Kansas City Symphony’s new chief operating officer: John Roloff

Posted on: October 26, 2021

Missouri’s Kansas City Symphony has named JOHN ROLOFF as chief operations officer. He was most recently vice president of orchestra and facility operations for the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra (MSO), which he had joined in 2015 as director of operations and facilities. He was responsible for production of MSO presentations and served as executive producer for MSO media activities, including the orchestra’s nationally syndicated radio series. During the pandemic, he managed the start-up and production of MSO Live, the orchestra’s streaming video program. He was instrumental in the renovation and restoration of Milwaukee’s Bradley Symphony Center (formerly the Warner Grand Theater), and after the building opened in January 2021, he led the team that transitioned concert and administrative activities to the facility and oversaw the day-to-day operations there. Roloff holds a bachelor of arts degree in music from Central College in Pella, Iowa and a MBA from the Henry B. Tippie School of Management at the University of Iowa. He is a regular participant in the League of American Orchestras’ training programs and was selected to participate in the League’s Emerging Leaders Program in 2017-18.