Our staff is comprised of proud Mozart-lovers from around the country. With a healthy blend of homegrown artists and talent from abroad, our staff is dedicated to operating and presenting high-quality music for residents and visitors of Floyd County, IN.

  • Ian Elmore

    Founder / Artistic Director

    Ian Elmore is a versatile musician, educator, and entrepreneur, serving as the artistic director and founder of Mozart in the Knobs. As the artistic director of the Floyd County Youth Symphony and conductor of the Louisville Youth Orchestra's Renaissance Orchestra, Ian has established himself as a respected figure in music education. Ian has conducted orchestras such as the University of Louisville, Ball State Symphony Orchestra, Pierre Monteux Festival Orchestra, and the Muncie Symphony Orchestra. He has also acted as a guest clinician for young orchestras such as the Floyd Central High School Orchestra and the Youth Symphony Orchestra of East Central Indiana. Ian founded the Alunos Chamber Orchestra at the age of twenty, conducting music by Beethoven, Schubert, Mendelssohn, and Haydn. In his free time, he enjoys exercising and listening to podcasts.

  • Gabriel Villamizar

    Executive Director

    Gabriel Villamizar is a musician, volunteer, and arts administrator from Miami, Florida. He started playing the cello at a very young age and after playing almost two decades, decided he preferred facilitating artistic and cultural experiences through community partnerships and personal connections, rather than the stage. Since earning his Bachelor's in Music Business from Florida International University, he has worked for organizations such as Nu Deco Ensemble, Miramar Cultural Center, Hot Springs Music Festival, and SONY Music Publishing. He is currently working for the operations department at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts and works every day to keep classical music and the arts relevant and accessible.

  • Ava Bradley

    Operations Manager

    Ava Bradley is currently serving as the Operations Manager, in addition to Librarian and Personnel Manager for the Mozart in the Knobs festival. She currently serves as Principal Librarian with the Louisiana Philharmonic, and has previously worked with Charlotte Symphony, San Francisco Symphony, and San Francisco Ballet, and was an intern at the Louisville Orchestra. She manages tours for her partner, concert guitarist Xavier Jara, and teaches piano and guitar in the Louisville area.