Tony Exler

Director of Data Standards

Tony Exler 

Tony joined the Nashville Symphony in March 2012. He oversees the Symphony’s data integrity, data entry and gift processing, as well as development and prospect research systems. He generates data analysis, reports, donor rolls and lists for the Development, Marketing, Patron Services and Food, Beverage & Events departments


Since 1995, Tony has dedicated his career to helping non-profit organizations achieve their financial goals through fundraising systems and strategies. For eight years, he directed development systems, gift processing and prospect research at the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra. As a Business Systems Analyst at Blackbaud Inc. in Charleston, South Carolina, he analyzed and designed emerging fundraising constituent relationship management software. Tony moved to Nashville in 2008 as a specialist in major gift prospect management to support Vanderbilt University’s fundraising priorities.


Tony grew up in the foothills of Denver, Colorado, where he pursued his interests in music and math. He obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in music from the Conservatory of Music at the University of Missouri – Kansas City with an emphasis in choral music, conducting and music education. Tony has provided studio vocals for choral publishing companies, as well as background vocals, and continues to sing in church worship teams. He also plays keyboards for worship conferences across the United States with Hallal Singers. In the ’90s, Tony and his wife Shelley recorded albums and traveled across the U.S. and abroad as a husband-wife duo sharing inspirational music. His background also includes several years as a worship and arts minister.


In his spare time, Tony enjoys spending time with his wife and their two sons, watching movies, hiking, swimming, playing the piano and singing. He is learning to play the oboe - much to the chagrin of his neighbors.