Nashville Symphony Appoints New Board Members

September 13, 2011

The Nashville Symphony welcomes 13 new members to its Board of Directors for the 2011/12 season. New Directors, elected to serve a three-year term, are Carol Daniels; Bob Dennis, President and CEO of Genesco; Bob Ezrin, partner in Bigger Picture Group;  Ben Folds, composer and musician; Carl Haley, CEO of Grand Avenue Chauffeured Transportation; Larry Larkin, President of LMB; Dr. Victoria Pao; Jennifer Puryear; Michael Schatzlein, President and CEO of St. Thomas Health; Nelson Shields, CEO and President of NexTime, Inc.; Renata Soto, Executive Director of Conexion Americas;  Van Tucker; and Mark Wait, Dean and Professor of Music at Blair School of Music.

Newly appointed ex-officio members include Lisa Cooper, President of the Nashville Symphony Chorus; Susannah Culbertson, President of the Nashville Symphony Orchestra League; and James Zimmermann, Orchestra Representative.

Officers for the 2011/12 season include James C. Gooch, Board Chair; Ed Goodrich, Board Chair-Elect; John T. Rochford, Vice Chair; David Williams, Treasurer; Betsy Wills, Secretary; and Lee A. Beaman, Immediate Past Chair.

“As the Symphony continues to launch innovative collaborations, nurture our local educational initiatives, record music of contemporary American composers and grow its global reputation, it is absolutely crucial to have the strength and support of the community,” says Alan D. Valentine, President and CEO of the Nashville Symphony. “Through the years, the Symphony’s Board of Directors has played an instrumental role in developing and supporting a vision for the Symphony that values both the highest quality of music-making and a genuine commitment to serving the Nashville community.”


 “The Nashville Symphony continues to maintain high artistic standards with a clear focus on the future,” says James Gooch, Chairman of the Board. “The Symphony’s Board of Directors is actively involved in building and growing this organization, determining the best courses of action to enhance the Symphony’s core artistic and community service missions, and steering this organization to achieve its goals. I am very pleased with the addition of these talented individuals to our board and know they will play an important role in the continued well-being of the Symphony.”




The GRAMMY® Award-winning Nashville Symphony has earned an international reputation for its recordings and innovative programming. With more than 140 performances annually, the 85-member orchestra offers a broad range of classical, pops and jazz, children’s concerts and community engagement programs. The Symphony will be premiering a commission by Terry Riley at Carnegie Hall in May 2012, as part of the Spring for Music festival. As a national and international ambassador for Tennessee, the Nashville Symphony has received far-reaching acclaim for its 19 recordings on Naxos, making the ensemble one of the most active recording orchestras in the country. These recordings have received a total of 13 GRAMMY® nominations and six GRAMMY® Awards.