Maestro David Stewart Wiley
Under David Stewart Wiley’s energetic and inspiring leadership since 1996, the RSO has experienced remarkable artistic growth and expansion. Wiley also serves as Music Director & Conductor of the Long Island Orchestra. He continues a special relationship as the Artistic Director of Virginia’s Blue Ridge Music Festival. He previously served as Assistant Conductor of the Minnesota Orchestra and the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra.
In addition to taking the RSO to new artistic heights, Wiley has conducted such distinguished symphonies as Atlanta, Buffalo, Cincinnati, San Francisco, Milwaukee, Indianapolis, Minnesota, Saint Louis, Oregon, Honolulu, and Utah. Wiley’s music has taken him to dozens of countries in Asia, Africa, and Europe.
Roanoke’s Maestro is also an engaged and active community partner, having been named Roanoke’s “Citizen of the Year” for his outstanding service and outreach to diverse communities. 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.
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. Wiley partners with schools and numerous arts and civic organizations throughout the region, and the RSO & Wiley recently received a Distinguished Music Educator Award from Yale University
The RSO works with public radio WVTF to broadcast RSO concerts and produced its first live TV web broadcast. 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, where the RSO Holiday Pops at Tech is a sellout. Wiley has commissioned innovative new music in various styles, particularly notable being Classical and Bluegrass integration.
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, 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 have included 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/Paul 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.
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.