Executive Director, Hunter Capoccioni
DR. HUNTER CAPOCCIONI maintains a multi-faceted career as Performer, educator, and Arts Administrator. Since returning to Houston in 2014 after more than a decade, he has spent five years working for the Shepherd School of Music as the school’s Chamber Music Manager where he works with cellist Norman Fischer to coordinate and shape the school’s growing chamber music program. Since 2006, Dr. Capoccioni has been the Executive and Artistic Director of Cedar Valley Chamber Music, a ten-day music festival he founded in his hometown of Waterloo, Iowa. This past summer, Dr. Capoccioni accepted the Executive Directorship of the Axiom String Quartet where he will help the quartet manage their increasing artistic obligations around the country.
In addition to his administrative duties, Dr. Capoccioni is also a frequent freelance double bassist around Houston working with the Houston Grand Opera, the Houston Ballet, the River Oaks Chamber Orchestra, Opera in the Heights, and many other area ensembles. Dr. Capoccioni also maintains a small teaching studio and guest coaches with the Houston Youth Symphony and several area school programs.
Dr. Capoccioni received his Bachelor and Masters of Music degrees from Rice University and his doctoral degree from the University of Illinois Urbana Champaign. Before returning to Houston, Dr. Capoccioni was an adjunct faculty member at the University of Northern Iowa (2008-2014) where he was instructor of the double bass studio and taught several academic courses. He also held instructor positions at Wartburg College, Grinnell College, and Cornell College. From 2003-2006 Dr. Capoccioni lived in Europe where he held titled positions with the Norrlands Symphony (Sweden) and the Norwegian Opera (Oslo).
When Hunter isn’t engaging in these worlds, he enjoys listening to music on his stereo, cooking, drinking wine, watching Iowa sports teams, and spending time with this partner Lekki and their two children Sam and Caroline.
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