About Conductor David Stewart Wiley
David Stewart Wiley has conducted such distinguished symphonies as Atlanta, Buffalo, Cincinnati, San Francisco, Milwaukee, Indianapolis, Minnesota, Saint Louis, Oregon, Honolulu, and Utah, among others. Wiley’s music has taken him to dozens of countries in Asia, Africa, and Europe including Italy, Germany, Slovakia, and the Czech Republic. Wiley is Music Director and Conductor of Virginia’s Roanoke Symphony Orchestra, and previously was Assistant Conductor of the Minnesota Orchestra and the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra. Wiley also was Music Director & Conductor of the Long Island Philharmonic from 2001 until it closed in 2016, and now serves as Music Director & Conductor of the Long Island Orchestra, continuing his ongoing deep commitment to education and outreach on Long Island.
Wiley’s energetic and inspiring leadership with the RSO since 1996 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 works with public radio WVTF to broadcast RSO concerts, and produced its first live TV web broadcast in conjunction with WDBJ-7. The RSO & Wiley 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.
As a solo pianist & composer, Wiley has performed with numerous major orchestras throughout the United States including Minnesota, Indianapolis, Oregon, Honolulu, Wheeling, and West Virginia. He has appeared as both a jazz and classical pianist in Boston’s Symphony Hall and performances 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, 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.