Meet the administrative team that keeps K2O going!
27–year–old conductor Kristo Kondakçi, known for his vivacious and infectious musical energy, has acquired wide-ranging musical skills and an impressive list of accomplishments. He made his professional conducting debut with the Albanian National Orchestra in fall 2014 and his opera conducting debut with the Vienna Summer Music Festival Opera in summer 2018.
Based in Boston, MA (USA), he is the co-founder and conductor of Eureka Ensemble and the music director of Kendall Square Orchestra. Kondakçi’s other conducting activities include concerts the National Albanian Orchestra as guest conductor and the Narragansett Bay Symphony as Music Director Designate. Learn more at: www.kristokondakci.com
Co-Founder, Executive Director
Elena works in R&D strategy and operations where she enjoys facilitating connections between the research and business divisions while ensuring a vibrant and creative workplace culture. Outside of her day job, music has always been been a significant part of Elena’s life. In addition to her leadership role within K2O, Elena serves as Vice President on the board of Symphony Pro Musica (Hudson, MA) where she is leading a strategy initiative to increase community connectivity and bring music to more people. She lives in Hudson, MA with her two awesome kids
Co-Founder, Executive Director
Kelly Clark received her B.S. in Biomedical Sciences from Western Michigan University. After graduation she worked as a molecular biologist, starting in neuroscience, then transitioning to infectious diseases genomics research. Her career evolved to include roles in worldwide licensing and knowledge management, and Information Technology. In addition, Kelly is also a classically trained pianist, and growing up, she was an oboist in the Blue Lake Fine Arts and Oakland Youth Orchestras, with whom she traveled throughout Europe performing as both a vocalist and pianist. She is currently studying piano under pianist Gregg Pauley in Concord, NH and also hosts a monthly meetup group of over 50 amateur pianists at her home in Concord, MA.
Director of business Operations
Shannon received her B.S. in biology and psychology from Simmons College and, while working as a neuroscientist in the pharmaceutical space, earned her M.S. in Bioimaging from Boston University Graduate School of Medicine. Shannon worked as a lab based scientist for almost 10 years, but after discovering a love for organizing workflow processes, she made the jump to the business side of biotech. A lover of music, but not gifted at playing any particular instrument, Shannon is creative in tactile arts. She enjoys photography and getting in way over her head with projects found on Pinterest. Shannon derives a certain zen from organizing paperwork and color coordinating her spreadsheets.
Joel Bard received his Bachelor of Music in oboe at the Cleveland Institute and went on to get his Master of Music degree, studying oboe and orchestral conducting at The Julliard School. Joel has worked as a freelance oboist and conductor in the Philadelphia and Boston areas and served on the faculty of the Longy School of Music in Cambridge. He was the director of the Repertory Orchestra at the Boston Youth Symphony Orchestras from 1989 until 2011. After getting his Ph.D in biochemistry, working on muscarinic signalling at Harvard, he did his postdoctoral fellowship in x-ray crystallography at the Boston Biomedical Research Institute. He currently leads a bioinformatics group supporting biotherapeutic drug discovery at Pfizer.
External Liaison, Violinist
Stephanie completed her PhD in biochemistry at Harvard Medical School and obtained an MPA from the Harvard Kennedy School. Professionally, she works to build alliances with academics and financing partners to bring innovative science to proof of concept. In her spare time, Stephanie performs as a semi-professional violinist with the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra. She also plays with the Longwood Symphony Orchestra, and has performed with members of the Berlin, Vienna and Graz Philharmonic Orchestras, the Bamberg Symphony in Baden Baden Festival Hall, the Tonhalle Orchestra in Zurich, and at the Salzburg and the Verbier Festival.
Katie received her B.A. in Marketing from Hofstra University and is expecting to complete her MBA from University of Rhode Island this year. Katie has worked in the consumer products and pharmaceutical industries as a marketer and business partner for over ten years. While she considers herself a master of the air guitar, Katie’s true passion for music stems from her roots in competitive dance. Katie derives all her energy from helping others and seeing the people around her succeed at being the best they can be