Our Story

Described as “concert bliss” & “exhilaration” (SI Advance 3/09), “sonic perfection” (AWE, SI Advance, 8/30/07) and “breaking the rules to bring the love of classical music to the next generation” (Ben Johnson, SI Advance, 10/4/07), Musical Chairs Chamber Ensemble, Inc. has been contributing to the classical music landscape with concerts that have brought audiences closer to the beauty of chamber music since 2004. 


MCCE has formed ongoing organizational partnerships with the Staten Island Museum, Jacques Marchais Museum of Tibetan Art, Richmondtown Public Library, HeartShare Human Services, and Lifestyles for the Disabled, amongst others.


MCCE deeply believes in a community-based approach to the arts.  It is this approach that led MCCE to create The Roaring Chorus, a free choral program for seniors in partnership with the NYPL; provide afterschool music instruction for elementary and intermediate school students; perform a free, four-part concert series annually for developmentally disabled individuals; support young and emerging composers via premieres and commission through MCCE’s Annual Composer Search competition; and the produce the Annual Open Air Music Festival, a free four hour music festival.


Known for its high-caliber classical and contemporary music programming,  MCCE has commissioned and/or worked with music luminaries such as Andrew Sterman (Philip Glass Ensemble), Mick Rossi (Paul Simon), Oren Fader (Manhattan School of Music), Hilary Purrington (Charles Ives Scholarship Award), Laura Kaminsky (formerly of Symphony Space), Sean Friar (Prix de Rome), and Anthony Turner (NYU).  In 2010, MCCE launched a video live stream initiative of our concerts on our website with a youtube channel that has garnered over 12,500 views. MCCE's awards include: NYC City Council Citation (2014); National Endowment for the Arts (2012 & 2010), Chamber Music America Residency grant award (2009), New Music USA’s Cary New Music Fund (2012 & 2011), Excellence in the Arts Award from COAHSI (2009), amongst others.


MCCE strongly believes in classical music as a living, breathing art form. To that end MCCE regularly works with living composers to present their works to an audience that doesn’t normally have access to their music. Contemporary music is an important element in MCCE’s culture and philosophy.  Classical music has always had an illustrious history but few know the equally exciting future that is taking shape with its next generation of artists. MCCE strives for the public to experience the very best of the classical artform - its past, present and future.  Presenting the works of living composers alongside the great masters and those who are less known allows MCCE to showcase how we envision chamber music and exhibit the potential the classical form has to expand.