Music Organizations

Adamsville Ancients Fife and Drum Corps, Inc.
Contact: Jim Willey, Dir.; Keith Kiernan, Bus. Mgr.
PO Box 521
Delmar, NY 12054-0521
Phone: J.W.: (518) 439-8727; K.K.: (518) 432-1244


The corps strives to preserve colonial heritage and music through the enhancement of public celebrations. We march in numerous civic parades around the Albany area and participate in fife and drum musters throughout the Northeast. Members enjoy the opportunity to play traditional music in a relaxed, social setting. Weekly rehearsals are held on Monday evenings. Membership is open to all over age 16. No musical experience is necessary. There are no membership fees or dues.

Adirondack Bluegrass League
Adirondack Bluegrass League
Contact: Bill Healy
5 Clifford Drive
Ballston Lake, NY 12019
(518) 399-3675
Web site:

For over 30 years, the ABL has promoted bluegrass music in the Capital Region. The League sponsors five concerts a year and open jam sessions at the Parting Glass (Saratoga Springs), a weekend long fund raiser in June, and monthly meetings. Individual and family memberships are $10.00 per year.

Albany Sacred Harp Sing
Contact: Jean Seiler
Phone: (518) 583-7813
Web site:

An informal gathering to sing "shape-note" hymns from The Sacred Harp, a tune book of old and new songs that was first published in 1844 and has been in continuous publication ever since. Four-part harmony with a distinctive flavor. The music is powerful, sung at full volume in an exuberant outpouring of sound and feeling. Everyone is welcome; loaner books are available. September to June, first Saturday of the month (or second Saturday in September if the first is Labor Day Weekend), 6:30 pm at Jonesville United Methodist Church, 963 Main Street, Clifton Park, NY. Check the website, since we may skip a month if there is a singing convention in the Northeast that weekend.

American Recorder Society - Hudson Mohawk Chapter
Contact: Ole Christensen
334 Sand Creek Road
Albany, NY 12205
Phone: (518)446-0811

Dedicated to the recorder player and other early music enthusiasts. Twice monthly meetings where members gather and play music.

Ancient Order of Hibernians
375 Ontario St.
Albany NY 12208
Phone: (518)438-8230

The Ancient Order of Hibernians (AOH) is the oldest Catholic lay organization in America. Officially formed in New York in 1836, it was born centuries earlier in Ireland, after successive invasions by those who tried to master the Irish, and alter their Gaelic life style. The ALBANY-AOH is one of the most active hosting the IRISH-2000-FEST - Music and Arts Festival and occasional Celtic concerts at the AOH center on Ontario St. in Albany.

Black Crow Network, Inc.
Contact: Larry Syzdek
PO Box 5344
Clifton Park, NY 12065

Black Crow Network is a not-for-profit dedicated to music, songs and stories from the southern Adirondack and eastern New York State area. Black Crow is a cultural catering organization, which coordinates, presents and encourages regional cultural activities and performances. Activities include folklore fieldwork collecting regional stories, farm family heritage documentation, Adirondack Liars club, community cultural arts presentations.

Capital Area Flute Club
Contact: Carol Drake
5 Cortland Blvd.
Clifton Park, NY 12065
Phone: (518) 383-6480


The Capital Area Flute Club is for everyone. The enjoyment of playing the flute is its sole purpose. Monthly meetings (usually held at St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, Delmar, on Saturdays from 1-4pm) provide you with sight-reading, ensemble playing, performances, and special guest speakers. We have two ensembles: The Up and Comers for beginning to intermediate players, and The Capital Area Flute Ensemble for intermediate to advanced players. Annual membership is $25 for flutists over the age of 12 and $10 for those under 12.

Capital District Celtic Cultural Association, Inc.
Contact: Kathy Roe
329 Columbia Turnpike
East Greenbush
Phone: (518) 479-1029
Mailing address:
P.O. Box 14131
Albany, NY 12212

The CDCCA is the local chapter of the Irish American Cultural Institute, an internationally recognized leader in the preservation and promotion of Irish culture and heritage. Our programs and scholarships make financial and other support available to all Capital District Celtic cultural organizations and activities. See our website for complete info on our programs, including Lecture Series, Music and Dance Instruction and Celtic Concert Series.

Capital District Harmonica Club
Ken Kuck - (518) 869-3417
Hal Stephens - (518) 456-1344

Meets on the first and third Mondays of each month at the Guilderland Town Hall. Play mostly in the afternoons; old-time pop music. New members welcome.

