About Us

Our Mission
Five Boroughs Music Festival (5BMF) is a not-for-profit arts organization dedicated to presenting traditional and contemporary chamber music in all five boroughs of New York City. With the dual aims of bringing affordable, high-caliber chamber music concerts to all parts of NYC 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, jazz, 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 audiences.

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 40 traditional and contemporary chamber music programs in seven 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; highlights include a performance for over 1,500 music lovers at the Third Annual Bryant Park Fall Festival in 2010, and the annual presentation of free outdoor concerts for Make Music New York.

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

Our outreach initiatives include public masterclasses; artist talk-backs; and the donation of programming to charitable causes: Bach to the Bronx!, a program of early music, benefited Save the Children and their efforts in Haiti following the 2010 earthquake; and in 2008, 5BMF partnered with music outreach organization Sing for Hope to present Notes from Brooklyn, which raised $10,000 for the Brooklyn Bureau of Community Service.