Tony Negron, 2014 NRO Personnel Intern

Tony NegronTony Negron is a native of Tampa where he completed his Bachelor of Science in Music Education at the University of South Florida.  He had the privilege of performing as a resident artist with the Master Chorale of Tampa Bay in A Red Rose: The Music of René Clausen.  Along with these accomplishments, Tony remains a member of Florida’s premier professional wind ensemble, the Florida Wind Band.

In Pittsburgh, Tony received his Master’s Degree in Instrumental Performance from the Mary Pappert School of Music at Duquesne University, studying with Ron Samuels of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra.  Most recently, Tony won two concerto competitions, performing Witold Lutoslawski’s Dance Preludes and Scott McAllister’s Black Dog.  He has also performed as a soloist in Wolfgang Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante in Eb Major with Alia Musica Pittsburgh.

Tony is looking forward to exploring Colorado and gaining new experiences in the realm of orchestra management.  He is excited to serve as the NRO’s summer Personnel Intern.


NRO Announces Jennifer Rimmer as 2014 Production Manager

Jennifer RimmerJennifer is a graduate of the University of Maryland, and has spent 10 years traveling the country as an opera stage manager. She has been fortunate enough to work in 19 states across the U.S., and is having fun this year blogging about all of the fantastic places the music world has taken her.

Jennifer is currently the resident production stage manager at the Lyric Opera of Kansas City, and has spent the past three summers with the Wolf Trap Opera Company, located in the Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts. Last summer she was the production stage manager for La traviata, a co-production with the National Symphony Orchestra. Jennifer is thrilled to be joining the National Repertory Orchestra and returning to Colorado, where she has previously worked with the Central City Opera.

Leigh Poulton, 2014 Development Intern

Leigh PoultonLeigh Poulton will be joining the National Repertory Orchestra for the 2014 season, as the Development Intern. Currently, Leigh is a graduate assistant at Duquesne University for studies in flute performance under the tutelage of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. In July 2013, she graduated from Duquesne’s Palumbo Donahue School of Business earning an MBA in Sustainability. Through the MBA experience, Leigh traveled and studied in Europe and completed the accelerated program in eleven months. Prior to graduate school, Leigh earned an undergraduate degree in flute performance at Duquesne University, winning several local and national performance

Along with a passion for the arts, Leigh has had many experiences in political campaign work. In 2011, she began a fellowship with Obama for America, working with local and national politicians during the 2012 election. Outside of school, Leigh enjoys discovering all the exciting sights and sounds of Pittsburgh, performing and visual arts, cooking,
running, and fashion.

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Please Welcome Travis Wilson, Video & PR Intern

Travis WilsonMy name is Travis Wilson and I’m a filmmaker! I love all aspects of filmmaking and I’m hoping to one day be a successful movie writer/director. I recently graduated from Montana State University with a BA in film production and I’m eager to jump start a career in the industry.

When I’m not working on anything media related, I like to spend my free time fly-fishing, hiking, bike-riding, playing guitar and staying outside as much as possible.

Travis, from the sounds of it, you’re going to love all that Breckenridge has to offer.  We look forward to working with you!

Announcing Jacob Bergeron, 2014 Stage Manager

Jake Bergeron editedAs a Colorado native, Jake is very excited for his first season as Stage Manager with the National Repertory Orchestra. He comes to the organization with a wealth of experience serving as the Production Manager for both the Greeley Philharmonic Orchestra and the Fort Collins Symphony. Jake is a graduate of the University of Northern Colorado, where he received his Bachelor’s Degree in Music Performance and a minor in Elementary Education. He has a passion for sharing the arts in the community through orchestral music as well as private music instruction. Jake is thrilled to be a part of such a great musical tradition, and looks forward to growing along with the NRO.

Daniel Miguez de Luca, 2014 Library Intern

Daniel Miguez de LucaBorn and raised in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, Daniel’s passion for music began with piano lessons as a child and later with an old fiberglass sousaphone in high school.  During his Bachelor of Music at McGill University, Daniel was the music librarian for various ensembles, including the West Island Youth Symphony Orchestra in Montreal’s west end and the McGill Chamber Singers.  Upon completing his bachelor’s degree, Daniel decided to put aside his tuba and pursue a Master of Library and Information Studies.  As a music librarian, Daniel hopes to play an important role within the music community, working alongside artists and administrators.

When he’s not working on assignments for library school, Daniel likes the small things in life:  good coffee, Lieder by Schubert, and dapper clothing.  The NRO welcomes Daniel as the 2014 summer Library Intern.

Met Opera Live in HD – La Boheme

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

Date: Saturday April 5, 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. 

Puccini’s La Bohème

Puccini’s moving story of young love is the most performed opera in Met history — and with good reason.  Anita Hartig stars as the frail Mimì in Franco Zeffirelli’s classical production, with Vittorio Grigolo as her passionate lover, Rodolfo.

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.

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NEW Location & Complimentary Wine!

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The National Repertory Orchestra will be presenting “A Brilliant Evening of Violin Music” on Friday, March 28th, 7:00pm at the Blue River Fine Art Gallery in Breckenridge.  Join in the artistry of violin soloist and NRO Alumni Concertmaster Hugh Palmer as he performs pieces from Brahms, Strauss and much more. He will impress you with his comprehension of musical line, tonal poetry and overall journey.

Hugh Palmer is currently preforming with the New World Symphony. He was co-concertmaster of the National Repertory Orchestra in 2012 and 2013. Hugh received his Artist Diploma at the Colburn Conservatory under Robert Lipsett. He earned his Bachelor’s degree in music performance at Northwestern University under Almita Vamos. He has served as concertmaster of the Colburn and YMF Debut Orchestras, and the Pacific Music and Chautauqua Festival orchestras. About his experience with the NRO, Hugh says, “I had a great time interacting and learning from Mr. Topilow as well as all the great guest conductors. I decided to come back a second year because the opportunity to lead an orchestra for so much music and so many concerts is a great privilege that I couldn’t turn down. Along with that, the hospitality and friendliness of the community of Summit County was so wonderful, I really look forward to seeing everybody again.”

Adult Admission:  $30

Youth Admission (18 and Under):  $7

This event is currently sold out.  However, if cancellations occur, tickets may become available.  For more information on ticket availability, please call the NRO office (M-F, 9:00am-5:00pm) 970-453-5825970-453-5825.

Introducing Melanie Schmid, Artistic and Education Intern

Melanie SchmidMelanie grew up in Statesboro, Georgia and comes from a musical family. Throughout her childhood, she was involved in both piano and violin lessons, and she began playing French horn at age 11. She went on to receive her Bachelor of Music in French horn performance from the University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music.

During her undergraduate years, she realized that she did not want to make a career as a performer, but she knew she had to be involved in the arts in a meaningful way. She began a few development internships at various different arts organizations in Cincinnati including concert:nova, Cincinnati Outreach Music Project, and the Cincinnati Opera.

Melanie knew she wanted to further her education in order to most effectively execute these administrative roles she was taking on, so she decided to pursue a master’s degree in Arts Administration, also from the University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music. She is currently finishing up her first of two years in the program, and by the time she graduates next April, she will have earned both a Master of Arts and a Master of Business Administration.

At the start of her first year in the Arts Administration program, she decided to venture outside of the world of development by way of a diversified internship with the Cincinnati Opera. In this internship, she works in development, marketing, and education & outreach simultaneously. This has been an eye-opening experience for Melanie as she has discovered the deep passion that she possesses for arts outreach.

Melanie is thrilled to have the opportunity to work at the National Repertory Orchestra this summer as the Artistic and Education Intern.


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