New Symphony CEO To Begin ‘Once In A Lifetime’ Opportunity On Cape Cod

PHOTO COURTESY: CAPE SYMPHONY AND CONSERVATORY Roland Valliere of Memphis has been named the new CEO of the Cape Symphony and Conservatory

Roland Valliere of Memphis has been named the new CEO of the Cape Symphony and Conservatory

HYANNIS – The new leader of the Cape Symphony and Conservatory calls his new job on Cape Cod a once in a lifetime opportunity.

Roland E. Valliere starts in November as president and CEO for Cape Arts and Entertainment, the parent company for the symphony, the conservatory and the effort to construct a new performing arts center.

Valliere, who has experience leading orchestras and fundraising for a new concert facility, will head up the effort to open up the Oceanside Performing Arts Center, a project still in the early stages. A needs assessment has been done and the project is now moving to phase two with a focus on fundraising, Valliere said.

As far as building a major performing arts facility, Valliere said the time has to be right and he believes it is.

“The synergy needs to be there. The desire and resources need to materialize. It seems that this is just the right time for Cape Cod and so that’s very exciting,” he said.

Valliere, who is from Rhode Island, takes over from Jerome Carter, who retired earlier this year.

A musician who fell into orchestra management, Valliere said, “It was a dream come true to be able to combine my love and passion for music with certain business acumen that I’ve had.”

He served as executive director of the Kansas City Symphony, which was also building a new facility at the time. The Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts opened as a $400 million dual facility, a symphony hall and a proscenium theater for the ballet and opera, Valliere said.

Such facilities can bring significant benefits to the region, Valliere said.

“These take a period of time but they can be transformative for the community,” he said.

He also worked as president and CEO of the Columbus Symphony Orchestra in Ohio, and spent time in Silicon Valley as an entrepreneur working on a classical music app.

He is currently president and CEO of the Memphis Symphony Orchestra.

“The notion of coming back to the Cape is a coming home of sorts. Truth be told, I had no idea that such a rich cultural organization of such quality and service to the community existed to this degree here,” he said.

Valliere said his vision as far as the new facility goes is “to create a world-class cultural and educational jewel for the community.”

“The idea of having a place that people can go to enjoy the greatest music and have the most robust and extraordinary educational experiences has great potential,” he said.

Valliere says he also looks at the facility as a kind of hub that can use technology to reach out to people in homes and classrooms.

Listen below to find out what Roland Valliere likes to listen to on his iTunes library and also about his vision for the Cape Symphony and Conservatory, and the Oceanside Performing Arts Center.

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