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Composer's Voice concert series is a collaborative effort between Vox Novus, the Remarkable Theater Brigade and Jan Hus Church. Vox Novus founded the series in 2001 in an endeavor to create a chamber concert series that would highlight new music from living composers. In 2007, Vox Nouvs joined in collaboration with the Remarkable Theater Brigade and Jan Hus Church, to produce and preset the series on a monthly basis. Composer's voice is co-directed by Monica Harte, Christian McLeer, and Robert Voisey. Douglas DaSilva is the Artistic Director with Assistant Director Marie Incontrera. Composer's Voice collaborate with several other organiszations to help produce, present, and promote concert both in New York City as well as in other parts of the world.
Vox Novus

Vox Novus produces and promotes new music. We are dedicated to contemporary music, the musicians who perform, and the composers that write the music of today. Our mission is to cultivate a music community and make their work available to the greater public.
Remarkable theater Brigade

Remarkable Theater Brigade (RTB) creates and produces new works including operas, orchestral pieces, ballets, musicals, and electroacoustic works and co-produces the Composers Voice Concert Series.

RTB was founded in 2002 by Christian McLeer, Monica Harte, and Dan Jeselsohn. Now in our 9th Season, things are as exciting as ever. RTB’s second production of Opera Shorts in Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall sold out again. Season 10’s production of Opera Shorts is already in the works with composers William Bolcom, Jake Heggie and Tom Cipullo to name a few.

RTB’s Composer’s Voice concert series with Vox Novus at Jan Hus Church is booked into next season as well. We applaud all the amazing composers and thank our audiences for attending these wonderful Sunday afternoon concerts on the Upper East Side – free of charge, our gift to New York’s New Music Lover’s Community.

Our new program for Young Composers in Residence is off to an amazing start with Marie Incontrera. A recent Finalist in the Iron Composer Competition as well as the 24-Hour Opera Project and Vocalessence/American Composers Forum. Her 10-minute opera was a big su
Jan Hus Church

Jan Hus Church began as a ministry to the immigrants who began arriving in New York in the19th century. The congregation met in a variety of churches on the East Side until the small congregation raised the funds necessary to build their own church on 74th Street (where most of the Czech community then lived). On Sunday, May 6, 1888 the first Bohemian Brethren Presbyterian Church in the United States was opened and dedicated to the Czech martyr, Jan Hus.

Going into the 21st century the church became more and more central to community life. To accommodate this ministry, the Jan Hus Neighborhood House was built in 1915 with donations and money raised by the congregation. The church was a center for art, education, music, history, literature and cultural activities not only for church members but the city itself. Among its many accomplishments in those first sixty years were a shelter and literacy program for immigrants, hiring social workers to help the immigrants adjust to American society, and the ordination of the Presbyterian church’s first female Elder (Anna Mattock in 1931),

By the 1950s, Jan Hus Church was no longer predominantly Czech, but even today we honor the church’s Czech heritage by singing the Closing Hymn of our Worship Service in Czech. Church milestones in the latter part of the 20th century include helping establish the International Playgroup (now the International Preschool) and hosting the Yorkville Luncheon Club (now the Carter Burden Center) in the Sanctuary, an innovation in using a Church Sanctuary as a multi-purpose space. The leadership of then Senior Pastor Jan Orr-Harter brought Jan Hus Church to the forefront of the Sanctuary Movement, voiced opposition to the nuclear arms build-up, and called for peaceful discourse. Jan Hus was among the first churches to become an Open and Affirming congregation for the full inclusion of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender people in church life and then Associate Pastor Cliff Frasier became Director of Presbyterian Welcome, which Jan Hus hosted originally.

Today, Jan Hus supports a school in Haiti, has formed a coalition with Haitian groups in New York, and continues to support a thriving ministry to New York City’s poor and homeless. The Carter Burden Center and International Pre-School are still with us and many 12-step groups meet in the Community Center. Regular Worship Services take place at 11:00 a.m. every Sunday and we hold special services, bible studies, retreats, educational forums, and other special events throughout the year.
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