About Us

Our Mission
Five Boroughs Music Festival’s mission is to enrich communities and cultivate new audiences by bringing world-class, affordable chamber music to all corners of New York City. We collaborate with local cultural institutions to present up-and-coming artists alongside the genre’s most distinguished performers. We challenge the standard definition of ‘chamber music’ by presenting a broad range of musical styles, from early music to contemporary works, world music and other non-classical forms.

Our Leadership
Jesse Blumberg, Artistic Director
Donna Breitzer, Executive Director

Board of Directors:
Catherine Cochran
Robert Conley, Secretary & Treasurer
Kirstin Grant
Michele Kennedy, Vice President
Andrea Reichenbach, President

Our History
Since 2007, 5BMF has presented over 45 traditional and contemporary chamber music programs in more than eight complete cycles around NYC. Described as “imaginative” by the New York Times and “vital” by WQXR’s Operavore blog, 5BMF’s commitment to musical outreach and diverse programming has attracted positive attention from the NYC arts community from our earliest days.

5BMF’s artist roster is comprised of diverse, talented emerging artists and distinguished musicians alike. Our venues are just as eclectic, and have included historic NYC landmarks such as Federal Hall, the University Church at Fordham University, Flushing Town Hall, King Manor Museum, Brooklyn Conservatory of Music and the Snug Harbor Cultural Center, to name merely a few.

To mark our fifth season in 2011-2012, 5BMF commissioned 20 composers to create the Five Borough Songbook, a collection of 20 unique songs inspired by New York City places, themes and poetry. Throughout the course of the season, the Songbook premiered in every borough of NYC. The Five Borough Songbook album was recorded in 2011 by GPRRecords and is available now via iTunes, Amazon.com and Roven Records.

With the dual aims of bringing affordable, high-caliber chamber music concerts to all parts of the city and of cultivating new audiences for the genre, 5BMF engages top composers and performers from the New York City region and beyond and partners with many local cultural institutions. 5BMF’s programming is rooted in familiar classical music traditions, but is inclusive of a broad range of styles; art song recitals, early music, new music and other non-classical forms are all represented. By employing a broad definition of chamber music and sustaining a commitment to artistic outreach by bringing world class programs to neighborhoods all over the city, 5BMF offers an affordable, intimate concert experience to a wide variety of New York City audiences.