We’re on for May 19 for Brahms and Star wars!

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. The orchestra is composed of people who come from the greater metropolitan area to share their great love of music and of playing and performing together.

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.

He has guest conducted organizations in the US and Europe and in performances and recordings, including the Berlin Sinfonietta; the Sorrento International Music Festival Orchestra; the Bohuslav Martinů, Moravian, Plovdiv, and Ruse Philharmonics; the Kroměřiž and Solti Chamber Orchestras; and the Ukrainian State Academic Symphony Concert Orchestra; Floating Opera New York; Westchester Chorale; and the Chappaqua Orchestra in a joint concert with Collegium Westchester.

Mr. Kramer is also a composer, pianist, harpsichordist, and organist. An early significant musical accomplishment was playing his own piano concerto with the Civic Orchestra of Chicago when he was 15. He continues to compose and perform as a keyboardist, and conducts his own compositions, as well as Mozart piano concertos from the keyboard.

He has performed at special events for Prince Charles and Leonard Bernstein. For Mr. Bernstein, he composed and conducted several pieces specifically for the occasion receiving enthusiastic praise for his talent from Mr. Bernstein.

Mr. Kramer has also studied, researched, and taught physics, with a focus on relativistic quantum field theory, and is co-author of a paper in Reviews in Mathematical Physics.

Mr. Kramer holds degrees from Harvard University, University of Texas at Austin, and the Mannes College of Music. His principal teachers have included Easley Blackwood, Peter Lieberson, Micahel Charry, and Louis Lane in music; and Cécile DeWitt-Morette in physics. He received a Bruno Walter Memorial Foundation Career development Grant for 2008-09.

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

Violin I

Michael Nuzhny Concertmaster

Carolyn Cole

Frank Heather

Alison Newgard

Violin II

Reika Nakagawa Acting principal

Marsha Remland

David Wang


Eliza Lansdale Acting principal

Hannah Sitzmann


Michael Tracht Acting principal

Candy Chan

Halie Francesca Morris


John Babich Acting principal

James Boyd

Flute and Piccolo

Betsy Smulyan Acting principal

Sherri Brooke

Jeff Mitchell


Gerard Reuter Acting principal

Carolyn Bernstein


Grover Edwards Principal

Geoffrey Katin


Clark Abrams Principal

Donald Venezia


Yuval Shkedi


Clay Bradshaw

Eden Har-gil


Stan Corfman Principal

Peter Dressler

Wendy Dziurzynski

Peter Huitzacua


Joseph DeRocco CoPrincipal

Brian Metcalf CoPrincipal

Steven Williams


Victoria Langford

Joph Stekel

Bruce Zayde


Larry Zaidan



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 March 31 - Beethoven: Egmont Overture / Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto / Beethoven: Symphony No.8

Sunday May 19 - Brahms: Piano Concerto No.2 / Williams: Star Wars Suite

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.

Benefactors ($1,000+)

Patrons ($200-$999)

Sponsors ($100-$199)


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 Donors


Kim & Stan Corfman

Joph Steckel


Alex Guzman

Neil & Marsha Remland

Michael Tracht


Andrea Dovalle

Amber Fairweather

Geoffrey & Maria Katin

Rachael Scarpati

Yuval Shkedi

Dennis Tobolski

Bruce Zayde

William & Lois Zucker


Catherine Bedford Budd

Hui Ying Candy Chan

Yvonne Chiang

Stephanie Greenberg

Daniel Laurie

Lynn & Marshall Nack

Hannah Sitzmann

Forest Sun

Kathleen Wu

NYSAE Board of Directors

Stan Corfman President

Marsha Remland VicePresident

Carole Abend

David Kahn

Daniel Laurie

Michael Tracht

Katie Wu

Bruce Zayde

People Who Help 

Marsha Remland Julia Richman Liason

Neil Remland Box Office

Ellen Weiss Grantwriter and Consultant