In order to share more of our amazing community here at SD, we offer this weekly #FacesOfSD to give you a chance to learn more about our faculty and staff. Today, we are thrilled to introduce Rob DeNunzio, Director of Music Conservatory and Music Programs.
The music bug bit Rob at a young age. It all began with guitar lessons, at the Haight-Ashbury Music Center, and he continued his studies through high school at the Blue Bear School of American Music, on scholarship. He earned his bachelor’s degree in music composition from the University of Oregon. Rob’s experiences run the gamut: from playing wedding gigs, to sharing the stage with Grammy winners; arranging swing band charts to commercial composing; fooling around with everything from squareneck guitar to tenor banjo. And his music has appeared in everything from extreme sports documentaries to episodes of “The Real World.” After a brief stint in the tech sector, where he met his wife, Desiree, and via the performing arts world with the Marin Symphony, he started at San Domenico, in the summer of 2005. Along with his kids, Mia ’26 and Leo ’29, they share their home in Woodacre with (at last count) a dog, two cats, and four chickens. If he’s not out, exploring the trails of West Marin, you’ll probably find Rob in the kitchen, trying to come up with a new meal that both his kids will eat.
Q. Full name?
A. Rob DeNunzio
Q. Where were you born?
A. Children's Hospital, San Francisco
Q. Favorite word?
A. Play! I love that we use the word "play" to mean everything from role-play (I work at my son's "store" most evenings), to games (Dixit being a popular choice for Mia), to the act of making music. The fact that something as challenging and rewarding as music-making could be called "playing" reveals so much. Play gives us a place to share, explore, grow, and learn – and playing music encapsulates all of that.
Q. What do you do here at San Domenico? And what is your favorite part of your job?
A. I oversee our music programs, from our Pre-K music classes, to our Upper School Virtuoso Program, and all things in between. I also get to teach a couple sections of Middle School guitar, have a handful of private students, teach AP Music Theory, and most importantly, facilitate the Ukulele Social Club.
Q. Which Dominican value inspires you the most this week and why? (Study, Reflection, Community, or Service?)
A. Most weeks I'm most inspired by our community and the many ways we come together to share the gifts of our students, but this week I'm thankful that "reflection" is one of the Dominican pillars. As work for next year is already underway, I am inspired that we are encouraged to reflect deeply on our work as we plan for the best possible experiences for our students.
Q. What might an average weekend look like, for you?
A. On a wet weekend like the ones we've been having, you'll likely find me rummaging through the games closet with my kids, taking a field trip to the comic shop, stocking up at the Civic Center farmers market, and putting up a pot of “Sunday gravy.” The hardware store is also a popular haunt these days, with plenty of projects to work on, at our new home!
Rob, for your dedication to carrying on SD's rich music legacy, for sharing music with kids of all ages, and for tirelessly producing the many concerts, special events, and music shows that delight SD audiences year round, thank you for all you do for our San Domenico community. We are so grateful for you!