In Honor of Herbert Feldman

Herbert Feldman

It is with sorrow that the LICA board of directors announces the passing of Director-at-Large Herbert Feldman. He was involved with LICA since inception, was a mentor to many, and was a prolific and inventive composer.

The family is asking that donations to LICA be made in Herb’s name. You can find out more about our friend Herb here.  

In Memory of Herbert Deutsch

With deep sorrow, LICA announces the death of Herbert Deutsch. Herb and Marga Richter (d. 2020) were the founders of the Long Island Composers Alliance in 1972. As an educator, composer, performer and inductee to the Long Island Music Hall of Fame, Herb was a veritable music institution to Long Islanders. As LICA  President, Herb was vital to its continuity and expanded LICA’s outreach to professional performing artists and music organizations, locally, nationally and internationally. 

After many years’ battle with debilitating heart disease, Herb died on the evening of December 10th. We at LICA and the music community with whom he was so dedicated and celebrated will miss the talent, energy and enthusiasm that he brought to all his musical activities. 

You can read more about him at the links below:

Moog Modular Co-Inventor Herbert Deutsch Has Died At The Age Of 90 – Synthtopia

RIP Herbert A. Deutsch, Synthesizer pioneer and musician has passed away (

The funeral will be: 

Friday Dec. 16, 2022
1:00 PM (doors open at 12:00PM)
Gutterman’s Jewish Funeral Home
8000 Jericho Turnpike, Woodbury, NY 11797

American November

The Hot Jupiters, a new supergroup formed by the collision of the Namaste and Vibraharp Ensembles and The Hidden City Orchestra, will perform three concerts of LICA composers’ music in Umbria, Italy in November of 2019.

In other solar systems, “Hot Jupiters” are giant planets, similar to Jupiter, that are found at a Mercury’s distance from their suns. We expect their improvisations will be just as hot.

On Friday, Nov. 15 at 6:30 p.m., the group will perform at the Palazzo della Penna in Perugia. The performances continue on Sunday, Nov. 24 at 11:30 a.m. at the Biblioteca Sperelliana di Gubbio in Gubio and conclude on Friday, Dec. 6 at 6 p.m. at the Chiesa della Nunziatina in Todi. Admission is free.

Works by LICA composers Jay Anthony Gach, Jennifer Tibbetts, Joe Landi, Alan Brings, Julie Mandel and George Cork Maul will be performed.

The Hot Jupiters includes Guido Arbonelli and Natalia Benedetti on clarinet, Maria Chiara Fiorucci on harp, Michele Fabrizi and George Cork Maul on piano, Fabrizio D’Antonio on vibraphone and Ermanno Vallini on cello.

In Newsday: Born of friendship, LI Composers Alliance still playing after 46 years

Marga Richter, left, and Herbert Deutsch, founders of the Long Island Composers Alliance, after a concert at the East Meadow Public Library presented by the group on Nov. 25. Photo Credit: Jeff Bachner for Newsday
Marga Richter, left, and Herbert Deutsch, founders of the Long Island Composers Alliance, after a concert at the East Meadow Public Library presented by the group on Nov. 25. Photo Credit: Jeff Bachner for Newsday

Herbert Deutsch and Marga Richter struck a chord from the moment they met 48 years ago.

Their connection began when Richter, who had studied composition at The Juilliard School of Music and had written works for the Harkness Ballet, attended a concert featuring Deutsch’s music. Excited by what she heard, she struck up a conversation with him afterward.

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Parma Records Releases New LICA CD

On Friday, Jan. 13, 2017, Parma Records is releasing our new CD: “Harmonize Your Spirit With My Calm.” Although Parma has been recording in Russia for years, this is the first time that words will be sung in Russian on a Parma recording, which features the first orchestral recordings of works by LICA composer Joel Mandelbaum.  Helene Williams is the principal soloist in works by each of the two composers, who also perform each other’s music. Settings of poems by Edna St. Vincent Millay and Elizabeth Gurley Flynn, a piano prelude and a string quartet are among those works reissued here, from previous performances on LICA concerts, recorded on Capstone Records.  The cover design is based on work by Ellen Mandelbaum.

LICA Composers in Perugia, Italy

agimus-loc-3-dicembre-2016LICA has organized a concert titled Nuove strade — New Pathways at Auditorium Marianum in Perugia, Italy on Dec. 3, 2016.

Performers are Fabrizio D’Antonio on vibraphone, Maria Chiara Fiorucci on harp, Ermanno Vallini on cello, Michele Fiorucci on piano, Terry Keevil on oboe.

Works by Marga Richter, Dana Richardson, Jay Anthony Gach, Jennifer Tibbetts and George Cork Maul to be performed, along with an improvisational performance by Maul’s Hidden City Orchestra.

Enchanted Cities: A new collaboration between LICA composers and VibraHarpTrio of Perugia, Italy

In November of 2015, LICA composers George Cork Maul, Jay Anthony Gach and Dana Richardson traveled to Perugia, Italy, for a performance and their new collaboration, “Cittá Incantate (Enchanted Cities): Perugia-New York” by the VibraHarpTrio.



VibraHarp Trio, comprised of Fabrizio D’Antonio on vibraphone, Maria Chiara Fiorucci on harp and Ivo Scarponi on cello, played pieces by the three composers in attendance and by LICA composer Steven L. Rosenhaus.



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Elie Siegmeister, American Composer: A Bio-Bibliography

In March 2010, Scarecrow Press published Elie Siegmeister, American Composer: A Bio-Bibliography by Leonard J. Lehrman & Kenneth O. Boulton, with a foreword by Herbert A. Deutsch.  This month, a review by Howard Pollack appeared in Music Library Association Notes. The url for that is His summary final sentence reads: “This is, like Lehrman’s Blitzstein bio-bibliography, a landmark in American music scholarship, a significant book, and one that deserves to be a part of any serious music library’s collection.”


Marga Richter is included in a new publication from Scarecrow Press entitled: WOMEN OF INFLUENCE IN CONTEMPORARY MUSIC: Nine American Composers. Richter’s chapter was written by Sharon Mirchandani, professor of musicology at Rider University. In addition to a fairly comprehensive biographical sketch, short musical examples of 7 works spanning six decades plus an in-depth analysis of Qhanri, for cello and piano, are included.
Furthermore, Marga Richter’s one-act chamber opera Riders to the Sea (text by John M. Synge) has just been released by Leonarda Productions, Inc.Vocal parts include soprano, mezzo-soprano, contralto and tenor. It is scored for: fl/picc., pitched bells, bohdran (Irish drum), Irish harp, concert accordion, two violins, viola and two cellos. Also on the CD is her Kyrie for String Quintet.

The Melody and Lyrics of Black History

SPOTLIGHT Tara Nova with Paul Hefner.
LAST spring Paul Hefner, a bandleader and composer from Floral Park, had the idea of spotlighting Tara Nova, a longtime vocalist with his group, in a concert with a local twist: It would feature music by his colleagues in the Long Island Composers Alliance, which has more than 50 members.

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