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The Long Island Youth Orchestra (LIYO) was created by Founder and Music Director Emeritus, Martin Dreiwitz in 1962. The orchestra held its first rehearsal in the cafeteria of the Willets Road School in Roslyn Heights in September of that year. The formation of this original 57 member ensemble, then known as the North Shore Youth Orchestra, was both an innovation and an experiment. The New York area had no permanent youth orchestras at that time and indeed there were just a handful in the entire nation. Today the nation boasts of over 150. Certainly no one could have predicted that LIYO membership would have grown to over 100 members - that the orchestra would have made more than 40 concert tours to the far corners of the globe - that it would have nearly 4,000 alumni, many whom play in some of the nation's finest orchestras or teach in schools throughout the area and country - or indeed that it would still be serving the talented musical youth of Long Island on a regular basis 54 years later. Today's Long Island Youth Orchestra has been in residence at Long Island University for the past 36 years, led successfully for the past 4 seasons by LIYO's second ever Music Director and Conductor, alumnus Scott Dunn.


Sunday, June 12 @ 2pm.

East Meadow High School

The Moldau from Ma Vlast – Biedrich Smetana

In the Steppes of Central Asia – Alexander Borodin

Concerto Competition Winner #2 (TBD)

Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2 – Franz Liszt


See Audition Schedule page for requirements!


We are looking for LIYO Alumni!

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Gerald Elias, Violin

 Former Associate Concertmaster of the Utah Symphony,

acclaimed violinist and composer


"My budding career in organized baseball ended in a blaze of glory in the mid-1960s as the first baseman on Westbury’s division-winning Dowling Chrysler Little League team. Who would have guessed that at the same time a door into a life of classical music was about to open when I joined the Long Island Youth Orchestra?

Fast-forward through five years of Oberlin and Yale, thirteen with the Boston Symphony (with whom I still perform at Tanglewood), twenty-three more as associate concertmaster of the Utah Symphony, and here we are. Along the way I have been music director of Salt Lake City’s Vivaldi by Candlelight chamber orchestra series for twelve years, guest conducted the national symphonies of Peru and Ecuador, was first violin of the Abramyan String Quartet for ten years, have been on the faculty of the University of Utah School of Music since 1989, had my compositions performed by major orchestras, and performed on every continent except Africa and Antarctica."


For more information visit our Concert Schedule Page.  

Our Featured LIYO Family Member

Dr. Stefanie Wolf

When were you a member of LIYO and what did you play?

I was a flutist in the seasonal orchestra from 1993-1995 and continued with the orchestra during summers until 1999.

What are some of the strongest memories you have from being in LIYO?

It wasn’t easy to get out of bed early every Sunday morning as a teenager. But, once Mr. Dreiwitz lifted his baton and the music filled the rehearsal hall all of those Sunday morning cobwebs seemed to immediately drift away. The music was exhilarating and collaborating with such talented peers, playing some of the greatest music written was to this day one of the most defining and amazing chapters of my life.



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