“James Roe, the oboist-turned-president and CEO of the New Jersey Symphony, has been appointed head of the Orchestra of St. Luke’s,” writes Brian Wise on Friday (9/18) at New York classical music station WQXR. “He will succeed Katy Clark, who in June left the orchestra to become president of the Brooklyn Academy of Music. As president and executive director of St. Luke’s, Roe will oversee its approximately 80 annual orchestral and chamber music concerts, as well as the DiMenna Center for Classical Music, the organization’s concert and rehearsal facility in [Manhattan’s] Hell’s Kitchen. Roe will leave his New Jersey post in December, ending a four-year association with the ensemble. He had served as acting principal oboist from 2011 until 2013, when he was promoted to president and CEO. His departure comes as New Jersey is searching for a new music director to succeed Jacques Lacombe, who is leaving the orchestra in August of 2016.” Roe spent 20 years as a New York-area freelance musician and “occasionally performed with St. Luke’s. ‘Taking this role feels like coming home for me,’ Roe said in a statement. ‘In many ways, it is a unique fit.’ ” Read Symphony magazine’s interview with Roe and other musicians-turned-executives here.
Posted September 21, 2015
James Roe photo by Matt Dine