Tri-M Music Honor Society

What is Tri-M?

The Tri-M Music Honor Society, founded in 1936, is a program of the National Association for Music Education (NAfME), which focuses on creating future leaders in music education and music advocacy. It is the only music honor society for junior/middle school and high school students in the country. Tri-M recognizes students that have gone above and beyond both academically and musically. It provides students leadership opportunities to make a difference in their community through music-based service projects. There are more than 1,800 chapters across 50 states and 15 countries involving more than 75,000 students in grades 6-12. Each year, student members contribute more than 750,000 service hours to their school and local communities and raise nearly $1 million for causes they care about.

Who can Participate in Tri-M?

Any students in grades 9-12 who are currently enrolled in one of the performing ensembles at the Academy. The organization requires that all participants hold a B average in their music courses and a C average overall.



Tri-M at Canandaigua Academy

-Hosted a welcome picnic for the Canandaigua Music Department this fall

-Paired themselves up with incoming Freshmen & transferred music students to serve as mentors throughout the year

-Served as student ambassadors welcoming over 850 elementary students from the FL region to Canandaigua Academy for a matinee performance of Rochester City Ballet's Nutcracker

-Hosting a penny war and food drive to benefit CCIA's food pantry in conjunction with this year's Holiday PRISM concert


To be inducted, the students had to apply, perform in one of two community performances (80 Parrish Street- Monday, Nov. 12 or Ferris Hills- Thurs, Nov. 15) OR write a research paper on a musical topic of their choosing, and meet the academic requirements.