Andres Lopera, NRO 2014 Assistant Conductor, was recently announced as the Assistant Conductor with the Colorado Symphony Orchestra (CSO). Mr. Lopera has been the Music Director of the Metropolitan Youth Symphony in Portland, OR and will take the stage for the first time with the CSO this September. Congratulations Andres!
Read a full article by the The Denver Post
Emily Tuan, NRO Personnel Intern ‘13 and NRO Orchestra Manager ‘14, is now the Operations Manager for the New England Conservatory Preparatory School. She received her Master of Music degree in flute performance from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music in May 2014 and completed her undergraduate studies at the Colburn Conservatory of Music.
The NEC Preparatory School is a community music school which serves over 1,500 K-12 students. As the Operations Manager, Emily works behind-the-scenes with faculty members, parents, and young musicians to ensure that all events relevant to the Prep School run as smoothly as possible. At the end of June, Emily will take the School’s Youth Symphony on a tour to Ireland.
Emily shares, “Working with the National Repertory Orchestra for the past two seasons was an indispensable experience for me to learn what it took to successfully manage a professional ensemble and anticipate musicians’ needs on a consistent basis. It was during my season as the NRO Intern that I realized my passion in collaborating with musicians from the administrative aspect. No matter where I end up, I will be forever grateful for the wonderful team and incredibly talented musicians I had the opportunity to work with.”
Born in Kiev, Ukraine, Yuriy Leonovich immigrated with his family to the United States, where he began studying cello and composition. He went on to receive his Doctorate of Musical Arts from the Cleveland Institute of Music.
Yuriy, NRO 2007, now holds the Assistant Cello Professor position at Bob Jones University in Greenville, SC. He is very busy teaching 11 cello students, a survey course, and an orchestral excerpts class. He also conducts a nine-piece cello choir and a 30-piece string orchestra. In addition, Dr. Leonovich won a cello section position in the Greenville Symphony.
Recently married and expecting their first child in May, Yuriy and his wife, Kristin (violinist / pianist), often perform together. Upcoming collaborations include: Brahms’s Double Concerto with the BJU symphony; solos from ballets (including Swan Lake) with the orchestra that Yuriy conducts at BJU; and a recital where they will play one of Yuriy’s compositions called “Solomon” as well as works by Zemlinsky, Mozart and Pergolesi.
Yuriy tells us, “I am grateful for the invaluable experience that NRO provided, to collaborate with highly skilled musicians. There is no other summer festival that can compare to NRO in terms of preparing a budding musician for an orchestral career.”
The NRO is proud to announce that Travis Wilson, NRO 2014 Video & PR Intern, recently got an offer from Rocky Mountain PBS in Denver, Colorado. He is now the Television/Radio Producer for the development departments for Rocky Mountain PBS and KUVO Public Radio. His primary duties include planning and carrying out all television, radio and web fundraising efforts in addition to creating other forms of content for all types of broadcast.
Before joining the NRO this past summer season, Travis recently graduated from Montana State University with a BA in film production. When he’s not working on anything media related, Travis likes to spend his free time fly-fishing, hiking, bike-riding, playing guitar and staying outside as much as possible.
Mr. Wilson did a fantastic job for the NRO, taking wonderful photos and producing outstanding videos that will continue to be used in our marketing efforts for years to come. Travis, thank you for your hard work this past summer – congratulations and good luck in your new position!
Amanda Sparfeld (NRO Alum 2012) recently won the position of Principal Flute with the Sarasota Opera. In addition, she is the Principal Flutist of the Michigan Opera Theatre Orchestra at the Detroit Opera House. Former positions include Principal Flute of the Miami City Ballet and the Battle Creek Symphony Orchestra. Additionally, Amanda substitutes regularly with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and has performed extensively with the New York Philharmonic as Second Flute, including a Tour to Europe and a PBS Live From Lincoln Center television broadcast.
Amanda says, “NRO was the best summer musical program I have experienced, and it has provided me with the skills in which to learn and perform a vast repertoire of symphonic music in a short period of time. As a direct result of NRO, I began performing and auditioning with greater confidence. This experience has proved invaluable to me.”
Congratulations Amanda from your NRO family!