About Us

Our Staff

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Executive Director

Shelby Mattingly

Office: (303) 355-7855
Cell: (720) 319-8195

Email: shelby@insidetheorchestra.org

Shelby Mattingly has over twelve 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.

 

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Music Director

Tom Jensen

Office: (303) 355-7855

Email: tom@insidetheorchestra.org

A seasoned conductor, musician, educator and voice talent, Thomas H. Jensen captivates audiences, young and old, with enthusiasm and flair. With his extensive background as a musician and educator, and his dedication to contributing to the community through the arts, Jensen was hired in 1986 by the Junior Symphony Guild to design and lead the Inside the Orchestra programs. Mr. Jensen earned his degree in Music and Conducting from Hamline University in Minnesota, and after his graduate work at Texas Christian University, founded and served as music director of the Youth Orchestras of San Antonio. Later, he served as music director of the Twin City Institute for Talented Youth, music director of the Colorado Ballet and the Joffrey Ballet, and guest conductor of the Denver Chamber Orchestra, Royal Winnipeg Ballet, and Nashville Ballet.

 


Associate Conductor, Director of School Programs

Steven Aguiló-Arbues

Office: (303) 355-7855

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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Program Coordinator

Sara Hare

Office: (303) 355-7855
Email: sara@insidetheorchestra.org

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!

Our Board

Interested in learning more about board membership? Email Shelby at shelby@insidetheorchestra.org.


Board President

Steve Wine

My passion with music began in 5th grade on a school trip to the orchestra.  It led me on an amazing adventure.  As a trumpet player, I learned not only how to play an instrument, but also made lifelong friends, learned the importance of teamwork, and maybe how to think differently.  I was able to play with the Blue Knights Drum and Bugle Corp and went to the University of Colorado on a music scholarship.  This is my dream for any child who chooses to pursue music.  As a parent of two young children, I hope for early and frequent exposure to music of all kinds, including the live orchestra experience provided by Inside the Orchestra’s outreach programs.  I feel very fortunate to be involved with ISO and look forward to an exciting future.  My wife and I are both Colorado natives and it brings us great joy to see how this organization keeps music alive in the hearts of our children.

 

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Board Vice-President

Antonio Parés

Antonio Parés is the Education Director for the City and County of Denver. In this position, he advises the Mayor, the Executive Director of the Office of Children’s Affairs, and other senior leadership on education issues and policy. Antonio also leads the City’s Education Team, whose mission is to develop and improve the City’s early childhood through post-secondary education continuum. Prior to this role, Antonio was a consultant with multiple national nonprofits focused on educational equity, and he worked in both of Denver Public Schools’ turnaround networks. Antonio started his career as a secondary social studies teacher with Teach For America in Texas, along the US-Mexico border. Antonio is a Colorado native and a proud third generation alumnus of the University of Colorado Boulder. Outside of work, Antonio enjoys Denver’s many cultural venues, craft festivals, and incredible music. He’s also a die-hard Denver Bronco fan. Antonio lives in Wheat Ridge, Colorado with fiancée, Emily.

Board Treasurer

Glen Cahill

I joined the Inside the Orchestra Board after a 30 year career in institutional asset management. I was looking for a high quality/high impact organization that improves the lives of those it serves. ISO is unique in its ability to inspire young children through music appreciation.  For many of the children we serve this is their first exposure to live classical music.  Multiple studies link music study to academic achievement and improved creative thinking. As the New York Times wrote, music can improve “collaboration, creativity, discipline and the capacity to reconcile conflicting ideas. All are qualities notably absent from public life. Music may not make you a genius, or rich, or even a better person. But it helps train you to think differently, to process different points of view – and most important, to take pleasure in listening.”  This is what I believe ISO does for the children we serve in the Denver metro area, and I am honored to be a part of the organization.

 

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Board Secretary

Cindy Bedard

Having grown up with two concert pianists in my family, I developed a love of music at an early age. With two young boys of my own, I discovered Inside the Orchestra through the Tiny Tots program and was moved from the first performance. I am committed to helping the organization succeed and expand so that others can learn and enjoy the value of the music and fine arts at any age. I believe music can be so accessible no matter what age or demographic a person is, and I am honored to be part of an organization that makes spreading the joy of music possible. In my day-to-day life, I am a mom of two young boys and a finance professional working part-time.

 

Board Member

Jeff Althaus

 

Originally from Iowa, I moved to Colorado in 2011. I instantly fell in love with the mountains, the people and everything about the state. Shortly after moving here, I opened up my own estate planning law firm. I have an enormous love for everything outdoors and have always felt the need to give back to the community in both my personal and professional lives. When I first joined Inside the Orchestra, I was simply looking for a place to volunteer. What I have received in return is more than I could have ever asked for. The children I get to directly help and the testimonials I receive from parents through this organization have changed my outlook on every aspect of my life. People often ask me, why children? My answer is simple and the same every time. Without children that are inspired to succeed, without children who have educational opportunities to become doctors, scientists and engineers, without children who grow up wanting to fight for a cause, none of these other great organizations would exist. It all starts with a child who is given the opportunity to succeed. That is what this organization has done for me – it has given me the will and the opportunity to succeed. I do my best to give that opportunity back to everyone I meet and work with on a daily basis.I owe a huge thank you to Inside the Orchestra and the children it serves.

