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Message from the Executive Director

A Message from the Executive Director

At Jefferson Center, we strive every day to create a solid foundation for the performing arts.  As a 501(c)3 organization, we specialize in maximizing the use of Shaftman Performance Hall by programming world class artists, including those in our Star City, Jazz, and Family Series. Additionally, we focus on our mission, established more than two decades ago, to ensure that Jefferson Center is a community space.

When the1920’s era Jefferson High School was saved from demolition and transformed into the arts center you know today, organizers stayed focus on managing the space respectfully and efficiently, giving this region every opportunity to host sustainable, community productions in a one-of-a-kind venue. That focus continues today with hundreds of events such as regional concerts, graduations, community theater productions, opera performances, business retreats, and many more.

Jefferson Center is an outstanding example of a non-profit that has successfully navigated a public/private collaboration and in turn delivers tangible results for your community. Wise investments and thoughtful donations have led to enumerable memories, broad community revitalization, and a cultural vitality that is appealing and attractive to prospective residents when they consider calling Western Virginia home.

Please take a moment to think about what this venue means to you and consider becoming a supporter by discovering a season full of great shows and by considering a donation to Jefferson Center’s programs. Our stewardship of this foundation for the arts depends on you.  You can depend on us to ensure that quality, accessibility, and sustainability remain our focus. 

Cyrus Pace, Executive Director at Jefferson Center


Cyrus Pace Bio

Cyrus Pace, Executive Director of Jefferson Center, brings a unique vision to non-profit management.  Having functioned equally well in the business community, as an educator, and as a performer, Cyrus has developed an approach to the cultural arts that ensures the sustainability of quality impact.  He has performed with many notable musicians including organist Dr. Lonnie Smith and clarinetist Don Byron.  He has self produced three CDs including his latest featuring his brother James on organ.  As an educator, he was the Coordinator of Fine Arts for the Roanoke City Public School system where he facilitated a VH1 Save the Music grant for 18 elementary schools, bringing $200,000 worth of instruments into the hands of children.  Cyrus Pace worked in the for profit sector in many varied roles including on the trade desk of Michael Dell’s private hedge fund, MSD Capital.  He also started and operated a music academy upon first returning to Roanoke.   Cyrus Pace received a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology from Roanoke College and a Master’s Degree in Jazz Performance from Manhattan School of Music.  He is an adjunct professor of music at Virginia Tech.  He is also a certified music teacher in the state of VA.