A native of rural Southern Illinois, Brad began studying music as a young child. Through elementary and secondary education, instrumental music was very important to all aspects of his education. He attended Southern Illinois University Carbondale as a Music Education & Music Theory / Composition student, where he excelled in instrumental pedagogy and marching arts techniques. Brad graduated in 2002 with a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education, at which time he served as Director of Bands for Vandalia Community High School before moving to Colorado in 2004. Since arriving in Colorado, Brad diversified his background by working with multiple corporations as an educational consultant and information management specialist before returning to performing and teaching music full-time.
2018-2019 Board of Directors
The Aurora Symphony Orchestra Board of Directors are enthusiastic members of the community who share the passion, vision and commitment for music and the arts in Aurora. With their guidance and dedication we ensure a continuous positive future for the ASO.
Bradley Furlow, Musician Representative
Sylvia Bowen, Operations Manager & Music Librarian
Brad Furlow, Marketing & Promotions Manager
David Claiborne, Personnel Manager
Kurt Harris, Stage & Production Manager
Norman Gamboa, Music Director
MBA in Accounting, University of Denver
BS in Finance, University of Colorado
20+ years Corporate Accounting and Operations Management
Former Small Business Owner
Aurora Cultural Affairs Commissioner
Current Employer - Staples
Mike Kachline, Musician Representative
Kelyn Lanier, Vice Chair, Community Member
Greg V. Hopkins, Community Member
Mike Kachline is an active member of the ASO, playing trumpet. Professionally, Mike has over twenty years writing software and managing software development groups. Musically, Mike has been playing trumpet for over thirty years. Mike studied under Larry Black (Atlanta Symphony Orchestra) , and has played in various community groups, including the Atlanta Community Symphony Orchestra as well as the Oklahoma City Symphonic Band.
Norman Gamboa, Music Director, Ex Officio Member
Bachelor of Music in Music Education - Southern Illinois University Carbondale
Principal Tuba - Aurora Symphony Orchestra & Denver Concert Band
Music Educator – Cherry Creek Public Schools
Private Music Educator – Stapleton Music Lab
BS in Computer Science, Georgia Tech
Kathy O'Halloran, Executive Director, Ex Officio Member
Jamie L. LaDuke, Secretary, Community Member
Director - Library & Cultural Services, City of Aurora
Masters Degree in Library & Information Science, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
Masters Degree in Applied Communications, University of Denver
Undergraduate degree in Broadcast Journalism, University of Southern California
Karlotta M. Davis, MD - Board Chair
Greg was a Municipal Judge of the City of Aurora from 1978 to 2016. Serving previously on the Aurora Library Board and the D.A.R.E Board, enjoys and supports classical music, especially chamber music. Greg has four sons, and two daughters-in-law.
Midori Clark, Community Member
I studied flute performance seriously through college, however the academic rigors of medical school left no time for practice. I was unwilling to perform without practicing regularly, and did not play/perform for 30 years. I found my way back to music in 2008 and have been studying privately since. I have attended the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra Academy yearly since 2011, and Interlochen Adult Chamber Music Camp since 2010. After substituting on piccolo for one season with the ASO, I auditioned and was awarded the piccolo chair in 2015. After a 35 year career in obstetrics and gynecology, being recognized as a “top doc” in 5280 magazine for 6 years, and 24 years at University of Colorado, I retired in 2017. Currently, I am studying music theory at Metropolitan State University Denver.
Professor Emerita of Clinical Obstetrics and Gynecology Univ. of Colorado School of Medicine
BA Kalamazoo College
MD University of Michigan
MPH Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health
BA - Metropolitan State University of Denver - Fundraising and Promotional Strategies, with a certificate in Sales
Music Director, Aurora Symphony Orchestra
Music Director, Sonoma County Philharmonic
DMA Orchestral Conducting - Louisiana State University
MM Orchestral Conducting - University of Nevada - Las Vegas
BA Music Performance - Baylor University
Music Education Diploma - Conservatorio de Castella, Costa Rica
Krista Mortensen, Community Member
B.A. - Rutgers University, 1968
J.D. - Rutgers University, 1971
Bar Admissions: New Jersey & Colordo
Memberships: Colorado & Aurora Bar, American Assoc. for the Advancement of Science
Gamboa is considered one of the most interesting 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. A versatile conductor, equally at home with opera, ballet, chamber and symphonic orchestral repertoire, Norman Gamboa has conducted a large variety of innovative joint ventures, including newly choreographed productions of Ravel's Ma mère l'Oye with Ballet Midwest, The Nutcracker Ballet with the Santa Rosa Dance Theater and the Aurora Dance Arts, La Fiesta Mexicana by Owen-Reed with Fiesta Colorado Dance Company, as well as several successful fully-staged operas with the Topeka Opera Society and Opera on Tap Colorado.
