Georges Barrère, the founder of the New York Flute Club, was a staunch supporter of new music -- although he never actually commissioned a piece. Nevertheless, he premiered more than 150 works, many of them at the Flute Club, and the Club's concerts have often been the venue for premieres of new pieces. In 1948, the Club sponsored a composition competition, which was won by Eldin Burton for his Sonatina. In that tradition, the club has from time to time commissioned leading composers to write new works for flute.

In 1986, for the New York convention of the National Flute Association, the Club joined with the Long Island Flute Club to commission flute ensemble works from two prominent New York flutist-composers: