Jeff Alexander began his tenure as President of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Association (CSOA) in January 2015. Since that time he has quickly developed a strong working relationship with Music Director Riccardo Muti, the members of the orchestra, the Association’s Board of Trustees and administration. He has overseen discussions leading to new collective bargaining agreements with the orchestra and chorus, the renewal of Yo-Yo Ma’s contract as Creative Consultant, and worked with the administration in support of the orchestra’s 125th Anniversary Season, three successful performances in Carnegie Hall, three domestic tours and the orchestra’s 59th and 60th international tours to Asia and Europe, respectively.
Alexander joined the CSOA from the Vancouver Symphony Society, where he served as President & CEO for 14 years, beginning in September 2000. In this position, he served as the chief administrator for the organization, responsible for overseeing board, orchestra, government and community relations, long-range planning, and day-to-day management for Western Canada’s largest performing arts organization and Canada’s third largest symphony orchestra.
Prior to joining the VSO, Alexander spent 16 years with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, including 12 as General Manager. As such, he was the “second in command” for the sixth oldest and eighth largest orchestra in the United States. From 1982 to 1984, Alexander served as General Manager of the Laredo Philharmonic Orchestra in Texas and from 1980 to 1982 as General Manager of Grapa Concerts in New York City, an artist management firm specializing in organizing Latin American tours for North American and European soloists and ensembles.
Jeff Alexander is a graduate of the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston where he majored in French Horn Performance. Jeff has been married for over 30 years to pianist Keiko Alexander, a graduate of the Aichi University of Arts in Nagoya, Japan, and the Juilliard School in New York City; an active performer, teacher and competition adjudicator.