Valliere to step down from Columbus Symphony post

Posted on: July 31, 2012

In Tuesday’s (7/31) Columbus Dispatch (Ohio), Ray Raprocki writes, “Roland Valliere is stepping down today as president of the Columbus Symphony. ‘It was an amicable separation,’ said Martin Inglis, chairman of the symphony board. The board realized a year ago, Inglis said, that ‘We just couldn’t afford to keep him’ and told Valliere that his contract wouldn’t be renewed when it ends today. For the 2010 fiscal year, Valliere earned $104,571, according to the symphony’s most recent tax filing. … In April 2010, the symphony handed over its administrative functions to the Columbus Association for the Performing Arts to save an estimated $750,000 annually. CAPA head Bill Conner took over as volunteer managing director and CEO, leaving Valliere as president and adding chief creative officer to his title. ‘It has been a whirlwind three years,’ Valliere said. ‘The orchestra is in a much better place.’ … A new music director, Jean-Marie Zeitouni, was also hired during his tenure. The symphony, Inglis said, will soon hire a director of artistic planning, at a lower pay scale, to fill ‘the gap’ left by the elimination of Valliere’s positions.”

Posted July 31, 2012