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National Repertory Orchestra

Nearly 70% of the NRO's budget comes from fundraising efforts that directly supports our merit-based, tuition-free summer festival, free education community programs and world-class concerts at affordable ticket prices.

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Education & Community Engagement Program

Class

Education 

Beneficiaries

Adolescents/Youth (13-19 years)
Adults
Aging, Elderly, Senior Citizens
Children (4-12 years)
General population

Description

For symphony orchestras to survive and thrive, musicians need to be advocates for classical music in all aspects of life. The National Repertory Orchestra provides such skills and experience through a summer education track.

During their summer fellowship, National Repertory Orchestra musicians take part in the NRO's Education and 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.

Education & Community Engagement events includes but are not limited to:
Free Pop-Up concerts throughout Summit County
Performances at area schools, libraries, senior centers, hospitals and local businesses.
Free family concerts throughout Summit County

The National Repertory Orchestra is a firm believer that the sustainability of the modern orchestra is dependent on the active participation of its musicians beyond their extraordinary musical abilities.



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Evidence of Program's Success

Concert Season Accomplishments Overview:
The six-week NRO summer festival, two weeks shorter than in past years due to COVID-19 Restrictions,
featured 72 NRO Musicians who performed in 14 orchestral concerts, 30 chamber performances and 35 open rehearsals. These performances took place throughout Summit County and beyond and reached over 16,300 individuals at 13 venues.

Summit County Impact in 2021:
· 35 open rehearsals - FREE
· 30 Community Engagement Performances - FREE
· 11 orchestral concerts - TICKETED
· 3 family concerts - FREE

96% of the surveyed audience would return for another season based on the 2021 NRO performance
100% of the surveyed Community Engagement audience said the performance enhanced their experience in Summit County.

Professional Artist in Residence Program

Class

Education 

Beneficiaries

Adults
Ethnic/Racial Minorities
General population
Young Adults (20-25 years)

Description

The National Repertory Orchestra provides an intensive hands-on experience for 89 music fellows annually. During an eight-week summer festival, they present a typical orchestra's nine-month season.

The Music Fellows are mentored by the Professional Artists in Residence to include: Career perspectives, Education and Community Engagement program experience, mock auditions and entrepreneurial skills. After the eight-week summer festival, the NRO musicians have the skills necessary to land gainful employment with esteemed professional orchestras throughout the world.

2020 and 2021 Guest Artists:
Violin Virtuosos​ - Midori, Augustin Hadelich​ and Pinchas Zukerman​
Boulder Philharmonic​ - Charles Wetherbee​
Butler University​ - Anton Nel ​
Cincinnati Symphony​ - Henrik Heide, former member​
Cleveland Orchestra​ - Stanley Konopka​
Dallas Symphony​ - Matt Good​, Erin Hannigan​ and Nicolas Tsolainos
Los Angeles Philharmonic​ - Burt Hara, Peter Stumpf, former member​
Minnesota Orchestra​ - Ellen Dinwiddie Smith​
New York Philharmonic​ - Joe Alessi​, Christopher Lamb, Roger Nye​
Philadelphia Orchestra​ - David Bilger, Elizabeth Hainen​, Don Liuzzi, David Kim

2020 and 2021 Conductors:
Carl Topilow, M.D., National Repertory Orchestra​
Steven Schick,​ M.D., BreckMusic​
Jason Seber,​ Asst. Conductor, Kansas City Symphony​
Teddy Abrams, ​M.D., Louisville Symphony​
Marcelo Lehninger, ​M.D., Grand Rapids Symphony​
Michael Stern, ​M.D., Kansas City Symphony​
Joshua Weilerstein,​M.D., Lucerne Chamber Orchestra​

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Evidence of Program's Success

100% of the surveyed 2021 musicians (66 responses out of 72 musicians) said they would recommend NRO to a friend.

92% of the surveyed musicians said they would audition for the 2022 season and 8% was unsure



Summer Music Festival

Class

Arts, Culture & Humanities 

Beneficiaries

Aging/Elderly/Senior Citizens
Children (4-12 years)
Ethnic/Racial Minorities
General population
Infants/Young Children (birth - 3 years)

Description

For over 60 years the National Repertory Orchestra has been on the forefront of the nation's summer music festivals with a rigorous fellowship, providing them with opportunities to perform with world-renowned conductors and mentored by professional musicians.

Each year the organization auditions approximately 1,000 young musicians from leading conservatories and music schools in the US. Eighty-nine musicians are invited to an eight-week tuition-free, merit-based summer festival in Breckenridge, Colorado. The preeminent career-preparatory experience for these musicians is an intensive rehearsal and performance schedule, during which an entire orchestral season of twenty concerts is compressed into eight short weeks of demanding repertoire.

Not only must these musicians play with a whole complement of new colleagues, but they must also perform a wide range of material with only a few rehearsals for each performance. In addition to their regular concert series, musicians give back to the Summit County community by performing Education and Community Engagement Outreach concerts. These Outreach performances serve as an educational and enjoyable experience for children, adults, and the elderly. At the end of the summer season, the young musicians will have developed strong skills in a fast paced environment and have brought their musicianship to new heights.

Although the National Repertory Orchestra is primarily performing in Summit County, they also travel to surrounding communities. .

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Evidence of Program's Success

100% of the surveyed musicians (66 responses out of 72 musicians) said they would recommend NRO to a friend.

92% of the surveyed musicians said they would audition for the 2022 season and 8% was unsure

Musician Testimonials:
"The summer I spent at the NRO was the perfect experience for me at that time. It helped me transition from the mentality of 'student' to 'professional'. The high level of performance, the plethora of great music performed each week, and the camaraderie of the ensemble are unlike anything most of us experience as students. NRO teaches the tools and confidence needed to succeed as performing musicians of the highest level."
Christopher Martin,
Principal Trumpet, New York Philharmonic, 1997 NRO Alumnus

"Some of the playing I heard onstage at the Riverwalk Center rivaled that of some of the most famous major orchestras in this country. I have been blessed to work with virtually every major American orchestra, many of them multiple times, and I can say that without a shadow of a doubt my recent experience as soloist and conductor with the National Repertory Orchestra was one of the highlights of my recent musical life."
Jeffrey Kahane,
Music Director of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra. NRO 2014 Guest Conductor

"My NRO experience was phenomenal! I felt like I grew as a player and was pushed and respected by my colleagues. I also thought the part assignments let me play a wide range of roles in the orchestra and helped me to grow."
2018 NRO Musician

"Players gain a gargantuan amount of experience in a short time, have unbelievably good living conditions, and work with amazing artists."
2018 NRO Musician

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