Meet Our Directors
One of my greatest pleasures in life has always been music. I started MCCO because there was a gap in our community for musicians, especially String players. So after a lot of hard work and amazing support, our group was formed. It has been one of the greatest endeavors I have ever had the pleasure of creating - a real dream come true.
I have a love of music and teaching it to all ages from many years at the Preschool level to the Chamber and Full Orchestra level. French horn has been my first and primary instrument. I fill in for the Director as needed and organize the brass and chamber groups as called upon. "Music comes to me more readily than words." Ludwig Van Beethoven
Justin Kelley is a computer engineer who lives and works in Huntsville. He has played violin for 14 years, beginning in the fifth grade at Eura Brown Elementary School. Since then, he has played in ensembles such as the Etowah Youth Orchestra and Georgia Tech Chamber Orchestra. Music is a great passion of his, as he also plays mandolin, piano, and guitar. In his free time, he enjoys rock climbing, running, watching football, and playing video games.
Violin II Concert Master
Although a long-time resident of Madison, I was fortunate to learn to play through the public school program where I grew up in St. Charles, IL. After more than a decade teaching violin lessons here for the HSO and other entities, I realized that playing with the MCCO would be great experience to pass along to my students. Along the way I found it's also personally satisfying to play such a wonderful caliber of music. The people I've met along the way are not only dedicated to their craft, but also wonderful friends.
Board of Directors
As the chief executive of the orchestra, the President chairs meetings, ensures all board functions are being performed, and acts as a community advocate for the Orchestra.
Robert is an active musician in the community, performing in a number of local musical ensembles. He also engages in a number of other pursuits. A love of the outdoors often finds him hunting, hiking, camping, fishing, or just napping in a hammock. He is also a hobbyist woodworker and furniture builder.
Julie is a software engineer with a passion for data visualization and usability. As secretary for MCCO, she records meeting minutes for all board meetings and maintains the membership roster. She also collaborates with other board members on special projects, including the MCCO cookbook.
In addition to playing viola in MCCO Julie enjoys hiking, photography and fiber arts.
Director of Finance
As Director of Finance for MCCO, I prepare and maintain budgets, tax records, bank account, financial records, and financial reports. I have had the pleasure of being part of MCCO since its inception as the MCCO Flute Principal, and it truly is a joy to work with such talented players and volunteers. Prior to MCCO, I performed in a variety of ensembles, chamber groups, choirs, solo events, and marching and concert bands. I am truly thankful to be part of MCCO!
Frank is the owner of Madison Band Supply. He was a founding member of MCCO, Madison City Youth Orchestra, and Madison Clarinet Choir. He is currently on the board of the Decatur Youth Symphony in addition to serving as Vice President for MCCO.
I've been be with the Orchestra since it's inception in one capacity or another. As a mother of several music students I participated in many fundraisers. When MCCO started I became part of the board, setting up spirt nights at local restaurants and petitioning local businesses for donations towards a silent auction. All done by my love of the Orchestra and my skill set to help MCCO raise funding to continue in my community.
The marketing Director is responsible for not only preparing all the material that is seen publicly such as concert posters and newsletters, but I also get to work on fun events to help achieve the needs of MCCO.
I play bass clarinet in the orchestra. Fun fact: I didn't play an instrument for over 20 years and picked it back up when my daughter went to college. I now play in several bands/orchestras and couldn't imagine life without music.
Sharon is a software engineer and maintains the website for MCCO. Over the past couple of years we have completely redesigned the site.
In addition to playing flute in MCCO Sharon's principal instrument is keyboard. She played trombone through high school and college marching band, and learned to play flute and tenor saxophone in college.
She also enjoys reading, traveling, sewing and other fiber arts.