Richard W. Ley
"We must be sure that we are doing everything we can to engage the next generation of concert audiences through education to discover the joy of classical music."
A Harrisburg, PA, native, Mr. Ley grew up in a military family, developing a love of piano and classical music while living in Guam, Japan, Germany and California. While at the University of California Berkeley and Stanford University, Mr. Ley took the opportunity to usher for the San Francisco Opera and Symphony, and enjoyed live theater. He later served in the U. S. Naval Reserve in the Philippines and Vietnam, and two civilian tours of duty in Germany.
Living in Silver Spring, Mr. Ley has enjoyed the Washington National Opera and Baltimore Opera companies, where he volunteered as a supernumerary ("the non-singing spear carriers" notes Mr. Ley). He also discovered the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, where he has been a loyal subscriber and donor since the opening of the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall in 1982.
In his free time Mr. Ley helped out backstage and on the boards of community theatres, most notably at Silver Spring Stage, and subscribes to professional troupes, such as Olney Theatre, Shakespeare Theatre and Arena Stage.
Mr. Ley is especially impressed with Marin Alsop's commitment to education, in particular her work with OrchKids. In addition to his annual membership as a Governing Member, Mr. Ley has included the BSO in his estate plans. He explains, "We must be sure that we are doing everything we can to engage the next generation of concert audiences through education to discover the joy of classical music."