National Repertory Orchestra

At a Glance:

  • The National Repertory is a highly intensive 8-week orchestral program
  • Musicians ages 18-29 perform as many as 21 concerts each season
  • The Orchestra is led by world-renowned guest conductors in addition to Music Director Michael Stern


The National Repertory Orchestra is a preeminent intensive summer music festival developing diverse, thoughtful and socially conscious musicians through experiential learning.  Young musicians from around the world meet in Breckenridge, Colorado, each summer for 8 intensive weeks of orchestral study under the baton of Music Director Michael Stern and world-renowned guest conductors. 

The NRO offers more repertoire than any other festival, with multiple full programs performed each week of the festival. With programing ranging from the cornerstones of western classical music to the most prolific, new voices of our day, NRO musicians explore a wide breadth of music each summer. Alumni can be found in virtually every professional orchestra in the country. NRO musicians enjoy free tuition and housing each summer, in addition to solo opportunities and stipends offered for food and travel. 

The National Repertory Orchestra firmly believes music is for everyone and takes great pride in our ability to provide the community with free musical events. Recognizing that, for symphony orchestras to survive and thrive, musicians must be advocates for classical music, the NRO is dedicated to community engagement. During the summer fellowship, NRO musicians take part in the NRO’s community engagement program, which prepares musicians for an active role in the communities they serve.

Each summer, the NRO performs more than 32 free community engagement events throughout Summit County and beyond, breaking barriers between education, performance and community to develop 21st century musicians!

Photo by Jenny Cvek

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