private sector council
PS Council Member
President & CEO
Arts & Business Council of Greater Nashville
211 Commerce Street, Suite 100
Nashville, Tennessee 37201
Connie Valentine brings to the ABC extensive experience as an Arts/Orchestra Executive. Prior to moving to Nashville, she served as the Executive Director of the Florida Philharmonic, the largest performing arts organization in Florida. For seven years, she was the Executive Director of the Greater Akron Musical Association, encompassing the Akron Symphony Orchestra, the Akron Youth Symphony, the Akron Symphony Chorus, and Akron Symphony Gospel Choir. She also has held the position of Executive Director with the Midland-Odessa Symphony & Chorale. She began her career as one of seven individuals selected nationally to participate in the prestigious League of American Orchestra’s Management Fellowship program, during which time she worked with the Boston, Hartford, and Oregon Symphony Orchestras. She moved to Nashville to be married and assumed the position of Executive Director of the Nashville Chamber Orchestra until 2008, when she was named to her current position. Throughout her orchestra career, Connie continued to hold national leadership roles in the League of American Orchestra’s manager associations, and has been a speaker/presenter at the local and national level. She holds a BS in Business Administration and a minor in music.
Connie is currently an active member of the Nashville Downtown Rotary and Nashville CABLE, for which she chaired the inaugural Diversity & Inclusion Luncheon. She is a member of the Mayor's Nashville Music Council and is a co-founder of the Nashville Downtown Arts Partners. An alumna of Leadership Music and Leadership Middle Tennessee, for which she served as class president, she is in the 2010 Leadership Nashville class and currently serves on the Board of Leadership Middle Tennessee.