New York Festival Singers (NYFS) is a not-for-profit vocal performing group comprising over one hundred highly experienced choral singers who are also members of many of New York’s outstanding choral ensembles ranging from symphonic choruses to chamber and church choirs. Membership is by invitation only.
United in our joy in singing, NYFS is unusual in that we have no music director or fixed schedule of performances but instead come together on an ad hoc basis to donate time and talent for specific choral performances - usually for events such as holidays or memorials, or for fundraising events.
NYFS is an outgrowth of a volunteer chorus that first performed at the New Year’s Eve Concert for Peace held annually at the Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine in Manhattan and begun by Leonard Bernstein in 1983.
Our choral experience encompasses great choral works from Handel to Beethoven to Vaughan Williams. Venues have included, in addition to Saint John the Divine, Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, the Church of St Paul the Apostle, and New York City Parks as part of the summer concert series. We have sung under the baton of such illustrious conductors as Lucas Foss and Glen Cortese, and performed with NYCO star Lauren Flanigan and jazz great Dave Brubeck, among others.
The mission of NYFS is to promote the performance of choral music, to foster community among our city’s choral singers, and to bring this art to communities who would not otherwise be exposed to this form of music. In addition, we are always ready to augment existing choirs and orchestras, when and where needed, in concert halls, churches, and community centers around the tri-state area of New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut. Additionally, we sponsor open sings in which the community is invited to participate either as singers or as audience. They are the only open sings of the classical choral repertoire held in Manhattan north of 125th St.
New York Festival Singers is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization run by volunteers. Donations are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.