In addition to formally constituted ensembles, Houghton students annually form a variety of student-organized groups, ranging from classical-repertoire ensembles to worship praise teams. Further, many area churches make use of music students as worship leaders and group members.

NAfME-NYSMEA, Chapter #150

The chapter sponsors speakers and workshops, attends state conventions, and holds social events.  The chapter raises funds at some events to support these activities.  Affiliations include the New York State School Music Association and Music Educator's National Conference.  NYSMEA sponsors workshops at the annual MENC Convention, the annual NYSSMA Conference, and its own annual fall workshop and concert.  Full membership ($25.00) includes membership in C/MENC (thus NYSSMA and MENC), subscriptions to Music Educator’s Journal and the NYSSMA School Music News.  All music majors are urged to join.

Dean’s Advisory Council

[formerly the Music Student’s Advisory Committee, or MSAC]

The Dean’s Advisory Council members work with the dean and director of the Greatbatch School of Music to provide advisory input.  Annually in April, each class (First-Year, Sophomore & Junior) will elect one representative for the MSAC. A new freshman will be elected during September of each year.  Terms extend from August through May of the following year.


  1. The primary function of the Dean’s Advisory Council is to work in an advisory capacity to the director.   The committee does not have power to make decisions or take action but rather to give advisory input to the music faculty and administration.
  2. The committee will serve as an open line of communication between the music faculty and music students.
  3. The committee will give input to and/or discuss policy-making as such policy affects students.

The committee normally meets once per month.  Help the committee effectively serve you by talking with them, seeking them out to get the straight story rather than believing what you hear in the lounge, and provide your input when the committee makes presentations or polls the students.

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