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Music For Everyone

Stay tuned for this program’s free event listings for the 2019 Summer Festival season!

For symphony orchestras to survive and thrive, musicians need to be advocates for classical music in all aspects of life, especially by being active and present in their communities. During their summer fellowship, National Repertory Orchestra musicians take part in the NRO’s Community Engagement Program, which prepares the musicians for an active role in the communities they will be serving, and, more importantly, provides free musical events for youth, the general community, and those who are under-served in Summit County, Colorado. Each summer, the National Repertory Orchestra performs more than 25 free Community Engagement events throughout the community.

Mary Javian, Chair of Career Studies at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, PA, provides NRO musicians with extensive Education and Community Engagement training each year. Through innovative ensembles and full orchestral performances, that are both educational and inspiring, musicians introduce children of all ages to orchestral music through a variety of age-appropriate activities. Activities include movement to music, sound-scapes, rhythmic recognition, composition and “petting zoos” – a popular, hands-on format that allows children to hold and play real musical instruments. Venues for these activities include but are not limited to: Breckenridge Riverwalk Center, Carter Park, Summit County public libraries and schools. Early exposure to classical music engages children’s emotional, mental, and cognitive development. Thus, these events will improve the quality of life for Summit County children and their parents. Mary Javian works with NRO musicians to help them develop an appropriate teaching method that corresponds to actual curricula and enhances their musical education experiences. Each of these experiences serves to introduce and/or reinforce children’s interest in music, strengthening participation in school music programs across the county. The National Repertory Orchestra is a firm believer that music is for everyone and takes great pride in its ability to provide the community with free musical events.