Dr Steven Capaldo is currently the Senior Lecturer in Music Education at the University of Wollongong, a member of the Conducting Faculty at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music as Conductor and Music Director of the Sydney University Wind Orchestra, and the Conductor and Music Director of the UNSW Wind Symphony. Previously an Assistant Professor in Music Education and Instructor of Conducting at the University of Victoria in BC Canada, Dr Capaldo was the founding conductor of the University of Victoria Symphonic Winds and taught undergraduate and postgraduate courses in Conducting and Music Education.
Dr Capaldo completed a Doctor of Musical Arts in conducting at the University of Nevada (UNLV), a Master of Performance (orchestral and choral conducting) at the University of Sydney (Conservatorium of Music), a Bachelor of Education (Music) at the University of Melbourne, and an AMusA on Saxophone with Distinction. He has enjoyed the opportunity to study with leading opera, symphony, choral and wind conductors and educators from around the world.
Having diverse experience as a conductor and music educator, Dr Capaldo has worked with symphony orchestras, wind orchestras, chamber ensembles, choirs, brass bands, and percussion ensembles. He has previously held the position of Musical Director and Conductor with many school and community ensembles and has a long-standing history of supporting and engaging in community music and music education in primary schools, high schools and tertiary settings.
As a performer, Dr Capaldo has performed in Australia, the US and Canada in live concerts and on recordings. He is an active writer; composing, arranging and transcribing music for wind orchestras, symphony orchestras, festivals and concerts. His works have been performed by groups in Australia, Canada, Japan and the United States, and recorded on Klavier records (US). He is also an Assistant Producer and Co-Editor for seven Klavier Records CD releases with the UNLV Wind Orchestra, an Assistant Producer with the Sydney Conservatorium Wind Symphony CD (to be released in 2016) and in 2011 became a full voting member for the US Grammy Awards.
Receiving many commissions to write for large instrumental and vocal groups, his compositions and arrangements have received premiere performances around the world. Dr Capaldo has recently been listed as a composer in the book The Band Down Under (by Michael Burch-Pesses) for his works for wind band and he has been a finalist in international composition competitions such as Short, Sweet and Song, the Australian Songwriting Contest and a semi-finalist in the UK Songwriting awards.
Also receiving awards for his academic and teaching achievements, and critical praise for his ensembles and choirs in professional, educational, and community environments, Dr Capaldo has been awarded a place in the prestigious Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society (US), listed in the 2004 Who's Who of American College and University Students, named on the 2004 National Dean's List (US), received the 1996 Dean's Honours List Award (UMelb), selected to audition for the 1997 Westfield/ABC Australia Young Conductor of the Year Award, and has received the New South Wales Teaching Certificate. He has been nominated for the Outstanding Contribution to Teaching and Learning Award (UOW) in 2010 and 2013, and received the Recognition of Teaching Excellence Award from the Australian College of Educators (2011). As an academic, he has published in leading journals and presented at Australian and international conferences in music education, conducting, and music technology.
Dr Capaldo has adjudicated at a local, state/provincial and national levels in Australia and Canada, including the 2011 Sydney Eisteddfod and MusicFest in 2005, 2006 and 2007, and is in demand as a conductor, adjudicator, clinician, and writer. Dr Capaldo conducted the British Columbia Honor Wind Ensemble in their 50th Anniversary year (2007), the Civic Orchestra of Victoria (Canada), and was a guest conductor with the Wollongong Community Orchestra from 2009-11. He is actively involved in providing professional learning opportunities for music educators through conducting and pedagogy clinics and workshops in Sydney and the Illawarra.