The South Shore Symphony was first organized in the Five Towns in 1983. In 1991, led by President and Principal Cellist Wayne Lipton, the orchestra moved to Rockville Centre under the baton of Music Director and French hornist Paul Rudolf. In 1993 the distinguished violinist and conductor Ming Feng Hsin was appointed Music Director, beginning a five-year period of great expansion. In 1998 Scott Jackson Wiley became the resident Maestro. Under his leadership the orchestra has grown to include professional musicians and gifted high school players in addition to the dedicated amateurs that make up its core and has become one of the premiere performing ensembles of Long Island. The parent organization if the South Shore Symphony is the Rockville Centre Guild for the Arts, a 501(c3) not-for-profit organization which funds the Orchestra through grants, and fundraising. The South Shore Symphony has enjoyed the constant support Molloy College, which supplies rehearsal space and the Madison Theatre, a first-class performance hall.
The South Shore Symphony collaborates annually with Leggz Ltd. Dance in highly popular holiday productions of Tchaikovsky's beloved Nutcracker Ballet featuring professional dancers and highly skilled amateurs. Another hallmark of the South Shore Symphony is its regular collaboration with the Cathedral of St. Agnes, which in the past has led, among many other events, to performances of Beethoven's Ninth Symphony, Handel's Messiah, Mahler's Symphony No. 1, 2 and 3 plus Saint Saëns Symphony no. 3 (Organ Symphony). With the newest addition to the Guild, the Long Island Lyric Opera, each year the orchestra plays in a major opera production, which has previously included Tosca, Le Nozze di Figaro, Carmen and this season, Madame Butterfly. And, of course, one of the orchestra's most cherished traditions is the outdoor summer pops concert every year in Rockville Centre's Liberty Park which climaxes in a spectacular display of Grucci fireworks. The South Shore Symphony also plays in various musical productions with the Cap 21 Students at the Madison Theatre of Molloy College in Rockville Centre.
Wayne Lipton, President
Tracy Ackner, Vice President
Joan MacNaughton, Vice President
Kathy Miller, Orchestra Committee
Walter Fremer, Orchestra Committee
George Schowerer, Video Consultant
In addition to his leadership of the South Shore Symphony, Mr. Wiley is Artistic Director of Long Island Lyric Opera, Associate Conductor of The Centre Symphony Orchestra, Principal Guest Conductor of the Staten Island Philharmonic, and staff conductor of Amore Opera. Among the orchestras and opera companies he has led are Inwood Opera, Bronx Arts Ensemble, Castel Opera Arts, Mannes College of Music Opera Ensemble, Israel Vocal Arts Institute, the Bronx Symphony, New York Symphonic Arts Ensemble, New Amsterdam Symphony, Indianapolis Philharmonic, Infusion Contemporary Music Ensemble and the Moravian College Community Orchestra. A veteran of over sixty opera productions, Maestro Wiley has held directorships with Regina Opera, Delaware Valley Opera, and New York Verismo Opera.
Mr. Wiley teaches conducting, ear training, chamber music, and classical guitar in the Preparatory Division of Mannes College The New School for Music. Many of his former conducting students are now pursuing professional careers. Mr. Wiley is fluent in Spanish, French, Italian, and Catalan, and coaches singers in those languages. He worked closely with the acclaimed language and diction expert Nico Castel and edited several volumes of his monumental series of opera libretti. An accomplished French horn player, Mr. Wiley also cultivates the violin, the piano and the flamenco guitar.
Mr. Wiley received his principal training under Michael Charry at the Mannes College of Music, where he earned a Master's Degree in orchestral conducting, and under Charles Bruck during summers at the Pierre Monteux School for Conductors in Hancock, Maine. He continued his studies at workshops under such masters of the podium as Georg Tintner, Gustav Meier, Sergiu Comissiona and Kenneth Keisler, as well as privately with Flora Contino, Edoardo Muller and his father, Jackson Wiley. As a classical guitarist, Mr. Wiley has performed widely as recitalist, chamber musician and concerto soloist both in the United States and in Europe. He studied guitar with Emilio Pujol, Jose Luis Lopategui and Narciso Yepes, as well as flamenco guitarist Mario Escudero, and holds the degree of Profesor Superior de Guitarra as well as the Premio de Honor de Guitarra from the Conservatory of Barcelona, Spain.