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New state symphony director brings business skills to post

BIRMINGHAM (AP) — The Alabama Symphony Orchestra has hired Trey Devey as the orchestra's executive director, ending a nine-month search to replace Paul Ferrone, who resigned after three years.

Devey, 35, was one of three finalists the search committee selected. His career has bridged music and business, which made him a frontrunner.

"Early on, the committee wanted orchestral experience, but also business experience," said ASO Board President Charlie Brown.

Devey comes to Birmingham from Chicago, where he worked for Boston Consulting Group, providing strategy and advice for Fortune 500 companies. He received an MBA at the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School and a Bachelor of Music in trombone performance at Northern Illinois University. He erased the Syracuse Symphony's deficit from $1.1 million to $390,000 in three years as executive director of the orchestra.

Devey was hired in 2002 to save the Florida Philharmonic Orchestra from bankruptcy, but was unsuccessful.

Devey plans to focus on long-term issues at ASO, which is financially sound. They include building audiences, strengthening loyalties among current patrons and negotiating musicians' base salaries, which were recently extended for one year.

Devey, who'll move to Birmingham by September, also hopes to increase the limited size of the 54-member orchestra.


Information from: The Birmingham News

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