The San Diego Union-Tribune
George Varga
March 1, 2019

The La Jolla Music Society has appointed veteran arts administrator Ted DeDee as its new CEO and president, effective April 1, only four days before the opening of the nonprofit arts organization’s $80 million Conrad Prebys Performing Arts Center.

DeDee’s appointment, which will officially be announced later today, comes after he was unanimously selected Thursday night by the society’s 34-member board of directors. He was one of five finalists interviewed by the board, which received 91 applications from across the nation. He has signed a three-year contract, with options to renew. His salary has not been disclosed.

Significantly, DeDee was the only contender whose resumé includes having led seven performing arts centers across the United States. A partial list of those centers includes the Eastman School of Music’s Eastman Theatre in Rochester, N. Y.; the Tennessee Performing Arts Center and the Schermerhorn Symphony Center, both in Nashville; and Wisconsin’s $205 million Overture Center for the Arts in Madison, where Dedee was CEO and president from 2012 to 2018.

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