Rob Hunt, Interim Conductor

Conductor

DR. ROBERT HUNT is a conductor of orchestral and choral ensembles, comfortable and experienced in both classical and popular areas of music. His 13-year tenure as Music Director/Conductor of the Midland-Odessa Symphony featured collaborations with legendary guest artists Susan Graham, Helen Donath, and James Dick. The highly successful pops concerts included appearances by The Moody Blues, Kansas, Ed Shaughnessy, and The New York Voices. He also introduced many outstanding young performers through his position as Director of the National Young Artist Competition.

As musical director of New York’s American Cabaret Theatre, he guided singers and instrumentalists through a vast expanse of the Great American Songbook repertoire. His expertise has been recognized by the prominent artists with whom he has collaborated as pianist and conductor: Ray Price, Julius LaRosa, The Lettermen, Willie Nelson, and Bucky Pizzarelli. His arrangements were performed by the New York Pops Orchestra in Carnegie Hall.

An experienced educator, Dr. Hunt has served as clinician for numerous all-city and all-region choirs and orchestras. Educated at SMU, TCU, Indiana University, and U of H, he taught junior high and high school choral music, and served as Director of Commercial Music Studies at Midland College (TX). In 2008, he joined the faculty at Sam Houston State University; as Music Director of the SHSU Opera Workshop, he conducted Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas from the harpsichord in a performance that was awarded first place in the 2014 American Prize.

Since 2016, Dr. Hunt has been Associate Professor of Music at Lone Star College-Kingwood. He recently joined the staff at First Presbyterian Church-Kingwood as Organist/Assoc. Dir of Music. Music is the family business: his wife, Jackie, has held positions in arts management with orchestra and theater organizations; his son, Austin, directs an award-winning choral program in Conroe ISD and is director of contemporary worship at Kingwood Christian Church; his daughter, Caroline Beal, is a studio singer in Los Angeles and sings lead in the world champion barbershop quartet, The Ladies.