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Wynn-Anne Rossi is a nationally acclaimed composer and dynamic educator whose works have reached audiences throughout the United States, Europe, Iceland and Australia. Commissions include works sponsored by Minnesota Public Radio, the National Endowment for the Arts, the American Composers Forum and the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra. Wynn-Anne has over 100 piano publications, with original repertoire ranging from vocal works to full orchestra.

Rossi has lectured throughout the United States and beyond its borders on a variety of subjects. She specializes in composition residencies, sponsored by a variety of professional arts organizations. Residency commissions have included orchestral and band works inspired by student musical ideas. Her passion for promoting creativity in young musicians is reflected in her projects with Alfred Music, including “Creative Composition Toolbox” and the “Wednesdays with Wynn-Anne” video series.

Ellen Mandel, composer, has written many art songs to texts by E.E. Cummings, Seamus Heaney, WB Yeats, Thomas Hardy, Charlotte Mew, and others.  Mandel’s art songs have been performed in concert at venues including the Tribeca New Music Festival, St Mark’s Church on the Bowery, Klavierhaus, and the Century Center, all in New York City, the Sirena Poetry Festival in Pennsylvania, the In-Series in Washington DC, the Florio Street Concerts in California, the Peterborough Players in New Hampshire, the New Gallery Concert Series in Boston, in concerts from Mississippi to Ohio to Maine, in Ireland at the Kilkenny Arts Festival, and in concerts in Scotland, England, and Germany.


Ms. Mandel has also created music for over seventy plays:  Phoenix Theatre Ensemble’s Medea (NYIT nominee Best Music/Sound design), Don Juan in Hell (NYITA Best Revival), The Gambler and Agamemnon Home, New Yiddish Rep’s Death of a Salesman (Drama Desk nom Best Revival 2016), also Antaeus (Scenie Award: music for Top Girls), Peterborough Players (nominee Best Music and Best Musical Director) Jean Cocteau Rep Resident Composer, Mint, Arkansas Rep, Asolo.  She has created music and lyrics for six shows for children:  The Toymaker’s Apprentice, The Three Pigs, Aesop’s Fables, Puss in Boots, Little Red, Rumplestiltskin, The Emperor’s New Clothes, and Cindy Reilly (Cinderella). She has composed scores for five indie films, and for dance and cabaret, as well as on the spot for improv comedy.


Ms Mandel has released six CDs:  a wind has blown the rain away (E.E. Cummings songs), and the first of all my dreams (E.E. Cummings, Seamus Heaney, WB Yeats, and other songs), Every Play's an Opera (theatre music); The Cat and the Moon, (settings of Heaney, Yeats, Thomas Hardy, and Daniel Neer), and There Was a World (Seamus Heaney and Glyn Maxwell settings), and I So Liked Spring (Charlotte Mew, Thomas Hardy, Shakespeare and Yeats settings). Dizzy Gillespie called her a “wonderful musician.”

The New York State Music Teachers Association is pleased to announce the next NYSMTA Conference for Saturday, October 27, 2018. It will take place at Onondaga Community College in Syracuse. The Conference is being organized in collaboration with The Central New York Association of Music Teachers.

Saturday, October 27, 2018

Onondaga Community College in Syracuse

Lecture Forum: Call to NYSMTA Members for Proposals
NYSMTA members may apply through the Lecture Forum to propose a Conference presentation. Format is flexible: paper or lecture, lecture recital or demonstration. The topic proposal document should be a detailed description of the intended presentation. Topics may relate (but are by no means limited) to music literature, teaching techniques, the psychology of teaching, performance stress, improvisation, business elements, or any number of other tools of the music profession.


Presentation time may range from thirty to fifty minutes, including questions. Proposals are evaluated by the Lecture Forum committee, which will then inform the applicants of the final selections. Questions and submissions should be addressed to Janice Nimetz, Chair, Lecture Forum at Deadline for submission is Tuesday, May 15, 2018.

Online Registration & Payment Portal 

To register

Hotel Reservation
The Inn at the Fairgrounds
670 State Fair Blvd.
Syracuse, NY 13209
Reservations: (315) 484-0044 or (800) 780-7234 or online
Two queens: $109.99 plus 13% tax
One king: $119.99 plus 13% tax
Hotel check-in is after 3:00 pm/check-out time is 11:00 a.m.
NOTE! For the reduced group rate, please be sure to mention
“New York State Music Teachers Association” when making your reservation.
Cut-off date for reduced-rate reservation: Tuesday, September 25.

Featured Clinician
Wynn-Anne Rossi


Conference Schedule

Conference Artists: Kevin Moore and Katherine Ciarelli, duo-pianists

MTNA/NYSMTA 2018 Commissioned Composer: Ellen Mandel

ELAINA BURNS. “Mind, Body, Music: From Healthy Alignment to Artistic Performance”

RACHEL HIDLAY. “Growing and Maintaining Your Music Studio”

FRED KARPOFF. “Balancing Clarity and Resonance with Artistic Pedaling”

LEONIDAS F. LAGRIMAS. “Beyond the Canon: Rethinking the Piano Recital for the Twenty-First Century”

ALINA PLOURDE. “Intuitive and Accessible Improvisation for Students of All Ages and Levels”

NYSMTA Competitions Winners Recital

NYSMTA General Business Meeting

Conference Exhibitors 
Contact Conference Co-Chair: Christine Johannsen

Conference Competitions
Heddy Kilian Empire State

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