Suffolk Principal Orchestra


The Suffolk Principal Orchestra, led by Director Phil Preddice, was formed in 2008 and consists of some of the finest musicians in Suffolk County. Orchestra members have participated in LISFA, SCMEA, All-National, All-Eastern, All-State, and All-County festivals. The group has performed at Adelphi University Performing Arts Center, Staller Center for the Arts, Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center, and Stern Auditorium at Carnegie Hall. Many members have attended prestigious summer music programs such as the Tanglewood Institute, Crane Youth Music, and the New York State Summer School of the Arts. Several of the orchestra’s alumni are currently attending outstanding programs of study in Music Composition, Music Performance, Music Education, Music Business, and Music Therapy. Suffolk Principal Orchestra’s challenging programming has been enthusiastically and overwhelmingly received by audiences.


Phil Preddice, Suffolk Principal Orchestra (MYO)Phil Preddice is a graduate of the Crane School of Music where he studied viola with Lamar Alsop, Theodore Israel, and Maurice Baritaud. His conducting studies were carefully guided by Professor Brock McElheran. Performances under the batons of Eugene Ormandy, Stanley Chappel, Christopher Keene and Aaron Copland inspired Mr. Preddice to reach for new heights as a conductor. He has been the conductor of the Suffolk Principal Orchestra since its formation in 2008.

Mr. Preddice is the founding and Principal Conductor of the Crane School of Music Alumni Festival Orchestra. He is a composer, with several works premiered by the MYO Suffolk Principal Orchestra. Mr. Preddice frequently conducts State, and Regional Festival Orchestras. For many years, he worked as Principal Conductor of the New York State Summer School of the Arts String Orchestra in Saratoga.

Mr. Preddice is a past President of the Suffolk County Music Educator’s Association. Additionally, he has held Executive Board positions with the Long Island String Festival Association, and the New York State American String Teacher’s Association. He is currently retired from a career as Orchestra director in the Commack, Shoreham-Wading River, and Three Village school districts.

Mr. Preddice is the recipient of the 2000 Helen Hosmer Excellence in Music Teaching Award, granted by the Alumni Association of the Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam.




Repertoire performed by the Suffolk Principal Orchestra in 2021-2022 included:

  • America the Beautiful – Samuel A. Ward, arr. Philip Rothman
  • Carnival Overture, Op. 92 – Antonín Dvořák
  • Elegy, for the Unforgotten and the Unforgettable – Phil Preddice
  • Jupiter, from The Planets, Op. 32 – Gustav Holst
  • Light Cavalry Overture – Franz von Suppé
  • Marche Slave, Op. 31 – Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
  • Mars, from The Planets, Op. 32 – Gustav Holst
  • Roman Carnival Overture, Op. 9 – Hector Berlioz
  • Ruslan and Ludmilla Overture – Mikhail Glinka
  • Zigeunerweisen, Op. 20 – Pablo de Sarasate