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 prize-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. Please consider contributing by clicking on the JUST GIVE tab to the right to be redirected to our Contributions page.
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The New York Composers Circle is saddened by the passing of our member and colleague, Frank Retzel. An accomplished organist, he was a composer of numerous works for many different ensembles with a wide range of expression, from innovative and dramatic to lyrical simplicity and charm. We recently performed his song cycle A Bestiary, and we will perform his Sapphire Cantos for organ on our organ concert on February 12, 2019. We remember his cordiality and cooperation in helping us plan the upcoming organ concert, as well as his genial personality. He will be greatly missed. You may read more about his accomplishments as composer and educator on his personal website HERE.
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 . . .