Who We Are

New Westchester Symphony Orchestra (NewWSO) offers amateur instrumental musicians in and around Westchester County an opportunity to build musicianship in a supportive, non-competitive setting while practicing and performing significant orchestral and ensemble works.

A volunteer ensemble, New Westchester Symphony Orchestra was founded in November 2011 when music lovers decided to create a new and exciting opportunity for people in Westchester County and beyond. Their vision was to create a group where instrumentalists of any age and ability could gather together to play great music.

The musicians of NewWSO range from people who have played an instrument their whole lives but chose not to make their professional career in music, to people who haven’t played their instrument in many decades, to professional musicians.

NewWSO’s 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” have many pieces to enjoy, while members who are eager to tackle more challenging pieces are given ample opportunity to do so.

NewWSO has made numerous appearances in Westchester County, including venues such as assisted living facilities, rehabilitation centers and public libraries. The regular annual concert schedule is a major Spring Concert, Fall Concert, and Messiah Sing-Along in December, with the rest of the year dedicated to outreach concerts. The musicians take pride in bringing great music to people who might not otherwise be able to travel to a performance. NewWSO is living proof that great music can be played by anyone, for everyone.

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Benjamin Niemczyk is a conductor, singer and arranger of uncommon range. He is conductor of New York Session Symphony, Westchester Oratorio Society, New Westchester Symphony Orchestra, Westchester Choral Artists, and Director of Music at St Boniface Oratory Church in Brooklyn.

He has performed with Anthony Newman, Hélène Grimaud, Ennio Morricone at Radio City Music Hall and the United Nations General Assembly, Stanley Drucker, Barbara Cook, Joshua Bell, Stephen Schwartz, John Nelson, Marin Alsop, Harold Rosenbaum, Amy Kaiser, James Kennerley, the Orchestra of St Lukes, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, the Strathmere Ensemble, Music of the Baroque, REBEL Baroque Orchestra, Sonnambula, Brooklyn Philharmonic, Chicago Choral Artists, Bella Voce, Holy Name Cathedral Chamber Singers and the Schola Cantorum of St Peter the Apostle. He has appeared on screen in My Best Friend’s Wedding, 48 Hours Mystery and Mozart in the Jungle.

He has held administrative positions with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Civic Orchestra of Chicago, the Grant Park Orchestra, Canticum Novum Singers, New York Virtuoso Singers and C4 (of which he is a founding member).

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


Ayman Elgamal
Christine Scott-Deutsch
Rosemary Williams
Marina Jeraci
Sue Pastore
Marilyn Steinfeld
Robert Boydstun
Benjamin Niemczyk

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Non-Discrimination Policy

The New Westchester Symphony Orchestra does not discriminate in its policies and practices with respect to compensation, terms, or conditions of employment or membership because of an individual's race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, height, weight, marital status, political belief, genetic information, disability or handicap which does not impair an individual's ability to perform adequately in that individual's particular position or activity.