Meet Our Conductor, Thomas A. Blomster Mr. Blomsteris Music Director of the Colorado Chamber Orchestra and the Douglas County Youth Orchestra. He continues to be a freelance musician throughout Colorado. He has performed in New Zealand, Mexico, Germany, across the USA, and has numerous recordings as composer, arranger, conductor, and percussionist. He has led the following ensembles on the podium: the Colorado Springs Philharmonic, the Denver Chamber Orchestra, the Boulder Brass, the Mile High Community Band, the Youth Orchestra of the Rockies, and was founder and Music Director of the Mercury Ensemble for eleven years.
Thomas began his percussion studies at age four with John Galm at CU Boulder, and during high school spent four summers performing at the Aspen Music Festival, where he worked with Aaron Copland, Elliot Carter, Krystof Penderecki, and members of the New York Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, and San Francisco Symphony. After high school Thomas studied with members of the Berlin Philharmonic and then began his college studies at the University of Louisville, KY. He joined the Louisville Orchestra, working with composers Karel Husa, Morton Gould, Michael Colgrass, Lukas Foss, David Amram, Claude Baker, Maestro Lawrence Leighton Smith and many others. Thomas has a BM from the Metropolitan State College of Denver and a MA in Conducting from the University of Denver. Thomas’ baton once belonged to Frederick Fennel and is a gift from his mentor and teacher Dr. William Nichols, who received it as a gift from Dr. Fennel.
Interim President, Julia Brochey Julia Brochey is a classical guitar, voice and piano instructor and the owner of North Pines Music. She is committed to encouraging students of all ages to grow in their musicianship. In addition, she is thrilled to connect musicians and artists in our community and beyond, and is eager to see the music and artistic community expand. She is proud to be a part of the Douglas County Youth Orchestra and enjoys working behind the scenes to support, assist and connect.