Roanoke Symphony Orchestra

Music Director

David Stewart Wiley, Music Director & Conductor

David Stewart Wiley Blossoming under David Stewart Wiley's energetic and inspiring leadership since 1996, the RSO has experienced remarkable artistic growth, expansion and innovation. A renowned talent, Wiley has not only taken the RSO to new artistic heights, but has conducted such distinguished symphonies as Atlanta, Buffalo, Cincinnati, San Francisco, Milwaukee, Indianapolis, Minnesota, Saint Louis, Oregon, Honolulu, and Utah, among others.  Wiley's music has taken him to dozens of countries in Asia, Africa, and Europe including Italy, Germany, Slovakia, and the Czech Republic.

Roanoke's inspiring Maestro and world traveler is also an engaged and active community partner and celebrity, having been named Roanoke's "Citizen of the Year" for his outstanding service and outreach to diverse communities, separate from his professional duties. Wiley also serves as Principal Conductor of the Long Island Concert Orchestra, and continues to travel regularly to New York to lead concerts for tens of thousands each year.  Throughout the U.S., Wiley plans and leads an innovative experience with business executives and musicians together on stage titled "Conducting Change" which helps executives to model leadership skills in a fun and engaging atmosphere. Wiley also continues as Artistic Director of Virginia's Blue Ridge Music Festival, and previously served as Assistant Conductor of the Minnesota Orchestra and the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra.

Wiley's energetic and inspiring leadership with the RSO since 1996 has been a remarkable success story, with consistently stellar reviews, a diverse and impressive list of guest artists and composers, and innovative commissions of new music in various styles (some fusing Classical and Bluegrass).  The RSO has hired over 50 new professional musicians during his tenure, collaboratively raising the RSO to new artistic heights. The RSO works with public radio WVTF to broadcast RSO concerts, and produced its first live TV web broadcast.  Wiley partners with schools and numerous arts and civic organizations throughout the region, and the RSO & Wiley received a Distinguished Music Educator Award from Yale University. Innovative events like "RSO Rocks" and the "Destination" series have broadened what a symphony event can be for new audiences, and the RSO has increased both its masterworks series and its pops series offerings. The RSO expanded its runouts to the new Moss Arts Center at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, and the holiday pops at Tech is a sellout each year.  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 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, often conducting from the piano.  He has appeared as both a jazz and classical 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 (Utah), Minnesota Orchestra Summerfest, Sitka (Alaska) and Prince Albert (Hawaii) summer music festivals.  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, tripling the balanced budget.

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/Neebe, and violin/piano duo CD Preludes & Lullabies with Akemi Takayama, a solo piano CD with all original compositions Full Circle, and Piano Bells - Reflections on Classic Carols.  As a composer, he collaborated on the film "Lake Effects", which featured a symphonic soundtrack performed by the RSO, Wiley conducting, with original music by Boyle and Wiley.

David Stewart Wiley won the Aspen Conducting Prize, was Assistant Conductor for the Aspen Music Festival, and was awarded a Conducting Fellowship at Tanglewood.  Wiley holds both 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 the Perry F. Kendig Prize for service to the arts and is a Paul Harris Fellow from Rotary International.  He and his wife Leah Marer Wiley (soprano soloist, vocal coach, and owner of Muevela Fitness) have a son and a daughter who play cello and violin and enjoy travelling, various sports, and making music together.

Related Pages

Buy CD's at Maestro Wiley's website Homepage
Virginia's Blue Ridge Music Festival