Paul Schwendener

Role in furthering the NAC Mission

The Music Committee of the National Arts Club enjoys an long and illustrious history of presenting world-class classical and jazz artists as well as extraordinary emerging talent.
The Committee has honored dozens of legendary artists with the Club’s Medal of Honor, including Placido Domingo, Marilyn Horne, Barbara Cook, Wynton Marsalis, and Leonard Bernstein.

In addition to presenting a regular series of concerts in the Grand Gallery, this season the Committee focuses on a group of start-up opera companies in New York, offering performance opportunities to the young singers, designers, dancers, and directors who are changing the way opera is presented in our city.

The Music Committee collaborates with other committees to highlight musical elements in other art forms. One of our most popular programs was an event with the Literary Committee in which we presented soprano Amy Burton and pianist John Musto singing music of Kurt Weill, interspersed with readings by the author of new book about Weill and his creative partner Bertolt Brecht.

The Music Committee also functions as a resource for the Club’s management when engaging musical talent for major NAC events such New Year’s Eve, the Red Ball, and Opening and Closing Nights.

We welcome interest from NAC members who share a love of music, and particularly those with connections or experience in the music world.

If you are a member of The National Arts Club and are interested in joining our committee, please email us at

  • Upcoming Events



      An Evening of Romantic Piano: Anna Han

      Thursday, November 30
      8:00 PM

      Described by The Washington Post as “prodigiously gifted… a display of imagination, taste and pianistic firepower far beyond her years,” twenty-one-year-old Anna Han has won a number of prestigious international competitions including First Prize 2012 New York International Piano Competition. Since her orchestral debut at age 11, she performed as a soloist with the Phoenix Symphony Orchestra, West Valley Symphony, MusicaNova Symphony Orchestra, Downtown Sinfonietta, Music Academy of the West Festival Orchestra, and Verde Valley Sinfonietta.  
         A 2014 U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts, she won the 2016 West Piano Concerto Competition. Her performances of Chopin have earned her recognition as a semi-finalist in the Ninth National Chopin Piano Competition and a scholarship from the Chopin Foundation of the United States.



      Theatre + Music

      Merry Christmas Sing-Along

      Monday, December 18
      7:30 pm

      The festive atmosphere of The National Arts Club is the perfect place to revive this old-fashioned holiday tradition. All are welcome, and songbooks will be provided. You can view the list of songs under MUSIC COMMITTEE at and request your favorites in advance. Our pianist-chorusmaster will lead everyone in an evening of fun and good cheer. 'Tis the Season!

      What is your favorite holiday song?  
      We will select songs from this list below for the Christmas Sing-Along. To request your favorite song, please email the title to  

      Adeste Fideles (O Come, All Ye Faithful)
      All Hail to Thee
      Angels from the Realms of Glory
      Angels we have heard on high
      As lately we watched
      As with gladness men of old
      Auld lang syne
      Away in a manger
      Blue Christmas
      Brazilian SLEIGH bells
      Break forth, o beauteous, heavenly light
      Bring a torch, Jeanette, Isabella
      Buon natale (merry Christmas to you)
      Burgundian carol
      Carol of the bells
      Chestnuts roasting on an open fire (the Christmas song)
      Children, go where I send thee
      Christians, awake, salute the happy morn c-h-r-i-s-t-m-a-s
      Christmas for cowboys
      Christmas in killarney
      Christmas island
      Christmas song, the (chestnuts roasting on an open fire)
      Coventry carol, the
      Deck the halls
      First noel
      For thy mercy and thy grace
      Friendly beasts
      Frosty the snow man
      Go tell it on the mountain
      God rest ye merry, gentlemen
      Good Christian men, rejoice
      Good king Wenceslas
      Hanover winter song
      Happy birthday, jesus
      Hark! the herald angels sing
      Have yourself a merry little Christmas
      Hawaiian Christmas song, the (Mele Kalikimaka)
      Here comes santa claus
      Here we come a-caroling
      Hey, ho, nobody home
      Holly and the ivy, the
      Holly jolly Christmas, a
      Huron Christmas carol, the (‘twas in the moon of wintertime)
      I hear the bells on christmas day
      I saw mommy kissing santa claus
      I saw three ships
      I wonder as I wander
      I’ll be home for christmas
      It came upon the midnight clear
      It’s beginning to look like Christmas
      Jing-a-ling, jing-a-ling jingle bells Jingle-bell rock
      Joseph dearest, joseph mild
      Joy to the world
      Let it snow! Let it snow! Let it snow!
      Little boy that santa claus forgot, the
      Little drummer boy, the
      Lo, how a rose e’er blooming
      March of the kings
      March of the toys
      Marshmallow world, a
      Mary’s little boy child
      Mele kalikimaka (the Hawaiian Christmas song)
      Merry Christmas polka, the
      My favorite things all I want for Christmas is (my two front teeth)
      Night before Christmas song, the
      Nutcracker sweets
      Nuttin’ for Christmas
      O Christmas tree (O Tannenbaum)
      O come, all ye faithful (adeste fideles)
      O come, little children
      O come, o come Emmanuel
      O holy night
      O little town of Bethlehem
      O sanctissima
      O Tannenbaum (o Christmas tree)
      Once in royal david’s city  
      Out of the east
      Over the river and through the woods
      Parade of the wooden soldiers
      Peace carol, the
      Ring out, wild bells
      Rise up, shepherd, and follow
      Rockin’ around the Christmas tree
      Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer
      Santa claus, Indiana, u.s.a
      Santa claus is coming to town
      Silent night
      Silver and gold
      Skaters waltz, the
      Sleep well, little children
      Sleigh ride
      Suzy snowflake
      Sweet little jesus boy
      Take me back to toyland
      That’s what I want for Christmas
      ‘Twas in the moon of wintertime (the huron Christmas carol)
      Twelve days of Christmas, the
      Up on the housetop
      Virgin’s slumber song, the
      We need a little Christmas
      We three kings of orient are
      We wish you a merry Christmas
      What are you doing new year’s eve?
      What child is this?
      When santa claus gets your letter
      While shepherds watched their flocks by night
      Will santy come to shanty town?

