Lubbock Entertainment and Performing Arts Association appoints Jeff Hunsiger as CEO

LUBBOCK, Texas (PRESS RELEASE) – The Lubbock Entertainment and Performing Arts Association (LEPAA) Board of Directors today announced the appointment of Jeff Hunsinger as Chief Executive Officer.

“Jeff Hunsinger has demonstrated the ability to drive organizational change in the performing arts and unite communities through collaboration,” said Mark Bass, Chairman of LEPAA’s Board of Directors. “He brings the leadership and industry knowledge the organization needs right now.”

Reporting directly to the Board of Directors, the CEO of LEPAA will provide professional oversight, ensuring that the organization achieves its vision, mission and strategic goals. In this role, Hunsinger will be responsible for strategic planning, marketing, community outreach, resident partner engagement, programming and fundraising for LEPAA, The Buddy Holly Hall and its programs.

“I am thrilled to be the CEO of Lubbock Entertainment and Performing Arts Association and Buddy Holly Hall of Performing Arts and Sciences. I appreciate the current partnerships between LEPAA, Buddy Holly Hall, Ballet Lubbock, Lubbock Independent School District and the Lubbock Symphony Orchestra. I am excited about the opportunities ahead of us and look forward to delivering all that LEPAA has to offer to the community,” said Hunsinger. “Together, with the support of the community, we will pursue our mission to build community through extraordinary experiences, creative collaboration, and inclusive access to arts, entertainment, and education.”

“LEPAA’s staff and Board of Directors are thrilled to have Jeff Hunsinger lead our organization,” said Michelle Stephens, Chief Operating Officer of LEPAA. “His decades of experience with nonprofit arts organizations will elevate both LEPAA and The Buddy Holly Hall.”

Hunsinger has over 20 years of nonprofit performing arts management experience and has held leadership positions with the Phoenix Symphony, Fort Wayne Philharmonic, and Arkansas Symphony. Throughout his career, he has led successful turnaround initiatives focused on improving finances, streamlining operations, and strengthening arts programming.

More recently, as General Manager of the Phoenix Symphony Orchestra, Jeff played a vital role in the Symphony’s turnaround. These changes included new fundraising initiatives and special events such as Sound of Speed, Parties of Note, Savor the Symphony and the New Year’s Eve Gala. New partnerships with Arizona State University, as well as new health and wellness, such as clinical trials in Alzheimer’s disease (studying the impact of music on stress levels in dementia patients) and Mind over Music (an educational program that uses music as a catalyst for teaching STEM programs to improve educational outcomes) are examples of innovative programs that have been critical to recovery efforts.

After graduating from California State University, Chico, Hunsinger worked in recording arts and broadcasting for several organizations, including The Aspen Music Festival and School, The Edgar Stanton Recording Institute, the Banff Center for the Arts , New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, The French Quarter Festival, WWOZ 90.7 FM, Dempsey Film Group, ESPN Sports and National Public Radio/Performance Today. He was responsible for recording, broadcasting and video production for national and international artists, as well as audio production for film, news and television.

A native of California, Hunsinger studied guitar and clarinet and earned a Bachelor of Music degree with a major in Recording Arts, Music Industry, and Business Administration from California State University, Chico. Jeff Hunsinger and his wife, Melita, have two children and look forward to being part of the Lubbock community.

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