Thomas H. Jensen was a seasoned conductor, musician, educator, and voice talent. Prior to beginning his 31 years of work with Inside the Orchestra, he earned his degree in Music and Conducting from Hamline University in Minnesota and did his graduate work at Texas Christian University. His background includes conducting the ballet, holding such positions as Guest Conductor for the Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Denver tour; Music Director of Colorado Ballet, Denver, CO; Guest Conductor of Nashville Ballet, Nashville, TN; and the Music Director of the Joffrey ballet of Chicago. Mr. Jensen also founded the Youth Orchestras of San Antonio, TX. Following appointments include: Music Director of Miss San Antonio/Miss America Pageant; Music Director of Mid-Texas Symphony, Seguin, TX; Music Director of the Twin City Institute for Talented Youth, St. Paul, MN; Guest Conductor, Colorado Clarinet Choir, International Clarinet Congress, London, England; Principal Conductor of the Denver Brass; Guest Conductor, Denver Chamber Orchestra. “Conductor Tom” loved to captivate audiences, young and old, with enthusiasm and flair.
Shelby Mattingly has over thirteen years of financial and management experience, in both the for-profit and nonprofit sector. She holds a bachelor of fine arts from Denison University and a master’s in public administration with a nonprofit management concentration from The University of Colorado Denver. She is a committed volunteer, and served on the board of Girls on the Run of the Rockies for four years, volunteered with Big Brothers Big Sisters, as well as several other nonprofit organizations in Denver. Ms. Mattingly benefited immeasurably from arts education herself as a child and is thrilled to commit her professional career to Inside the Orchestra.
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 Inside the Orchestra reach as many young listeners as possible!
Argentinian-American Steven Aguiló-Arbues enjoys his roles as a conductor, vocal coach, répétiteur, and recitalist. Outside of his work with Inside the Orchestra, he conducts the Boulder-based choir The Renaissance Project (specializing in Renaissance a cappella choral music). His love for opera has led him to work with companies like Central City Opera, Sarasota Opera, Opera Colorado, The Atlanta Opera, Crested Butte Music Festival, and the Miami Music Festival. He has also served on the faculties of the Manhattan School of Music, Centro Studi Lirica in Italy, Metropolitan State University of Denver, and Colorado State University in Fort Collins. He holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Colorado (Boulder) and a Master of Music degree as well as Professional Studies Certificate from the 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.
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