Memphis Symphony names Peter Abell executive director

Posted on: August 10, 2017

“Leading an arts organization is new for Peter Abell, but he believes his family background and 17 years in the nonprofit world set the stage for success as the Memphis Symphony Orchestra’s new chief executive,” writes Wayne Risher in Tuesday’s (8/8) Commercial Appeal (Memphis). “The symphony board announced Tuesday that Abell, 38, has been named president and chief executive officer. He’s the permanent successor to Roland Valliere…. Abell’s late father, Jack Abell … taught at Rhodes College and University of Memphis and played viola in the symphony 18 years…. Abell comes from Porter-Leath, a children’s service agency, where he became vice president of development.… Previous career stops were Youth Villages and Boy Scouts.” Said Music Director Robert Moody, “It was so clear that the chemistry was right with Peter…. We’re completely convinced we have the pieces in place now to … get the Memphis Symphony where it can be artistically and financially successful and truly be one of the most relevant 21st Century orchestras.” The Memphis Symphony has recently announced three new staff members: Andrew Crust as assistant conductor; Steven Fox, engagement and inclusion manager; and Rachael Patton, director of artistic operations.

Posted August 10, 2017

Photo of Peter Abell by Shannon Lenoir