Capitaland Chorus
Contact: Beverly Nead
11 Saradale Avenue
Loudonville, NY 12211
Phone: (518) 465-7149

Barbershop 4-part harmony - a unique American art form. Member of Sweet Adelines International. Award-winning chorus of over 80 women from all over the Capital District. We perform both benefit and paid shows with full choreography and stage costumes. New members always welcome. Rehearsal every Thurs. night at New Covenant Presbyterian Church, 916 Western Ave, Albany, NY (across from NYS Office Campus), 7:00pm.

Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann
Contact: Colleen O'Sullivan
449 Magazine St.
Albany, NY 12203

An international organization, Comhaltas is devoted to promoting traditional Irish culture, including music, dance and language. Irish music sessions on the third Sunday of the month at the Albany Hibernian Hall, 375 Ontario St., Albany. Open to anyone interested in traditional Irish culture. Call for more information.

Community Celtic
Contact: Barry Kilbourne
PO Box 621
Saranac Lake, NY 12983
Phone: (518) 359-7313

Celtic jam session meeting Thursdays at 7pm at the North Alba Town Hall, River St. in Saranac Lake.

Dulcimer Association of Albany
Contact: CarolLynn Langley
282 Blue Factory Road
Averill Park, NY 12028
Phone: (518) 596-2288


The Dulcimer Association of Albany was founded in 1985 to promote awareness of this increasingly popular American folk instrument. Activities include monthly meetings at the Calvary United Methodist Church, Belle Avenue and Ridge Place, Latham (just off Old Loudon Road north of Rte. 2), at which members and friends gather to play mountain dulcimer and welcome other instruments as well; a monthly newsletter which always includes two tabbed tunes. . ." and ". . .an annual Mountain Dulcimer Music Fest held on the first full weekend in March which includes workshops and concerts by nationally known mountain dulcimer players. The 2011 featured performers will be Anne Lough and Joe Collins. The DAA also sponsors other events on occasion, and some members teach and are available to perform.

Electric City Ukulele Club
Contact: Ron Gordon.

Phone: (518) 372-4172

Founded by Ron Gordon, Electric City Ukelele Club meets every 2nd Monday of the month at the Moon and River Cafe on Ferry St. in the Stockade area of Schenectady. Free. Bring your uke to jam and song swap,or try one out. Call Ron with questions at 372-4172.

Fiddlers' Tour Traditional Music Session
Contact: Sue Mead
791 Swaggertown Rd.
Scotia, NY 12302
Phone: (518) 384-3275 (Sue Mead)
   or (518) 438-3035 (Paul Rosenberg)
Website: (under construction as of 9/02)

A weekly acoustic jam session, held every Tuesday night in the Capital District area, 7:30pm - 10pm. Venue changes each month (check website for details). All ages and playing ability are welcome, whether beginner or pro. Everyone takes a turn choosing what to play, and how fast or slow to play it. Styles include Irish, Old-Timey, New England/French-Canadian. Free, and open to the public.

Friends in Harmony
Contact: Phyllis Pulver
639 Riverview Road
Rexford, New York 12148
Phone: (518) 383-7732

We gather at 6:30 p.m. on the first Thursday of each month to sing a variety of soul-feeding songs which include Spirituals, New Thought, Gospels and songs for inner and world peace. Our motivational song leader, Phyllis Pulver, teaches in the oral tradition (no sheet music) blending 4 voice ranges into spiritually uplifting harmonies. Singing starts at 7 and ends at 9 p.m.

Hammered Dulcimer Players of the Northeast (HDPN)
Contact: Dudley Moon
Home: 43 Old School Road, Selkirk, NY 12158
Phone: (518) 852-6480 (cell), (518) 767-9222 (home)

HDPN started as a simple mailing list of HD players around the Capital District of New York. The idea was that players could use the contact information to locate other HD players in their area to play with or learn from or to organize events. The list has now grown to include much of upstate New York and surrounding states. The periodic list and newsletter advertises events, clinics, workshops, etc. There are monthly meetings of HDPN hosted at Albany College of Pharmacy usually on the last week of the month. Contact Dudley Moon for more information.

Hudson Valley Early Music Group
Contact: Julienne Pape
Phone: (845) 658-7569
or Nancy Darling (845) 758-7223 (day)

Recorder and string ensembles playing early music. Players of all abilities welcome as well as players of other early music instruments. Join us to study in depth some of the greatest composers of the Medieval, Renaissance and Baroque eras, and to share this music in public and outreach performances. Rehearsals on Sunday evenings, 6:45. Please call for location.

