Our 50th Year

Music 2021

The 2021 Music season is dedicated to Ed Alley

Edward Alley


Ed Alley brought to SILL Music Mondays a wealth of musical knowledge, experience and perspective to go along with his gentle and gregarious style. Following the death of his beloved wife June LeBell in 2017, Ed seamlessly moved to be the host and producer of the popular Music Mondays program for three years. For several years before that he had assisted June, and so was very familiar with the mission and approach of the program. He led and guided it to continuing success as an important voice of musical education and entertainment in Sarasota. His breadth of experience and many contacts in the music world enabled him to bring a diversity of talented and interesting people to SILL audiences.

At age 22, Ed was selected as one of the conductors of the legendary 7th U.S. Army Symphony. Ed and two other conductors from that group were reunited in a memorable Music Monday presentation in February, 2016.

His career included serving as the manager of the New York Philharmonic and conducting more than 800 performances of the Goldovsky Opera Theater throughout the United States and Canada. He served as executive director of the Martha Baird Rockefeller Fund for Music. He later served as associate director of the Opera Center of The Juilliard School, director of the Exxon/Arts Endowment Conductors Program.

After retiring to Sarasota, he was a generous volunteer of his time and talents to a number of musical organizations, serving as a Trustee of the Sarasota Opera and Board Chair of both the Choral Artists of Sarasota and the Artist Series Concerts of Sarasota, among other volunteer positions. He was also head of the search committee at the Sarasota Orchestra that brought Artistic Director Anu Tali to the Orchestra.

In addition to all of this, Ed was a prominent financial contributor to many music organizations, particularly the Sarasota Opera and Orchestra.