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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, February 7 @ 1pm. Tilles Center

Roman Carnival Overture – Hector Berlioz

Nuages & Fetes from Nocturnes – Claude Debussy

Cello Concerto Mvt. 3 - Édouard Lalo

with Bradford Shin, cello

Selections from Romeo and Juliet:
Suites 1 and 2 - Sergei Prokofiev


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Bradford Shin, cello


Winner of the 2015

Long Island Youth Orchestra Concerto Competition


Bradford Shin has been the principal cellist of the Long Island Youth Orchestra since the fall of 2014 and a member of the orchestra since 2012.  Bradford has participated multiple times in LISFA, LISFA Chamber Ensemble and Nassau All County Music Festivals, and was a cellist in the most recent All State Symphonic Orchestra in Rochester, NY.  From 2012, Bradford studied with Jeong Yoon Park and then in 2014, Bradford was accepted into the Manhattan School of Music Precollege Division, where he currently studies cello with Ole Akahoshi.  

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Our Featured LIYO Family Member

Louise Schulman

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

A. I played with LIYO from 1963 to 1965.

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

A. I still remember playing with LIYO [North Shore Youth Orchestra when I was in it] and getting to know violinist Richard Young. My first performance of the Mozart Sinfonia Concertante was with Richard as my co-soloist and the NSYO conducted by Martin Dreiwitz.

Q. What lasting lessons did you take away from your time at LIYO that you carry with you today?

A. Was very good to have the experience of playing some great orchestral repertoire with really nice people.

Q. Looking back, how would you say LIYO has led you to where you are today?

A. The experience of playing with LIYO helped me prepare for college and professional life. 

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