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Dale Lewis

Dale Lewis

Dale Lewis is Director of the Arts Reach Fund at Long Island Community FoundationThe Fund’s giving is focused on critical issues in the arts and arts education. Mr. Lewis recently stepped down as Executive Director of Usdan Center for the Creative and Performing Arts, a position he held for 32 years. In addition to his work at Arts Reach, he continues as a member of Usdan’s Leadership Council, is a member of the Board of Directors of LIAA, serves on the boards of two charitable foundations, and is a member of the New York State Education Department’s Blue Ribbon Commission on the Arts. Dale Lewis holds service awards from The Kennedy Center’s National Education Committee, and the Art Supervisors Association. Usdan’s Board of Trustees recently honored him with the naming of the stage house in its campus center, the 1,000-seat McKinley Amphitheater for Music and Dance.
At Usdan, the 1,500-student summer arts school and concert festival in Huntington, Dale Lewis introduced more than twenty new programs of study. He created the Usdan-Joffrey Ballet program, and residencies of the Tokyo String Quartet, Ballet San Jose, Canadian Brass, New York City Ballet, as well as dozens of professional education seminars for arts educators. He has guided successful capital campaigns to build Usdan’s Block Media Arts Center, Hexter Chess Center, Ross Discovery Center, and the McKinley Amphitheater. Mr. Lewis has presented scores of great artists at the Center’s festival concerts, including Emanuel Ax, James Galway, Yo-Yo Ma, Empire Brass, André Watts, the Graham, Limon, and Ailey dance companies, and stars of the Broadway stage.
Dale Lewis began his career as a cellist, with a Carnegie Recital Hall debut at the age of twelve as winner of the New York String Teachers Guild competition. He is a graduate of the Oberlin College Conservatory of Music and was the cellist of the Alberg Trio, performing with this ensemble throughout the Unites States and Europe. Mr. Lewis founded The Center for Chamber Music in Greenwich, Connecticut, and served on the music faculty of College of New Rochelle. He was appointed Music Director of The Westchester Junior Orchestra in 1976. During an 18-year tenure with the orchestra, he conducted performances at Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, and Alice Tully Hall.