The New Westchester Symphony Orchestra is an ensemble where music lovers of all ages and abilities can turn their dreams of playing with an orchestra into reality.
Led by conductor Benjamin Niemczyk, the New Westchester Symphony Orchestra (New WSO) provides a fun, supportive, and at times adventurous environment where Westchester residents can make play their favorite orchestral pieces, explore their musical abilities, and experience the sheer joy that comes from making music with and for each other.
The musicians of the New WSO range from people who have played their whole lives but chose not to make their professional career in music, to people who haven't played their instrument in many decades. Some members have taken up new instruments in recent months or years. Most have never played with an orchestra after high school or college and are thrilled to once again to collaborate with others in celebration of great works of art, of each other, and of themselves.
The repertoire is drawn from original orchestrations of the greatest works in music history. All music is carefully selected to suit the wide range of skill level amongst the members. Musicians who want to "take it easy" will have many pieces to enjoy, while members who are eager to tackle more challenging pieces will be given ample opportunity to do so.
Because we believe that everyone should be given the chance to make great music, the New WSO does not hold auditions. Certain well-populated sections may call for placement at the discretion of the section leader and conductor, but anyone who shows up, no matter how long it's been since picking up their instrument, is welcome to play.
Contact us at NewWestchesterSymphony@gmail.com for more information on how to join us for a complimentary rehearsal.
Vice President: Belinda Kan
Secretary: Cheri Targoff
Orchestra Rep: Julia Grosberg
At Large: Harry Bright
At Large: Robert Boydstun
Advisor: Elizabeth Ehrlich
Librarian: Susan Yates
Personnel: Heidi Giarlo
Benjamin Niemczyk, Conductor
At work both in front of and behind the camera, Benjamin Niemczyk is an artist of uncommon range. Balancing his time between photography, graphic design, singing and conducting, he gave his debut as conductor of the Civic Orchestra of the Chicago Symphony in a staged performance of Saint-Saëns Carnival of the Animals in 2000.
Since that time, he has sung in the most admired concert halls of Chicago and New York. Having studied under contemporary music gurus Cliff Colnot and Harold Rosenbaum, he gave his Town Hall conducting debut in 2004, his European debut in the south of France in 2004 and continues to participate in concert performances at such venues as Avery Fisher Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Carnegie Hall, Radio City Music Hall as well as on national television and in feature films. He can be heard on numerous commercial recordings, particularly those of early music. He is a founding member of C4 (Choral Composer/Conductor Collective, www.c4ensemble.org), the nation's largest new music choral ensemble. He is a strong advocate of the production and performance of new music and in 2010 appears on multiple CD recordings as conductor of new music by Baroque great Anthony Newman.
In addition to WOS, Mr. Niemczyk conducts The Chrysalis Consort and is a founding member of the New Westchester Symphony, based in White Plains, NY. Chrysalis specializes in chamber music from all eras but particularly modern and contemporary music. New Westchester Symphony is a community ensemble comprised of business professionals who love music but never pursued careers in it.
Mr. Niemczyk holds two degrees in composition from Wheaton College Conservatory of Music and the DePaul University School of Music. He resides in Brooklyn, NYC.