About Us

RITSMA promotes music on campus and around Rochester by hosting various activities including:

Open Mic Nights

Students, faculty, and community members sing, play instruments, recite poetry, etc. at these quarterly or semi-quarterly events held in the Java Wallys next to the RIT Library.

Jam Sessions

On-campus musicians gather to make music together. These events are often the starting point for student-formed bands of all musical genres.

Acoustic Nights

Acoustic musicians perform in venues such as Java Wally's, and the Idea factory on the first floor of Wallace Library.

Live Sound Reinforcement & Recording

A cappella performances in Webb auditorium and alternate venues on campus are supported by RITSMA's technically inclined members and sound equipment. In addition, several of the concerts are recorded by RITSMA.


RITSMA produces the Kaleidoscope concert, a major on-campus concert that features the various RIT performing ensembles, each year in the fall. Collaboration with other college music associations, such as those at the University of Rochester and Monroe Community College, also allows us to have performances at RIT, other college campuses, and within the Rochester Community, that involve music groups from multiple colleges.


Co-sponsored with RIT Players and College of Liberal Arts, RITSMA helps to produce a full scale musical production performed on the campus main-stage, Ingle Auditorium. Opportunities exist for acting, singing, dancing and technical positions.


Every year, we host a huge concert during Imagine RIT in the Kodak Quad. We provide free music, free food, and fun for everyone. Come check it out.

our history

The roots of the RIT Student Music Association (RITSMA) can be traced back to the Performing Arts Department of NTID and to the vision of Robert Mowers and Diane Habeeb. As heads of NTID's music program, they helped members of the NTID Combo achieve recognition as an official RIT club in April of 1988. The club also received a charter as chapter #980 of the Music Educator's National Conference (MENC), an affiliation that has provided the club with contacts across the state and access to numerous national conferences and conventions.

In the fall of 1988, RITSMA grew to include hearing students as well as deaf, to bring music lovers from all parts of RIT together for the first time. Every year since, more and more people have discovered the music association and "joined the family." Members have come from all possible backgrounds and majors on campus. They have all gathered together to share their love of music with each other, RIT, and the Rochester community.

In addition to the accomplishments in RITSMA's past we are continually working to foster music and the performing arts on the RIT campus and surrounding community. Part of this includes a membership with the Arts & Cultural Council for Greater Rochester, as well as communication with other local colleges to promote and plan events.