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National Repertory Orchestra signs conductor Carl Topilow through 2019

Carl Topilow's position as the music director and conductor of the National Repertory Orchestra has been extended through the 2019 summer music festival season in Breckenridge.

The National Repertory Orchestra (NRO) Board of Trustees has completed contract negotiations with Carl Topilow to extend his position as the music director and conductor of the NRO through the 2019 summer music festival season in Breckenridge.

"Few would have imagined back in 1978, when Carl signed his first contract as music director and conductor, that he would be celebrating his 38th season with the Orchestra in 2015," said Board president, Patrice Lara. "In that time, Carl has led the NRO to the forefront of summer music festivals and conducted the Orchestra in concerts at the Kennedy Center, Wolf Trap, the Olympic Games in Seoul, Korea, in Taiwan and Japan. Every year, he assembles an extraordinary 88-piece orchestra from the nearly 900 exceptionally talented musicians that audition. The repertoire is challenging and intense, but Carl's vision and virtuosity bring out the best in our musicians year after year. Maestro Topilow has become the embodiment of our vision of 'Changing Lives Through Music,' and we are indeed fortunate to have him."

Topilow said he is excited to continue his work with the NRO.

"I am delighted to have the opportunity to continue to bring to Summit County the most gifted young musicians from all over the world to share their talents through music," he said. "It has been incredibly rewarding to see how the NRO has nurtured so many of our alumni to successful careers."

He said each summer festival goes by incredibly fast, as most things that are exciting tend to do. As the young musicians prepare to leave, many of them describe their time with the NRO as the experience that changed their careers and their lives. The NRO delivers an opportunity to perform a large amount of repertoire, working with Maestro Topilow and sitting on a stage with other talented colleagues. And those who live in or visit Summit County are treated to eight weeks of the highest quality orchestral music.

"My experience with the National Repertory Orchestra and Carl really helped to shape my career as a conductor," said Chelsea Tipton, assistant conductor for the NRO in 1999 and 2000 and later conductor of the Beaumont Symphony and pops conductor of the New Haven Symphony. "The volume of repertoire, the speed, efficiency and discipline needed for the summer made me realize how much work it takes to build a successful career as a conductor. This indicates the impact that Carl had on me. I still call Carl for advice to this day. One needs a mentor to show her the path; Carl Topilow has been that light for me. Congratulations to the NRO and Carl Topilow for all you have done for me and so many young, emerging musicians along the way."

Carl Topilow is already working on next year's program, with an Opening Night concert at the Breckenridge Riverwalk Center on Saturday, June 11, 2016.