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Our History

The New York Symphonic Arts Ensemble (NYSAE) was founded in 1988 by a group of musicians to present to the public interesting orchestral music played at the highest level by an ensemble of volunteers. For more than 30 years the orchestra has played a series of five concerts each season. Our performances have spanned the full range of the orchestral and operatic repertoire, including many works not ordinarily attempted by community orchestras. The soloists that have joined us range from internationally known performers to promising students from local conservatories.

Our Music Director

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In 2016, Eric Kramer became music director of NYSAE. He remains assistant conductor of the Bronx Opera, where he regularly conducts opening night performances and has led several New York premieres. He also officially remains music director of Collegium Westchester where, from 2000 to 2014, he conducted several performances each year of orchestral and choral/orchestral works from the Baroque though the current day.

Mr. Kramer has also served as assistant conductor to Ivan Fisher and, as a result, conducted the Budapest Festival Orchestra and the Opera National de Lyon on Numerous occasions.


Our Conductor Laureate


Jose Alejandro Guzman began his career as chorusmaster of the Bronx Opera (1973-1980) and assistant conductor of the Bronx Symphony (1973-1983).

Maestro Guzman returned as music director of the Bronx Symphony from 1998 until 2014. He was already part of the Orchestra's 60-year history in his 10-year association with it from 1976 to 1986, learning and growing with the orchestra. Eventually, in 1984, he returned to Bronx Symphony for a year as its Associate Conductor and then for a season as its Principal Conductor. He gained wide experience and acclaim in the intervening time in the choral, symphonic, and operatic fields.

In 1984 he made his Carnegie Hall debut conducting the Boricus College gala 40th anniversary concert. He has been staff conductor with the Regina Opera Company since 1983.

Maestro Guzman has been the Artistic and Music Director and Principal Conductor of several groups, including the Centre Symphony Orchestra, the Regina Opera Company, the Staten Island Philharmonic, the Rockaway-Five Towns Symphony Orchestra, the New York Symphonic Arts Ensemble for ten years, and the Brooklyn Chamber Orchestra. He is also in demand as a guest conductor, having performed with the Centre Symphony, the South Shore Symphony Orchestra, the Bronx Arts Ensemble, the Riverside Symphony Orchestra, the Bel Canto Opera Company, the Bronx Chamber Orchestra, the New Rochelle Opera Compamy, the Amore Opera and the Brooklyn Heights Orchestra, among many others.

The Orchestra

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2018/19 Performances

Sunday October 21 - Schubert: Symphony No.5 / Mozart: Symphony No.40

Sunday November 18 - Nielsen: Helios Overture / Elgar: Cello Concerto / Dvorak: Slavonic Dances

Sunday February 10 - Brahms: Piano Concerto No.2 / Williams: Star Wars Suite

Sunday March 31 - To be announced

Sunday May 19 - To be announced

All performances start at 3pm and take place at the Julia Richman Education Center; 317 E 67th St, New York, NY 10065




A significant portion of our operating funds (to turn on the lights in our rehearsal hall and to rent our music, for instance) comes from the generous support of contributors like you. We are extremely grateful for your tax deductible support.

  • Supporters ($1,000+)
  • Benefactors ($500-$999)
  • Patrons ($200-$499)
  • Sponsors ($100-$199)
  • Donors (to $99)

To make a donation by check (and save us the processing fees), please make your check out to NYSAE and mail it to:

  • c/o Stan Corfman, President
  • 16 West 16th Street #4EN
  • New York, NY 10011

Please include your name and address so that we can acknowledge your contribution and add your name to our contributors list.

We would also love to hear from you if you might volunteer in some administrative or logistical role, either during performances or in preparation for concerts.

To make a donation online via Paypal, click the "I want to donate via PayPal" button just below and then click on "Submit":

2017-2018 Contributors


  • Kim & Stan Corfman
  • Christine & David Larson
  • Lynn & Marshall Nack
  • Roger H. Samet


  • Michael Nuzhny
  • Eric Kramer
  • Marsha & Neil Remland
  • Kathleen Wu




  • Catherine Bedford Budd
  • Hui Ying Candy Chan