CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR STUDENT WILLIAM WEI (class of Anahid Syourapian) WHO JUST GOT 27 POINTS OUT OF 28 AT NYSSMA EXAM (LEVEL 2: OUTSTANDING)!!! William performed Schumann Album for the Young - “Study”, “The Wild Horseman” Here is some information about NYSSMA (The New York State School Music Assosiation). NYSSMA is a professional organization that evaluates student musicians in New York state from elementary school to high school. Each spring, thousands of students register through their school music programs to attend NYSSMA Evaluation Festivals where they are adjudicated. Participants in all categories (piano, voice, strings, woodwinds, percussion) prepare and perform a solo selected from the NYSSMA manual, perform scales, and demonstrate sight reading from original music provided by NYSSMA at the audition. Each NYSSMA solo is preassigned a difficulty level from I (easiest) to VI (most difficult). Instrumental soloists also must play scales, the number of which are determined by difficulty level of the solo. Overall each participant is judged on seven categories, tone, intonation, technique, accuracy, interpretation, scales, and sight reading.