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Introducing Michelle Lewandowski, Marketing & PR Intern

Michelle LewandowskiMichelle Lewandowski is currently finishing her master’s degree in clarinet performance at the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, with a graduate assistantship as the CCM box office assistant manager.  Before beginning her studies at CCM she completed her bachelor’s degree in clarinet performance at Michigan State University, during which, she also spent some time studying in central Italy. Her primary teachers have included Jonathan Gunn, Justin O’Dell, Caroline Hartig, and Robert Patterson.

An avid supporter of music education and outreach, Michelle has appeared as a teaching artist at numerous middle schools and high schools throughout the greater Detroit area.  As an orchestral musician, she has made appearances with the Jackson Symphony Orchestra (MI), Mason Symphony Orchestra (MI), Detroit Symphony Civic Orchestra, Bay View Festival Orchestra (MI) and the Sewanee Festival Orchestra (TN).  This summer, Michelle will be the Marketing/PR intern for the National Repertory Orchestra’s 2014 season and is greatly looking forward to being part of such a fine music organization.

Shop with iGive.com!

igive125x75Shop hundreds of online stores (including Bloomingdale’s, Amazon, Hilton Hotels & Resorts, American Airlines and much, much more!) through iGive.com by clicking on the picture to the left and a portion of your dollars spent will be donated to the National Repertory Orchestra.  It’s as simple as that!

iGive.com says, “There are no costs, obligations, nor any hidden fees.  After using an iGive link to the store’s website, you shop as you normally would. There are no extra steps, nor iGive notifications when making payments.  The donations happen behind the scenes, and often the store’s support teams are unaware of the iGive Affiliate Program.” 

They continue, “iGive began in 1997 and through word of mouth has grown to 350,000+ members supporting 50,000+ causes/charities who have raised over $7,000,000.”

iGive describes the way it works and answers safety concerns: “Shopping via iGive is essentially a store rebate program where iGive members have the opportunity to donate their rebate to their chosen cause.  When iGive members shop via special links, an “iGive Cookie” is assigned to your browser. This tells the store, “Here is an iGive Member” using a meaningless member ID number. The store reports back with this number and the amounts for the donation to your cause. iGive (and the NRO) never have access to any payment information.”   So, you can feel safe and secure shopping and donating with iGive.com!

Met Opera Live in HD – Werther

Werther SmallLocation: Colorado Mountain College, 107 Denison Placer Rd. Breckenridge, CO 80424

Date: Saturday March 15, 2014 at 10:55am.  Please arrive at 10:00am to join us for the NEW “Opera Prologue and Epilogue Series” in partnership with the Lake Dillon Theatre Company. 

Massenet’s Werther

Two of opera’s greatest artists — Jonas Kaufmann and Elina Garanca — appear together for the first time at the Met in Massenet’s sublime adaptation of Goethe’s revolutionary and tragic romance.  It is directed and designed by Richard Eyre and Rob Howell, the same team that created the Met’s recent hit production of Carmen.  Rising young maestro Alain Altinoglu conducts.

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 970-453-5825970-453-5825.

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Alumni Spotlight – Robert Tuohy

Robert TouhyRobert Tuohy (NRO Assistant Conductor, 2003) has recently been named Music Director of l’Opéra-Théâtre de Limoges and l’Orchestre de Limoges et du Limousin in France starting with the 2013-14 season. Highlights from this first season include a highly-acclaimed production of Carmen, about which Opéra Magazine wrote, “Robert Tuohy is one of the major artists in the success of this performance. From the pit and the stage alike he obtains a result of beautiful precision, never routine, never banal. Even in the most famous passages, he establishes a perfectly-judged dramatic tension, avoiding all extraneous bombast.” Other projects include symphonic concerts featuring the music of Barber, Beethoven, Dvořák, Mozart, Ravel, Stravinsky and Wagner, as well as a new production of Der Freischütz in 2015.

From 2009-13 Robert was Assistant Conductor of l’Opéra et Orchestre National de Montpellier, where he worked alongside Music Director Lawrence Foster and conducted performances of Die Fledermaus and Rusalka, as well as highly-praised productions of Lakmé and Manon Lescaut.

Robert says, “The opportunity to work alongside Carl Topilow and the guest conductors, as well as the chance to conduct an outstanding orchestra in such a wide repertoire (everything from Dukas, Hindemith, Mendelssohn, Mozart, Rossini, and Tchaikovsky to John Williams!) made NRO a wonderful experience. And all this surrounded by the Rocky Mountains…what more could one ask for?”
 
Great to hear from you Robert and congratulations on all of your successes!

Alumni Spotlight – Danielle Meier and Patrick Pfister

Dani Meier and Pat PfisterDanielle Meier (bass) and Patrick Pfister (trombone) met in the summer of 2009 while playing for the National Repertory Orchestra.  For this musical couple, Breckenridge is not only where their relationship began, but also where they gained unparalleled professional experience and were able to enjoy an active outdoor lifestyle.  They look back on their time with the NRO fondly. 

Since 2009, Pat graduated with his master’s degree from Indiana University and within a week won the Principal Trombone spot in the Omaha Symphony.  Dani worked on her own master’s degree and returned to the NRO in the summer of 2010.  After completing her schooling, Dani joined Pat in Omaha in 2012 and won her own Section Bass position with the Omaha Symphony in October of that year.

