Our next rehearsal is Thursday January 12th 2017



Please join us at our upcoming concert on December 8, 2016! 

A very special concert featuring the recently re-discovered music of our founding conductor, Ignatz Waghalter. Headlined by special guests, Conductor Alexander Walker and our Soloist, Conductor and Violinist John McLaughlin Williams.


Discover more about our special guests at the following links: Alexander Walker ,  John Mclaughlin Williams  and more about Ignatz Waghalter at

Take a look at Monument Artists’ upcoming Waghalter documentary: Suite in the Ghetto

Please join them for a special kickoff event on December 7th at Settepani in Harlem NYC!
 A Television Documentary & Live Concert Broadcast
Celebrating Composer Ignatz Waghalter’s Vision to
Create the First All-Black Orchestra in 1938

“Music, the strongest citadel of universal democracy, knows neither color, creed, nor nationality”.

-Ignatz Waghalter…/about-the-project/
#HarlemRenaissance #JamesWeldonJohnson #IgnatzWaghalter


A huge thanks to David Waghalter Green for giving the Doctors Orchestra this wonderful opportunity of a lifetime!


Thursday 12/8/16 at 7:30 PM

Norman Thomas High School Auditorium

                             111 East 33rd Street                                                                          New York, NY 10016                                               (NE Corner of Park Avenue)


Program includes:


“Mandragola” Overture – Ignatz Waghalter

Violin Concerto, Op. 15 – Ignatz Waghalter

New World Suite – Ignatz Waghalter

Guest Conductor: Alexander Walker

Soloist: John McLaughlin Williams

 Music Director: Kyunghun Kim


Our soloist, John McLaughlin Williams, is a Grammy-award-winning American orchestral conductor and violinist.

As a violinist, he has appeared as soloist around thecountry and was an active freelancer in Boston, where he was assistant concertmaster of the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra and a frequent substitute with the Boston Symphony. Williams was also a member of the Houston Symphony, and was concertmaster of the Virginia Symphony. A relative newcomer to conducting, he has appeared as a guest conductor with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, the Colorado Symphony Orchestra, and many other ensembles. He has recorded several CDs with European orchestras for the Naxos Records label, all in their American Classics series, where he has pursued projects to uncover lost works by American composers of the first half of the 20th Century. He was awarded a Grammy in 2007 for his recording with the Cleveland Chamber Symphony of Olivier Messiaen‘s Oiseaux Exotiques, and has four other Grammy nominations. Williams has also served as assistant conductor of the Britt Festival in Oregon. His first solo violin recording will be released in 2016. It contains the complete violin music of Karl Weigl. He attended the Boston University School of Music, the New England Conservatory and is a graduate of The Cleveland Institute of Music. His violin studies were with Dorothy DeLay, conducting with Carl Topilow and composition with Donald Erb and Margaret Brouwer


Conductor Alexander Walker works widely in Britain and as a visiting conductor across Europe. But he comes to us tonight, in part,  because along with violinist Irmina Trynkos, he has made it a project to preserve and build interest and knowledge about the contributions of composer Ignatz Waghalter, who founded this orchestra almost 79 years ago.

Walker may be best known for conducting a number of British amateur and youth orchestras, including the Surrey County Youth Orchestra, Berkshire Youth Orchestra, The Purcell School Symphony Orchestra, The Norfolk Symphony Orchestra, the Northampton Symphony Orchestra, and The Hertfordshire Chamber Orchestra, and as musical director of the Abingdon and District Musical Society and the Kingston Philharmonia. He studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London. Conducting credits include several operas, the Progue Philharmonia, the Finnish National Ballet, the Russian Philharmonic, the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.

About the orchestra

THE DOCTORS ORCHESTRAL SOCIETY OF NEW YORK is celebrating its 78th to 79th season. It was founded in 1938 by physicians interested in performing symphonic music. In recent years it has added community musicians representing the diverse professions in the metropolitan area. The Doctors Orchestra performs four to six concerts annually, often donating its services for benefits. Depending on the music, the orchestra performs concerts with between 50 and 60 members. The orchestra has performed in New York’s major concert halls including Carnegie Hall, Town Hall and Avery Fisher Hall.
Please read this New York Times article about our first concert, led by Ignatz Waghalter:
Our concerts are free for all the public to enjoy and the orchestra is able to keep the music playing by your generous donations.  Your donation will greatly contribute to further the development of our organization.   We are a non-profit organization with a 501(c)3 tax exempt status.

If you are interested in contributing, you may contact us at the email address below, or we would be very pleased to accept your donation at our next concert!