Announcing our 2014 Assistant Librarian!

Johanna Groh - smallThe NRO is excited to welcome back Johanna Groh!

Johanna is a current graduate student at the University of Denver in the Library and Information Science program specializing in Music Librarianship and Archiving. The majority of her experience at DU has been working in the archives processing department of the Anderson Academic Commons on the Central City Opera House collection. She has been processing performance related materials from 1932-1976 from the Central City Opera House Association. Johanna also has experience working in performance libraries as the head librarian for the Cleveland State Symphony Orchestra, the assistant librarian and researcher with the Colorado Symphony, and the library intern with The National Repertory Orchestra in Breckenridge in 2013.

Johanna holds a bachelor’s degree in music from Eastern Michigan University and a master’s degree in cello performance from Cleveland State University. While working on her first master, she was introduced to the music library world while working for the university music library. While completing her degree, she started volunteering in the Cleveland Orchestra library. Outside the library, Johanna enjoys hot yoga, reading, cooking and hiking with her dog Henry.

Alumni Spotlight – Dahae Kim

Dahae KimDahae Kim, Principal Cellist with the National Repertory Orchestra in 2012, won a position with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra.  After getting her masters at the New England Conservatory in May, Dahae moved to Michigan and joined the DSO in September. 

In her young career with the DSO, she has already had the opportunity to take a leadership role.  Due to a temporary void in the position of principal chair, Dahae has been extended the challenge of leading the cello section during most of their concerts thus far.  Dahae loves being a part of a professional orchestra and being inspired by other talented musicians.

As principal cellist with the National Repertory Orchestra, Dahae was prepped for her new role with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra.  She credits the NRO with her ability to rapidly learn new repertoire and confidently take on the responsibility to lead.
Congratulation to Dahae from your NRO family!

Alumni Spotlight – Scott Hartman

ScottHartman smallScott Hartman, bass trombonist of the National Repertory Orchestra in 2012, will be joining the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra as Principal Bass Trombone beginning in September 2014. Before heading to Charlotte, Scott will be graduating in June from DePaul University in Chicago.  Currently he is the principal bass trombonist of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, the training orchestra of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.  This past summer Scott won the International Trombone Association’s Edward Kleinhammer Orchestral Bass Trombone Competition, and was a finalist in the ITA Donald Yaxley Solo Bass Trombone Competition.

Scott is not only excited to be moving closer to his hometown of Orlando, FL, but he is also thrilled to be joining a professional symphony orchestra. The Charlotte Symphony is a full time symphony orchestra that also does several fully staged operas each season through the opera company Opera Carolina. Scott states, “I love opera repertoire and have always enjoyed playing in opera orchestras, so the opportunity to continue to play in operas while also having a full symphony orchestra season is a terrific aspect of being in the CSO that I really look forward to.”
When asked about his experience with the NRO, Scott says, “My summer in Breckenridge as a member of the NRO was truly one of the most important periods in my musical development thus far. It was terrific to play phenomenal repertoire in a great orchestra on such a frequent basis. The National Repertory Orchestra is unique in its similarity to the intensity of the performance schedules and repertoire selections of professional orchestras. My summer at NRO was very important in preparing me for a professional career in the multitude of experience gained in refining the skills needed to perform in an orchestra at the highest level. Performing so many concerts and going through many masterworks of the orchestral repertoire was also hugely valuable in bolstering my confidence in performance and in gaining familiarity with a large amount of the core orchestral repertoire. I will cherish my memories of my summer in Breckenridge and will always be grateful for the experiences gained in my time in the National Repertory Orchestra.”
The National Repertory Orchestra would like to congratulate Scott on his many accomplishments and wish him the best of luck in Charlotte!

Alumni Spotlight – Molly Werts

Molly WertsMolly Werts, violinist with National Repertory Orchestra in 2010 and 2012, won a one-year contract for Assistant Principal 2nd with Rochester Philharmonic. Even though it is a full time position, she is continuing to work to complete her Master’s degree at CIM, and plans to graduate in May 2014. 

