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Nathaniel Davis Returns As Recording Engineer

nathaniel-davis-2017-nro-pictureNathaniel Davis is an audio engineer and tubist with a focus on classical music.  He is currently based in Houston, Texas, where he maintains an active recording and teaching schedule.  Nathaniel attended the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, graduating in 2016 with a Bachelor of Science in Recording Arts with High Distinction, a Bachelor of Music in Tuba Performance with High Distinction and Honors in Music, and a Certificate in Arts Administration.  He worked at the NRO in 2015 as the Production Operations, and Recording Intern and in 2016 as the Recording Engineer, and is very excited to return to Breckenridge again for his third summer!

NRO Alumna Wins a Job in Cleveland

jiah-chapdelaine-croppedJiah Chung Chapdelaine joined The Cleveland Orchestra in the autumn of 2016.  She has previously served as concertmaster of Opera Cleveland, performed new compositions with the Cleveland Chamber Symphony, and was a member of the Akron Symphony. 

A native of Seoul, Korea, Jiah Chung began playing the violin at age 5.  She subsequently moved to Iowa City, Iowa, where she pursued violin playing with Doris Preucil and Allen Ohmes.  She holds Bachelor’s and Master’s of Music degrees from the Cleveland Institute of Music, where her principal teachers were David Cerone, David Updegraff, and David Russell.  As a soloist, she has appeared with the Sioux City Orchestra, Waterloo/Cedar Falls Symphony, Des Moines Symphony Orchestra, and the National Repertory Orchestra.

Jiah says, “NRO was the place where I fell in love with a lot of orchestra repertoire.  We would go through two programs every week and I loved that we played so many master pieces that we wouldn’t always have the opportunity to play elsewhere.  I remember feeling the overwhelming joy while playing the Alpine Symphony to finish the season in the summer of 1998.  Every time I play that piece, it brings back the wonderful memories of the NRO.”

As a teacher, she has served as a member of the faculty of the Cleveland Institute of Music’s Preparatory Department since 2003.  In addition, she has taught at the University of Akron since 2014.

A resident of Cleveland Heights, Ms. Chapdelaine enjoys traveling, cooking, and spending time with her husband, Stephen and their children, Ella and Oliver.

NRO Announces New CEO

dave-depeters-croppedThe National Repertory Orchestra is delighted to announce David DePeters as its new CEO. David brings his wealth of experience and a proven track record of delivering the highest quality innovative classical music experiences. He has spent more than 30 years at the highest level of arts in the United States. Starting April 1, 2017, David will replace outgoing CEO Doug Adams, who has been an exceptional and dynamic leader for the NRO since 2011.

“We are so pleased to be able to select David to lead the NRO to new levels of prominence in the national music education community.” stated NRO selection committee chair John Hayes, “His breadth of experience and contacts in the classical music world offer us unlimited potential. David is fortunate to be able to build upon the outstanding achievements of Doug Adams, and we all look forward to helping him take our organization to amazing new levels of excellence.”

David grew up near Buffalo, N.Y. and is a graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, PA. Upon graduating from Curtis he took the position of Percussion/Associate Principal Timpani with the Buffalo Philharmonic for two years. Returning to Philadelphia he immediately won positions performing percussionist with the Philadelphia Orchestra and the Baltimore Symphony. Eventually performing full time with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra for two and a half years.

Concurrently for ten years David worked in the ski industry. His love of skiing brought him to the Whitetail Ski Resort in Pennsylvania in 1990, where he started as a full-time ski instructor. He went on to become the Technical Director and Assistant Director of the resort’s ski school and in 1996, he was named one of the country’s top ski instructors by Skiing Magazine.  He still retains his PSIA Level III certification. 

David is currently the Executive Director of the IRIS Orchestra in Germantown, TN.  A position he will retain while working at NRO.  In recent years he has been performing with the New York Philharmonic and the Philadelphia Orchestra, touring extensively with both ensembles throughout Europe and Asia.

“I am thrilled to join this illustrious team,” stated DePeters. “The National Repertory Orchestra’s amazing fellowship program changes the lives of young musicians and enriches the lives of Colorado residents and visitors.”

David and his wife, Elizabeth Hainen, chose to purchase their second home in Summit County in 2015 due to its thriving arts community and great friendships that had grown over many years of visiting Breckenridge. Elizabeth, an NRO alum, has been the principal harpist with the Philadelphia Orchestra since 1994.  

Welcome Back our Assistant Librarian

Mariel Stauff_photoMariel Stauff is very excited to be returning to the NRO for summer 2017, returning as Assistant Librarian for a second summer. Originally trained as a clarinetist, she became interested in library work in college and interned with Paul Gunther in the Minnesota Orchestra library in summer 2004.  She worked in the orchestra/choral library of the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music for ten years, including seven as head librarian.  Mariel has master’s degrees in Musicology and Library Science, both from Indiana University.

Welcome Back Principal Librarian Paul Gunther

Paul GuntherA man of many labels – among them vegan pescatarian macrobiotic chocoholic, conscientious objector army bandsman, union activist orchestra librarian – Paul Gunther is a study in contradiction. Having played Percussion since age 7, his first teacher was retired Boston Symphony Percussionist Lawrence White, and for a decade his mentor was Jack Moore, late Minnesota Orchestra Timpanist.

For over four decades, as a professional non-playing orchestra member, Paul has worked in orchestra libraries:  Joining the Minnesota Orchestra in 1975, Paul worked first as Assistant Librarian until 1978, when he took a quick eight-year break from Minnesota as Milwaukee Symphony Librarian. In 1986 Paul returned to the Minnesota Orchestra, remaining until his 2017 retirement as Principal Librarian. For the 2017-18 season, Paul has served as Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra Librarian.  Other orchestra libraries where he has served for brief periods include the Nashville Symphony, the San Diego Symphony and the New York Philharmonic.

In 2013 Paul was appointed National Repertory Orchestra Principal Librarian.  The Library staff ensures that thousands of scores and pieces of the correct sheet music find their way to the right performers and conductors, and onto the correct music stands onstage.

For over a decade Paul served on the volunteer governing board of the International Conference of Symphony and Opera Musicians (ICSOM).  He was also a founding member in 1983 and twice president of the Major Orchestra Librarians Association (MOLA), and volunteered six years of service on MOLA’s board of directors.

Paul’s degree is in music theory and composition; his eyes are sometimes hazel, his remaining hair consistently more salt than pepper, despite his food tastes leaning decidedly more toward pepper than salt.  His favorite book was voted greatest novel of the 20th century in England.  His favorite film is a 1986 John Carpenter cult classic.