The Board of Trustees is pleased to announce that Javier Caballero will be Apple Hill’s next Director, starting March 2022. Javier will follow Lenny Matczynski, Director for the past 14 years.
Javier was welcomed at the Celebration 50! event in September. He says, “Apple Hill has been my musical home for the past 23 years and it has transformed my life. Having previously participated as a student, counselor, camp director, supporter, faculty, and community partner, I am now honored to come full circle and bring all my learning, experience, and passion to lead Apple Hill into its next 50 years!”
With a career in the arts spanning over 20 years, Javier Caballero is an arts leader, educator, and cellist who has performed in Asia, Europe, and the Middle East. In addition to his private cello teaching studio, Javier serves on the faculty of the Apple Hill Center for Chamber Music, Point Counterpoint, and Boston University Tanglewood Institute’s Junior Strings Intensive summer festivals. He also directs the cello choir at the New England Conservatory Preparatory School and taught for several years in the Brookline and Watertown (MA) public schools. Mr. Caballero previously served as part of the senior leadership team at NPR’s From the Top as its Scholarship and Recruitment Manager, leading all aspects of its national admissions department as well as the prominent Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Award.
Currently, Javier is the Artistic Director of Project STEP, a string training program for students from underrepresented communities in classical music. Based in Boston’s Symphony Hall, Project STEP is preparing to celebrate 40 years of working to bring racial equity to classical music and Mr. Caballero has been there for more than 10 of those years. He has led student performances for the Governor of Massachusetts and the Mayor of Boston, as well as joint appearances with the Boston Pops. During his tenure, Project STEP visited the White House to receive an award from First Lady Michelle Obama in 2014 and returned in 2016 to perform for a State Dinner with President Obama and the Prime Minister of Singapore. In 2017, Javier was invited to speak before the National Endowment for the Arts on Project STEP’s legacy of artistic excellence.
Mr. Caballero holds Bachelor’s degrees in Cello Performance and Music Education from the University of South Florida, where he studied with Scott Kluksdahl, and a Master’s degree and Graduate Performance Diploma in Cello from the Boston Conservatory, where he studied with Rhonda Rider. He also serves on the board of directors for A Far Cry, The Theater Offensive, and Challenge the Stats. Born in Puerto Rico, Javier is a passionate advocate for artistic excellence, music education, and social justice.