“I’m very excited to be continuing with the orchestra as we settle into the Jackson Theater and reach out to a broader audience,” says Maestro Gamboa. “Community orchestras play a vital role in making classical music available to people who might not otherwise have an opportunity to experience it. And this orchestra is one of the best all-volunteer orchestras in the country.”
Throughout his career, he has championed the works of up-and-coming composers, including world-premieres by Kyle Kindred, Evelyn Stroobach and Robert Bradshaw, as well as renowned living composers from Latin America and Spain such as Benjamín Gutiérrez and Eddie Mora. He has conducted a wide variety of innovative collaborations, including a newly choreographed production of Ravel’s Ma mère l’Oye with Ballet Midwest and numerous outstanding fully-staged operas with the Topeka Opera Society. Festival appearances include 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 Festival in Canada and the New York Brass Conference.
Maestro Gamboa has served as Music Director of the Powder River Symphony, Assistant Conductor of the Waco Symphony, Music Director of the Waco Youth Symphony, and Director of Orchestras at Washburn University. He recently concluded a 10-year tenure as Music Director of the Aurora Symphony Orchestra. He is now on the music faculty at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, where he serves as Director of Orchestral Activities and conductor of the Rio Grande Youth Symphony Orchestra.
“I’m interested in programming works that some listeners may not be familiar with–encouraging people to discover new pieces and new composers,” says Maestro Gamboa. “But with this fine orchestra, we also have the chance to offer fresh and compelling interpretations of some of the greatest masterworks in the repertoire.”