John Schaefer

Executive Producer, Music Programming, WNYC Radio

John Schaefer is the host and producer of WNYC’s new music program, New Sounds, founded in 1982, and its innovative Soundcheck podcast, which has featured live performances and interviews with a variety of guests since 2002. He created the New Sounds Live concert series in 1986, which features new works, commissioned pieces, and a special series devoted to live music for silent films. Schaefer has written extensively about music, including the book New Sounds: A Listener’s Guide to New Music; the Cambridge Companion to Singing: World Music; and the TV program Bravo Profile: Bobby McFerrin (Bravo Television, 2003). He wrote and narrated the film The Musical Art of Ostad Elahi, which premiered to a sold-out audience at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in 2019.

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