Inside the Orchestra, Inc.

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Dan Leavitt, Conductor
Start Date: 2017

Dan has a Master of Arts in Music from the University of Denver. He has written over 500 arrangements that are played all over the world. Dan has taught music at the University of Colorado Boulder, Metropolitan State University, Colorado Christian University and Cherry Creek High School. He is currently the conductor of the Mercury Ensemble. He has also conducted the Colorado Ballet and the Denver Municipal Band. Dan has performed with numerous recording artists including Andrea Bocelli, Diane Reeves, Mel Tormé, Melissa Manchester, Barry Manilow, Natalie Cole, Bernadette Peters, Ray Charles, Johnny Mathis, Lyle Lovett, Neil Sedaka, Dionne Warwick, Michael W. Smith, Leslie Uggams, Amy Grant, John Denver, Bob Hope, Charlie Pride, Chuck Berry, Charlie Daniels, Kenny Rogers, The Canadian Brass, The Irish Tenors, The Moody Blues, Mannheim Steam Roller, The O'Jays, Kool and the Gang, Dave Brubeck, Phil Woods, Aaron Copland, Richard Stolzman, Andre Watts, and many more. He has performed four times for Presidents of the United States. He can be seen in the recently released PBS special 3 Mo' Divas. He has recorded with the Colorado Symphony, The Boulder Brass, Rare Silk, and can be heard on Fanfare for the Uncommon Woman by Joan Tower. He has performed with the The Denver Brass, Denver Chamber Orchestra, Colorado Chamber Players, Forever in Blue Jeans, Central City Opera, The Colorado Symphony, Mercury Ensemble and many touring Broadway shows such as Phantom of the Opera, Annie, The Producers, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Annie Get Your Gun, Big, Peter Pan, and others. Dan has taught at the Grenoble Jazz Summer camp in Grenoble France. Dan is very excited to be conducting Tiny Tots. He has a passion for conducting, performing, composing, and music education. "The role of an orchestra in the 21st century isn't just playing, it's about developing future audiences and performers." - Leonard Slatkin

Shelby Mattingly, CEO/Executive Director
Start Date: 2012

Shelby Mattingly comes to Inside the Orchestra with over 11 years of financial and management experience, in both the for-profit and non-profit sector. Shelby holds an undergraduate degree from Denison University where she attended on a theatre performance scholarship. She holds an MPA in Public Administration with a concentration in Nonprofit Management from CU-Denver. She has years of board experience, and served as Board President of Girls on the Run of the Rockies. She is an avid believer in the power of arts education and is thrilled to help carry the torch of Inside the Orchestra's decades of service to the Colorado community.

Sara Hare, Program Manager
Start Date: 2014

Sara Hare is a classically trained oboist and musician who has spent three years teaching young children in the US and France. She has a Bachelor of Music from the Cleveland Institute of Music, and recently completed her Masters of Liberal Studies in Arts and Culture with a concentration in Arts Development and Program Management at the University of Denver. As a life long musician, Sara understands the importance of music education and is excited to help ISO reach as many young listeners as possible!

Steven Aguiló-Arbues , Conductor
Start Date: 2014

Steven Aguiló-Arbues enjoys his various roles as a conductor, vocal coach, recitalist, and répétiteur. He has served on the faculties and coaching staffs of Manhattan School of Music, Centro Studi Lirica (Italy), Metropolitan State University of Denver, and Crested Butte Music Festival. Mr. Aguiló-Arbues not only works with Inside the Orchestra as an associate conductor, but he is also the associate music director for The Renaissance Project Choir, performs regularly with the Central City Opera Ensemble Artists, and has been on Opera Colorado's music staff since 2008. He holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Colorado (Boulder) and a Master of Music degree and Professional Studies Certificate from Manhattan School of Music. Mr. Aguiló-Arbues is also fluent in Spanish and English, helping him to communicate with countless students while educating them in music.


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