Hudson Valley Harp Circle
Contact: Susan Coughtry (518) 239-4077
  or Melinda Gardiner - (518) 325-5546
259 Brown Rd.
East Durham, NY 12423
E-mail: (Melinda)

The Hudson Valley Harp Circle is an informal organization of players and lovers of the folk harp (celtic, etc.) who gather once a month to jam, share tunes and have fun. We occasionally perform for non-profit groups.

La Fédération Franco-Américaine du New York, Inc.
P.O. Box 145
Schaghticoke, NY 12154


FeFaNY seeks to create an awareness of the culture and heritage of the French in North America, to foster expressions of this heritage among Franco-Americans, to promote the use of the North American French language, and to encourage communication with other French-speaking peoples. We organize numerous events (concerts, lectures, films, meals, traditional holiday celebrations) throughout the year. Our singing group, Si ça vous chante, performs traditional French and French Canadian songs. Membership brings you a monthly (except January, July and August) newsletter.

Music Box Arts
Contact: Carol Jurs
872 Hazelwood Avenue
Schenectady, NY 12306
E-mail: or

Early childhood music classes for children from ages birth through the fourth year and their parents and/or caregivers are offered in various locations including Clifton Park, North Greenbush, Saratoga Springs and Schenectady. Classes are fun, relaxed and interactive and incorporate songs, dance, chants, movement, instrument play and improvisation. Additional classes are also offered for children from ages five up and for babies up to eight months. Parental participation creates both class and home settings of modeling for children who will learn basic music competence, which is the ability to sing in tune with correct rhythm. Classes are non structured and children absorb the music both passively and aggressively in their own learning style.
Please visit for more information on schedules, locations and fees, or contact via email or phone (see above).

Music Mobile, Inc.
Contact: Ruth Pelham
PO Box 6024
Albany, NY 12206
Phone and Fax: (518) 462-8714

Music Mobile is a not-for-profit arts organization that performs upbeat, participatory concerts, workshops, residencies, special events and professional development programs at festivals, schools, coffeehouses, concert halls, parks, libraries, conferences and other community venues. Program themes focus on self-esteem, cooperation, the environment, family issues, peace, justice and community building. Weather permitting, programs feature the colorfully decorated Music Mobile van that will make single or multiple visits to communities on a fee-for-service basis or through grants.

The Music for Healing and Transition Program, Inc.
Contact: Melinda Gardiner
22 West End Rd.
Hillsdale, NY 12529
Phone: (518) 325-5546

MHTP trains and certifies musicians in the service of playing live, acoustic music at the bedside for ill or dying people. Graduates are certified Music Practitioners. MHTP is a national non-profit educational organization, offering classes in 12 locations nationwide, including Hillsdale, NY in Columbia County and Manchester, NH. See the MHTP website for  listings of graduates nation-wide who can offer therapeutic music, as well as class schedules, application information, and our new video showing CMPs at work in hospice, a home, and in a hospital.

New York Folklore Society
Contact: Ellen McHale, Exec. Director
PO Box 764
Schenectady, NY 12301
Phone: (518) 346-7008
Fax: (518) 346-6617

The New York Folklore Society is a statewide organization serving the field of folk and traditional arts in New York State. Our membership magazine, Voices, features  articles, stories, interviews, reminiscences, essays, folk poetry and music, photographs, and artwork drawn from people in all parts of New York State.  The Society offers technical assistance, organizes forums and holds an annual New York State Field Trip.  We are committed to traditional artists, providing an outlet for the sale of their work--the Gallery of the New York Folklore Society is located at 133 Jay Street in Schenectady.  We also engage in ongoing special projects, such as our Folk Archives Project. Contact us to be on our mailing list. We welcome your interest and involvement.

North Pointe Cultural Arts Center
Route 9
Kinderhook, NY
(518) 758-9234

North Pointe is a year-round, not-for-profit venue for performing and visual arts. Programming includes acoustic performances, instrument classes, art exhibits and special events.

Northeast Blues Society
PO Box 2336
Scotia, NY 12302
Phone: (518)347-1751
Fax: (518) 374-2585

Dedicated to exposing regional, national and international blues talent to the largest possible audience. The Society seeks to increase public awareness of the cultural contributions blues has as an art form. We define blues in a broad context to include acoustic and electric blues and related "crossover" music in the "roots" catagory. Annual membership $25.00 which brings you a monthly newsletter and ticket discounts

NorthEast Country Music Association
PO Box 511
Clifton Park, NY 12065

The purposes for which the NorthEast CMA was organized are to promote country music throughout the northeastern section of the United States, preserve it's legacy and heritage, expand the potential of the northeast country music artist, and to maintain friendly relations with other groups of similar interests, as well as fellowship within its own membership.

