Artist Series Concerts of Sarasota Welcomes New Board President Edward Alley; New Board Member Stephen Fancher

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Artist Series Concerts of Sarasota Welcomes New Board President

Edward Alley’s extensive career in music includes managing the New York Philharmonic, serving as associate director of the Juilliard Opera Center, and serving as executive director of the Martha Baird Rockefeller Fund for Music. An esteemed conductor, Alley has conducted more than 800 operatic performances.


(Sarasota, Florida) John Fischer, the executive director of the Artist Series Concerts of Sarasota (ACS), announced that Edward Alley has been appointed president of the organization’s board of trustees. At the same board meeting, Stephen Fancher, a financial advisor with Merrill Lynch was welcomed to the board as a new member.

“It’s a pleasure to welcome Edward to our board,” says Fischer. “His extensive expertise in running renowned, music-based organizations is a huge gain for us. We’re beyond thrilled to have the opportunity to work with him.”

Edward Alley started his music career as a conductor. At the age of 22, he became conductor of the 7th U.S. Army Symphony. Later, he worked with the Goldovsky Opera Theater, and has conducted performances for the Lake George (N.Y.) Opera Festival, and the St. Paul (Minn.) Opera. Alley also has extensive experience managing non-profit organizations. In his long career, he was manager of the New York Philharmonic and served as associate director of the Juilliard Opera Center. He also served as executive director of the Martha Baird Rockefeller Fund for Music, supervising the distribution of approximately $1 million annually in grants to performers and arts organizations. The former director of the Exxon-Arts Endowment Conductors Program, Alley served as a vocal adjudicator for numerous national and international vocal competitions. He was also an onsite evaluator and panelist for the opera/musical theater and music programs of the National Endowment for the Arts.

Alley is a former trustee of the Sarasota Opera, former president of Gloria Musicae, and former chair of the TDC grant and policy panels of the Arts and Cultural Alliance of Sarasota County. Most recently, he chaired the search committee for Sarasota Orchestra, resulting in the engagement of Anu Tali as its artistic and music director. Alley is married to June LeBell, a music critic, author, radio host and noted lecturer on classical music and opera.

Stephen Fancher had a career in New York as a classical musician and conductor and was a music teacher in Stamford, CT, for eight years, before becoming a financial advisor. He lives in Sarasota with his wife, Michelle and their two daughters Piper and Sofie.

The Artist Series Concerts of Sarasota board includes Edward Alley (president), Lee Dougherty Ross (vice president), Ray Broth (treasurer), Stephen Fancher, John Fischer, Toni Goldberg, Joseph Holt, Barbara Staton, Joan Suddarth, Olivia Swaan, and Russ Wiltshire.

For more information about the Artist Series Concerts of Sarasota, visit or call 941-306-1202.


Artist Series Concerts of Sarasota

Artist Series Concerts of Sarasota was formed in 1996 as the Artist Series of Sarasota. The group is a non-profit corporation based in Sarasota, FL, that prides itself on presenting several major national and international varieties of concert, opera, orchestral, Broadway and film performances throughout their season. The majority of the performances are staged at the restored Historic Asolo Theater at The Ringling.

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