Alumni Spotlight – Drew Mangus

Drew MagnusDrew Mangus, 2013 NRO horn, recently won the 2nd horn position with the West Point Military Academy Band. He is excited to be working with SMU and NRO alumni Nick and Nicole Calouri. Drew says, “After the audition, the three of us were actually talking about how the NRO made a huge impact on us and that the experience gave us a tremendous advantage in auditioning and performing professionally.”

Drew expands on his experience with the NRO by stating, “to play great music with such talented musicians was a once in a lifetime opportunity.  Add in the friends I made and being in Colorado, it was an unforgettable part of my life!” 

Congratulations Drew from your friends at the NRO!

Come see the Opera – Rusalka

Rusalka - Renée Fleming in the title role (2), photo by Ken Howard Location: Colorado Mountain College, 107 Denison Placer Rd. Breckenridge, CO 80424

Date: Saturday Feb. 8, 2014 at 10:55am.  Please arrive at 10:30am to join us for the new “Opera Prologue and Epilogue Series” in partnership with the Lake Dillon Theatre Company. 

Dvorák’s Rusalka

The great Renée Fleming returns to one of her signature roles, singing the enchanting “Song to the Moon” in Dvorák’s soulful fairy-tale opera.  Tenor Piotr Beczala co-stars as the Prince, Dolora Zajick is Jezibaba, and dynamic young maestro Yannick Nézet-Séguin is on the podium.

Click here for a complete synopsis.

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.

Click here BUY TICKETS NOW to view our Calendar of Events and Purchase Tickets.  Click on an individual event and scroll down to the “Buy Now” buttons.  Or call the NRO offices at 970-453-5825.


New CEO Leads Breck’s Cultural Arts!

RobbWoulfe smallAfter a long and intensive search, The Town of Breckenridge chose Robb Woulfe to lead a new nonprofit centered around building the strengthening the arts in our community.  Breckenridge is known as a hub for outdoor adventure.  However, despite fantastic organizations like the NRO that already exist, Breckenridge is not currently known far and wide for it’s arts and culture.  The aim of this new CEO and nonprofit is to change the public’s perception of Breckenridge and the NRO is excited for the many possibilities!!

Read more about Robb and his new position.


Alumni Spotlight – Evan Vicic

Evan Vicic HeadshotEvan Vicic recently started a one year (possibly permanent) position as the Assistant Principal of the Louisville Orchestra. He also had the honor of substituting for a concert with the Musicians of the Minnesota Orchestra in December 2013.

Evan attended NRO in 2010 and again in 2013 as Principal viola. He states, “I had two of the best summers, both in learning and in fun, of my life. I got to share the stage with tons of incredible people, and had amazing host parents – thank you for everything Dave and Gail, and Jim and Barb! And everyone involved with NRO!”

Evan, the NRO wishes you the best of luck in this new position and in all of your future endeavors. 


Alumni Spotlight – Lisa Goddard

Lisa Goddard cropped smallLisa Goddard, 2012 and 2013 NRO violinist, won a job in October with the Portland Symphony Orchestra in Maine. She has a one-year contract in the first violin section.

Lisa is also finishing her studies (Masters in Music) at the New England Conservatory in Boston, where she plays with the Atlantic Symphony, Harvard Baroque Chamber Orchestra, Grand Harmonie, and the Emergence String Quartet.  Additionally, she has subbed with the Boston Ballet Orchestra, the New Haven Symphony, and Boston Baroque. In her summers since NRO, she has been to the Spoleto Festival USA, where she served as concertmaster and principal second, and the Lucerne Festival Academy in Switzerland. 

Lisa says, “As a Colorado native, I was thrilled to spend two summers in Breckenridge playing with the NRO. Orchestral music is my passion, and I learned so much from playing with the NRO about how orchestras work, and how to make a contribution as a member of an orchestra. It was also a great opportunity to meet other people my age who were aiming for orchestral careers – they were very helpful and supportive, and it’s been wonderful to watch my professional network grow from many NRO alumni. I had a great time with my kind and generous hosts, Nancy and Tom French, and doing lots of hiking in the Rockies!”
Lisa, best wishes and congratulations from your friends at the NRO!

Announcing our 2014 Recording Engineer

jeff zahos smallThe National Repertory Orchestra is pleased to welcome back Jeff Zahos as our Recording Engineer for the second year in a row.

Jeff Zahos, MFA, is passionately committed to exploring the confluence of music, sound and movement through modern dance, music performance, improvisation, sound design, and audio engineering.  Currently, he is on the music faculty at Eastern Illinois University, where he teaches music technology, serves as head recording engineer,  and works as the live sound engineer at the Doudna Fine Arts Center.  He has engineered commercial CD releases by virtuoso pianist Ian Hobson, the Atlantic Harp Duo, and Bolokada Conde and has composed and performed music for dance, designed sound for dance and theatre, created movement/sound installations, and even performed as a dancer.  

During the 2013 summer season, his first as Recording Engineer of the National Repertory Orchestra, he designed and installed an entirely new digital recording system.  Prior to that, he worked as a musician for the dance department at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, his alma mater.  During graduate school, Jeff worked as an audio assistant at the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, where he recorded the Champaign-Urbana Symphony and Sinfonia da Camera, engineered live sound for many world class artists and designed sound for dance and theatre.  As a professional musician, he has performed drums, percussion and timpani with the Illinois, Champaign-Urbana and Peoria Symphonies, the Prairie Ensemble, Balinese gamelans, West African drumming groups, in musical theatre, and in numerous jazz and rock bands.

Known as “The National Zahos” by NRO staff,  Jeff is very excited for his second season, and for early summer skiing, hiking, biking, tackling new 14ers and many other Colorado adventures!

Announcing Our 2014 Assistant Conductor!

Andres Lopera, May 2012The NRO is proud to announce Andres Lopera as our Assistant Conductor in the 2014 season! 

Andres Lopera is the newly appointed Music Director of the Metropolitan Youth Symphony after a year-long international search. Now in his second season as Music Director, in the 2013-14 season Maestro Lopera has brought with him a wealth of experience with orchestras in North and South America. Last season alone, he guest conducted the Oregon Symphony, the New World Symphony and the Portland Columbia Symphony, and was the lead conductor in a collaborative project held in Honduras between the Youth Orchestra of the Americas and the Honduran government.

Andres Lopera holds a Master’s degree in orchestral conducting from the New England Conservatory of Music, a Master’s degree in trombone performance from the University of Texas at Austin, and a double degree in conducting and trombone from the Universidad EAFIT in Medellin, Colombia. He was the assistant conductor of the New England Conservatory’s Conservatory Youth Symphony and the founder and director of the Boston Latin-American Orchestra (BLAO), a chamber orchestra that celebrates Latin-American orchestral music in non-traditional settings for audiences unfamiliar with classical music. Mr. Lopera brings with him a huge passion for music and community engagement, and a strong belief in the transformational power of music for young players.