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. Having recently received its first major grant from the Long Island Arts Council at Freeport the South Shore Symphony has enjoyed the constant support of King Kullen Food Stores, various corporate entities and private individuals and the 400 plus dedicated members of the Rockville Centre Guild for the Arts. The South Shore Symphony collaborates annually with Leggz Ltd. Dance in highly popular holiday productions of Tchaikovsky's beloved Nutcracker Ballet and a highly successful joint concert of ballet and opera at the Lakeside Theater in Eisenhower Park. 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 and Mahler's Symphony No. 2. This season we expand our contacts even further to include an internship program and a joint concert with the Orchestra for Talented Youth of Oyster Bay, directed by South Shore Symphony cellist Frances Dial. 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 fireworks.
Board of Directors
Wayne Lipton, President
Tracy Ackner, Vice President
Wayne Lipton, Symphony Committee
Beth Bergman Fisher, Symphony Committee
Scott Jackson Wiley, Music Director and Conductor
George Schowerer, Video Consultant
Scott Jackson Wiley, Music Director
A conductor of wide experience in opera, symphony and contemporary music, Mr. Wiley is Music Director of the South Shore Symphony, the Greenwich Village Orchestra and is Principal Conductor of Music Under Construction, a New York City composer's collective. He is a long time faculty member of the Preparatory Division of the Mannes College of Music, where he teaches conducting, ear-training and theory. His many years in Spain have given him an enduring interest in the music and culture of that country and he is music director and guitarist for Caprichos Boleros, a company specializing in Spanish Classical Dance. Among the orchestras and opera companies he has led are Regina Opera, Inwood Opera, the Delaware Valley Opera Company, Bronx Arts Ensemble, Castel Opera Arts, New York Verismo Opera Company, Mannes College of Music Opera Ensemble, Israel Vocal Arts Institute, Staten Island Symphony, the Bronx Symphony, New York Symphonic Arts Ensemble, Delaware Valley Chamber Orchestra, New Amsterdam Symphony, Indianapolis Philharmonic, Infusion Contemporary Music Ensemble and the Moravian College Community Orchestra. Fluent in five languages, Mr. Wiley has coached many singers in the preparation of their operatic roles and conducted over two dozen operas. 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.
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