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The New Face of the CSO

Mary Ellyn Hutton
Posted: Nov 21, 2008 - 8:43:24 AM in news_2008

Trey Devey
The Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra has a new face and a new hand at the helm.
   He is Trey Devey and he will become president of the CSO effective January 20, 2009.  He succeeds long-time CSO president Steven Monder, who retired in June.
   Devey, who is 37, is a consultant with the Boston Consulting Group and past president and executive director of both the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra and the Florida Philharmonic.
   A former American Symphony Orchestra League Orchestra Management Fellow, he has worked in the development departments of the Syracuse and the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestras, as well as the production department of the Lake Forest Symphony.  As an ASOL fellow, he worked with the Pittsburgh Symphony and the New York Philharmonic.
   Devey earned his Bachelor of Music degree summa cum laude from Northern Illinois University and an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania where he was a Palmer Scholar and graduated in the top five percent of his class.
   "Trey is an analytical problem solver who will bring a new passion and energy to the CSO," said CSO board chairman Marvin Quin."  Devey will serve also as executive director of the May Festival.
   "The search committee decision was unanimous," said CSO board member John Palmer, who chaired the search committee.  "We underwent a very thorough process and cast a wide net to individuals in the orchestra industry and in other performing arts, and are confident we found the best candidate.  Trey's unique combination of industry experience and business consulting is a perfect fit for the CSO."
   "I have always held the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra in high esteem and first came to know it through its high quality recordings," said Devey.  "Attending concerts at Music Hall in recent months has been remarkable.  Listening to this world class orchestra inspires me and I know it inspires others.  I can't wait to get started and to engage more people with this exceptional organization."
    "I am eager to get settled in Cincinnati and at the CSO," said Devey.  "My wife Amy and my two daughters and I have felt so welcome and so at home in Cincinnati during our visits."
   Committee members included CSO board members Spencer Liles, Jon McCann, Melody Sawyer Richardson, Sandra Rivers, Karl Ronn, Jim Schwab, former CSO board member Christine Neyer and CSO board member emeritus Rick Reynolds; also Mitchel Livington, vice president for student affairs and chief diversity officer at the University of Cincinnati and James Zimmerman, retired chairman and CEO of Macy's.  Cincinnati Opera artistic director Evans Mirageas served as an advisor to the committee.  The search process was facilitated by the international firm of Spencer Stuart.