CODA | April 2017

Chris Pinelo


This month marks the end of Trey Devey’s remarkable tenure as Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra President. I’ve had the honor to work closely with Trey these past eight years and it has been a transformative time for the Orchestra. Read an article looking back at the CSO’s many accomplishments during Trey’s tenure on page 12.

Trey will be the first person to tell you these accomplishments were achieved with many talented individuals working together in a collaborative culture, and while the CSO prepares for a new chapter and a new president, that collaborative culture and its recipe for success remain intact with musicians, Board members and administrative staff members continuing to work together.

This is an exciting time in the history of the organization. Both the CSO and Pops are excelling artistically, and, with continued support from the community, the organization is on solid financial footing. Great concerts and the recent MusicNOW Festival, Asia tour, and acclaimed recordings have brought out the best in the Orchestra. We are primed for continued success as the Orchestra prepares for an extensive European tour in August and September and of course our return to the renovated Music Hall on October 6. All eyes in the music world will be on Cincinnati, and the CSO’s historic 125th anniversary season in 2019–20 is really just around the corner. 

All this to say that the CSO is—without a doubt—on a positive trajectory.

Now a personal note... Trey’s arrival in 2009 also brought my elevation to the senior management team, and with the exception of a time we decided to “explore” Tokyo while on tour and got lost, I’m grateful for his confidence in me. He came into a difficult situation with an organization struggling in the face of a down economy, and through it all, Trey brought out the best in people. That drive and determination continued throughout his tenure.

Thank you, Trey. We are truly fortunate to have had your leadership these past eight years.