Music Business
2:53 pm
Mon November 11, 2013

First Week on the Job for Memphis Symphony CEO

In the short term, new Memphis Symphony Orchestra President and CEO Roland Valliere wants to see which business model works the best for the organization.
Now starting his second week on the job, Roland Valliere speaks with Christopher Blank about his vision for the Memphis Symphony's future.

Roland Valliere, the new President and CEO of the Memphis Symphony Orchestra, shares some thoughts about his first week on the job. 

ROLAND VALLIERE 

President and CEO of the Memphis Symphony Orchestra

Age: 59

Hometown: Cumberland, Rhode Island

Family: Wife, Milisa Valliere, is a visual artist. Two children.

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

Columbus Symphony Orchestra, President and Chief Creative Officer, 2009-2012 -- The orchestra was in dire financial straits when Valliere instituted a combination of austerity measures and organizational strategies that saved the orchestra from bankruptcy. 

President and Founder of Concert Companion, 2002-2007 -- Valliere developed a device to augment the concert-going experience with additional information while concerts were in progress. He said that the proliferation of smart phones and apps that could essentially do the same thing inevitably prevented the idea from catching on.

Kansas City Symphony, Executive Director, 1995-2002 -- He more than doubled the budget for the Kansas City Symphony, from $4.5 million to nearly $10 million. He also doubled the endowment from $10 million to $20 million. 

EDUCATION

New England Conservatory of Music, Bachelor of Music, Percussion Performance

Brandeis University, Master of Fine Arts, Musicology