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Long Island Youth Orchestra Concert

LIYO’s 51st Season


Susan Deaver,Executive Director of Long Island Youth Orchestra
LIU Post, Long Island University

The Long Island Youth Orchestra will present the second concert of its 51st Season with a performance on Sunday afternoon, March 17 at 3 p.m. at Tilles Center for the Performing Arts – LIU Post in Brookville, NY. Scott Dunn, who is LIYO’s new Music Director, will conduct this concert along with Martin Dreiwitz who found the Long Island Youth Orchestra in 1962. LIYO rehearses weekly at LIU Post and presents a series of four concerts each season.

The program will feature Brahms Academic Festival Overture and Mahler Symphony No. 1 in D Major “Titan”. Long Island Youth Orchestra is in residence at LIU Post and has nearly 100 outstanding teenage players representing nearly 40 Long Island communities.

Tickets at $15.00 per adult or $10.00 for students and seniors will be available in the lobby of Tilles Center one hour prior to the concert. For further information call (516) 299.3174, or visit the orchestra’s website at

Meet Scott Dunn – Long Island Youth Orchestra Music Director & Conductor

Scott Dunn was appointed Music Director and Conductor of the Long Island Youth Orchestra for the 2012-2013 season, becoming only the second music director in the distinguished 50-year history of that orchestra. Mr. Dunn led LIYO on two of their recent international tours – in 2007 to Greece, Bulgaria, Ukraine, Georgia and Turkey, and in 2008 to Eastern Russia, Japan, Korea and Hawaii. Scott Dunn 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, debuted with the Wind Symphony at Carnegie Hall, and performed at the LIU Post Invitational Band Festival for three years.  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, as well as Orange County’s Division II Band. He is also deeply dedicated to commissioning new works for advancing the artistic medium of the modern wind ensemble. 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. As a trombonist, he has performed with the Cincinnati Symphony and Opera Orchestras, the Richmond (IN), West Virginia and Kentucky Symphonies, and the Aspen Chamber Symphony. 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.

Martin Dreiwitz, Founder and Music Director Emeritus

Mr. Dreiwitz, a former professional clarinetist, is a graduate of New York City's High School of Music and Art and the University of Chicago. He studied for many years with the world famous clarinet virtuoso Simeon Bellison, at that time principal clarinetist of the New York Philharmonic and Anthony Gigliotti, former principal clarinet of the Philadelphia Orchestra. Mr. Dreiwitz continued his musical studies with the distinguished American composer Alexi Haieff and, in Salzburg, Austria, conducting with the great German maestro Wilhelm Furtwaengler. Mr. Dreiwitz founded the Long Island Youth Orchestra 50 years ago in 1962. He has overseen its expansion and continuation from a fledgling 50-member community youth orchestra to its present island-wide 90-member size. In addition to serving as its music director and permanent conductor, he has also been the orchestra's president, operations manager and principal fundraiser. He has conducted in every concert and directed nearly all of the orchestra's weekly rehearsals since 1962. Mr. Dreiwitz' leadership of the touring LIYO has helped make it a well-known and widely acclaimed musical organization in the far corners of the globe. He has led the orchestra on 40 consecutive tours to every continent and indeed every corner of the globe. President Bill Clinton in 1995 wrote in a letter to the orchestra, "I am pleased to commend your director, Martin Dreiwitz, for his many wonderful contributions to the youth of New York and to music lovers around the globe.  His caring leadership has inspired and encouraged for the past fifty years, and the thousands of students whose lives he's touched are the best possible measure of his success." Although his weekday commercial activities still keep him fully occupied, he manages to find time for the orchestra because "I feel I have found a way to put my years of music training to a use which is not only constructive but which has never ceased to be most satisfying to me personally". Although Mr. Dreiwitz is relinquishing his position as current director, he continues his involvement with LIYO as Music Director Emeritus, and will continue to conduct when the orchestra's schedule permits and is planning another international tour for the orchestra for July of 2013.

Posted 02/25/2013

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