Norman Gamboa is the Paul D. Wren Music Director Chair and Principal Conductor of the Aurora Symphony Orchestra. He also serves as principal conductor of the Civic Youth Orchestra of Aurora/Stapleton and Music Director of the Sonoma County Philharmonic in California. He is considered one of the most exciting up-and-coming Latin American conductors of the new generation. His numerous guest conducting appearances have included symphony orchestras throughout Louisiana, Texas, Colorado, Kansas, Missouri, Wyoming, Minnesota, California, and Nevada.
Worldwide engagements include the Orchestra Filarmonica di Stato Ploieşti in Romania, Západočeský Symfonický Orchestr and Pět řek Symfonický Orchestr in the Czech Republic, Orquesta Filarmónica de Medellín in Colombia, Orquestra Sinfônica de Ribeirão Preto and Orquestra Sinfônica do Estado de São Paulo in Brazil, Orquesta Nacional de Nicaragua, Orquesta Sinfónica del Estado Mérida and Orquesta Sinfónica de Los Llanos in Venezuela, Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional of Costa Rica, Orquesta Sinfónica Municipal de Cartago (Costa Rica), Orquesta de la Universidad de Costa Rica, Orquesta Sinfónica Juvenil of Costa Rica, Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional of Guatemala, and Orquesta Filarmónica Nacional of Honduras, to name a few.
A versatile conductor, equally at home with opera, ballet, chamber and symphonic orchestral repertoire, Dr. Norman Gamboa has conducted a large variety of innovative joint ventures, including a newly choreographed production of Ravel's Ma mère l'Oye with Ballet Midwest, annual performances of Tchaikovsky's ballet The Nutcracker with the Santa Rosa Dance Theater and Aurora Dance Arts, as well as several successful fully-staged operas with the Topeka Opera Society and Opera on Tap Colorado. Festival appearances include Plzeň 2015 (Czech Republic), FOSJA-Casals Festival of Puerto Rico, Central American Festival of Chamber Music, International Music Festival of Medellín (Colombia), Villarrica Music Festival (Chile), the International Festival of Arts of Costa Rica, Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp, Bregenzer Festspiele (Austria), the Las Vegas Music Festival, OSESP-International Orchestra Conductors Competition, ITEC-Regina Music Conference in Canada, as well as the New York Brass Conference.
Norman enjoys collaborating with and championing the works of promising composers, including world-premieres by Kyle Kindred, Evelyn Stroobach, Robert Bradshaw, and Frank de la Roca, as well as renowned composers from Latin America such as Luis Diego Herra, Rafael Junchaya, Benjamín Gutiérrez, Andrés Soto, Jorge Sarmientos, Carlos Escalante, Paulo Alvarado, and Eddie Mora.
Previously, he served as music director of the Powder River Symphony Orchestra in Wyoming, director of orchestral studies at Washburn University and cover conductor of the Topeka Symphony Orchestra in Kansas, associate conductor of the Las Vegas Music Festival, as well as assistant conductor of the Waco Symphony and music director of the Waco Symphony Youth Orchestra in Texas. Norman Gamboa was born in Costa Rica and now makes his home in Aurora, Colorado.