Trey Devey has stunned Cincinnati by stepping down as president of one of the biggest US orchestras to take over a camp where his kids spent the summer.
Trey, 45, is to be president of Interlochen Center for the Arts in Michigan.
He has been notably successful in Cincy, balancing the orchestra’s budgets for eight successive years, resolving its pension hole and expanding into untapped parts of the community. The CSO plays on $61 million a year, with an endowment of $143 million. Trey is also prez of the Cincinnati May Festival.
In a management field low on fresh talent, Trey Devey has been heading the headhunters’ list for a number of prospective vacancies. That he should choose a summer camp ahead of a big-city orchestra is a rebuff to the sector’s established pecking order. We wish him well at Interlochen.