• Orchestra Long Island / Nassau Board of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES)

    Performance Partners

    Orchestra Long Island (OLI), in partnership with Nassau Board of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES) and Nassau County school districts, presents a Student Mentorship/in-School Performance and Instructional Program called Performance Partners.

    2012 Concert

    The program consists of OLI musicians instructing, coaching and mentoring students in a series of workshops, plus a conductor’s rehearsal and a dress rehearsal with the professional musicians, culminating in a public side-by- side concert led by a professional conductor. This program currently take place in The Wheatley School and Uniondale High School. This unique mentoring experience is a total commitment for everyone involved – students, teachers, building and district administration, and the OLI professionals.


    Tonight, you are hearing talented students and professional musicians performing side-by- side, in a remarkable and impactful musical mentoring program. This life-changing orchestra collaboration has brought national attention, receiving a Yale Distinguished Music Educator Award in 2015. Originally conceived as a partnership between Nassau BOCES and the Brooklyn Philharmonic in 1986, the program's orchestral leadership, guided by Nassau BOCES, eventually moved to the New York Virtuosi and then to the Long Island Philharmonic under the direction of Maestro Wiley.  When the former LI Philharmonic ceased operation in 2016, the musicians and Maestro Wiley, deeply committed to the program, found a temporary home with the Bronx Arts Ensemble until OLI’s founding. Orchestra Long Island, Nassau BOCES, and The Wheatley School continue to make a deep and lasting impact on our students. Together, we are proud to collaborate on this unique program.