Changing Lives Through Music!
   Carl Topilow, Music Director 
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Breckenridge, CO 80424
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Richard Deane (NRO 1985 & 1987) Now Associate Principal Horn of the New York Philharmonic.
Richard joined the NY Philharmonic in the fall of 2014 after 28 years as Third Horn of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. While in Atlanta, Richard participated in almost 100 recordings with the orchestra, of which over 20 were Grammy winners.

In 1985 Richard was a member of the Colorado Philharmonic, which then became the National Repertory Orchestra when he returned for his second summer in 1987.  He states, "My two years with the NRO were maybe the most eye-opening musical experiences I ever had. Playing with that level of committed, amazing musicians was a life changing experience." Read More
Carole Whitney (NRO 1974) Enjoys a 37 Year Career as a Professional Cellist

Carole was a member of the NRO when it was known as the Colorado Philharmonic and when it was located in Evergreen, CO.  At that time, Carl Topilow was the Assistant Conductor.

In 1976 Carole won a job with the New Jersey Symphony orchestra, and shortly after became the orchestra's Assistant Principal Cellist for thirty years.  After returning to Colorado, she has been the Executive Director of the Boulder Bach Festival, and now regularly performs with the Colorado Symphony, the Colorado Bach Ensemble, and Opera Colorado.  Carole also remains a tenured member of the cello section of the Santa Fe Opera, where she happily spends each summer. Read More
Andrew Raciti (NRO 1996 & 1997) Now Acting Principal Bass of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra

After getting his masters degree at Rice University under the tutelage of Paul Ellison, Andy won a position as Associate Principal Bass with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra in Australia.  In 2006 he moved back to the United States and joined the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra.  In addition, he has taught at the Bienen School of Music at Northwestern University since 2011 and in the summers plays in the Grand Teton Music Festival.

"The NRO was my first exposure to the pace and rhythms of a full time orchestral job.  Getting the chance to play so much of the standard repertoire, much of which I'd have to play in auditions later on, gave great context to the excerpts that we practice for thousands of hours.  There is no substitute for actually playing these pieces in an orchestra, and because I showed up very prepared, the NRO was extremely beneficial.  Not to mention a lot of fun!"  Read More
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