Edward Alley became conductor of the legendary 7th US Army Symphony at the age of 22, conducting over 100 concerts throughout Western Europe. As Principal Conductor and Manager of the touring Goldovsky Opera Theater, he conducted over 800 performances of opera throughout the United States and Canada.
He has served as Executive Director of the Martha Baird Rockefeller Fund for Music, Manager of the New York Philharmonic, Associate Director of the Opera Center at the Juilliard School, Director of the Exxon/Arts Endowment Conductor’s Program, and was a judge for numerous vocal competitions including the MET Opera auditions.
He was an On-Site Evaluator and Grant Panelist for the Opera/Music Theater and Music Programs of the National Endowment for the Arts.
Alley is a former Trustee of the Sarasota Opera and past Board Chair of Gloria Musicae, Artist Series Concerts of Sarasota, and the TDC Grant and Policy Panels of the Arts Alliance of Sarasota County.
He currently writes music reviews for The Observer Group, and succeeds his wife, the late June LeBell, as Producer-Host of Music Mondays.