Out of the Blues "melts pentatonic melody naturally into hints of blue note scales."

 - Bernard Holland, The New York Times

Red Skies Music


Sunset at Water Mill Shore, Long Island, N.Y. post card ca. 1930.

The Music of George Boziwick

First Dance for piano and marimba is "an elegant duet. This is music for everyone."   - James North, Fanfare


George Boziwick's works have been performed by organizations and ensembles, including the National Association of Composers, the Newport Music Festival, and the Dorian Wind Quintet. He has received grants from Meet the Composer, the Mary Flagler Cary Charitable Trust, and the American Music Center. He was the composer in-residence for the Goliard Ensemble's Southeastern Music Festival (2005). His composition Magnificat is published by C.F. Peters. It was performed most recently at St. Patrick's Cathedral, New York City. His music is recorded on the Opus One label.


George Boziwick also holds a Master of Library Service degree from Columbia University. He retired from The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center in 2017, after a 31 year career as a music librarian, the last eleven years as Chief of the Music Division.


He has contributed articles to NOTES The Journal of the Music Library Association, American Music, The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, The New Grove Dictionary of Jazz, and the Routledge Encyclopedia of the Blues.

His article "'Take Me Out to the Ball Game:' The Story of Katie Casey and Our National Pastime" was published in 2012 both online and in Base Ball: A Journal of the Early Game, edited by John Thorn, the official historian for Major League Baseball. His blog post "Emily Dickinson's Music Book (EDR 469)"  was written for and published by the Houghton Library, Harvard University, and was one of the Houghton Library's ten most popular posts for 2013. His article "'My Business is to Sing:' Emily Dickinson's Musical Borrowings" was published in the Journal of the Society for American Music, volume 8, Special Issue no. 2, Spring, 2014. His article "Emily Dickinson's Music Book: A Performative Exploration" was published in The Emily Dickinson Journal (XXV/1) 2016.


A former oboist, George is also a harmonica player. He has performed with a variety of groups and individuals including Irish musicians Don Meade and Brendan Dolan, blues musicians Bob Gaddy and Larry Dale, and rhythm and blues legend Roscoe Gordon.


In 2011, George Boziwick and Trudy Williams co-founded the Red Skies Music Ensemble with the mission to present programs that combine music and scholarship, making archives and special collections come alive through research and performance.