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Long Island Youth Orchestra was founded by our
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
Our 2014-15 Season is now over.
Thank you for your support!
The 2015-16 Season
Schedule will be posted the fall.
-See Concert Schedule Page for more
BECOMING A MEMBER?
Audition information will be posted here late this summer
for the Fall & Winter 2015-16 LIYO Season!
We are looking for
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Alumni button in the menu above.
Visit our Long Island Youth Orchestra
where we feature
former LIYO musicians
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