  • Medal of Honor Recipients
    • 2016 Mr. Alan Gilbert

      2012 Jazz at Lincoln Center and Mr. Wynton Marsalis

      2011 Mr. Paddy Moloney

      2009 Mr. Paquito D'Rivera

      2008 Mr. James Moody

      2007 Mr. Lorin Maazel

      2007 Mr. Joshua Bell

      2007 Mr. Ornette Coleman

      2006 Ms. Marilyn Horne

      2006 Ms. Barbara Carroll

      2005 Mr. Joseph Volpe

      2005 Ms. Marian McPartland

      2005 Radio Station WBGO

      2004 The Juilliard String Quartet

      2004 Dr. Billy Taylor

      2003 Sir James Galway

      2004 Mr. Dave Brubeck

      2004 Mr. George Wein

      2002 Mr. John Corigliano

      2002 Mr. Jon Faddis

      2001 Ms. Roberta Peters

      2000 Mr. Daniel Barenboim

      1999 Mr. Emanuel Ax  

      1999 Mr. Benny Carter

      1998 Mr. Robert M errill  

      1998 Sir George Shearing OBE

      1997 Mr. André Previn

      1996 Mr. Kurt Masur

      1995 Mr. James D. Wolfensohn  

      1995 JVC Company

      1994 Mr. Itzhak Perlman

      1993 Mr. Placido Domingo

      1992 Mr. James Levine

      1991 Mr. Gian Carlo Menotti

      1991 Mr. Dick Hyman

      1990 Mr. Zubin Mehta

      1989 Miss Marian Anderson

      1988 Mr. Isaac Stern


      1987 Mr. Gerard R. Schwarz  

      1987 Mr. Benny Goodman

      1986 Ms. Frederica von Stade  

      1986 Radio Station WQXR

      1985 Mr. Morton Gould

      1984 Mr. Martin Bookspan

      1983 Mr. Schuyler G. Chapin

      1982 The New York Philharmonic and Mr. Amyas Ames

      1981 Mr. Gunther Schuller

      1980 Mr. Charles Wadsworth

      1979 Mr. Robert Sherman

      1978 Mr. Avery Fisher

      1977 Mr. Arthur Fiedler

      1976 Mr. Jack Beeson

      1975 Miss Alice Tully

      1974 Mr. Van Cliburn

      1973 Sir Rudolf Bing

      1972 Mr. Edward Cramer, BMI

      1971 Mrs. Jouett Shouse

      1971 Dr. George F. Seuffert

      1970 Dr. Peter Mennin

      1969 Mr. Richard Rodgers

      1968 Mr. Leonard Bernstein

      1967 Mrs. Clifton J. Muir, NFMC

      1966 Mrs. Lytle Hull

      1966 Mr. Richard Korn

      1965 Mr. Stanley Adams, ASCAP

      1964 Dr. William Schuman

      1963 Mr. Paul Creston

      1963 Mme. Olga Koussevitsky

      1962 Dr. Howard Hanson

      1961 Mrs. August Belmont

      1960 Mr. Thomas Scherman

      1959 Mrs. Minnie Guggenheimer

      1958 Mr. Julius Rudel

      1957 Dr. Herman Neumann

      1938 & 1913 Dr. Walter Damrosch


  • Past Events