Roanoke Symphony Orchestra

Music Director

David Stewart Wiley, Music Director & Conductor

David Stewart Wiley David Stewart Wiley brings a strong national reputation to our Roanoke Symphony Orchestra as an experienced and energetic orchestra builder, sharing his many talents as conductor, concert pianist, pops arranger and classical and film composer. In a time of dramatic change in the orchestral world, he brings innovative and collaborative leadership, deep community involvement with outreach and education, and inspiring performances in diverse concert venues and styles.

Collaborating on 80 performances a year in the U.S. and abroad, Wiley serves concurrently as Music Director & Conductor of our Roanoke Symphony Orchestra, New York's Long Island Philharmonic, and most recently as Artistic Director & Conductor of Virginia's Blue Ridge Music Festival. Among his diverse and creative activities, he conceived an acclaimed event with business executives and musicians together on stage titled "Conducting Change", which helps executives to model leadership skills in a fun and engaging atmosphere to be seen at He is represented by William Reinert & Associates of New York.

The RSO's current 60th Diamond Anniversary Season marks Maestro Wiley's 18th as Music Director of the RSO, with a recent three year contract extension that will keep David as our Music Director through at least his 20th season in 2015-16. It has been a remarkable collaboration and a continuing success story, with frequently sold out concerts, consistently stellar reviews, innovative commissions of new music, and a remarkably diverse and an impressive list of guest artists and composers. The 2013-14 season features expanded classical concerts, a dozen new musician hires in the strings, a new downtown series, and accessible new renovated office and performance space. Under his artistic leadership, The RSO has become an example for a successful new artistic business model for a vital and stable regional orchestra. The RSO balanced budget has almost tripled during Wiley's tenure, with dramatically increased artistic quality, community excitement, endowment growth, and increased ticket sales. The RSO collaborates with public radio WVTF to broadcast RSO subscription concerts live and to present internet "podcasts". Wiley partners with schools and numerous arts and civic organizations throughout the region, and innovative events like "RSO Rocks" and the new "Destination" series have broadened what a symphony event can be for new audiences. His energetic work bringing classical music to youth in our minority communities has been steadfast, and he was honored by the NAACP as Citizen of the Year in the Arts for his service.

As a guest conductor, Wiley has conducted such distinguished symphonies as Boston, Buffalo, Cincinnati, San Francisco, Milwaukee, Indianapolis, Minnesota, Saint Louis, Atlanta, Oregon, Honolulu, and Utah, among many others in 35 U.S. states. Wiley's music career has taken him to dozens of countries in Europe, Asia, and Africa including Italy, Germany, Slovakia, and the Czech Republic. He has hosted six European musical trips for symphony patrons, the most recent on the Danube this last fall, including a performance at the Liszt Academy in Budapest. He has previously served as Assistant Conductor of the Minnesota Orchestra and the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, where he led numerous classical, pops, and educational performances in addition to short summer tours.

As a solo pianist, Wiley has performed with numerous major orchestras throughout the United States including Minnesota, Indianapolis, Oregon, Honolulu, Wheeling, and West Virginia, performing major concerti by Baroque to contemporary composers, often conducting the orchestra from the piano. He has appeared as a jazz pianist in Boston's Symphony Hall and in recital and chamber music appearances throughout the U.S. as well as in China, Russia, Romania, Germany, Hungary, Italy, the Czech Republic, and Bulgaria.

Summer engagements include the Aspen Music Festival, Brevard Music Center, Garth Newel, Wintergreen, Park City, Minnesota Orchestra Summerfest, and Prince Albert (Hawaii) summer festivals. Wiley's 2013 inaugural season of Virginia's Blue Ridge Music Festival in Floyd, Virginia exceeded expectations with excellent attendance, a successful performance academy, and a balanced budget. From 1999 until 2006 Wiley was the Artistic Director & Conductor of the Wintergreen Summer Music Festival, where he founded the festival orchestra, created the academy, and led the festival to remarkable artistic growth in seven years.

Wiley's CDs include an album of French cello concerti with Zuill Bailey & the Roanoke Symphony on Delos International, Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 "Choral" with the RSO & Choruses, American Piano Concertos with Norman Krieger & the RSO on Artisie 4, "Wiley & Friends: Classical Jazz", "American Trumpet Concertos" with the Slovak Radio Symphony and Paul Neebe, and violin/piano duo CD "Preludes & Lullabies" with Akemi Takayama. As a composer, he recently collaborated on the film "Lake Effects" starring Jane Seymour, which featured a symphonic soundtrack performed by the RSO, David Stewart Wiley conductor, with new original music by Boyle and Wiley.

David Stewart Wiley won the 1993 Aspen Conducting Prize, which led to his engagement as Assistant Conductor for the 1994 Aspen Music Festival, and he was awarded a Conducting Fellowship at Tanglewood the following year. Wiley holds a Doctor and Master of Music in Conducting from Indiana University, a degree in Piano Performance with honors from the New England Conservatory of Music, and a degree in Religion, summa cum laude, from Tufts University. He is a recipient of both the Perry F. Kendig Prize for service to the arts and most recently was named a Paul Harris Fellow from Rotary International.

David has collaborated with a diversity of acclaimed solo artists and groups in the Classical and Pops world, including Billy Joel, Leonard Bernstein, Sir James Galway, Jessye Norman, Midori, Lynn Harrell, John Williams, Andre Watts, Akemi Takayama, Pip Clarke, David Kim, Elmar Oliveira, Erica Kiesewetter, Julie Albers, Jon Nakamatsu, Eiji Oue, Norman Krieger, Zuill Bailey, Giora Schmidt, David Park, Christian Zacharias, Orly Shaham, Bernadette Peters, Bruce Hornsby, Jennifer Holliday, Marvin Hamlisch, Chita Rivera, Mercedes Ellington, Lou Rawls, Doc Severinsen, Aaron Neville, Michael McDonald, Art Garfunkel, the Pointer Sisters, Ben Vereen, Kool & the Gang, Cirque, Jeans n' Classics, Boz Skaggs, Billy Ocean, K.C. & the Sunshine Band, The Moscow Ballet, and the Sounds of Blackness.

He and his wife Leah Marer Wiley (a performer and certified fitness instructor) have a son and a daughter in elementary school, and enjoy travelling, hiking, mountain biking, and making music together.

Related Pages

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Virginia's Blue Ridge Music Festival