BRECKENRIDGE - The National Repertory Orchestra's executive director since 1999 will not get a chance to see her ninth season through. The NRO board announced Thursday that they will not renew Terese Kaptur's contract, citing an inability to mutually agree on an extension."Terese specializes in taking ailing organizations, especially symphonies, and breathing life into them, and getting them back on their feet," said NRO board president Reginald Gray. "She's done an exceptional job for us."
"After nine years we wanted to take a look in the marketplace and see who could be the next executive director for our organization as it reaches a million-dollar-plus budget," Gray said.Kaptur first served as the director of artistic operations for both the Breckenridge Music Institute and the National Repertory Orchestra before attaining the position of executive director of the NRO in 2002.
"I have accomplished what I set out to do for the National Repertory Orchestra. It's time for me to pursue some other opportunities," Kaptur said. "I will deeply miss the orchestra and the community."The organization was in a deficit situation when Kaptur came aboard, and in the eight years since, the administrative and operations staff grew, the budget doubled, ticket sales and attendance increased an average of 10 percent each season, and an endowment was established and grown to $300,000.
Kaptur is also attributed with creating and maintaining the educational components of the NRO, including the Career Perspectives Program that helps show the different ways musicians can be employed with music. She has also been a strong advocate for bringing music to the 0-3 aged population and other underserved populations.According to Gray, the NRO will begin the search to fill the position this week, by first forming a committee appointed by Gray. He said they will have someone in place by June 1, whether a permanent or interim director.The National Repertory Orchestra is a nonprofit organization with a mission to prepare young musicians ages 18-28 for careers in professional orchestras in the United States and abroad. Each summer, approximately 88 musicians are chosen in a nationwide audition tour to participate in an intense symphonic orchestral experience.