Molly says, “NRO was an incredible place for me to gain experience playing orchestral repertoire at a very high level.  I was constantly amazed by how well the musicians were treated during our stay.  In rehearsals, we were treated as professionals, and outside of rehearsals we were treated with the greatest warmth by Breckenridge locals and our host families.  I will always keep these memories of my two summers at NRO with  fondness, and appreciate the musical experience that I gained there.”

Congratulations, Molly, from your Breckenridge and NRO family!

Alumni Spotlight – Katherine Williamson

Katherine Williamson smallKatherine Williamson, a violinist with the NRO in 2013, has accepted a one year position this season with the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra and the Rockefeller String Quartet.

A native of Saint Paul, Minnesota, Katherine is a recent graduate of Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music where she received a Bachelor of Music with distinction under the instruction of Mark Kaplan.  She has played with numerous orchestras worldwide, most recently subbing with the New World Symphony, Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, Owensboro Symphony and last summer with the Moritzburg Festival Academy Orchestra in Germany.

Her new appointment encompasses many different things. In addition to performing orchestra concerts with the ASO, Katherine performs chamber recitals with the quartet, works with the symphony guild to put on educational violin demonstrations for children of the Little Rock public school system, and also puts on string demonstrations for children with the string quartet.

Katherine says, “My experience at NRO this past summer has prepared me very well not only because of the musical and artistic opportunities it provides, but because NRO is unyielding with it’s vigorous and demanding schedule, I have been extremely well prepared for my new position. NRO teaches its students how to manage the challenges that come with playing for hours and hours at a time and how to move from one thing to the next very quickly while still enjoying your life. I’m very grateful for the knowledge I received spending a summer in beautiful Breckenridge.”

Congratulations to Katherine and the best of luck from your NRO family!

Alumni Spotlight – Brandi Phillips

Alumni Spot Light - Brandie Phillips B&WBrandie Phillips, NRO Alumna 2009 & 2010, is currently living in Dallas and is the Acting Assistant Concertmaster of The Dallas Opera Orchestra. In addition, she plays many concerts with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra and the Fort Worth Symphony, as well as many other groups around the metroplex. Brandie maintains a full studio of students who range from 6-16 years old.

Brandie states, “Living in such a wonderfully art-centered city has really allowed me to experience many different musical opportunities. I have been honored to play for President and Mrs. George W. Bush, as well as other political dignitaries such as Henry Kissinger and Ross Perot. Last year, I played in the Broadway tour of Jekyll and Hyde with Constantine Maroulis and Deborah Cox. I am excited to be a part of the upcoming Broadway revival production of The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess, which plays in Dallas for two weeks this December.

I am constantly looking back on my two summers at NRO and will always hold that time dear to my heart. I have been back to Breckenridge once or twice a year since then to visit my wonderful host family, Barb and Jim Calvin – I just can’t seem to get enough of the mountains! It has been wonderful to see many of my musical friends and colleagues go on to participate in NRO and bring back the same memories as I have! I am so thankful to have had the NRO experience which has no doubt greatly influenced where I am professionally at this point in my life.”

Best of luck, Brandie!

Come See The Opera – Verdi’s Falstaff

Royal OperaLocation: Colorado Mountain College, 107 Denison Placer Rd. Breckenridge, CO 80424

Date: Saturday Dec. 14, 2013 at 10:55am

Verdi’s Falstaff

An undisputed master of Falstaff, Music Director James Levine conducts Verdi’s opera for the first time at the Met since 2005.  Robert Carsen’s production — the first new Met Falstaff since 1964 — is set in the English countryside in the mid-20th century.  Ambrogio Maestri (last season’s Dulcamara in the Opening Night production of L’Elisir d’Amore) sings the title role of the brilliant and blustery Sir John Falstaff, opposite a marvelous ensemble that includes Angela Meade, Stephanie Blythe, Lisette Oropesa, and Franco Vassallo.

Falstaff is a co-production of the Metropolitan Opera; Royal Opera House, Covent Garden; Teatro alla Scala, Milan; the Canadian Opera Company, Toronto; and De Nederlandse Opera, Amsterdam.

The National Repertory Orchestra is proud to partner with the Metropolitan Opera Live in HD program and the Colorado Mountain College.  This partnership brings ten world class opera performances to Breckenridge each year. Learn more about the Met Opera.

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