Zeneba Bowers, ALIAS’ Artistic Director, earned both her Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from the Eastman School of Music. She has served as concertmaster of Charleston’s Spoleto Festival, Festival dei Due Mondi in Spoleto, Italy and the New World Symphony. Zeneba joined the Nashville Symphony in 1999 and became Assistant Principal Second Violin in 2001, a position she holds to this day. She helped found ALIAS in 2002 and the group quickly became a major element of Nashville’s classical music scene. The group garnered a Grammy nomination in 2011 for “Best Small Ensemble Performance” on its debut CD, “Hilos,” which Zeneba co-produced.
Heather Connelly Lefkowitz was named Executive Director of ALIAS Chamber Ensemble in June 2015. She brings to the position deep personal and professional roots in Nashville’s higher education, nonprofit and business communities. Previously, at both the Curb Center for Art, Enterprise and Public Policy at Vanderbilt University and the Center for Student Professional Development at Vanderbilt University, Heather designed creative programs, initiatives and events; taught, coached and mentored students; and led strategic planning initiatives. Her strengths are creating partnerships to support innovation; and collaborating with community leaders, high-profile employers, major foundations and donors, and internal partners to create and support high-impact programming.