chamber music instructor at Roberts Wesleyan Colle and maintains a private studio for violin and viola students.

James Krehbiel and Dana DiGennaro, competition chairpersons


Instrumental Competition

Saturday, April 21, 2022 

Park Central Presbyterian Church

504 E. Fayette St., Syracuse, NY

James Krehbiel and

Dana DiGennaro,

Competition Chairpersons

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