Just in: Chicago Symphony taps new boss

Just in: Chicago Symphony taps new boss


norman lebrecht

September 02, 2014

The governing association has named Jeff Alexander of the Vancouver Symphony to succeed Deborah Rutter as president. The Chicago board meets tomorrow to approve the appointment. There has been no official confirmation yet from the CSO.

Alexander has been president & CEO of the Vancouver Symphony Society since September 2000. Before that he was 16 years with the Cincinnati Symphony.

Vancouver is Canada’s third largest orch, with a C14.5 million budget and Bramwell Tovey as music director. Chicago is a very different order of Mutitude.





  • norman lebrecht says:

    First congrats from the music biz:
    Congratulations to Chicago Symphony,

    I toured the Cincinnati Symphony in 1996 with more than 20 concerts in Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Spain.
    Jeff Alexander was the orchestra’s General Manager.
    He was one of the most competent Professionnals
    I have met in my 50 years in Music Business!
    MusicPromotion Manfred Gerber, CH 8207 Schaffhausen

  • Vince Lee Music says:

    Fantastic news, both for the Chicago Symphony, and for Jeff. He’s not only a fantastic administrator, but he’s a fantastic person as well. We often hear about the negative news of artistic CEOs rum amok; it’s refreshing to have such positive news today.

  • Michael J. Bishop says:

    Bravo, Jeff Alexander! This is wonderful news for the Chicago Symphony and I’m really happy for Jeff. We had many wonderful years working together on recording projects in Cincinnati with the Pops and Symphony. I know he’ll be doing more great work in Chicago!

  • Chellie Doepke says:

    Congratulations to Jeff and the Chicago Symphony! I loved working with Jeff when he was with the Cincinnati Symphony; professional, unflappable, and a fabulous person….Best wishes to all.

  • Elaine Calder says:

    This is a terrific appointment, for the CSO and for Jeff. He’s done great things for the VSO which was struggling (understatement) for years before he arrived – and he’s a truly delightful and good man.