The New York Symphonic Arts Ensemble (NYSAE) was founded in 1988 by a group of musicians in order to present to the public interesting orchestral music played at the highest level by a volunteer organization. For more than 20 years, the orchestra has played a series of five concerts per season. The repertoire has spanned a wide range of the orchestral and operatic literature, including many works not ordinarily attempted by community orchestras. In addition to the standard symphonic repertoire, our concerts have featured lesser known works and contemporary compositions. Our soloists range from internationally known musicians to promising students from the local conservatories. The orchestra comprises people who come from the greater metropolitan area to share their great love of music.

Music Director

Eric Kramer
Photo: Juliette Redl
Eric Kramer serves as music director of Collegium Westchester, where he conducts orchestral and choral/orchestral works ranging from Baroque through world premieres. He remains assistant conductor with Bronx Opera, where he has conducted numerous opening night performances, including several New York premieres. As of 2016-2017 he became music director of the New York Symphonic Arts Ensemble.

As an assistant conductor to Iván Fischer, Mr. Kramer conducted the Budapest Festival Orchestra and the Opéra National de Lyon on numerous occasions. He has guest conducted the Berlin Sinfonietta, the Sorrento International Music Festival orchestra, the Moravian Philharmonic, and many other organizations in the U.S. and Europe in performances and/or recordings.

Mr. Kramer is also a composer and keyboardist. An early significant musical accomplishment was playing his own piano concerto with the Civic Orchestra of Chicago when he was 15. Other highlights have been special event performances for Prince Charles and Leonard Bernstein. For Mr. Bernstein, he conducted several compositions he composed for the occasion, eliciting praise for this talent from Mr. Bernstein himself.

He 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, Michael 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.

Conductor Laureate

José Alejandro Guzmán In a career spanning over 40 years, Maestro José Alejandro Guzmán has garnered wide acclaim in the choral, symphonic, and operatic repertoire with many New York-based orchestras and opera companies. He has been the music director of the Centre Symphony Orchestra for the last five years. He also served as music director and principal conductor of the New York Symphonic Arts Ensemble (1988-1998), Bronx Symphony Orchestra (1998-2014), Staten Island Philharmonic, Rockaway-Five Towns Symphony Orchestra, and Brooklyn Chamber Orchestra.

Also in demand as a guest conductor, he has performed with many groups, including the South Shore Symphony Orchestra, Bronx Arts Ensemble, Riverside Symphony Orchestra, Bronx Chamber Orchestra, and Brooklyn Heights Orchestra. He made his Carnegie Hall debut in 1984 conducting the Boricua College 40th anniversary gala concert.

Maestro Guzmán has conducted operatic productions for the Bel Canto Opera, New Rochelle Opera, Amore Opera, and Regina Opera, where he recently stepped down after 26 years as music director in order to devote more time to the symphonic repertoire.


Board of Directors

Violin I
Michael Nuzhny, concertmaster
Yvonne Chiang
Derek Hsiang
Emma Khodos
Leonid Kozlenko
Andrew Mao
Alison Newgard
Marsha Remland
France Rovelli
Karen Sam
Yelena Savranskaya
David Wang
James Wu
Katie Wu
Wen Yang

Violin II
Suzanne Lipkin, principal
Gabriella Bastidas
Galiia Gabbasova
Rocio Guerrero
Qianru He
Katherine Hrach
Cristine Larson
Reika Nakagawa
David Restivo
Samantha Rollins
Sarah Rose
Yelena Savranskaya
Huanan Shen
Ella Vaysfeld
Annelise Wiering

Eliza Lansdale, acting principal
Susan French
Stephanie Greenberg
Vladimir Kozlov
Jules Lai
Ya-Chin Pan
In Hye Park
Edmundo Ramirez
Hannah Sitzmann
David Wang
Jiawei Yan

Kit Yuen, acting principal
Justin Abrams
Candy Chan
Howard Cohen
Nikoline Dinger-Fadeev
Elizabeth Glushko
Katsura Mori

John Babich, acting principal
James Boyd
Dennis Tobolski

Richard Paratley, principal
Carole Abend
Sherri Brooke
Catherine Belford Budd
Betsy Smulyan

Lynn Nack, principal
Stacie Johnston
Alison Mari, English horn

Grover Edwards, principal
Paul Allen
Geoffrey Katin

Clark Abrams, principal
Cindy Baez
Phil Fedora
Jillian Flexner
Norma Kerlin
Shotaro Mori

Stan Corfman, principal
Peter Dressler
Caroline Greenberg
Nicholas Lewandowski
Bradley Strauchen-Scherer
Victoria Dine Swensen
Scott Jackson Wiley

Brian Metcalf, principal
Joseph De Rocco
David Kahn
Harry Wise

Terry Schwandron, principal
Paul Geidel
Julius Gorog
Alexander Kaykov
Bruce Zayde, bass trombone

Jonathan Altman
Charles Mann

Yuval Shkedi, principal
Clay Bradshaw
Rachel Scarpati
Reynaldo Soriano

Yeon Hwa Chung
Margery Fitts

Stan Corfman

Vice President
Marsha Remland

Suzanne Lipkin

Andrea Dovalle

Board Members
Carole Abend
Lynn Nack
David Restivo
Bruce Zayde

Stacie Johnston