The New York Composers Circle proudly announces its 16th John Eaton Memorial Competition, named in honor of our beloved long-time Honorary Member John Eaton (1935-2015), for solo or chamber ensemble works (1-4 performers). The competition is open to composers who live in the New York City metropolitan area, including contiguous areas of New Jersey or Connecticut, without age restriction. Current NYCC members and prior NYCC competition winners are ineligible to apply. The winning composition will be performed at one of the NYCC's concerts during the 2023-2024 season. The winner will also receive a one-year membership in the New York Composers Circle.

For more information, or to submit an entry into the competition, please click HERE.

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This year we are celebrating our 20th Anniversary Season with an incredible line up of eight concerts presenting new music from thirty-six of our composer members, seven guest composers, and the New York premiere of the winning composition of the 15th Annual John Eaton Memorial Competition, all with world-class musicians performing in intimate concert settings. Your tax deductible gift ensures that we will be able to continue bringing to the concert stage musicians such as Kinga Augustyn, Craig Ketter, Bill Zito, Esther Lamneck, Rolf Schulte, Christopher Oldfather, Oren Fader, Jessica Bowers, Jacqueline Melina Mulligan, Markus Kaitila, Peter Sachon, Todd Palmer, and so many more. Your name will be added to the Friends of the New York Composers Circle along with all that have already contributed, and you will have the satisfaction of knowing that you helped sustain the creation and presentation of new music. Please visit the Support page for more information, or click the Donate Today button below.

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  • This year, we’re Celebrating 20 Seasons of Concerts. Please plan to join us and help us celebrate. The complete line up of concerts for the season may be viewed HERE.

  • Sunday, April 30, 2:00-5:00 PM. Please join us for our eighth Salon of the season. This will be an in-person salon featuring a presentation by Bill Holab of Holab Publishing. The event will be also be streamed live via via Zoom. The zoom link for this meeting will be published the week of the event.

  • Thursday, April 13, 7:00 PM, ROWING IN EDEN: A Concert of New Music, Church of the Transfiguration, Little Church Around the Corner, 1 E. 29th Street, New York, NY. Tickets go on sale March 30 and will be available for purchase HERE.

  • Monday, May 22, 7:00 PM, TRANSFIGURED SKYLINE: A Concert of New Music, Benzaquen Hall at the DiMenna Center, 450 W. 37th Street, New York, NY. Tickets go on sale May 1st and will be available for purchase HERE.

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We would like to welcome the following composers as new members of the New York Composers Circle. Each brings a diverse background of experiences and musical eclectic to our ever-evolving roster of composers, which now stands at 56 members.

Alla Borzova, who is a former member returning to our ranks, composer/conductor Kevin Scott, and Cameron Wentz.

Welcome to the Circle!

Alla Borzova

Kevin Scott

Cameron Wentz


Tania León, the 78-year-old Cuban-born composer, won the Pulitzer Prize in Music on Friday for her orchestral work Stride. The Pulitzer jury described the 15-minute piece as a "musical journey full of surprise, with powerful brass and rhythmic motifs that incorporate Black music traditions from the U.S. and the Caribbean into a Western orchestral fabric." The two other finalists were Place, by Ted Hearne and Data Lordsby Maria Schneider, both recordings. 

Stride received its world premiere by the New York Philharmonic at Lincoln Center Feb. 13, 2020. The music was born out of Project 19, an ambitious commissioning program where 19 women composers were chosen to write music to mark the centennial of the ratification of the 19th Amendment, which gave women the right to vote. León's inspiration was Susan B. Anthony, the women's rights activist and a prominent leader in the suffrage movement.

Reached by telephone Friday afternoon at her home in Nyack, N.Y., León said she was the first musician in her poor Havana family. Her success was a dream of her mother and, especially, her grandmother, who suspected that she was interested in music. "They created a dream and I grabbed the dream and went into the world, and here I am," León said.

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Archives of Past Performances

We have meticulously documented past performances of New York Composers Circle through videos and photographs. To watch videos of past performances, please click the YouTube button below where you will find videos of every concert dating back to the 2013-2014 Concert Season, as well as special video performances such as The Dreamflower Sessions that stemmed from the recent lockdowns that precluded our ability to host live concert events. To view our photo gallery such as those at right, please click the Photo Gallery button below.

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