Bio

The first female announcer on a major commercial classical music radio station in the U.S., June remained behind the microphone at WQXR for almost 30 years. In that time, she also earned 17  important awards for outstanding broadcasts, interviewed hundreds of musical celebrities, wrote a cookbook (published by Doubleday, with illustrations by Al Hirschfeld), and had articles published in Opera News, Gourmet, Stagebill, The New York Times and – currently – the Observer Group, where she is the Music Critic and a contributing columnist.

A well known and popular lecturer, she hosted her longrunning series, “The Sound of Broadway,” at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, as well as speaking engagements in a variety of venues in New York City (Guggenheim Museum, Whitney Museum, Kosciuszko Foundation, etc.) and in Sarasota, including her Musical Conversations at SILL’s popular (and sold-out) Music Mondays. She also presents pre-performance lectures for the Santa Fe Opera and the Perlman Program in Sarasota, and is kept busy with other appearances in important venues around the country.

Before becoming a radio personality, June was a professional concert singer. She attended the High School of Music and Art, the Mannes College of Music in New York City and the Hartt College of Music in Hartford, Connecticut, and was a private student of Adele Addison.

June lives in Sarasota, FL, with her husband Edward Alley (a conductor and arts administrator), and their dog, Rosy, a 6 pound toy poodle.

In addition to producing and hosting the Music Monday Series at SILL, June serves on the board of SILL and, in the past, has been an active member or advisor to the Sarasota Concert Association, Longboat Education Center and Gloria Musicae in Sarasota, the Board of Overseers of the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, the Marilyn Horne Foundation, the NY Philharmonic  Council, the Richard Tucker Foundation, Center for Contemporary Opera, Alumni and Friends of LaGuardia High School (Music and Art/Performing Arts) and several other non-profit arts organizations.

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