Daniel Wiley comes to the post from the Windsor Symphony Orchestra in Ontario.
He brings a strong educational pedigree to the youth orchestra component of the new role. Prior to beginning his conducting career, he was a teacher in the public school system.
He showed his pedagogical skills during the pandemic by developing a Digital Education Concert Series through the Windsor Symphony Orchestra. This was comprised of ten hours of interactive music curriculum content for schools, which has since been used by over 100,000 students throughout North America.
"I am thrilled to join the Jacksonville Symphony as music director of the Jacksonville Symphony Youth Orchestras and assistant conductor," Wiley said. "What excites me most about the Jacksonville Symphony is that it is an organization that is so clearly dedicated to its mission: enriching the lives of people through symphony music. The Jacksonville Symphony is clearly integrated into the vibrant culture of Jacksonville, and I can't wait to join this great orchestra and community.”
"We are absolutely delighted to welcome Daniel to the team," said Marianne Rice, the orchestra's Director of Education and Community Engagement. "His extensive background in both music education and orchestral conducting makes him the perfect fit for the job. Music education in our community is a major priority for the Symphony, and Daniel is the right person to energize our education programs," she added.