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From Students:

Last year I was lucky enough to attend the New York Summer Music Festival (NYSMF). I got to play music with talented people of all ages that, like me, enjoyed and felt what they were playing. Through music, I made a lot of new friends. My playing improved tremendously. What was hard for me to play before, I was practically able to do in my sleep. I was part of the Symphonic Band, the Brass Ensemble, the Jazz Band, Wind Ensemble, excellent private lessons and an acting class. They inspired me to want to learn another instrument and so, I have been taking bass guitar lessons since September. I would love to go back because the opportunities at NYSMF to grow as a musician and a person are endless.

In 2008 I went to NYSMF and though other things came up and I didn’t get a chance to go back. I will always remember the experience and how we sang Zadok the Priest and Serenade to Music. I think it was somehow thanks to NYSMF that I am now a freshman at SUNY Oneonta. so I just want to say thanks for the memories.keep it squirrley guys.

From Parents:

We wanted to thank you for a great first session for Sam at NYSMF. We were so excited about the amazing program, faculty and students you have assembled. It seems like your program is really taking off in just the short time of its existence. The spirit, dedication and joy evident in your faculty members was inspiring and contagious! Emily (Sam’s 11 year old sister) is dying to come next summer- she’s a vocalist (does jazz gigs with us regularly), violinist, guitarist, song writer, musical theatre/dance kid so NYSMF is a veritable feast of goodies to her!

Thanks for organizing such a fantastic music camp. It really does offer everything we’ve been looking for, at such a high level, with such wonderful people. I can hardly wait for it myself, and I just sit in the audience!

NYSMF is doing alot of good! We are in the process of searching for colleges where Alex can major in music. This could not have happened without NYSMF.

Thank you for taking so well care of our son. He loved being there and had a great time. We are all very happy. please say to thank you to all the teachers. He had no complain. He said they all were wonderful and he learned a lot and had fun. Thank you.

boys-trioI just wanted to write to let you know how amazing the Madrigal and Select Choir concerts were last weekend (end of session 2). Matt Glandorf did an outstanding job with the students and the performances reflected this. My son, Seth, was in both ensembles and has been in many choral concerts over the past few years at NYSMF and other places and these two groups were among the best he has ever participated in.

I want to tell you how pleased we are with the concert DVD and CD’s you produced. They are EXCELLENT! Thank you for your hard work on them.

We wanted to say how much our son Max enjoyed NYSMF. He came home “inspired and on fire”! He has a new drive to succeed and even decided to change to tougher private instructor. Thanks to the staff and faculty for providing such a great experience!

I want to thank you, and the entire NYSMF team, for the wonderful two weeks that my son, Jamie, just had at camp. He grew as a musician and as a person (did his own laundry!) and had a great time. He’s looking forward to next year, perhaps to a longer stay.

IMG_4602I just wanted to say thank you very much for all your support to my daughter. Mitsuko enjoyed NYSMF very much, learned a lot from great teachers, and made good friends there. (Note: She used her middle name “Alex” at NYSMF because it’s easy for American friends to remember.) My daughter particularly appreciated the fact that kids (of course, faculty, too) at NYSMF were very serious about music (because sometimes her friends at music school are not that serious about music, and that upsets my daughter). She talks about NYSMF every day and wants to return to NYSMF next summer. She also share with me about your speech at the last concert which I believe was held on Saturday, July 26th. She said that you talked about the importance of “listening” — not just referring to listening to the music but also human ability (i.e., parents listened kids’ interest and desire of coming to NYSMF so they were able to come to NYSMF, listening has a great power in every day life, etc.) She said that you really inspired and encouraged. She also said that you are very funny and she loves you!

I can’t thank enough for you, Daniel, Ms. Kim and everyone at NYSMF who made my daughter’s summer so enjoyable and memorable. Thank you.

I find it so true that although one may not remember everything and exactly what his/her learned in school including ABC and Algebra, s/he will never forget the teachers name and the impact that they made on him/her, not to mention the great memory that they created together. In this case, you, Daniel Spenser, Ms. Kim, Brenda Earl (who taught my daughter Jazz keyboard and Jazz vocal) and Rachel (classic music teacher), and I am sorry if I left anyone, and NYSMF (my daughter calls it “Niz-Mif”), are “great teachers” to my daughter, and she will definitely remember and cherish for years.


Thanks again for your strong leadership, passion for music and education, and dedication to children’s happiness & growth.

We are impressed with how organized the camp is and want to thank you. Zack has called in that he is learning a lot and having a great time! Just wanted to give you some positive feedback. All the kids seem to be really learning a lot, meeting news friends, and having a great time. Zack has called home a few time telling us how wonderful it is.

Good morning…I just wanted to say that my daughter had a terrific time at the camp – it was her first year to attend…and well worth the trek from Ontario, Canada. She found her teachers to be very informative, kind, and lots of fun. She made good friendships – and really, really enjoyed the whole experience. I also want to acknowledge that I did send a fair amount of emails to NYSMF before and after she enrolled – and they were always answered quickly and courteously. Many thanks again – and I was also able to enjoy 3 concerts at the end of week 1.