Valliere named president and CEO of Memphis Symphony

Posted on: November 4, 2013

In Wednesday’s (10/29) Memphis Commercial Appeal, Jon W. Sparks reports, “The Memphis Symphony Orchestra, long seeking an innovator with skills in community relations, partnerships, fundraising and strategic planning, has hired Roland Valliere as president and chief executive officer. The MSO has been without a permanent CEO for a year and a half since Ryan Fleur left in April 2012 to go to the Philadelphia Orchestra. Meanwhile, three interim executives have run the organization. Valliere takes over on Monday. Valliere, 59, is credited with preventing the Columbus (Ohio) Symphony Orchestra from collapsing. When he took over as president in 2009, the organization had gone through a work stoppage and was in a dire financial situation. He instituted austerity measures and forged a plan to share administrative and management functions with the Columbus Association for the Performing Arts. … Valliere was executive director of the Kansas City (Mo.) Symphony from 1995-2002, a period of growth for that organization. … Valliere says that the MSO under the artistic leadership of Mei-Ann Chen has achieved [very high] artistic standards, ‘but it’s necessary to achieve the broader goals of music as a tool of engagement. Memphis is on the leading edge of not just making great music but having a fundamental place in the community.’ ”

Posted November 4, 2013