Jared Farley is a Strategic Communication and Film Studies student at Western State Colorado University. Jared has been passionately pursuing filmmaking and photography for three years, focusing mainly on outdoor sports and short narrative films. He is also on WSCU’s freeride ski team and enjoys many other outdoor pursuits. When he’s not outside with his camera, he enjoys playing piano, writing, and studying astronomy.
Meredith Russell is a Stage Manager and Event Coordinator based out of the Cincinnati Area. Having just recently graduated with her Bachelors from Northern Kentucky University, she is finishing up her contract with Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park as a Stage Management Intern, with hopes of a long career in the stage management circle.
From a mostly theatrical background, Meredith is beyond thrilled to be contracted as the Stage Manager for the NRO, and can’t wait to see what new things she can learn and absorb from the orchestra world.
A native of Brazil, Larissa Powers is a librarian and violist based in Louisiana. As an orchestral musician, Larissa has performed with several orchestras in the Gulf Coast area, such as the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, Pensacola Symphony Orchestra, and Atlanta Pops Orchestra. She has also performed with the Hollywood Concert Orchestra in their China tour in 2013 and 2014.
Currently, Larissa has been working in the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra Music Library, under the guidance of Lyle Wong. She has also served as Assistant Music Librarian for the Valdosta Symphony Orchestra in Georgia. Mrs. Powers received her Master of Music in Viola Performance from the University of Georgia and currently resides in New Orleans with her husband Jacob and their dog Kika.
Hailing from the suburbs of Chicago, the NRO is delighted to welcome Katharine Allison to Breckenridge, Colorado. This past summer and fall, she worked in the marketing department at YMCA of the Rockies in Estes Park, Colorado, and Snow Mountain Ranch in Granby, Colorado. For the winter season, she made her way to Crested Butte, Colorado to join the marketing team at the Adaptive Sports Center. She found her passion working for non-profits during her time at Penn State when she served as an operations lieutenant for the largest student-run philanthropy in the world, the Penn State Dance Marathon, also known as THON™. Katharine is ecstatic to join our team and looks forward to, “transitioning to a place where the beauty of song and tradition take precedent.”
When she’s not busy writing or shooting video, you can find her exploring the outdoors, playing piano, or hanging out in mountain town coffee shops.
Eri Isomura is a librarian, percussionist and keyboardist based in Minneapolis. She has been working in the Minnesota Orchestra Music Library for the last six years under the direction of Paul Gunther and Maureen Conroy. In addition, she is the librarian for the Wayzata Symphony Orchestra, administrative assistant for the Hill House Chamber Players, and a rehearsal assistant for Greater Twin Cities Youth Symphonies. She received her Master’s in Music in percussion from The Boston Conservatory, and continues to pursue marimba and new music performance as a freelance artist.
After serving as the NRO’s Library Fellow during the 2017 festival, she is thrilled to join the NRO team for another fantastic summer season, this time as Assistant Librarian!
Åsa 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!
On 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.
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.
Dear NRO Supporter,
My 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.
In the Orchestra’s days as the “Colorado Philharmonic,” sixteen-year-old Michaela Paetsch arrived in her cowboy boots as the youngest concertmistress in the organization’s history. Over her two years with the orchestra, she performed as a soloist five times and enjoyed the camaraderie found in collaborating with her young colleagues. Her first appearance with the orchestra was in 1977, Carl Topilow’s first year as Music Director and Principal Conductor.
Ms. Paetsch had worked with Maestro Topilow around Denver, in the top positions, with the Denver Young Artists Orchestra and the Colorado All State Orchestra, alongside her siblings. She experienced success both as an orchestral player and as a soloist, including winning first prize in both the MTNA and ASTA solo violin competitions in Chicago. Performing with her family is a large part of Michaela’s life and she credits them with her continued passion and success in music. Ms. Paetsch performed the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto for the first time at the age of twelve with the Colorado Springs Symphony Orchestra.
In Switzerland her achievements include having performed with pianist and politician Simonetta Sommaruga, who later became President of the Swiss Federal Council. Through Ms. Sommaruga, she also performed for the official visit of Ex-President Holland from Paris in Bern. Michaela has appeared more frequently in Colorado over the last few years with such notable performers as pianist and composer Peter Biro and pianist Abe Minzer. In the last few years Mr. Biro has written four Sonatas exclusively for Ms. Paetsch and himself. Mr. Minzer runs the “Classically Alive” series in Colorado Springs and in this intimate and lovely venue, his own Minzer/Schreuder residence, he will perform alongside Ms. Paetsch and cellist Norah Clydesdale on September 22 of this year as well as an appearance together in Canon City on September 24.
Michaela now lives in Ligerz, Switzerland with her family and two cats and is thrilled to return to the NRO to share her 40th anniversary with Carl.
Meet NRO Guest Conductor Miguel Harth-Bedoya on July 6th from 4-7pm at Arts Alive Gallery! This Emmy-award winning conductor is in his seventeenth season as Music Director of the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra and is Chief Conductor of the Norwegian Radio Orchestra in Oslo.
This event is open to public and is a great opportunity to get to know the conductor before the orchestra’s performance of “Shostakovich’s Fifth” on July 7th at 7:30pm! Complimentary appetizers and drinks will be provided.