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The Syracuse Sounds of Music Association, Inc. is an advocate for the promotion and support of music throughout Central New York's six counties: Cayuga, Cortland, Madison, Onondaga, Oneida, and Oswego. We do this through a number of fundraising activities and events. Proceeds from ALL of our efforts go toward grant funding to Central New York non-profit organizations that offer music programming, music education, or community support through music. Funding is also allocated toward a major sponsorship of Symphoria - The Orchestra of Central New York for which SSMA is the title sponsor of the Kids Concert Series.


In 1957, a dedicated group of women who believed that Syracuse should have an orchestra formed the Syracuse Symphony Guild. 


In 1960, the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra was established, and the Syracuse Symphony Association (the Guild’s successor) was founded to help support it financially through various means of fundraising.


In the Spring of 2011, the SSO began the transition to a new business model, and officially became Symphoria in December of 2012. The SSA reorganized, as well, becoming the Syracuse Sounds of Music Association, Inc. (SSMA) in the Fall of 2011.


Since then, the SSMA has successfully raised funds to support not only Symphoria, but many CNY non-profit organizations that present music programming or offer music education.

Board of Directors

Barbara Barnell, president & treasurer

Sheila Sostrin, asst. treasurer

Jean Edminster, secretary

Meg Aufmuth, Encore co-manager

Sandy Rosenfeld, Encore co-manager

Pam Baran

Barbara Brown

Lou Anne Colaneri

Stephanie Ladd

Jennifer Loh

Stephanie Macklin-Macero

Janet Mallan

Michele Mider

Donna Miller

Maria Miller

Ruth Perkins

Jane Roller

Mary Thompson

Cathy Winger

Symphoria Sponsorship

The Syracuse Sounds of Music Association supports Symphoria annually with a major sponsorship. SSMA has either matched or increased our sponsorship level each year. In 2023, we awarded Symphoria $25,000, the highest dollar amount to date, to underwrite the Holiday Pops concert performances and to sponsor the Kids Concert Series. We are proud to offer our continued support and advocacy of Central New York's finest orchestra.

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