Board Meeting Central New York Finger Lakes Chapter



September 7, 2020


Present: Jennifer Kay, Robert Strauss, Wendy Williams, Alison Wahl, Kathryn Cowdrick

Minutes: Kathryn Cowdrick


  1. New board announcement

Dr.Jennifer Kay, President

Dr.Robert Strauss, Vice President

Dr.Holly Bewlay, Secretary

Wendy Williams, Treasurer

Alison Wahl, Auditions Coordinator


  1. The Balance in the chapter checking is: $5147.21


  1. 2020 Audition:


The auditions event traditionally held in October will now be online.


The online event will have the following 2020 deadlines

December 18             for submissions

January 15                for first round

January 22-29          for second round


Students should receive their feedback by February 1.


Teachers are asked to double check their student’s repertoire for their categories. Teachers will also be allowed to play for their student’s online submission.

There will be an Adult Classical and Musical Theatre division: this also will be the division for students taking a gap year between undergrad and graduate school.


2021 Audition:

The next in person audition event will hopefully be at SUNY OSWEGO in October of 2021.


  1. Due to the unknown issues with schools, travel and covid-19 it was planned that there would be zoom master classes /presentations given in place of one master class event. Members will be invited to participate any class.


Those individual presenters that are confirmed for this are

Kathleen Roland Silverstein (Introduction to Scandinavian Repertoire),

Daniel Ihasz (Voce Vista-Practical application of science to pedagogy),

Matthew Valverde ( Spanish Diction and Repertoire for the Beginning singer),

Robert Swensen ( Training the Male Voice) and

a potential class on music theatre with personnel TBA.


These classes will be scheduled beginning January 2021.

The presenters have been contacted by K Cowdrick to determine the best months for them.

They will be given on Sunday afternoons.


There is an additional afternoon that might be scheduled for teachers that need mentoring or support for their academic portfolios led by Patrice Pastore.