The jazz and chamber music organization Da Camera announced this summer that Toni Capra has been appointed to newly created post of executive director. In the midst of a national search for a new executive director, Da Camera realized the perfect candidate was already right in front of them. Toni Capra – trained singer, Theater District veteran, and governance guru, was tapped to take the role and guide the organization through a time of transition.
Sarah Rothenberg who has served as Da Camera's general director since 2011 will now devote herself full time to her position as its artistic director. Da Camera's 2018-2019 season will be her 25th as artistic director.
Downtown Houston interviewed Toni Capra about her personal and professional life. Below is an excerpt from the interview:
What are you most excited to do in your new role?
I’m a big fan of structure and procedure. Some people hear that and think it will constrict them in some way, but in reality structure actually provides the freedom to accomplish so much more. As an organization that has grown significantly over the last few years, I believe Da Camera will benefit from what I can implement in this area. I am also part of a team of really lovely people, so it is a lot of fun to spend my days with all of them.
Best career advice you ever received?
It’s not always enough to be right. I keep that in my mind now as I’m leading people and an organization. Maybe I have the right reasons in mind when I make a decision, but I have to always consider how my decisions will impact my staff personally or professionally.