Wiley signs three-year extension at Long Island Philharmonic

Posted on: August 29, 2012

In Wednesday’s (8/29) Newsday (New York), Steve Parks writes, “The Long Island Philharmonic has extended the contract of its music director, David Stewart Wiley, through 2015. Tuesday’s announcement all but ensures that the financially troubled Philharmonic will continue for at least three more years. ‘We’ve stabilized things,’ Philharmonic president Jack Russell said Tuesday. ‘We’re hopeful about some grants we’ve applied for that will enable us to add two concerts—one in the winter and one next spring. Our success in matching the grants will determine how soon we’ll be able to go back to a subscription season.’ The traditional fall-to-spring subscription season was suspended two years ago due to cash flow problems in the Philharmonic’s $1 million annual budget. … Philharmonic board chairman Larry Austin said he is ‘delighted’ that Wiley has signed on for another three years. … ‘I’m privileged to serve as music director of the LI Philharmonic,’ Wiley said. Besides concerts, Wiley is also involved in the Philharmonic’s music education outreach to schools, which has expanded as the concert schedule has contracted. Wiley also continues as music director of the Roanoke Symphony Orchestra in Virginia.”

Posted August 29, 2012