Our Conductor

Maestro Paul Little is the current Music Director and Conductor of the West Islip Symphony Orchestra, after serving as a guest conductor of the orchestra since 2013. He is also the current Assistant Conductor of the Island Symphony Orchestra, a position he has held since 2016. 

A conducting student of Timothy Topolewski, Mr. Little graduated from the Crane School of Music in 2003 with a Bachelor’s Degree in music education. He received a Master's Degree in Music Technology from Five Towns College in 2007. In addition to his studies with Dr. Topolewski, Mr. Little's activities at Crane were varied and diverse - as a violinist studying under Ioan Harea, he was one of the original members of El Norte Tropicale, the school's Latin Jazz ensemble. Mr. Little also performed with the Crane Symphony Orchestra at the 2000 Goodwill Games Opening Ceremonies and with the Crane Handbell Choir at Crane Christmas Convocations. He served as concertmaster of the Five Towns College Orchestra, and performed as a featured soloist under the baton of Michele Denton while there.

A recipient of the 2015 Town of Islip Black History Distinguished Service Award, Mr. Little is also an active musician in the West Islip Symphony Orchestra, playing violin, viola, and cello. He has performed twice as a soloist with the orchestra - in 2014, he performed Vivaldi’s Spring from The Four Seasons, and performed Ralph Vaughan-Williams’ The Lark Ascending, in dedication to the memory of long-time West Islip Symphony Music Director, Toni Nigrelli, in 2017.

Mr. Little is the current concertmaster of the the Island Symphony Orchestra and the Northport Symphony Orchestra, and has previously served as concertmaster of the Massapequa Philharmonic. He serves on the Board of Directors of the West Islip Symphony and the Island Symphony, and currently serves as President of the Northport Symphony.

Mr. Little's work in music is diverse. He has performed in, directed, been the technical advisor, or conducted the music ensemble of over 40 musical theater productions throughout Long Island. He has performed alongside violinist Mark Wood, as well as such acts as Joe Piscopo, Linda Eder, Bruce Hornsby, and Edwin McCain.

Mr. Little is Vice President of The Legato Foundation, a not-for-profit organization founded to curate, develop, and promote classical music on Long Island. He currently teaches violin, viola, and cello in private instruction, after years of being a music teacher in the North Babylon and Valley Stream Central School Districts.

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