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NRO Welcomes New Development Director

Asa_Hat_Picture_2017Åsa Armstrong joined the National Repertory Orchestra (NRO) on December 11, 2017 as the Director of Development.  Born and raised in Sweden, Åsa has called Breckenridge home for the past 26 years, where she resides with her husband Olin, and their two children Heidi and Max. Since graduating from the University of Wyoming with a B.A. in Communications, Åsa has dedicated her career to development work for nonprofit organizations such as The Summit Foundation, Bristlecone Foundation and most recently Keystone Science School.  “My personal mission in life is to provide youth and adults with opportunities to pursue their passions and goals in life” says Åsa, and adds “we can all use a helping hand to reach our dreams, weather it is to embark on a music career or simply spend a summer away from home to experience the joy of being surrounded by high-caliber musicians as mentors.” Åsa is currently a member of the Summit County Rotary Club, where she served as the Youth Exchange Officer for the past five years.  “Throughout my career and volunteer work I have been fortunate to fulfill my personal mission and I’m looking forward to working with the NRO in Changing Lives Through Music!

2015 Alumnus Gets Job in Charlotte

Hunter Gordon croppedOriginally from Port Angeles, Washington, Hunter Gordon is currently Acting Section Bassoon of the Charlotte Symphony for the 2017-2018 season. He holds a Master of Music from Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music and both a Bachelor of Music and Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Oberlin College and Conservatory. Previously Second Bassoon/Assistant Principal of the Symphony of Southeast Texas, Gordon has also appeared with the Houston Symphony, Houston Grand Opera, Louisiana Philharmonic and as guest principal of the Jacksonville Symphony. Hunter’s summer festivals include the Verbier Festival, Spoleto Festival USA, National Repertory Orchestra (2015), Texas Music Festival and Round Top Festival Institute. His primary teachers are Benjamin Kamins, George Sakakeeny and Otto Eifert.

Hunter says, “NRO was a fantastic way to become familiar with major orchestral repertoire, something that has proven to be invaluable in the years since I attended. The experience of preparing and performing so many concerts was extremely beneficial and helped shape my approach to a career in music.”