Richard P. Kapp

(1936 – 2006)

Music Director 1968 – 1969

During his brief period as Music Director, Richard Kapp expanded Cantata Singers’ repertoire, by pairing Bach cantatas with works of Henry Purcell, Frank Martin, Carlo Gesualdo, and Igor Stravinsky. These mixed concerts paved the way for the kind of programming that has become a hallmark of Cantata Singers.

A scholar as well as a musician, Kapp completed his B.A. in German political history at Johns Hopkins University, studied conducting, composition and piano at the Stuttgart Staatliche Hochschule für Musik as a Fulbright fellow, and earned a law degree from New York University. After leaving Cantata Singers, Kapp founded the Kapp Chamber Orchestra and the Philharmonia Virtuosi of New York. With this chamber orchestra, Kapp worked to present music he called “less intellectual, more joyous,” and he created a series of classical “greatest hits” recordings. Kapp was Music Director of Philharmonia Virtuosi for thirty-five years, until he fell ill in 2004.