Join The #GivingTuesday Movement Dec. 2nd

GT_Eat_Sleep_GiveYou’ve heard of Black Friday and Cyber Monday, well now it’s time to meet  #GivingTuesday!

It’s a call to action.  It’s an international day of giving.  It inspires personal philanthropy and encourages bigger, better and smarter charitable giving during the holiday season, showing that the world truly gives as good as it gets.  The third annual #GivingTuesday will take place on December 2, 2014. 


Join the movement.  Spread the word.  Mark your calendar.  Please support the National Repertory Orchestra on #GivingTuesday.

Watch this quick video or visit GivingTuesday.org to find out more…

The Met’s Effervescent Production

barb1_1061a_leonardGioachino Rossini’s 
Il Barbiere di Siviglia 
Saturday, November 22nd at 10:55am
Prologue and Epilogue Series begins at 10:30am
Colorado Mountain College
107 Denison Placer Rd., Breckenridge, CO 80424
Questions? please call the NRO office M-F 9am to 5pm 970-453-5825


$20.00 Adults $16.00 Senior (65+) & Met Member $10.00 Student  

Approximate running time 3 hrs. 25 min.

The Met’s effervescent production of Rossini’s classic comedy-featuring some of the most instantly recognizable melodies in all of opera-stars Isabel Leonard as the feisty Rosina, Lawrence Brownlee as her conspiring flame, and Christopher Maltman as the endlessly resourceful and charming barber, himself. Michele Mariotti conducts the vivid and tuneful score.


Light snacks provided at intermission (donation requested).  You are welcome to bring your own food and non-alcoholic beverages.

If you wish to be a box office volunteer at a Met Opera Live in HD event in Breckenridge, please contact Cecile Forsberg at cecile@nromusic.com or (970) 453-5825. 

Shopping Extravaganza!

2014 Shopping Poster

The 9th Annual Holiday Shopping Extravaganza is back and better than ever on Saturday, November 15th, 2014. Join us for a day of shopping and exclusive savings all while benefitting the National Repertory Orchestra. Along with your exclusive one-day only savings enjoy a goodie bag, a complimentary continental breakfast, lunch, dessert bar, beer and wine and cordial tastings, entertainment and a chance to win over $25,000 in prize drawings!





NRO Shapes The Now Leaders Of The Quad City Symphony Orchestra

Ben KlemmeBenjamin Klemme (NRO ’07 Assistant Conductor and ’06 Assistant to the Music Director), was recently appointed Assistant Conductor and Director of Education Engagement at the Quad City Symphony Orchestra, an organization under the artistic leadership of Music Director Mark Russell Smith (another NRO alumnus Assistant Conductor). Klemme will conduct pops and family concerts, serve as cover conductor for all Masterworks programs, and design educational initiatives to inspire and engage listeners and performers of all ages. His duties also include serving as Music Director and Conductor for the Quad City Symphony Youth Ensembles. In addition to his work in the Quad Cities, Klemme serves the Greater Twin Cities Youth Symphonies as Concert Orchestra Conductor.

When asked about his time with the NRO, Ben shares, “The experiences I enjoyed during the summers I spent in Breckenridge working with Maestro Topilow and the phenomenal musicians of the National Repertory Orchestra helped me to develop a myriad of skills of which I make use on a daily basis. Serving the NRO as Assistant Conductor exposed me to an unbelievably wide range of orchestral repertoire, allowed me to forge friendships with musicians whose artistry continues to impact mine and with whom I continue to enjoy collaborations, and situated me in contexts where the extramusical skills that support my music-making were strengthened. Fond memories of NRO inspire me to this day to pursue my very best as a musician, and I am grateful to the NRO community for investing in my training, and for giving me opportunities that have helped me find success as a conductor.”

Alumna Making Things Happen In The Big Apple

Jenny NeyJenny Ney, 2012 NRO horn, has been taking NYC by storm.  She has been an active freelance musician in the New York City area and currently has many exciting things going on in her professional life.

She is a member of 2014-2016 Ensemble ACJW in NYC, a two-year fellowship program through Carnegie Hall, Juilliard, and the Weill Institute in partnership with the NYC Department of Education. Fellows perform chamber works and also do community and public school outreach work. Watch this video to find out more about Ensemble ACJW…

Jenny is also on the teaching artist faculty of the New York Philharmonic. Through that, she visits 3rd grade classes at two NYC public schools, where major orchestral repertoire is used to teach students how to listen, perform, and compose.  She is preparing them to hear concerts in their own school and at the Philharmonic. 

When Jenny is not busy teaching, you can find her subbing on Broadway and preparing for her performance with the Radio City Christmas Spectacular show this season.  Jenny exclaims, “It’s a busy time between all these commitments and other freelance work, but I’m really enjoying the major performing opportunities and the balance between teaching and playing!”

As for her time with the NRO, Jenny states, “My summer at NRO was extremely helpful in teaching me how to handle a full schedule of performance commitments. That summer I was lucky to work with a group of amazing musicians, performing great works on many concerts with relatively little rehearsal time. Learning to handle that pressure has really served me well in the busy world of freelancing!”

The NRO wishes Jenny all the best in her many endeavors!

Intern Finds Success After The NRO

Michelle Lewandowski“I owe my success to the NRO and know I wouldn’t be where I am without my amazing experience with such a fantastic organization,” says Michelle Lewandowski, the NRO’s 2014 Marketing Intern.

Michelle is living in Cincinnati and juggling several exciting new ventures: she is on the Patron Relations team at the Playhouse in the Park, recently accepted a Patron Relations position with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, and teaches clarinet at a small music school in some of her spare time.

As you can tell, Michelle is a hard worker and we miss having her here on the NRO team, but we wish her all the best!