Winter Conference (NYSSMA)

November 30 - December 3
Rochester Convention  Center

NYSBDA  Sessions at the Conference

  • Friday, December 1: 10:30am - 1:00 pm in Radisson Board Room: NYSBDA Executive Board Mtg.
  • Friday, December 1: 2:30 pm in Aqueduct CD: Creative Rehearsal Techniques From Around The Country - Gary Stith, Clinician


As a result of a 2016-17 nationwide study canvassing nearly one hundred of the most outstanding middle school, high school, university band and orchestra directors from all over the country, Gary will share some of their most innovative and imaginative rehearsal techniques and program ideas. Real life video recorded clips of many of them will be featured in this engaging and exceptionally practical presentation.

Gary Stith is Professor & Conductor Emeritus at Houghton College and also adjunct professor of music education at Ithaca College. He taught instrumental music in the Holland and Williamsville (NY) Central Schools for a total of thirty years, also serving as Instructional Specialist for the Fine and Performing Arts in the Williamsville schools from 1993 – 2002. Past President of both the New York State Band Directors Association and the New York State Council of Administrators of Music Education, he was the northeast regional recipient of the 1976 ASBDA-Stanbury Award, the Outstanding Educator Award at the 1993 World of Music Festival in Chicago, the 2003 Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra Award for Excellence in Music Education, and the 2010-11 Houghton College Excellence in Teaching Award. He has authored numerous articles and penned chapters for the “Conductors Anthology”, “The Drum and Percussion Cookbook”, and served as Consulting Editor for a compilation entitled “Classic Beginning Solos for the Complete Percussionist” published by Kendor. He is also author of the widely acclaimed texts “Score & Rehearsal Preparation: A Realistic Approach for Instrumental Conductors” and “The Conductor’s Companion: 100 Rehearsal Techniques, Quotes and Facts” both published by Meredith Music Publications.