The Beat recently chatted with newly-hired Columbus Symphony Orchestra president and CEO Roland Valliere and CSO board of trustees chair Martin Inglis.

The Beat recently chatted with newly-hired Columbus Symphony Orchestra president and CEO Roland Valliere and CSO board of trustees chair Martin Inglis.

Both men sounded energized and enthused about charting a course for the organization as it moves through a period of challenge and transition.

"Challenging situations are where there are transformational opportunities," Valliere said. "That is one of the reasons I'm excited to come to Columbus."

"He's done his due diligence," Inglis said of Valliere. "He's aware of the issues and of the community.

"One of the things I liked about our meetings was he kept throwing ideas at me."

Valliere served as executive director of the Kansas City Symphony from 1995 to 2002, developing a reputation as an innovator.

Additionally, Valliere has led efforts to use technology to enhance the concert experience, including co-founding an effort to make content available electronically to homes and classrooms and founding a venture that delivered explanatory text, program notes and video images to audiences via handheld devices.

"Total access," he said in discussing his priorities for the CSO. "We need to look at making the concerts available any time, any place, throughout the community."

Inglis said Valliere is "already involved" in the organization's ongoing music director search.

Asked by The Beat if there was a timetable to have the process completed, Inglis said "There is a timetable," purposefully and with a chuckle, opting not to elaborate.