What is the Super Conductor contest? It is an annual contest where the community votes on three contestants to raise funding for the Longmont Symphony Orchestra. Each of the three contestants campaigns for your vote to select them as the Super Conductor. You vote by donaiting money as votes for your favorite candidate. The contestant with the most votes wins and conducts a musical selection at the seasons first concert. This year's candidates are: Kate Gaddis, Nancy Rezac and Debbie Lammers. Each of the candidates has volunteered to help raise funds to enhance the community support for the Longmont Symphony Orchestra. They will hand out ballots, give high spirited campaign speeches at every opportunity. You may also make donations at the Symphony office at 519 Main St. (just north of the Theatre Company in the walk-through between Main and Coffman streets).
Contributions may be sent to:
Longmont Symphony Orchestra PO Box 74 Longmont, CO 80502
Please indicate candidate of choice in memo field.
You may donate online to for your contestant now by clicking on the button below the "Vote for".
Kate Gaddis grew up in Longmont and is excited to be participating in the Longmont Symphony Orchestra Superconductor competition as a way to give back to our great city.
Kate is the Executive Director of A Woman's Work, a local nonprofit that grants funds to local women in need. Kate is also a bar-certified attorney. She completed her JD degree at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law. Prior to that she received her BA from the University of Colorado.
Kate is married to John Gaddis, Jr. and has two children, Grant and Clare. In Kate's spare time, you can find her running around McIntosh Lake, volunteering at Hygiene Elementary School, cheering on the Buffs, and reading.
Nancy Rezac is the Executive Director for Visit Longmont, the tourist bureau for the City of Longmont. Nancy and her husband, Brian, moved to Longmont in 1990, when Nancy accepted the position as Marketing Director of Crossroads Mall in Boulder. She worked in the shopping center industry for over 25 years, holding a variety of management and marketing positions at Crossroads Mall, Twin Peaks Mall, and The Orchard Town Center. She has been with Visit Longmont since December 2013 and states “if I ever go looking for my heart’s desire again, I won’t look any further than my own back yard”.
Nancy and Brian are the proud parents of three children Erin, Caitlin and Ian, who are all graduates of Longmont High School and have either graduated from or are attending Colorado universities. Her hobbies include sewing, quilting, baking, gardening and painting/decorating pieces at her home away from home, Crackpots!
Nancy is a member of the Longs Peak United Methodist Church, where she has served as Lay Leader, Chair of the Staff Parish Relations Committee, Lay Speaker, Worship Assistant and member of the Adult Hand Bell Choir. She is also a member of the Longmont Rotary Club and happy to be reconnected with the club after a six year hiatus. Nancy has been an Emergency Response Volunteer for the Salvation Army since 2008, and most recently was honored to serve the communities of Longmont, Lyons and Jamestown in flood recovery efforts in the fall of 2013. She also volunteers for the O.U.R. Center, having been selected as a contributing artist for the Empty Bowls Fundraiser since 2010. Her newest connection with the non-profit world is “The I Have a Dream Foundation”, where she hopes to volunteer to assist with the new dreamer class that will launch in Longmont in 2014. Nancy also supports the Longmont Humane Society and Safe Shelter.
Debbie Lammers and her husband Chris moved to Boulder County and the St. Vrain Valley in 1997 with their three children – the youngest were about to start pre-school and first grade and the oldest began middle school. Time has sure flown by and now Laura, Stephen and Kelly are making their way in the world (in San Francisco, Boston and Portland). They were school band and choir members at Sunset Middle School (kudos to Mr. Whisman) and Niwot High School and it is now time for Debbie to attempt a small bit of music history! (She had a brief career playing the trumpet and flute in her school band!)
Chris is a television and internet technology industry executive which takes him all around the US, Europe and Asia. He has been on the St. Vrain Valley Habitat for Humanity Board of Directors, having recently completed a number of years as President. He has also led corporate support for many civic organizations including United Way, I Have A Dream Foundation, and Community Food Share. Their kids were volunteers at Niwot Elementary School, Safe Shelter’s TERA program, the Longmont Fire Department and Longmont United Hospital.
Debbie was born on New Year’s Eve in New York City where her father had been a Vaudeville performer and founder of the American Guild of Variety Artists. Unfortunately, she did not inherit his ability to play piano by ear nor his lovely tenor voice. The closest she can come to a respectable stage performance is as a Longmont Symphony Orchestra Super Conductor!
Debbie has been involved with many parent and community groups around the St. Vrain Valley School District over the last 17 years and in 2009 was elected to the school board from the Niwot and South Longmont area. She hopes you will “elect” her again for this very important role! You can “vote” her onto the Longmont Symphony podium while contributing to our renowned orchestra and its terrific and talented musicians who make Longmont ring out!