Dan McLain is from Eagle RIver, Alaska, and currently studies film at Montana State University. In his free time, he enjoys photographing the outdoors, watching Netflix, and listening to music. This will be Dan’s first time working for the NRO, and he is looking forward to a great season.
Cecile Forsberg is honored to accept the position of Chief Operating Officer with the National Repertory Orchestra and is looking forward to continuing her work with the NRO in this new capacity. Cecile was first introduced to the NRO experience in 2009 when she became a member of the summer staff. As the Personnel Intern that summer, she fell in love with the mission of the organization and is proud to be part of the team that continues to build the vision of the NRO. In 2012 she became the NRO’s Artistic and Operations Director. Prior, Ms. Forsberg served as the Assistant Personnel Manager with Utah Symphony | Utah Opera.
Cecile received her Master of Music in Artistic Administration from Florida State University. She also holds a Bachelors of Music in Violin Performance and Music Business from Drake University. As a violinist, Ms. Forsberg continues to perform and finds immense delight in teaching her violin students, who are always a source of inspiration and endless entertainment. In her spare time she can likely be found in a remote campground or spending a day out enjoying the scenery with her dog Tellie. She is incredibly thankful to all of her family and friends that have supported her along the way and in all of life’s adventures.
Beth Steele began her musical career playing the violin and piano and later switched to trumpet after hearing a Chicago Symphony Orchestra (CSO) performance of “Pictures at an Exhibition” with legendary principal trumpet Adolph “Bud” Herseth. Beth earned a Bachelor of Music degree in Trumpet Performance and a Master of Music in Conducting from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois.
After receiving her commission in 1988, Beth began a stellar conducting career in the US Army. From the White House to Carnegie Hall, Moscow’s Red Square, London’s Horse Guards Parade Ground, Arlington National Cemetery, New York City’s “Ground Zero” and everything in between, Lieutenant Colonel (Ret) Beth Steele was honored to lead professional Army musicians in performances and witness first-hand, the tremendous power of music to inspire, reassure, exhilarate, influence and unite people. During her last assignment in Europe, Beth developed enduring partnerships with European musicians and was awarded the German government’s highest peacetime award of the “Silver Cross of Honor.”
Beth recently retired from the Army and she and her husband, Mike, also a retired military musician, live in Breckenridge where she is an active performer and an advocate for community music. Beth currently conducts the Alpine Orchestra, the Summit Concert Band, the Summit Community Orchestra, teaches trumpet, is a part-time ski instructor and enjoys biking and hiking with their dog, Mocha.
A native of San Pedro Sula, Honduras, David Bonilla is an international student majoring in Music & Recording Industry Production at the University of Southern Mississippi. David began his music studies at seven-years-old when his elementary school teachers first introduced him to the violin. David continued his music education at the Escuela de Música Victoriano Lopez, the high school he attended, where he studied violin performance with professor Jose Iglesias Carnot—an exceptional mentor who solidified his decision to pursue a career in music.
In 2012, David was awarded a music scholarship by the University of Southern Mississippi Symphony Orchestra. While studying music and violin performance with Dr. Stephen Redfield at USM, he discovered another passion that extended beyond his nineteen years of violin performance: the world of professional audio and recording. Since then, David has recorded multiple student, faculty, and guest recitals, as well as live performances of the USM symphony orchestra.
In recent years, due to his dual background in both professional audio and classical music, David has been able to work as a connection point between the prestigious USM School of Music and the USM Department of Recording Industry. After graduating in December 2017, David aspires to become a professional recording engineer with a focus on classical music—a dream far greater than what his seven-year-old self ever imagined.
A native of the Pacific Northwest, Nolan Welch is an avid young arts leader and musician. Contributing a winsome spirit, Nolan has joined the production teams of several institutions on the national stage. He first served as the Orchestra Management Apprentice at Carnegie Hall’s National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America which included a tour of China in the summer of 2015. The following year, Nolan piloted the first Orchestra Administration Fellowship at the National Orchestral Institute + Festival at the University of Maryland. In this role, he curated content for Octava, a real-time concert program note delivery app. Most recently, Nolan joined the production team at Mannes School of Music’s New York String Orchestra Seminar. With the coming summer, he will step into the position of Director of Operations at the inaugural gathering of the Northwest Orchestra Institute. In the role of arts supporter, Nolan operates with a mission to foster a focused environment wherein performers can create a consistent representation of their craft.
Nolan hails from Olympia, Washington and currently studies cello performance and non-profit organization management at Central Washington University. He lends his advice and guidance from a student’s perspective as a member of the Dean of the College of Arts and Humanties’ Advisory Board, representing 350+ music majors and minors. In addition, Nolan serves on the Advisory Council for CWU Orchestras. An active performer, Nolan can be seen performing in the cello sections of Mid-Columbia Symphony in Tri-Cities, Washington and City Opera Ballet of Bellevue, Washington.