"deliver(ed) a meticulous, absolutely chilling, transcendent performance"

 - Lucid Culture, 2017 


Musical Chairs Chamber Ensemble "delivered a meticulous, absolutely chilling, transcendent performance" (NY Music Daily, 2017). Described as “sonic perfection” (AWE, 2007) and “breaking the rules to bring the love of classical music to the next generation” (Ben Johnson, SI Advance, 2007), Musical Chairs Chamber Ensemble (MCCE) is a professional classical chamber music ensemble that has been contributing to the classical music landscape with concerts that have brought audiences closer to the beauty of chamber music since 2004.
With wide-ranging presentations of both classical and contemporary chamber music (including commissions and premieres), we aim to provide audiences of all ages with authentic, enjoyable, artistically excellent, and educational music experiences for low, subsidized ticket prices of $5 to $20.

Our Mission:

•    To present and promote chamber music recitals
•    To provide a venue for musicians to practice their craft and perform
•    To provide to the greater community access to high-level musical performances, bringing music and music appreciation to audiences
•    To support young and/or emerging composers by commissioning new works

MCCE is a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization and all donations are tax deductible.


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Previous events

Vocal Program featuring Soprano Elizabeth McCullough

Staten Island Museum, 1000 Richmond Terrace, Building "A", Staten Island NY

Wen Yi Lo: piano, Elizabeth McCullough: soprano, Tamara Keshecki: flute

Ch’io mi scordi di te? Concert Aria, K. 505 - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Deux Poemes de Ronsard - Albert Roussel, Two arias from Schweigt Stille, Plaudert Nicht - Johann Sebastian Bach, Fiancailles pour rire - Francis Poulenc, Vocalise from “The Ninth Gate” - Wojciech Kilar


Japanese Fusion and Beyond

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Flushing Library Auditorium, 41-17 Main Street, Flushing, NY 11355

Featuring the traditional Japanese instrument “Koto,” WaFoo, a Japanese fusion music group, will present the most essential part of their music. The concert will also feature a collaboration with Musical Chairs Chamber Ensemble (MCCE), a well established classical chamber music group on Staten Island, to inspire the audience with their blend of Japanese fusion and classical music.


MCCE's The Roaring Chorus

Richmondtown Library, 200 Clarke Avenue, Staten Island, NY

The Roaring Chorus

Elizabeth McCullough, Director Paul Light, piano Tamara Keshecki, flute J. Brunka, bass


It’s a Grand Night for Singing

State Fair/Richard Rodgers & Oscar Hammerstein II

Who Could Ask For Anything More? George & Ira Gershwin/arr. Jay Althouse

Love Is Here to Stay Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off Someone to Watch Over Me S’Wonderful Nice Work If You Can Get It Embraceable You I Got Rhythm

America, the Beautiful/Samuel Ward & Katherine Lee Bates

Penny Lane/ Paul McCartney & John Lennon/arr. Audrey Snyder

Singin’ In the Rain/Nacio Herb Brown & Arthur Freed

Let It Go/Frozen/Kristen Anderson-Lopez & Robert Lopez/arr. Mac Huff

Happy Holidays!/Mary Lynn Lightfoot

Marilyn Keshecki Memorial Concert

Christ Church New Brighton, 76 Franklin Ave, Staten Island NY

Special Event

Three Romances for flute & piano by Robert Schumann; Three Pastoral Scenes by Casey Rule (commissioned by MCCE); Best Day of My Life by the American Authors; For Good from Wicked by Steven Schwartz; Tomorrow by Kazuo Nakamura; Bolero by Maurice Ravel, arr. J. Brunka.

Joseph d'Auguste, clarinet; J. Brunka, bass; Madeline Casparie, cello; Izabella Liss Cohen, violin; Elizabeth Cruz, mezzo-soprano; Tina Kenny Jones, piano; Tamara Keshecki, flute; Yuuki Koike, flute, WaFoo; Elizabeth McCullough, soprano & Director of the Roaring Chorus; Kazuo Nakamura, bass, WaFoo; The Roaring Chorus; Tracy Rosenberg, host; Vince Livolsi, percussion.

Season 13 Opening Concert: Stravinsky's "L'Histoire du soldat"

Staten Island Museum, 1000 Richmond Terrace, Building "A", Staten Island NY

7:30 pre concert chat 8:00 concert


Strohbach - Fanfare fur Rudiger, Stravinsky - 3 Pieces for Clarinet Solo, Kraft - French Suite for Percussion Solo, Poulenc - Sonata for Clarinet and Bassoon, Stravinsky - Suite from L'Histoire du soldat (The Soldier's Tale)

trumpet: Perry Sutton, trombone: Gilles Bernard, clarinet: Joe d'Auguste, bassoon: Chris Wickham, violin: Lucy Corwin, double bass: Andrew Rosciszewski, percussion: Vincent Livolsi

MCCE's The Roaring Chorus program is made possible, in part, by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature; The Laura B. Vogler Foundation; Mid-Island Rotary Foundation, the New York Public Library; and through donations of generous individuals.

MCCE's 2018-19 Concert Season and related programs are made possible, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council; by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature; additional support provided, in part, by NYC Councilmember Deborah Rose, Laura B. Vogler Foundation, Mid-Island Rotary Foundation, Jacques Marchais Museum of Tibetan Art, the Staten Island Museum, and through donations of generous individuals.