Melbourne Recital Centre
Chief Executive Officer
Born and educated in Sydney, Mary Vallentine has had a career in arts administration for more than thirty years. A graduate in music and drama from the University of Sydney and UNSW, she worked with the Australian Council for the Arts and Musica Viva Australia before becoming Administrator of the Adelaide Festival (1978-82) then General Manager of the State Theatre Company of SA (1982-4). She was Managing Director of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra from 1986 to 2003 and managed the divestment of the orchestra from the ABC to become an independent company. She undertook a series of arts consultancies for the Australian Dance Theatre, Victorian Opera Company and New Zealand Symphony between 2003 and 2005 before working as Director of Production Services in Doha for the 2006 Asian Games Ceremonies. She joined Musica Viva as Director of Business Development in 2009 before accepting the position of CEO of the Melbourne Recital Centre in 2010.
Mary Vallentine received an Award in the Order of Australia for services to music in 1996. She is Chairman of The Australian Youth Orchestra.