When not at the orchestra hall, both Dani and Pat play chamber music around the Omaha area for various organizations, including the Omaha Consort and the Omaha Chamber Music Society. Dani also teaches privately, runs bass sectionals in schools around the city and works as part of an education-based quartet.

Outside of music, the pair try to stay active.  As Breckenridge’s soccer field and musicians-only ultimate frisbee are no longer available, they have been trying Crossfit for little over a year.  Dani admits that Pat can, “lift much heavier things”. The couple are also parents to three wonderful and often ridiculous cats.  Their love of animals has also led them to become volunteers for Feline Friendz and the Taysia Blue Siberian Husky Rescue.
 
The NRO loves to hear from alumni!  Thank you so much, Dani and Pat, for the update and please keep in touch going forward. 

Alumni Spotlight – Christopher McLaurin

Christopher McLaurinChristopher McLaurin (NRO 2004 Percussion) was appointed Principal Percussionist of the Kansas City Symphony in 2007 and is also Adjunct Professor of Percussion at the UMKC Conservatory of Music. In between his time at NRO and his current position, he spent time as a member of the New World Symphony in Miami Beach, FL and was Principal Percussionist of the Napa Valley Symphony. Outside of his regular work in the back of the orchestra he enjoys playing chamber music with his KCS and UMKC colleagues and has had solo engagements that have included performing Olivier Messiaen’s Des Canyons Aux Etoiles with Esa-Pekka Salonen and the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Minoru Miki’s Marimba Spiritual as part of the Grand Opening Celebration for the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, and when he was an NRO Fellow, Russel Peck’s The Glory and the Grandeur with the National Repertory Orchestra. Christopher has played extra percussion with the Philadelphia Orchestra, Cleveland Orchestra, Chicago Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Saint Louis Symphony, Detroit Symphony, San Diego Symphony, and Honolulu Symphony. He also can be heard on recordings with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Detroit Symphony, Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival, and Kansas City Symphony.

During the summers he returns to Colorado as a member of the Colorado Music Festival in Boulder. He endorses Pearl/Adams Percussion Instruments, Zildjian Cymbals, and Freer Percussion Products. His students at UMKC have won wide acclaim by advancing to semifinal and final rounds at many professional percussion and timpani auditions and being accepted as fellows to prestigious summer music festivals such as the Music Academy of the West, National Orchestral Institute, Round Top Festival, Texas Music Festival, Hot Springs Music Festival, and Des Moines Metro Opera.

 

Met Opera Live in HD – Prince Igor

Prince Igor SmallLocation: Colorado Mountain College, 107 Denison Placer Rd. Breckenridge, CO 80424

Date: Saturday March 1, 2014 at 10:00am.  Please arrive at 9:30am to join us for the NEW “Opera Prologue and Epilogue Series” in partnership with the Lake Dillon Theatre Company. 

Borodin’s Prince Igor

Borodin’s defining Russian epic, famous for its Polovtsian Dances, comes to the Met for the first time in nearly 100 years.  Dmitri Tcherniakov’s new production is a brilliant psychological journey through the mind of its conflicted hero, with the founding of the Russian nation as the backdrop.  Star bass-baritone Ildar Abdrazakov takes on the monumental title role, with Gianandrea Noseda conducting.

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 970-453-5825970-453-5825.

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Announcing Our 2014 Orchestra Manager!

Emily Tuan - Orchestra ManagerThe NRO is happy to welcome back Emily Tuan as our Orchestra Manager for the 2014 season!

A graduate of the Colburn Conservatory of Music, Emily will receive her Master of Music degree in flute performance in May from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. Emily has focused the majority of her education on the concertizing aspects of the performing arts industry. Emily’s passion in arts administration emerged from her community service experience in event planning and operations. A native and resident of Southern California, Emily currently works with the Pacific Symphony in Orange County as the Youth Wind Ensemble Manager.
 
Emily’s first leadership experience was devoted to creating and project managing a children’s summer camp in 2011 for K-5 attendees. By using the animated film “How to Train Your Dragon”, Emily constructed a full itinerary to educate children about exhibiting courage and compassion even when “against all odds”. Prior to the camp, she administered a leadership session to enforce the themes teamwork and communication on all counselors and staff members.
 
After her rewarding experience as the Personnel Intern of the National Repertory Orchestra in 2013, Emily is looking forward to return as Orchestra Manager.
 

Sign Up Today! NRO Audition Tour

Taddes Korris and Luke StenceTime Is Running Out, So Sign Up Today!  There are limited locations and limited times still available.

The tour is being held across the country in January and February 2014.  All applicants must be 18 through 28 years of age and completed at least one year of college, university, or conservatory by June 8, 2014. Woodwinds, Brass, and Percussion are eligible to participate in the National Repertory Orchestra for one summer season. String players may re-audition and are eligible to participate in two summer seasons.

Applications are accepted online and must be accompanied by the application fee upon submission. The application fee is $65 before December 31 and increases to $75 after December 31. Applications without proper payment will NOT be processed.  Application fee is NON-REFUNDABLE

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