About Conductor David Stewart Wiley
Maestro David Stewart Wiley has conducted many distinguished symphonies including: Atlanta, Buffalo, Cincinnati, San Francisco, Milwaukee, Indianapolis, Minnesota, Saint Louis, Oregon, Honolulu, and Utah. Wiley’s music has taken him to countries in Asia, Africa, and Europe including Italy, Germany, Slovakia, and the Czech Republic.
As Music Director and Conductor of Virginia’s Roanoke Symphony Orchestra since 1996, the RSO continues a remarkable period of artistic growth, expansion and innovation under his artistic leadership. This past year, Roanoke City Council honored him as Roanoke’s “Citizen of the Year.” RSO has been a remarkable success story, with consistently stellar reviews, a diverse and impressive list of guest artists and composers, and innovative commissions of new music in various styles. The RSO hired over 50 new professional musicians during his tenure, collaboratively raising the RSO to new artistic heights. RSO works with public radio WVTF to broadcast concerts, and produced its first live TV web broadcast in conjunction with WDBJ-7.
The RSO & Wiley this past year received a Distinguished Music Educator Award from Yale University. His energetic work bringing classical music to youth in our minority communities has been steadfast, and he was honored by the NAACP as Citizen of the Year in the Arts for his service. Wiley also served as Music Director & Conductor of the Long Island Philharmonic from 2001 until it closed last year, and continues to travel to NY as Principal Conductor of the Long Island Concert Orchestra (LICO),
continuing his ongoing deep commitment to education and outreach on Long Island.
As a solo pianist, Wiley has performed with numerous major orchestras throughout the US. including Minnesota, Indianapolis, Oregon, Honolulu, Wheeling, and West Virginia, performing major concerti by Baroque to contemporary, often conducting from the piano. He has appeared as both a jazz and classical pianist in Boston’s Symphony Hall and in recital and chamber music appearances throughout the U.S. as well as in China, Russia, Romania, Germany, Hungary, Italy, the Czech Republic, and Bulgaria.
David Stewart Wiley won the Aspen Conducting Prize, was Assistant Conductor for the Aspen Music Festival, and was awarded a Conducting Fellowship at Tanglewood. Wiley holds both a Doctor and Master of Music in Conducting from Indiana University, a degree in Piano Performance with honors from the New England Conservatory of Music, and a degree in Religion, summa cum laude, from Tufts University. He is a recipient of the Perry F. Kendig Prize for service to the arts and is a Paul Harris Fellow from Rotary International. He and his wife Leah Marer Wiley have a son and a daughter who play cello and violin. They enjoy travelling, hiking, biking, chess, and making music together.
About the Long Island Concert Orchestra
Long Island Concert Orchestra’s mission is to connect with local communities, to create vital partnerships with diverse Long Island schools, and to perform concerts of great classical music throughout our region, under the brilliant leadership of David Stewart Wiley.
About Morgiana McDevitt
Morgiana McDevitt, a senior at Islip High School, has been involved with the arts since childhood. She has participated in over 30 musical theater productions across Long Island, and has recently represented Islip in NYSSMA’s All State and All Eastern Honor Choirs. In addition to performing, she is an honors student, participates in Science Olympiads and numerous Honor Societies.