 

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Board Member

Joel Bogen

Joel Bogen has been an educator in one form or another for 30 years.  He has taught at every level of school from kindergarten through college.  For the last eight years, he has been a mediator for virtually every kind of dispute possible.  Consequently, he understands the value of empowering people of all ages to learn and grow, which is precisely what Inside the Orchestra does for its audience.  Joel and his wife Sue are blessed to have a son who has grown up playing violin, viola and clarinet through the arts education offered at his elementary, middle and high schools, and with various other music and arts organizations.  They have seen the benefits of music on their son’s life.  Joel understands that such arts education is not available in most schools, and looks forward to continue working with Inside the Orchestra to bring music to as many children as possible.

 

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Board Member

Whitney Michak

I am a Colorado native and after attending the University of Puget Sound for my undergraduate degree and the University of Wyoming for my J.D., I returned home to Colorado to practice law. I currently work for the Defense Health Agency, managing procurement of health care for active duty members and their family members (TRICARE). I recently joined the Board of Directors for Inside the Orchestra after having served on two previous boards, Cat Care Society and P.A.W.S. (Pets are Welcome Support). In addition to my love of animals, I also love classical music. I spent many hours as a child practicing the violin in preparation for performances in youth symphonies and orchestras. Spending that much time honing my skill taught me discipline as well as a great appreciation for the complexities of music. Upon learning about Inside the Orchestra, I immediately identified with the mission and was eager to bring my previous board experience to this one-of-a-kind organization. In my brief experience with the Board thus far, I’ve been impressed with the level of professionalism and passion that all the board members bring. I look forward to bringing the orchestra to children in Denver and helping to instill the same love for music that I discovered in the violin many years ago.

 

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Board Member

Kate Stobbe

I am a recent transplant to the Denver area from Chicago, IL. In Chicago, I worked in corporate responsibility for several different companies with an emphasis on corporate philanthropy and sustainability. While my professional passion lies with helping companies become responsible members of the communities in which they operate, my personal passion lies with the arts. I started playing the cello in sixth grade and continued through college and beyond. My orchestral experience brought me on international tours to Canada and Austria and taught me the importance of listening to the subtleties when playing in a large orchestra (which I also use in my work life!). It is this passion and personal experience with music that spurred me to join the board of Inside the Orchestra. While I grew up listening to classical music, I didn’t see my first orchestra performance until middle school. With a young daughter of my own, I know how vital early arts exposure is for children. I am very excited to be part of an organization that brings such an interactive and interesting music experience to even the youngest of audience members.

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Board Member

Jean Plotkin

The arts have played a huge role in my life, and I can personally attest to the positive impact a musical education can have on one’s academic, social, and professional success. I started playing the tuba in fifth grade, and the persistence, discipline, knowledge, and skills I learned in concert and marching band transcended all of my other subjects, helping me to excel across the board both in and out of school. After receiving my Bachelor of Arts degree in Environmental Studies from St. Lawrence University, I moved to Washington D.C. and joined an environmental consulting company where I specialized in communications and event planning for government agencies and non-profit organizations. In 2011, my husband and I moved to Denver (I’m originally from Pennsylvania, but he’s a Colorado native), and I left my job of nearly eight years to become a full-time mom to my two wonderful children. We love exploring our city and state and taking advantage of all the amazing experiences it has to offer—including Tiny Tots concerts! I am a firm believer in programs that expose children to music from an early age and that encourage them to make music a part of their lives. Inside the Orchestra is an extraordinary program that will help achieve these very goals, so I am delighted and honored to join its Board of Directors. I want all kids to have the same opportunity to fall in love with and benefit from music and the arts that I did.

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Board Member

Rob Rehburg

Rob Rehburg’s love of music began as soon as he could tap his baby feet. A Denver native, Rob started singing and dancing for audiences in featured roles in elementary school plays, his senior year Spring Musical – The Pirates of Penzance – in high school, and now with many professional theatre companies in the Denver metro area. Some of his favorite roles include Hero in A Funny Thing Happened On the Way To the Forum (Vintage Theatre), Action in West Side Story (Town Hall Arts Center), and Bobby in A Chorus Line (Ignite Theatre). Rob’s instrumental music career also began in elementary school when he experienced an Inside The Orchestra school assembly. Though he fell in love with the sound of the French Horn, it was not offered at the 5th Grade beginner level, so he opted for Trumpet. Rob stayed with the Trumpet through middle school and then discovered his love of marching band in high school. Growing in his passion for marching and leadership, he became the Drum Major and served in that role during his junior and senior marching seasons. At the University of Colorado Denver, he achieved a minor in Performance Music with an emphasis in Trumpet. Though he minored in music, Rob majored in Business Administration, which has ultimately lead him to his current position as the VP of Operations for one of the premier manufacturer’s representative firms for boilers and water heaters in the Colorado/Wyoming territory – IDC Associates. He has built his career in the industry for over a decade. He is excited to bring his harmonious mix of left-brain and right-brain interests and experiences to the ISO board.