Board of Directors
Ensemble Ibérica is a not-for-profit organization.
Prior to retirement, Bill worked with non-profit agencies and state government delivering legal and social services. Since retirement, however, he has traveled, urban-farmed, and often ventured east from Topeka to Kansas City to explore its vibrant art and music scene. This has led him to offer his experience from the non-profit world to help Ensemble Iberica become a reality. As a novice ukelele and guitar player, he appreciates the skills of this ensemble and their guest musicians in bringing such fantastic music to the Heartland.
Nicholas Grünauer has been working in and around the restaurant business for nearly fifteen years, leading him through a tour of the Kansas City restaurant scene sprinkled with international experience in Vienna and New York. After working at various Kansas City institutions while finishing his undergraduate and graduate business degrees from the University of Missouri – Kansas City, Nicholas has been the owner/general manager of Grünauer Kansas City for the last 4 years. Nicholas has combined an academic prospective with his years of hands on work to develop a well-rounded philosophy of the restaurant business.
Beau studied guitar at the UMKC Conservatory of Music where he received a Master of Music. He has worked extensively with tenor, Nathan Granner, soprano, Victoria Botero, the Bach Aria Soloists, Alaturka, Owen/Cox Dance Group, and the Kansas City Ballet. He co-founded the independent record label Tzigane, which is home to several of Beau’s own recorded projects. Beau hopes to make Ensemble Ibérica a conduit for his many diverse musical experiences in Spain, Portugal, Mexico and Argentina.
Norma Pacheco O'Neil has lived and danced flamenco in the Kansas City area for over 20 years. Using her educational background in both general education as well as bilingual education, she created the program: Introduction to Spain through Dance and Music over 8 years ago as a supplement to the elementary Spanish curriculum. The program introduces the students to the music, dance, history of Spain and Flamenco. She, along with her guitar accompanist, have educated and entertained over 4,000 students in the Kansas City area in grade levels K-12. She continues to teach and attend flamenco classes both locally and internationally. In addition to her dancing and educational activities, Norma works as a Spanish interpreter for the Blue Valley School District.
Ensemble Ibérica Outreach
Neil Battrum owns Orange Technologies, an IT firm supporting Kansas City businesses since 2003 when he graduated from UMKC with a BS in Computer Science and Telecommunications. Neil is also an avid sailor, mountain biker and music lover. Neil previously sat on the board and volunteered with Earth Riders Trail Association and was directly involved with starting and building the Liberty Missouri trail system. He has owned a restaurant, spent a year in England studying recording and guitar and has many unique skill sets to offer. His enjoyment of music from the Iberian peninsula has led to studying Flamenco guitar for the past 3 years, including a trip to southern Spain in 2013