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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.




High students interested in auditioning for a position with LIYO should check the membership information links above and keep checking here for the 55th season audition announcements.


See Audition Schedule page for requirements!


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Hyerin Yoon, violin

Winner of the 2015 Long Island Youth Orchestra Concerto Competition

Hyerin Yoon is currently the Concertmistress of the Long Island Youth Orchestra and is a senior at Great Neck South High School. She has played the violin since the age of five and has studied with Nam-Sook Choei Lee for the past eight years and credits Ms. Lee for much that she has learned about playing the violin. During her middle school and high school violin career, Hyerin has attended numerous Nassau All County Festivals and participated in LISFA. Hyerin also attended the 2014 and 2015 All-State during her junior and senior year. She attended the LIU Post Chamber Music Festival where she was the recipient of the 2013 Tilles Scholar Award, and as winner of the Festival’s Concerto Competition she performed as violin soloist with the Festival Chamber Orchestra at Tilles Center.  Hyerin will be attending Emory University in the fall of 2016 and plans on continuing to play the violin throughout college.

Jacob Sugarman, bassoon

Winner of the 2015 Long Island Youth Orchestra Concerto Competition

Jacob Sugarman, principal bassoon of LIYO, has been playing music since he was four years old. Jacob’s love for music, spurred by his discovery of jazz when he picked up the alto saxophone in 2nd grade, has been a constant motivator and source of joy in his life. He began playing the bassoon in fifth grade, after being introduced to the instrument by his band teacher.  Jacob then started private music lessons with William Katz on bassoon and Joe Romano on saxophone. 

 Jacob participated in the Boston University Tanglewood Institute, the New York State Music Festival (NYSMF), the New York State Summer School of the Arts Orchestral Studies Program (NYSSSA), the MPULSE Jazz and Bassoon Summer Performing Arts Institutes, the New York Youth Chamber Music Program and the Nassau-Suffolk Jazz Band. He attends the Manhattan School of Music Precollege where he studies bassoon with Harry Searing and is principal bassoon of the MSM Precollege Philharmonic. He has played alto sax in the Nassau All County Jazz Band for six years, and was invited twice to play in the New York State All State Conference Jazz Ensemble. 

 Currently a 12th grader at Syosset High School, Jacob is the music director of the school’s radio station, WKWZ, and broadcasts a weekly new music program.  Jacob is a member of the SHS Wind Ensemble, Jazz Ensemble, and pit band, where he has played multiple instruments in numerous musicals.

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