Keith C. Elder comes to Tulsa Symphony Orchestra from the Aspen Music Festival and School, widely regarded as one of the top classical music festivals in the United States, where he was General Manager and Vice President. Before his time in Aspen, he was Director of Concert Activities and Artistic and Executive Director of Presentations with the Eastman School of Music, Vice President of Operations at the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and held various positions over 18 years with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Boston Pops and Tanglewood Music Center. Elder is a member of the bar of the United States Supreme Court, Commonwealth of Massachusetts and the State of New York. His education includes a BS in music and arts administration from Indiana University (concentrations in tuba and technical theater) and a JD from New England Law.
Since joining the Tulsa Symphony, Elder has overseen numerous high-profile performances featuring such renowned guest artists as Yefim Bronfman and Sarah Coburn. He developed and oversaw the Tulsa Symphony’s first holiday television special “A Hometown Holiday” and a safe and responsible open-air concert at ONEOK Field ballpark which was the first concert nationally during the COVID pandemic for over 1000 people. In 2020, he was honored by being named Tulsan of the Year by Tulsa World for his vision and leadership in navigating the COVID pandemic.