Roanoke Symphony executive director to leave in June 2014

Posted on: November 22, 2013

“Roanoke Symphony Orchestra executive director Beth Pline will step down after her contract ends in June, after seven years at the helm of the 60-year-old symphony,” writes Mike Allen in Thursday’s in Thursday’s (11/21) Roanoke Times (Virginia). “ ‘She’s made a big difference,’ said RSO board President Joseph Ferguson. Pline oversaw budget cuts that allowed the symphony to weather the recession that began in 2008 without reducing its programming. She also supervised a cost-saving office move from RSO’s longtime home at Jefferson Center to the old Shenandoah Hotel on Campbell Avenue owned by Center in the Square. RSO renovated that space into The Green Room, a performance venue that holds small concerts and free events. Officials credit her with creating a full-time education director position and fostering RSO’s relationship with the new Center for the Arts at Virginia Tech.… Pline said health issues were a factor in her decision to step down. She’s been working on long-term strategic plans to help guide the board of directors after she leaves, she said. Ferguson said RSO will hold an international search for her replacement.”

Posted November 22, 2013