Business Meeting Minutes 10-22-2015

Agenda/Minutes for CNYNATS

October 22, 2015, A184 Witmore Hall, Nazareth College, Rochester, NY



Present: Robert Strauss, Deborah Montgomery, Deborah Massell, Kathryn Cowdrick, Ivy Walz, Katie Hannigen, Mario Martinez, David, Julianne, Jennifer Kay, Jonathan, Amy Cochrone, Kim UpCraft, Mark Webster, John Holliday, Jan O, Holly Bewlay


  1. Call to order and Welcome
  2. Introduction of new board members

Jennifer Kay Ithaca as president elect=vice-president: Deborah Massell will be assisting Jennifer for January Workshop

Ivy Walz from Ithaca as Treasurer


  1. Video and discussion of new voting

Watched the video for judging.

Procedures (when Rob arrives): update website by gathering any suggestions from students and members. Any further suggestions about websites, please let him know or let Holly know. Rob’s fifth year. Facebook info (send it to Rob or Holly)


Numbers and report from Rob: Rob, please send Holly a digital version of the report:

2011 Naz

2012 Crane

2013 Buffalo State

2014 Eastman

2015 Naz (209 applicants in total-largest, 33 for musical theatre, 33% asking for staff pianists: 67 students) more high school private teachers are involved


  1. Treasurer’s report


Pay pal concerns ($3800 as of Oct 23rd, 2015) students borrowing credit cards: add Credit card holder’s name section on Pay pal portion of the website (Holly will do this)

Change name from Finger Lakes to Central New York Finger Lakes for membership fees (Kathryn will do this)

Married people paying once (joint membership): Ivy will look into this.

Ask members to pay fees in order to let the students participate in chapter student competitions.

Clarification of chapter dues payments


  1. By Laws-Deborah Montgomery: D Montgomery will send Holly an updated version to put it on our website. (Holly will update this)
  2. Acknowledgment of Website work-Holly Bewlay
  3. Master Class with Dr. Robert C. White (1/23/2016)-print out for

Deborah Massell:

30min slots: any singers are welcome except children.

Site coordinator: Deborah Montgomery: first come first serve for choosing singers for the masterclass, but this tradition may change. Kathryn Cowdrick and Deborah Massell will discuss this matter and report back to the members.

Pianist: fee (the chapter needs to figure out how much to pay a pianist) Kathryn and Deborah MA will talk about this and inform Ivy.

Fee for Bob White. Deborah MA and Kathryn will talk and inform Ivy.


morning sessions will be good for graduate and above.

afternoon sessions will be good for undergraduate and high school.

Possible times:1:30-6pm (3.5hours masterclass) (6-7 students?)

Holly can set up an application on our website to apply to sing at the masterclass (Holly spoke with Deborah Massell about this).

  1. McIver scholarship fund-table it for now.
  2. Sites for future auditions

2016 Oswego-Todd Graber email : ask Todd to host us on Saturday Oct 22nd

2017 Syracuse? (Kathryn will check)/OCC is also a possibility (Kathryn will check)

2018 Crane? (Kathryn will check)

2019 Fredonia? (Kathryn will check)


Website should include hyperlinks to school websites of the members: (Holly will work on this)

List of schools:






SUNY-Fredonia, Crane, Buffalo State