Welcome to New York Session Symphony

Who we are

New York Session Symphony, Inc. (NYSS) is a non-profit organization whose purpose is to provide the opportunity for accomplished musicians to rehearse and perform significant classical works and new compositions in the New York City area.

What we do

NYSS specializes in
  • Classical Orchestral Music - The Masterworks
  • Chamber Music - All eras
  • New Music - Reading sessions for composers

How to join

  • Send an email to sessionsymphony@gmail.com
  • Provide your name, email, instrument and level of experience
  • Membership is currently at the discretion of the conductor
  • See the list of available positions.


  • Monday, Dec 08

    Lincoln Center
    Opera Learning Center
    Samuel B. and David Rose Building
    6th Floor
    165 West 65th St (MAP)
    Monday, Oct 20
    Lincoln Center
    Samuel B. & David Rose Building
    165 West 65th Street
    6th Floor (MAP)

    SUGGESTED DONATION: $10 (cash only)



    Bartok Concerto for Orchestra (mvmnt IV) (parts)
    Beethoven Symphony 2 (II,III) - Parts will be provided
    Mozart Overture to Marriage of Figaro (parts)
    Stravinsky Pulcinella Suite (mvmnts I)
    Mozart Piano Concerto 21 (mvmnt 2)(parts)
    Mahler Kindertotenlieder 1st mvmnt (parts)


    Auditions for NYSS take place within the context of rehearsal. After rehearsal, the conductor will confer with current players and the board to determine if new players are a good fit and help NYSS to fulfill its mission

    Public transportation:

    #1 subway to 66th Street, Lincoln Center stop
    # 66 crosstown bus to Broadway
    #104 Broadway bus to 65th Street
    #11 Amsterdam/Columbus Avenue busses to 65th Street

    The Rose Building is located at 165 West 65th Street, across 65th Street from Avery Fisher Hall and immediately west of the main entrance to the Juilliard School. Take the flight of (outside) stairs leading to one level above street level, and you will see the main entrance of the Rose building just ahead of you. Once inside the main lobby of the Rose, tell the guard that you are a member of the NY Session Symphony and he will allow you access.

    Take any one of the elevators in the lobby of the Rose building to the 6th floor. Upon exiting the elevator, turn right, walk down the hallway, make another right at the end, and proceed down the hall. Our rehearsal room will be the last door on the LEFT before the double doors with a Juilliard sign on it.

    Note: You are welcome to bring water bottles to drink during the rehearsal, but please do remember to leave the room the way you found it.

Join Our Orchestra!

NYSS currently has openings for the following instruments:

  • Horn
  • Trombone
  • Percussion
  • Violin
  • Viola
  • Cello
  • Bass

Write sessionsymphony@gmail.com for more information.


Mon, Nov 24 NO REHEARSAL  
Mon, Dec 1 7:00-9:00PM Rose Building (MAP)
Mon, Dec 8 7:00-9:00PM Rose Building (MAP)
Mon, Dec 15 7:00-9:00PM Rose Building (MAP)
Mon, Dec 22 TBD

CONDUCTOR Benjamin Niemczyk

Benjamin Niemczyk is a conductor, singer and composer of uncommon range. Recent seasons include performances of Beethoven Christus am Ölberge, Choral Fantasy (with Hélène Grimaud), Symphony No. 5, Symphony No. 7 (excerpts), Brahms Schicksalslied, Symphony No. 3 (excerpts), Liebeslieder Waltzes, Ein Deutsches Requiem, Vivaldi Gloria, Concerto in A minor for Two Violins, Haydn Kleine Orgelmesse, Bach Cantata excerpts, Harpsichord Concerto in D Minor (with Anthony Newman), B Minor Mass, Bruch Kol Nidrei, Sibelius Finlandia, film music of John Williams, Schubert Deutsche Messe, Bizet L’Arlésienne, Carmen, Pearl Fishers (excerpts), Puccini Turandot (excerpts), Messa di Gloria, Verdi Rigoletto (excerpts), Grieg Peer Gynt, Mahler Symphony No. 1 (excerpts), Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen, Kindertotenlieder (excerpts), Symphony No. 7 (excerpts) with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Barber Reincarnations, Dvorak Slavonic Dances (excerpts), Ravel Ma mère l’oye, Berlioz Symphonie Fantastique, Tristia, Vaughan Williams Greensleeves, Gould Home for Christmas, works by Elliott Carter, Bernard Rands, George Boziwick, John Harbison, Schoenberg A Survivor from Warsaw, Mozart Requiem, Symphony No. 40 (excerpts), Rachmaninoff Vespers, Mendelssohn Elijah, Händel Messiah (with REBEL Baroque Orchestra), and Requiems by Duruflé and Fauré.

He has performed with Anthony Newman, Hélène Grimaud, Ennio Morricone at Radio City Music Hall and the United Nations General Assembly, John Nelson, Marin Alsop, Harold Rosenbaum, Amy Kaiser, Frank Nemhauser, the Orchestra of St Lukes, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, the Civic Orchestra of Chicago.

He has held administrative positions with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Grant Park Orchestra, New Westchester Symphony, Canticum Novum Singers, New York Virtuoso Singers and C4. He is a founding member of C4. He served on the original jury for the composition competition of the New York Virtuoso Singers. He is the co-founder of the New Westchester Symphony Orchestra.

He is conductor of Westchester Oratorio Society, New Westchester Symphony Orchestra, Chrysalis Consort, and choir director at St Boniface Oratory Church in Brooklyn.

Also an amateur violist, he is a member of the New York Late Starters Orchestra.

He holds degrees in composition from Wheaton College Conservatory of Music and DePaul University School of Music. His principal conducting teachers are Cliff Colnot and Harold Rosenbaum.