The New York Mandolin Orchestra was founded in 1924 by Samuel Firstman and named; New York Freiheit Mandolin Orchestra. During the 1980’s, as their older members died, or moved to Florida, many orchestras began to disband, and the remaining members joined our orchestra. The New York Mandolin Orchestra, has continued uninterrupted music-making into its eighth decade! Today we are the only full-fledged mandolin orchestra in the City of New York with members from all Boroughs of New York City, Nassau, Orange, Dutchess and Rockland Counties, and the State of New Jersey.
Our goals are to stimulate interest in the mandolin, and the music produced by the mandolin, to promote the mandolin family of instruments, and mandolin music, with an emphasis on the classical style, and to preserve and perpetuate a high standard of mandolin playing.