In Memoriam Jacob E. Goodman (1933-2021)

We are very sad to report that Jacob Eli Goodman, the founder of this organization and unquestionably the most important leader for most of its existence, has passed away. Every one of our members has benefitted from his hard work and devotion, and by the example of his own creativity and inspiration. He was an accomplished and recognized mathematician who taught for many years at City College of New York, and he began composing only late in life. The New York Composers Circle arose out of his desire to create a comfortable space for composers to play, discuss, and even critique each other’s work, and to perform it for the public. From these modest beginnings he grew to be quite a sophisticated composer, which is testified to by the diversity of music that you can find on YouTube, much of it put there through our website. This organization was founded in 2002, and we will be celebrating 20 years of existence during the following concert season. We were most gratified by the fact that we were able to perform the world premiere of his last composition, his String Quartet No. 1, on our September concert, and he was able to hear the performance live as it streamed on our Facebook page, and again on YouTube. We will acknowledge Jacob’s leadership and contributions later through a tibute concert in his honor. As we move into the future, my greatest hope is that we can continue to grow in a manner that he would be proud of.

— Hubert S. Howe, Executive Director

All remaining concerts for the 2022 season will be held at “Little Church Around the Corner,” 1 East 29th Street, New York, NY


  • Sunday, January 30 | 2:00 PM - This Salon Meeting will be LIVE in person, with a simultaneous link via Zoom for those who wish to join us virtually. The link for this meeting will be posted the week before the salon.

  • Sunday, February 27 | 2:00 PM - This Salon Meeting will be LIVE in person, with a simultaneous link via Zoom for those who wish to join us virtually. The link for this meeting will be posted the week before the salon.

  • Tuesday, March 15 | 7:30 PM, A Concert of New Music, Church of the Transfiguration, "Little Church Around the Corner,” 1 East 29th Street, New York, NY. Program to be announced soon.

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The New York Composers Circle is pleased to present a series of new videos that were recorded by Jeremy Tressler of Dreamflower Acoustic between April and May of 2021, and produced by David Mecionis as a means to continue to present new music to our audience during these difficult and truncated times. These recordings feature the music of a few of our member composers, including Richard Brooks, Madelyn Byrne, John de Clef Pineiro, Robert Cohen, Jacob Goodman, Hubert Howe, Mark Landson, Patricia Leonard, Kevin McCarter, Timothy Miller, Jeffrey Niederhoffer, David Picton, Raoul Pleskow, and Dana Richardson, as well as our special guest composers from Moscow, Anton Rovner and Mark Belodubrovsky. Performing were Valerie Gonzalez, soprano; Gregor Kitzis, violin; and Craig Ketter, piano. These videos were presented as YouTube Premieres between August and December 2021. Please visit our YouTube channel to view the entire series. Please subscribe to our YouTube channel to receive notifications of future releases and presentations.

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The New York Composers Circle is extremely proud of the accomplishments of our long-time member and current honorary member, Tania León. She has been blessed with a long and distiguished career, and now to be awarded the crowning achievement in music, the Pulitzer Prize, for her orchestral piece Stride, is yet another in a long stream of deserved accomplishments and recognitions for her incredible body of work. Following is an article published by NPR on June 11 celebrating Tania’s accomplishments in music. Congratualtions, Tania!

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Soprano Valerie Gonzalez


Each year, the New York Composers Circle sponsors the John Eaton Memorial Competition. In 2015, the name was changed to honor our late Honorary Member John Eaton. The competition is open to composers of all ages who live in the New York metropolitan area (New York City, New Jersey, Connecticut), with the exception of current NYCC members and prior NYCC contest winners. The winning composition is performed at one of the NYCC’s concerts during the following season, and the winner also receives one year’s free membership in the Composers Circle.

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the New York Composers Circle is temporarily suspending the competition until such a time that we may safely resume the process of presenting public concerts. Winners of the previous two year’s competition, Ecstacy for clarinet, violin, cello, piano by Cheng Jin Koh, and Picking Up Where I Left Off for violin and piano by composer Jeffrey Niederhoffer will be performed on a concert in the coming season.

To see a list of past winners of the competition, please click HERE. Pictured at left is Honorary Composer Member John Eaton, for whom the annual competition is named.

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