Tom Cappaert has been principal cellist of the KSO since 2006. Tom was a public school orchestra teacher for 28 years. He retired in 2022 from the Lake Zurich public schools and has expanded his Latin American music mission trips to a year-round activity. Previously principal cellist of the National Symphony of Ecuador, Tom has delivered over 200 string instruments to Guatemala, Ecuador, Mexico and Colombia and has remained a volunteer teacher during his vacation time. Tom has been principal cello and resident quartet member of the Canton Symphony (Ohio), the Ann Arbor Symphony (Michigan). He has appeared as soloist in Michigan and in DeKalb, performing the C.P.E. Bach Cello Concerto in A Major.
Tom received his Master’s degree and Performance credentials from NIU with Cello professor Marc Johnson in 1993 and 2007. Tom continues his present teaching duties as the Suzuki cello teacher at the NIU Community School of the Arts.
Tom’s proudest moments with the KSO has been the community atmosphere and love of chamber music KSO members continue to have. Tom appreciates how the KSO has helped members of the Ecuador National Symphony visit and perform with the orchestra and how members of the KSO have also been active participants in the Westminster Church chamber music series. Tom really enjoys playing with the KSO!