Krista Mortensen is an fundraising professional currently serving as the Membership and Annual Fund Coordinator at Wings Over the Rockies, Colorado’s Official Air and Space Museum. As the Aurora Symphony’s newest board member, she brings more than 5 years of fundraising experience in both individual and corporate support, as well as grants and other special funding opportunities. Krista believes in the importance of meeting donors at the intersection of urgent need and lasting impact and strives to treat each gift as a unique opportunity to find that intersection for everyone involved. The arts have always been and continue to be a personal passion for Krista, and she is eager to help the ASO reach its goals and consistently achieve excellence. She lives in Littleton, Colorado with her family and her dog, Ollie.
Growing up in Jefferson County, CO, I had the opportunity to take piano and clarinet lessons throughout my childhood, and participated in both the Alameda High School and CU Marching Bands. Although I have no real musical talent, I love supporting the Aurora Symphony Orchestra professionally as their Board Treasurer, Fundraising Chair, and Event Coordinator.
I began playing the cello in third grade, when it was offered as a ‘before school’ program through Aurora Public Schools. My love and dedication to such a wondrous and precious instrument carried through for decades. I credit my music teachers, specifically Mr. and Mrs. Humphrey and the Strolling Strings for incredible opportunities and experiences. As a board member of the Aurora Symphony Orchestra, I am proud to serve my community and share my love for music, instruments and education.
Diane E. Rothers, Treasurer, Community Member
Midori is a librarian with a passion for highlighting the value and mission of public libraries. She has more than 15 years of public library executive-leadership experience. Starting in 2019 with the City of Aurora, Clark oversees the management of six public libraries, seven cultural arts facilities and programs, and nearly 200 employees. She joined the executive leadership team at Pueblo City-County Library District in 2004 as the Director of Community Relations, Development and Strategic Initiatives, and managed several support services for the district's twelve locations. Her areas of expertise include data collection and analysis, cultural programming, marketing, public relations and fundraising. Her proudest accomplishments include creating and directing the annual All Pueblo Reads literary project (with total participation of nearly 40,000 in 2018), managing the Pueblo Library Foundation’s capital campaign that raised more than a $1 million for three new libraries built simultaneously in Pueblo County in 2015, and leading the marketing team that helped quadruple program attendance, triple library visits and nearly double checkouts over the last decade. PCCLD was recognized by “The Library Journal” as one of only two Colorado four-star libraries in 2017. Prior to working at PCCLD, Clark was a television news anchor and reporter at the highest-rated TV stations in both Colorado Springs and Cheyenne.
Kathy has nearly forty years of experience, as CEO, COO or CFO, in the successful management of companies, in a wide range of industries and on behalf of investors owners, or the US Bankruptcy Court. Additionally, she has extensive experience in forming and managing non-profit arts organizations, including the formation and management, for a decade, of the very successful Orchestra of New Spain. At ASO, Kathy is responsible for the strategy, operations and management of ASO, including the production of concerts, increasing the awareness of ASO’s activities in Aurora, and increasing audiences by reaching out to the diverse populations in Aurora.
AAS in Marketing, Community College of Aurora
AAS in Business Management, Penn Foster
Current Employer – Volunteer Coordinator, City of Aurora
15 years in Corporate Management and Training
10 years in Non Profit and Volunteer Management
Kelyn got his start as an entrepreneur at an early age. As a teen, he worked in his father’s packing and shipping shop and performed landscaping and other odd jobs around his neighborhood. He started his first revenue-producing business in college. Since then, Kelyn has engaged in a series of business ventures. He and his team have utilized the success of his subsequent startups to develop numerous active companies in different areas of healthcare and the service industry. His more recent activities have lead him to become active in the non-profit sector.
Kelyn’s diverse academic background spans the range of disciplines from Hospitality Management and Business Law to Industrial-Organizational Psychology. His dissertation for his doctor of business administration was in the area of Complex Adaptive Systems Theory and social network theory. This diverse background has given him the ability to analyze and enhance efficiency within organizations utilizing his specialized knowledge base and passion for optimization. In all of his ventures, he functions as as the conceptual architect for the businesses, blending rigorous scientific research methodology with the risk-loving adventurous spirit of the classical entrepreneur to create companies that are able to withstand the rapidly changing landscape that is the business world today.
Kelyn is an active volunteer and mentor on many fronts and strongly believes in the value of giving back and paying it forward.
Kelyn is an Aurora, Colorado native where he still resides with his wife and three dogs. In his free time, he is a painter, writer, aspiring car collector, and an avid archer.
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