Highlights & Benefits


Eight-week Season
The NRO performs two full orchestral concerts each week in Breckenridge’s beautiful Riverwalk Center during the eight-weeks the orchestra is in residence. These performances also include several run-out engagements.  In addition to the orchestra performances the NRO engages members of the New York Philharmonic, Dallas Symphony, and Philadelphia Orchestras to participate as master class clinicians. In addition to working with Maestro Topilow, NRO members work with outstanding guest conductors and participate in seminars with inspiring clinicians. 

For additional information regarding each element of the NRO experience please follow the links below.

Music Director, Maestro Topilow
Guest Conductors
Artist Residencies

Life in Breckenridge, Colorado
The National Repertory Orchestra is honored to reside in the beautiful and historic ski town of Breckenridge, Colorado. Beyond the picturesque scenery, incredible and numerous outdoor activities, and lively arts scene, we are fortunate to have an involved and generous community that avidly supports the NRO’s mission. For more information on life in Breckenridge please visit GoBreck, Breckenridge Ski Resort, or The Town of Breckenridge.

Outreach and Community Events
As part of the NRO experience each musician participates in outreach and community engagement services.  These events are highly diverse and offer NRO musicians the opportunity to perform chamber music with their colleagues. The events are often in the form of donor events, marketing events, educational concerts, public chamber concerts, or music therapy outreach events.

Community Link
The NRO Summer program provides opportunities for members of the local community to be actively involved in the organization. Through Community Link, NRO musicians and interns are matched with local families and offered weekly activities such as hiking, rafting trips, picnics, and sports events.  For more information on the Community Link program CLICK HERE.

Solo Opportunities
As part of the NRO’s program, Music Director Carl Topilow features NRO musicians in solo performances with the orchestra throughout the season.

Audition Opportunities
Representatives from various orchestras regularly visit Breckenridge during the summer offering opportunities for NRO musicians to audition.  In addition members of the orchestra take part in mock auditions throughout the duration of the summer.

The NRO has alumni in almost every major and regional orchestra in the country and many abroad.  To find out more about what they are doing and what they thought of their NRO experience please follow the links below.

Alumni Spotlights


Shared ski resort employee style accommodations are provided for each NRO Fellow & Full-time Seasonal Staff. Accommodations are secured through individual housing companies in Breckenridge.  Each condo or home is located near free public transportation and is equipped with kitchenware, towels, and bedding. Units may NOT be equipped with the following (each unit varies): free on-site parking, laundry, a TV, on-site gym, hot tub, pool or sauna.

A $100 housing deposit is due at the beginning of the festival and is held until departure.  Once the unit has been inspected and is considered to be in a satisfactory state, the housing deposit will be returned. 

For examples of typical NRO housing, please visit Breckenridge Terrace.

Each NRO Fellow & Full-time Seasonal Staff receives a grocery allowance during the eight-week summer season.  This stipend is split into two payments, one at the beginning of the festival and one at the beginning of the fifth week.  The total allowance is $425.

Work-Study Opportunities
Fellows who are interested in work study opportunities while attending the festival may apply to work either with the library or production staff.  Space is limited for work-study opportunities and is based on a first come first served basis.  These opportunities offer hands on experience in the production of a summer festival.  The typical stipend received for a work-study position is $250.

Time-Off Policy
Professional orchestras throughout the country often hold national auditions during the summer months.  NRO understands the need and encourages musicians to attend these auditions.  In order to receive time off, requests must be submitted two weeks prior to attending the festival.  Each request is subject to approval by the Music Director.