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The Long Island Youth Orchestra was founded by our 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 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 but a handful in the entire nation. Today the nation boasts of over 150. Certainly no one could have predicted then that LIYO membership would have grown to over 100 members - that the orchestra would have made 40 concert tours to the far corners of the globe - that it would have nearly 3,600 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 50 years later. Today's Long Island Youth Orchestra has been in residence at Long Island University for the past 32 years.

We are looking for LIYO Alumni!  Please click the Alumni link in the menu above.

Our 2014-15 Season is now over.

Thank you for your support!


The 2015-16 Season Concert

Schedule will be posted the fall.


-See Concert Schedule Page for more information-


Sunday, September 20TH, 2015

To schedule an audition, please e-mail:

See Audition Schedule page for requirements!



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