(ST. LOUIS) –The St. Louis Symphony has named John Easley as its new Vice President for Development, effective April 15, 2013.  John brings with him more than 35 years in development and non-profit experience, and has led successful fundraising campaigns at several major art institutions, including the Saint Louis Art Museum.

“John comes to us with outstanding experience in the development world with expertise in the implementation of major campaigns, as well as extensive experience in and knowledge of St. Louis,” said Fred Bronstein, President/CEO of the St. Louis Symphony.  “We are delighted to welcome John to the St. Louis Symphony team.”  

John comes to the STL Symphony from the Museum of New Mexico Foundation, where he’d served as President/CEO since 2010.  He’s also held top development posts at the Dallas Museum of Art, Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City, Minneapolis Institute of Arts, and the Dallas Symphony Association.  While serving as the Vice President for Development and External Affairs at the St. Louis Art Museum from 2002-2008, John planned and implemented a capital campaign to help support the museum’s $145 million dollar expansion.  He has directed multi-faceted campaigns that have raised more than $500 million during the course of his career, with emphasis on membership, annual giving, major and planned gifts, corporate sponsorships, foundation grants, and special events.

John has also worked as an independent consultant, and holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the William Allen White School of Journalism at the University of Kansas.


*Founded in 1880, the St. Louis Symphony is the second-oldest orchestra in the country and is widely considered one of the world’s finest. In September 2005, internationally acclaimed conductor David Robertson became the 12th Music Director and second American-born conductor in the Orchestra’s history. In its 133rd season, the St. Louis Symphony continues to strive for artistic excellence, fiscal responsibility and community connection. In addition to its regular concert performances at Powell Hall, the Symphony is an integral part of the St. Louis community, presenting more than 250 free education and community partnership programs each year. In June 2008, the Symphony launched Building Our Business, which takes a proactive, two-pronged approach: build audiences and re-invigorate the Symphony’s brand making the St. Louis Symphony and Powell Hall the place to be; and build the base for enhanced institutional commitment and donations. This is all part of a larger strategic plan adopted in May 2009 that includes new core ideology and a 10-year strategic vision focusing on artistic and institutional excellence, doubling the existing audience, and revenue growth across all key operating areas.