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Vancouver’s Jeff Alexander to Head Chicago Symphony Orchestra

Jeff Alexander, the newly appointed President of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Association

Jeff Alexander, the newly appointed President of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Association

On Wednesday, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Association announced the appointment of Jeff Alexander to the position of president and chief executive officer. Mr. Alexander presently serves as president and chief executive of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra. He will succeed Deborah F. Rutter, who left the CSO in June to become president of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C.


Jeff Alexander brought video screens to the Vancouver Symphony’s home at the historic Orpheum Theatre.

Jeff Alexander joined the Vancouver Symphony in September of 2000. His tenure is marked by innovation, including the introduction of video screens to one classical series “Musically Speaking,” and the establishment of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra School of Music, which places VSO musicians in important teaching positions and provides music education to students of all levels and age groups.

The VSO has an annual operating budget of $14 million and employs 73 musicians full-time. According to the VSO, Mr. Alexander oversaw the expansion of the orchestra’s endowment from $4 million to $20 million.

In fiscal year 2013, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s operating revenues totaled $73.6 million dollars. The CSO employs around 109 musicians full-time.

Jeff Alexander has worked closely with VSO Music Director Bramwell Tovey to expand the organization’s offerings, including the creation of the music school, and other education initiatives. Together they launched several tours to destinations in the United States, Korea, Macau, China, and to other cities in Canada.

Mr. Alexander is scheduled to take up the CSO reins at the first of the year. Prior to his time in Vancouver, Mr. Alexander served as general manager of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra for 12 years. He is married to Keiko Alexander, an active pianist who studied at the Juilliard School of Music. Keiko Alexander currently chairs the piano department at the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra School of Music. Jeff Alexander studied French Horn Performance at the New England Conservatory of Music.

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