New York Session Symphony

Benjamin Niemczyk, Conductor

New York Session Symphony, Inc. (NYSS) is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt nonprofit 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.

Offering free concerts, NYSS is a community orchestra with members who range from young professionals to accomplished avocational players. Its concerts feature exciting soloists from rising stars like Corrine Byrne to amazing veterans like Stanley Drucker, former principal clarinet of the New York Philharmonic.

NYSS is, proudly, the resident ensemble of the Lenox Hill Neighborhood House - we believe that we are the only orchestra serving as a resident ensemble for a public housing facility.

Benjamin Niemczyk, Conductor

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 attended Wheaton College Conservatory of Music and DePaul University School of Music. His principal conducting teachers are Cliff Colnot and Harold Rosenbaum.