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Talk by Trey Devey on "Leadership of Today's Arts Organizations"


On Tuesday, Feb. 25 at 7 p.m., Le Moyne College’s Arts Administration Program and Madden School of Business are teaming up with Syracuse University’s Janklow Arts Leadership Program to host “Leadership of Today’s Arts Organizations,” a conversation with Trey Devey, former president and executive director of the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra and current president of the Cincinnati Symphony and Pops Orchestra.

The talk is free and will be held at Le Moyne College’s W. Carroll Coyne Center for the Performing Arts.

Devey brings extensive expertise to the table. After completing the League of American Orchestras’ prestigious Orchestra Management Fellowship Program, Devey landed in Syracuse as development director of the SSO at the age of 25. He was subsequently promoted to president and executive director and later served in similar roles with the Florida Philharmonic and Alabama Symphony.

In between orchestra posts, Devey worked for four years as a consultant with the Boston Consulting Group, a position he began after earning his MBA from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

In his current role with the Cincinnati Symphony and Pops Orchestra, Devey oversees the organization’s $45 million budget. His time in Cincinnati has been marked by numerous milestones, including:

• A transformational gift of $85 million from philanthropist Louise Dieterle Nippert in 2009 (92% of the funds benefit the CSO).

• The successful hiring of a new Music Director, Louis Langrée, in 2013 (Langrée succeeded Paavo Järvi).

One City, One Symphony, which featured neighborhood listening parties and a culminating concerts in 2013.


LumenoCity, which included two free, open-air events combining a visual light show with live orchestral music, also in 2013.

• 60% growth in the annual fund campaign and 12% and 19% growth in average attendance for Pops and Classical concerts respectively.

• Five consecutive seasons with balanced budget operations.

Audience members will have an opportunity to interact with Mr. Devey during a Q&A, and following the talk all are invited to a post-concert reception.


posted on: 2/13/2014