Keith Elder, an attorney and former arts administrator with major orchestras, has been named director of concert activities for the Eastman. In addition to providing leadership to the concert office staff, he will advise Douglas Lowry, Joan and Martin Messinger Dean of the Eastman School of Music, on the school’s concert series, manage the school’s performance venues, and oversee the Eastman Theatre Box Office, Theatre Shop, and concessions.
After receiving his bachelor’s degree in music from Indiana University in 1993, Elder worked in various operations roles for Boston University School for the Arts and the Boston and Detroit Symphony Orchestras. A tubist, he also has performed as a freelance musician with ensembles such as the Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra, Motor City Brass Band, Plymouth Philharmonic, and the New England Brass Band.
He received his law degree from New England School of Law in May 2006 and was in private legal practice in Kingston, Mass.
“Keith’s leadership, background and enthusiasm will add a wonderful dimension to Eastman,” says Michele Gibson, senior associate dean at Eastman.
Elder served in several different concurrent roles with the Boston Symphony Orchestra between 1999 and 2008. In 2008, he became vice president of operations for the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, where he managed all orchestra activity and property, drafted and negotiated contracts, and produced the Detroit Symphony Orchestra Jazz Series.
Previously, Elder was manager of production and performance at Boston University, where he supervised several departments, served as orchestra manager for school’s Tanglewood Institute Orchestra, and managed the instrumental ensemble program.
“I am very excited about coming to Eastman, working with the students, faculty, and staff, and being part of the greater Rochester community,” says Elder.