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Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College

65-30 Kissena Blvd., Flushing


The school offers a series of daytime concerts and recitals given by students, faculty, alumni and guest artists. It is handicapped-accessible and there is bus parking. Open weekdays and some weekends, September through May.

America's Vocal Ensemble

118-16 Queens Blvd., 3rd Floor, Forest Hills


This professional chamber group works to preserve the musical and cultural richness of the Americas. It presents concerts, educational programs and recordings.

The Astoria Big Band - The Astoria Jazz Band

31-20 12th St., Astoria


The Astoria Jazz Band is a 12-piece offshoot of the Astoria Big Band, founded in 1986 by baritone saxophonist Carol Sudhalter to provide big band music for the people of Queens through events in parks and churches as well as at street fairs.

Brooklyn-Queens Conservatory of Music

42-76 Main St. at Blossom Ave, Flushing


Offers concerts on a regular basis as well as an educational music center. It is handicapped-accessible and there is bus parking. The conservatory is open year-round Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday 10 am to 4 p.m.

CAMA Musical Society

85-15 114th St., Kew Gardens


CAMA performs songs, skits and dance free for nursing homes, children's shelters, parks and benefits.

Cameron Scottish Music Ensemble

St. Mark's Episcopal Church

33-50 82nd St., Jackson Heights


This group plays Scottish music for dance classes and performances throughout the city. It offers workshops and welcomes new members.

Community Singers of Queens

42-15 165th St., Flushing

718-359-5054 or 718-658-1021

Community singers is a 25-member community chorus directed by a professional conductor and accompanied by a professional pianist. The group presents two annual concerts.

Con Brio Ensemble

108-57 66th Ave., Forest Hills


The ensemble presents chamber music concerts throughout the borough at libraries, colleges, churches, museums, schools and concert halls.

Cremona String Quartet

14-34 155th St., Whitestone


Performs contemporary and traditional music, specializing in 19th century American music. Offers the Masterwork Chamber Series and kids' programs.

Forest Hills Symphony Orchestra

160-08 25th Drive, Flushing


Both amateur and professional musicians of all ages perform in this group, which provides three concerts a year at Forest Hills Jewish Center.

Goliard Concerts

21-65 41st St., Astoria


This chamber music group performs concerts in parks and senior centers throughout Queens and Manhattan.

InterMedia Ensemble

34-61 Vernon Blvd., Long Island City


This new ensemble specializes in performances of "color in music", an alternative form of music notation comprised of colors and shapes. Its multimedia works incorporate music, dance, visual art, drama, video and computer-generated sounds. Tickets $10.


PO Box 670126, Flushing


Performs jazz and Brazilian music and provides arts-in-education programs.

Kupferberg Center for the Performing Arts

65-30 Kissena Blvd., Flushing

Box Office: 718-793-8080

Formerly Colden Center, this is one of the major cultural institutions in Queens for more than 35 years. It houses Colden Auditorium, LeFrak Concert Hall and Goldstein Theatre. Although on the Queens College campus, the Kupferberg Center is a self-supporting institution that brings classical, pop and jazz concerts as well as family and children's performances to more than 350,000 people each season. Free parking available for most events. Classical and jazz concert tickets range from $30 to $34; $11-$30 for children and family performances. Season subscriptions also available at a discounted price.

Latin-Jazz Coalition

80-15 Cross Island Parkway, Bellerose


Performs Afro-Cuban, Brazilian and traditional jazz music during several free concerts.

Musica Reginae Productions

33-19 210th St., Bayside


Producer of professional classical music concerts, Musica Reginae offers high quality performances and innovative programming with outstanding artistic talents. Acclaimed, established artists are featured in the Accolade Concert Series. Exceptional young talent is showcased in the Discovery Concert Series. Musica Reginae's Cultural Partnership creates collaborative ventures with other fine Queens' arts institutions. Musica Reginae presentations range from solo instrumental and vocal concerts to chamber ensemble and full orchestral presentations. Maestro David Close adds his insightful commentary as your host for these delightful concerts.

New York Free Music Association

PO Box 78, Middle Village


The association, founded in 1969, has developed experimental music and multimedia programs for audiences throughout the borough.

Oratorio Society of Queens

25-33 154th St., Flushing 11354


This community group performs great works of choral music with full orchestra accompaniment and aims to promote musical excellence throughout the borough. Season runs from September to May and includes an annual performance of Handel's "Messiah" as well as a spring concert. May 2007 celebrates Oratorio's 80th birthday.

Queensborough Orchestra

Queensborough Community College, Bayside


Performs two symphonic concerts annually. Qualified string players are encouraged to inquire. Admission is by audition.

Queens College Choral Society

Queens College

65-30 Kissena Blvd., Flushing


The choral society is comprised of a 100-voice college community chorus that performs many different choral masterpieces. The society is open year-round. Call for schedule information.

Queens Symphonic Band

Queensborough Community College

222-05 56th Ave., Bayside


Performs band music of many styles and from a variety of periods.

Queens Symphony Orchestra

80-00 Cooper Avenue, Glendale


The orchestra, which presents a series of concerts throughout the borough, offers free concerts for young people, an in-school music education program, the Young Soloist Competition, the Youth Gospel Choir and free open rehearsals. The orchestra is in season from September to May and reaches nearly 50,000 people annually.

Grupo Raices

43-28 39th Place #27, Sunnyside


This group is comprised of musicians from Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Venezuela and Colombia who perform music of the Andes. The group's recording studio is available to other musicians and it offers handcrafted Andean musical instruments.

Rockaway Music & Arts Council

P.O. Box 97, Rockaway Beach,


Offers summer concerts and a fall music series as well as an arts and crafts festival. The council is handicapped-accessible and there is bus parking available. Open year-round.

Songs of Love Foundation

PO Box 750809, Forest Hills

800-960-SONG (7664)

This non-profit organization uses the healing power of music by creating personal songs for children and teens in crisis, including those who are terminally ill.


64-70 83 Place, Middle Village


This German-American dance orchestra often performs for German and Austrian folk dance groups and at festivals.

Sunnyside Drum Corps

43-12 46th St., Sunnyside


No auditions are necessary for this community youth marching band for ages 7 to 18. The band includes drums, bell lyre, color guard, flag team, pom poms and baton twirlers.

Tahuantinsuyo: Music of the Andes

PO Box 2340, Astoria Station, Astoria


Researches and performs traditional music and dance from regions formerly occupied by the ancient Incas. Presents concerts, workshops, slide shows and lectures.

Youth Orchestra, CYCNY


This non-profit orchestra is part of the Samuel Field YM & YWHA Beacon Program. It gives orchestral playing experience to kids 8 to 21 who live in and around Bayside and Flushing. Two concerts are presented each season, in December and May.

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