Ted DeDee
Ted DeDee. Courtesy Overture Center for the Arts

The La Jolla Music Society announced Friday the appointment of veteran arts administrator Ted DeDee as president and CEO effective April 1.

DeDee brings nearly 45 years of experience at performing arts venues in Rochester, Dallas, Nashville, and most recently at the Overture Center for the Arts in Madison, WI, where he was President and CEO from 2012 to 2018. His accomplishments have earned him a national reputation as a leader of performing arts centers.

His appointment comes as the society prepares to open the $76 million Conrad Prebys Performing Arts Center in La Jolla in April.

“Having successfully managed and grown seven important performing arts venues across the United States, Ted will continue to enhance LJMS’ outstanding reputation as a world-class presenting organization and he will also operate and expand The Conrad as a potentially world-renowned cultural and entertainment center serving the San Diego community,” said Board Chair Katherine Chapin.

“I am truly honored to have been chosen as the La Jolla Music Society’s next President and CEO, especially as the organization celebrates its fiftieth anniversary season and opens The Conrad,” said DeDee. “I’m looking forward to being the newest member of the society’s family and welcoming long-time supporters and new audiences to this amazing community asset.”

In July, the music society announced the appointment of Susan T. Danis from the Florida Grand Opera, but she rescinded her acceptance in September amid a controversy within the Miami-based organization.

The music society programs classical, jazz, contemporary music and dance year-round, and produces SummerFest, a nationally recognized chamber music festival in August.

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Chris Jennewein

Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.