Old Songs, Inc.
37 South Main St.
PO Box 466
Voorheesville, NY 12186-0466
Phone: (518)-765-2815
Fax: (518) 655-0061

Old Songs, Inc. is a not-for-profit, 501(c)3 educational presenter of folk and traditional music and dance. There are concerts, usually twice-monthly, September through May, monthly contra dances on the first Saturdays November through April, group instruction on acoustic instruments in two six week series -Oct/Nov. and March/April, a Quilt Show in September and the three-day Old Songs Festival on the last full weekend of June. Concerts, dances and classes are held at our new facility at 37 South Main St., Voorheesville, NY. The Old Songs Festival is held at the Altamont Fairgrounds, Altamont, NY. Arts-in-education matching funds available for traditional performers. Three news mailings a year; send your name and address. No membership necessary.

Pick’n & Sing’n Gather’n, Inc.
Contact: Gail Griffith
345 Totem Lodge Rd.
Averill Park, NY 12018
Phone: (518) 674-3052

Please join us at a Gatherin' meeting, a sing-around for all ages and levels of experience, from 2 pm - 5 pm on second Sundays (Oct - May), at Old Songs in Voorheesville, NY. The PSG also sponsors two small, family-oriented festivals: the GottaGetGon (Memorial Day) and the Last Gasp (Labor Day). We also publish a monthly newsletter of local folk music and dance events.

Poestenkill Friends of Folk Music Jam Group
Contact: CarolLynn & Gene Langley
282 Blue Factory Road
Averill Park, NY 12018
Phone: (518) 283-4769

This group of acoustic musicians from throughout the Capital District and beyond has been meeting on the first and third Friday of every month for over 5 years. The jams are held at the the Lutheran Church parsonage on Rt. 351 just south of the blinking light from 7:00 - 10:00 PM and include musicians of all levels of playing ability, as well as those who come to sing or just to listen. The round robin format allows for a wide variety of musical styles and the relaxed, supportive atmosphere is a great encouragement to beginners.

Scotia-Glenville Pipe Band
P.O. Box 2010
Scotia, NY 12302
Phone: 518-374-6034

The Capital District's Premier Youth Pipe Band provides instruction for new beginners as well as performing and competing opportunities for pipers and drummers from all over the Capital District. The band has 2 levels for competition and we regularly compete all over the Northeast and Ontario. We competed in The World Pipe Band Championship in 2007 (3rd Place) and plan to return in 2009. Our repertoire is varied and challenging. In addition to competitions we participate in numerous parades in the Capital District. We teach beginner classes and rehearse in Scotia on Wednesday evenings.

The Story Circle of the Capital District
Contact: Carol Connolly
Address: 1100 Niskayuna Road,
Niskayuna, NY 12309
Phone: 518-786-1271

The Story Circle of the Capital District was established to provide members an opportunity to tell before a live audience; to hear stories told; to give the community a roster of active storytellers; and to encourage beginning storytellers. Members tell tales to all ages in parks, museums, libraries, nursing homes, coffee houses and classrooms, at festivals, for professional and civic groups and at religious events. We meet alternately on the 3rd Tuesday of odd numbered months at the Colonie Town Library and the 3rd Wednesday of even numbered months at the Glenville. NY Library.

SummerSongs - A Songwriters Summer Camp
Contact: Penny Nichols
PO Box 803
Saugerties, NY 12477
845-247-7049 Fax: 845-247-7049

Where: Ashokan Field Campus, Olivebridge, NY
When: Friday, August 5th to Thursday August 11th, 2011 Cost: $729

SummerSongs, Inc. is a non-profit corp. dedicated to helping songwriters write the best songs they can write. To that end SummerSongs puts on a songwriter's conference for adults here in the Catskills every summer. The location is Ashokan Center a beautiful campground and conference center with cabins, a small lake, a stream, campground, meeting halls, classrooms, and all the makings of a really good time, including delicious meals. Workshops take place during the day, with plenty of time to relax and play music, swim, sauna or just listen to other people jam. In the evenings there are concerts and song circles, a coffeehouse, and jams that go far into the night.

SummerSongs is an exciting and inspiring project that brings together students from all over the country to study with some of the best songwriters in the world. Including David Roth, Steve Gillette, Cindy Mangsen, Sloan Wainwright, Pat Wictor, Mae Robertson,Kate Campbell, Cosy Sheridan, Severin Browne,Alan Thornhill, Bob Franke & Penny Nichols. Visit for registration information.