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Upcoming LIYO Concert At Tilles Center

Upcoming LIYO Concert At Tilles Center

Sunday, May 3, 2015 at 7 p.m.
Tilles Center for the Performing Arts
LIU Post – Brookville, New York 

Concert to feature music of Rossini, Mussorgsky and Dvorak

Tickets: $15 for Adults, $10 for Students/Seniors available one-hour prior to concert.  To reserve advance tickets, please e-mail:

For further information call (516) 299.3174, or visit


The Long Island Youth Orchestra will present the third concert of its 53rd Season with a performance on Sunday evening at 7 p.m. at Tilles Center for the Performing Arts at LIU Post – 720 Northern Blvd. in Brookville, NY.  Scott J. Dunn, Music Director and Conductor of the Long Island Youth Orchestra, will conduct LIYO in a concert of orchestral music including Rossini: Overture to La Gazza Laddra, Dvorak: Symphony No. 8 in G Major and the “orchestra choice” Mussorgsky: Night on Bald Mountain.

Each spring, students in LIYO nominate and vote on which orchestral piece they would like to include in the third concert of the season.  LIYO recently participated in a New York Philharmonic Educational Residency at Tilles Center, which focused on Dvorak’s Symphony No. 8. 

The Long Island Youth Orchestra, which was founded by Martin Dreiwitz in 1962, has nearly 100 outstanding talented teenage players representing nearly 40 Long Island communities from Nassau and Suffolk counties. The Long Island Youth Orchestra, which is in residence at LIU Post, rehearses weekly and presents a series of four concerts each season, in addition to sponsoring a scholarship competition for LIYO graduating seniors and opportunities for graduating seniors in the orchestra to perform a concerto with LIYO on the final concert of the season in June.  In addition, LIYO has had over 40 summer tours to all parts of the world. 

Long Island Youth Orchestra

The Long Island Youth Orchestra, founded over fifty years ago by Music Director Emeritus, Martin Dreiwitz, held its first rehearsal in the cafeteria of the Willets Road School in Roslyn Heights in September of 1962. The formation of the 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 but a handful in the entire nation. Today the nation boasts of over 150. Certainly no one could have predicted then that LIYO membership would have grown to nearly 100 members - that the orchestra would have made 40 concert tours to the far corners of the globe - that it would have nearly 3,500 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 50 years later.

Today's Long Island Youth Orchestra has been in residence at Long Island University for the past 30 years and presents a series of four concerts each year, most of which are performed at Tilles Center for the Performing Arts at LIU Post.

Scott J. Dunn – Long Island Youth Orchestra Music Director & Conductor

Scott J. Dunn was appointed Music Director and Conductor of the Long Island Youth Orchestra for the 2012-2013 seasons, becoming only the second music director in the distinguished 50-year history of that orchestra.  Mr. Dunn led LIYO on three of their recent international tours – in 2007 to Greece, Bulgaria, Ukraine, Georgia and Turkey, in 2008 to Eastern Russia, Japan, Korea and Hawaii, and in 2013 to Ireland, Scotland, France and Iceland. Scott Dunn also serves as Director of Bands at Baldwin High School, where his responsibilities include directing the Wind Symphony, Chamber Winds, and Jazz Ensemble.

During his tenure at Baldwin, Mr. Dunn has received consistent Gold with Distinction ratings at the NYSSMA major organization festival, performed twice with the Wind Symphony at Carnegie Hall, and will be performing at the LIU Post Invitational Band Festival for the fourth time.  In recent demand as a guest conductor and clinician, Mr. Dunn has guest conducted the Suffolk County’s Division I and II Bands, the Hampton’s High School and Middle School Music Festivals, the North Fork Honor Band, Orange and Duchess All County Festivals, and will delivering a seminar at this year’s NYSSMA Winter Conference in Rochester.

Deeply dedicated to commissioning new works for advancing the artistic medium of the modern wind ensemble, the Baldwin Wind Symphony has commissioned and premiered 5 new works for winds during tenure.  Mr. Dunn earned his BM in Music Education from Rutgers University’s Mason Gross School of the Arts and his MM in Trombone and Wind Conducting from the Cincinnati Conservatory. During the summers of 2010 and 2011, Scott Dunn was selected to be a conducting fellow at the prestigious Pierre Monteux School for Conductors and Orchestra Musicians in Hancock, Maine, where he studied under the tutelage of Maestro Michael Jinbo.

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