Fall Dinner to Honor Phyllis and Gary Martinez

Page 59 Phyllis & Gary Martinez - photoOn October 24, the NRO will be honoring Phyllis and Gary Martinez at their annual fall dinner.  Join us for this amazing evening full of good food and wine generously donated by the Blue River Bistro.  Click here for tickets and more information.

Phyllis and Gary Martinez are enthusiastic supporters of the NRO. They have a strong commitment to volunteerism, non-profit development and leadership, and philanthropy. Phyllis’s professional career included fundraising positions for The Keystone Center and Keystone Science School, Heuga Center for Multiple Sclerosis, and Colorado Mountain College.  She served on the Boards of The Summit Foundation, Backstage Theatre, Bristlecone Health Services, Breckenridge Film Festival, and she currently is a member of the Climax Area Community Investment Committee.  Gary served as both the Breckenridge Town Manager and Summit County Manager.  During his tenure as Town Manager, Gary guided efforts to bring the National Repertory Orchestra to Breckenridge, which led to the initial construction of the Riverwalk Center in 1992.  His volunteer service has included the Breckenridge Film Festival Board President, The Summit Foundation Board, the Fifth Judicial District Review Commission, Colorado Children’s Chorale Board, and the NRO’s Community Engagement Task Force Chair.

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Blue River Bistro (305 N. Main Street, Breckenridge, CO 80424) will be hosting this evening of food and wine to support the National Repertory Orchestra.

Alumna to Debut at Grand Ole Opry

Mia OroscoTwenty-four-year-old Mia Orosco, is a recognized classical violinist in addition to a multiple state and national fiddle champion. Mia grew up in Lorena, Texas and began studying classical violin at age 6. She soon began studying violin with Dr. Eka Gogichashvili and fiddle with Joey McKenzie. She spent 2013 and 2016 with the NRO and has been doing amazing things since!

​In her high school years, Mia was accepted to the Texas All-State Symphony three times and won the Waco Youth Symphony Concerto Competition. In 2011, Mia was featured on the classical radio show “From the Top” which features the top young classical musicians in the nation. She also won the Texas State Junior Fiddle Championship, the Colorado State Junior Fiddle Championship, the Western Open Fiddle Championship, the National Junior Fiddle Championship, and at age 19, won the Grand National Fiddle Championship, becoming the youngest female to ever do so.

Mia has performed and soloed with many ensembles around the country including the National Repertory Orchestra, the American Institute of Musical Studies Orchestra, the Schleswig Holstein Festival Orchestra, and the Round Top Festival Institute Orchestra as concertmaster. Mia is also a substitute violinist with America’s Orchestral Academy, the New World Symphony.

​Since playing with the NRO in 2016, Mia has been pursuing a master’s degree at Indiana University, begun work as a recording studio artist in Indianapolis, and is working towards an orchestral job. After winning the Grand Masters Fiddle Contest, Mia will be making her Grand Ole Opry debut in 2018.

Of her time with the NRO Mia says, “My NRO experience prepared me in the best way possible for my future music endeavors. The musicians inspired me and taught me so much about being a dynamic player, the community showed me how to truly support the arts, and the music showed me the importance of sharing these beautiful works of art with audiences. I loved every minute of my summers with the NRO and cannot thank the organization enough for my experience there!”

Letter to You from NRO Alumnus

Dear NRO Supporter,

Benny Button croppedMy name is Thomas Carpenter, and I was honored to be the principal cellist with the National Repertory Orchestra this summer. My time at this renowned festival was an extremely positive experience in my progression as an orchestral musician. It was a rewarding challenge to play two concerts per week with two full days of preparation along with a dress rehearsal – all while playing a high level performance with a rich variety of repertoire.

There was also something so fulfilling about performing with friends whom I have known from other festivals as well as with so many new and talented musicians. The collaboration with these friends both new and old will surely last a lifetime and I will treasure those relationships. In addition to my fellow performers, I truly enjoyed getting to know the various donors, host parents, and concert goers this summer. It was a privilege to perform some of the most gorgeous pieces ever written in such a beautiful place like Breckenridge for this appreciative audience.

I recently won a job with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra cello section, and the fast pace of the programming at NRO has truly given me many great opportunities to grow as a musician especially as I move into this new chapter of my career. Your contributions either by your donations, or attending the performances at the NRO fuel our dreams as well as our determination to be the best we can be as musicians and performers. We cannot thank you enough for all you have done for us and for the National Repertory Orchestra.

Thomas Carpenter

Thanks to an anonymous donor all donations made by September 30, 2017 will be matched dollar for dollar up to $15,000!

Three Year Alumna Teaching and Playing in Canada

Manker #4684 bestKatherine Gradojevich Manker started with the NRO as the Principal Second Violin in 1989. She returned in ’92 and ’93 to act as Concertmaster. Since then, she spent seven seasons as Associate Concertmaster with the North Carolina Symphony before moving to Montréal, Canada. Currently, she is teaching for the McGill Music Conservatory and is an active freelancer, performing and touring frequently with the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal. As a member of the Adorno Quartet, Ms Manker participated in the Beethoven Project performing the complete cycle of the Beethoven String Quartets numerous times. Ms. Manker spent several years in Southern California regularly performing with the Santa Barbara Symphony and Chamber Orchestra, Opera Pacific, and freelance work in the motion picture, television, and recording industries.

She is a graduate of The Cleveland Institute of Music and continued her violin studies at the Colburn School of Performing Arts in Los Angeles as a scholarship student of Robert Lipsett. Ms. Manker has taught for the Preparatory Department of The Cleveland Institute of Music, Colburn School of Performing Arts, and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She was the Artistic Coordinator for Festival Alexandria (Ontario, Canada) from 2007-2010. She plays on a violin made by Samuel Zygmuntowicz in 2013.

The NRO was lucky enough to have Ms Manker back in Breckenridge last summer celebrating Carl Topilow’s 40th season, she recalls, “Over the years I’ve frequently thought a lot about my positive experiences at NRO and working with Carl Topilow. I still remember how quickly Carl was able to take a difficult orchestral passage apart for us, explain the inner workings of the passage and then put it back together so that we could play it with total confidence, needless to say, these passages have been learned for life. (Rite of Spring!!)”