Mission & History
New Music Horizons is dedicated to the support of new music in the fields of contemporary jazz and classical music in the NYC metro area. New Music Horizons seeks to help emerging and mid-career contemporary jazz and classical composers to build audiences by presenting them in concert and promoting their work. It is our goal to help these composers to reach people of diverse backgrounds by offering our concerts for low or no cost to the community. New Music Horizons seeks to share the excitement of listening to new music and help people experience music in a new way.
New Music Horizons was founded in May of 2014 in order to address the considerable challenges for emerging composers to gain exposure for their works. Since then, New Music Horizons had established partnerships with four different venues to present new music - The National Jazz Museum In Harlem, The Clemente Center, Flushing Town Hall, and Art House Astoria. Since 2015, New Music Horizons has produced several concerts at these venues featuring the new works of our dynamic roster of artists.
Mark Wade, founder and director of New Music Horizons, is an experienced concert promoter and presenter. Hot House Magazine wrote that "Wade's multifaceted career has enabled him to develop unique insights into the music industry...he has since found a new path through New Music Horizons. Wade's career-long work across genres uniquely qualifies him for this vision." In addition to his work with New Music Horizons, Wade co-produced the 2013 and 2014 Spring Jazz Fest at Flushing Town Hall, a daylong jazz festival that included performances by seven different professional jazz ensembles and workshops and masterclasses for students. He also curated a jazz concert series at Flushing Town Hall for the 2013-2014 season that included performances by the David Hazeltine Trio, Helen Sung, the Mark Wade Trio, the Brooklyn Jazz Underground, and several others.
Voted one of the top bassists of 2016 and 2018 by the prestigious Downbeat Magazine Reader's Poll, Mark Wade has been an active bassist in the NYC area for over 20 years. From May of 2013 to May 2014, Mark Wade served as an Artist in Residence at Flushing Town Hall where his ensamble, the Mark Wade Trio, was presented in concert on a number of occassions.
In 2012, Wade performed with jazz great Jimmy Heath as part of his “Four Black Immortals” East Coast tour. He has played with other notable jazz artists such as James Spaulding, Harry Whitaker, Peter Eldridge, and Don Byron, and he appeared on The Today Show with Stacey Kent. He also performs regularly with the New York Jazz Repertory Orchestra led by trumpeter Bill Warfield. In 2006 and 2007, Wade was a featured jazz artist at the Natchez Music Festival. From 1997 to 1999, he appeared weekly at Birdland.
As an orchestral player, Wade performed with the Key West Symphony for the 2000-2001 season that included concerts with Grammy Award winners Sharon Isbin and Robert McDuffie. In 2012, Wade played in the “Beyond Cage” festival with the Orchestra of the S.E.M. and the Janacek Philharmonic (Czech Republic) at Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall. Other classical credits include the Orchestra of the Bronx, Bronx Opera, DiCapo Opera, the Antara Ensemble, Light Opera of New York, and several others.
Teri Wade, deputy director of New Music Horizons, has more than 25 years of management experience in the nonprofit sector. She is the founder and principal of the consulting firm Mission & Message Communications, which specializes in communications and marketing for small and mid-sized nonprofit organizations. She previously served as vice president for communications at the Foundation Center, a national nonprofit organization widely recognized as a leading authority on philanthropy, where she directed communications initiatives that built awareness about the center's services and resources for grantseekers and its research expertise. Before joining the Foundation Center, Wade was the director of marketing for Baruch College of The City University of New York, where she conceived and executed marketing communications campaigns targeted to donors, alumni, and current and prospective students. Wade began her career as an editor and writer at the Museum of Television & Radio (now the Paley Center for Media). She is currently the vice president of marketing and communications at Amida Care, a nonprofit managed care health plan.
A strong supporter of the arts, Wade served for five years on the board of the Arts & Business Council of New York and helped found the Queens Jazz OverGround, a nonprofit jazz collective. She is also a vocalist and has performed with several choruses and vocal ensembles in the New York City area. She has a master’s degree in corporate communication from Baruch College and a B.A. degree in media studies from Fordham University.