Alex Flannery, a native of Marquette, MI, currently serves as the newly appointed Operations and Engagement Coordinator for Interlochen Public Radio, a branch of Interlochen Center for the Arts located in Interlochen, MI. His previous arts experience includes vocations in non-profit fundraising data and operations, symphony orchestra management, as a data management consultant, and also as a grant review panelist for the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs. Flannery graduated summa cum laude from Michigan Technological University in 2015 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sound Design and a minor in Music Composition, an intensive program comprising audio engineering, physics/acoustics, and professional practicum and enterprise experiences. He remains active as a volunteer in his Northern Lower Michigan community as the Treasurer for the Benzie Area Symphony Orchestra with involvement in several other arts, human rights, and young professionals organizations. He regularly appears as a classical bassoonist in several Michigan orchestras, including the Traverse Symphony, Benzie Symphony, Marquette Symphony, and Keweenaw Symphony. Flannery strongly advocates and demonstrates the importance of the arts and culture sector in building positive and healthy communities, believing that creative experiences enhance quality of life, encourage economic growth, and promote diversity, understanding, and unity.