Welcome to the New York Composers Circle

The New York Composers Circle is an organization of composers and performers, dedicated to new music, whose mission is to promote public awareness and appreciation of contemporary music through concerts, salons, and other events in the New York metropolitan area.

For its members, the New York Composers Circle (NYCC) offers a variety of opportunities for presenting for feedback works in progress at monthly salons which are also open to the public, performing completed works in concerts, and fostering collaboration and development, both artistic and professional, with other composer and performer members. The NYCC also offers an annual composition competition for non-member composers, with the winning works being performed on one of its regular series concerts. For the sophisticated concert-going public, the NYCC offers as many as eight concerts a year of its members’ works, including jazz concerts and at least two non-series concerts of special performances, all which are curated by a jury of members headed by award-winning composer Tania León. And for members of the public who have not yet been exposed to much contemporary concert music, the NYCC sponsors an outreach program, in which we send composers and performers out to various institutions, including high schools and senior centers, to perform music of the 20th and 21st centuries.

The New York Composers Circle, Inc. is an IRS-registered tax-exempt nonprofit corporation under section 501(c)(3), recognized as an educational organization by the New York State Department of Education. Much of our support is through generous individual patron donations, as well as through various grants for arts and educational programming. We are governed by a set of by-laws, which were written by our member-committee and approved by our board of directors. You may read them by clicking HERE. Please consider supporting the NYCC financially with a tax deductible gift by clicking on the JUST GIVE tab to the right where you will be redirected to our Contributions page. All contributions are welcome, regardless of size.

For more information about individual members or events of the New York Composers Circle, please explore the other pages by clicking the links in the menu bar above. We look forward to hearing from you with any questions or comments you may have; just click on the CONTACT link above.


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The New York Composers Circle sponsored a jazz performance on Wednesday, March 6 at the Zinc Bar in New York City by the NYCC Jazz Quintet (Michael Laderman, flute, Roger Blanc, guitar, Emiko Hayashi, piano, Nate Hassleby, bass, David Picton, drums), with a special performance by Peri Mauer, cello and Michael Laderman, flute. The performance showcased music by NYCC composers David Picton, Emiko Hayashi, Dary John Mizelle, Timothy Miller, and Roger Blanc, as well as a couple of tunes by NYCC performer member Michael Laderman. NYCC wishes to express gratitude to Roger Blanc for his efforts to organize and produce the performance. A video of the performance can be streamed HERE.


Posted on May 31, 2018 by Jean Ballard Terepka at theaterscene.net in Choral, Music

In the midst of wild rains on a recent early spring evening, a small but eager, astute audience of musicians, composers and music-lovers gathered at the Church of the Transfiguration – the ‘Little Church Around the Corner’ that has nurtured and supported performing artists for almost two centuries  – for an evening of new music. All the music to be performed was composed by members of the New York Composers Circle, now in its sixteenth season. Continue reading . . .


On September 27th a concert was given in Moscow, Russia featuring the music of eight New York Composers Circle members. The concert was part of a an exchange with Anton Rovner and several other Russian composers. The concert in Moscow featured the music of Peter Kelsh, Christopher Sahar, David Picton, Eric Heilner, Dana Dimitri Richardson, Timothy Lee Miller, and Hubert Howe of the New York Composers Circle. Due to the short turnaround of time between agreeing to the exchange and the actual concert date, not to mention the lengthy process of attaining visas for Americans traveling to Russia, none of the composers involved in the September concert were able to attend the concert. However, the concert in Moscow was considered a great success, and recordings and video of the performances back up the claim. Continue reading . . .



The winner of our 2019 John Eaton Memorial Competition is Cheng Jin Koh (photo right) for her composition Ecstasy for Piano Quartet.  Honorable mention is also awarded to Derek Cooper, Michael Salvatore Grebla, and Ursula Kwong-Brown.  All four will be awarded a free one-year membership in the New York Composers Circle, and the winner’s piece will be performed on one of our upcoming concerts. More info . . .



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