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Northwestern Next Stop in Hoyle’s Music Career

Updated: May 20, 2022

When a local student musician plays with the orchestra, it’s a chance to develop technically and help the young person embrace his or her growing love for music. For Hunter Hoyle, playing clarinet with LCCO during high school was a stepping stone for remarkable academic success and a promising professional career in music.

While Hunter played clarinet in LCCO, his focus at UNC was piano. He is accompanist/organist at University Baptist Church in Chapel Hill.

Hunter, who will graduate from UNC on May 8 with bachelor’s degrees in music and psychology, recently became one of only two people accepted annually into Northwestern University’s PhD program in Music Theory and Cognition.

The fully-funded PhD program examines how musical structure interacts with creativity (composition, improvisation), performance (reproduction, movement), and reception (listening and interpretation).

Hunter’s studies will also include research and teaching opportunities. In the fall, he'll head to the Northwestern campus in Evanston, Ill., ready and eager to merge his undergraduate degrees into a graduate-level field of study.

Hunter's parents (Sandra and Ken, who plays violin in the orchestra) know music is their son's passion and believe the four years he experienced with the orchestra helped him to grow and develop his musical skills and enhanced his overall love for music.

LCCO joins the Hoyle family in expressing pride in all Hunter has accomplished and what yet lies ahead. To learn more about playing in the orchestra, please email us at


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