National Repertory Orchestra presents new leadership award |

National Repertory Orchestra presents new leadership award

Mike Altenberg and his wife Libby Bortz. Altenberg is the first recipient of the annual Michael Altenberg Leadership Award named in his honor.
Special to the Daily |

The Michael Altenberg Leadership Award was created this year to honor those individuals who have demonstrated exceptional foresight, fortitude and dedication in support of the National Repertory Orchestra. This annual award sets a standard of patronage, volunteerism and financial support that few have achieved.

Michael Altenberg, the first recipient of the award named in his honor, first heard the orchestra play when it was in residence in Keystone in the late 1980s. He recalls that the orchestra had just moved from Evergreen, changing its name from the Colorado Philharmonic to the National Repertory Orchestra. Michael joined the Board of Trustees in 1992 and was elected president in 1995. At that time, the orchestra’s greatest challenge was fundraising and debt reduction in order to remain solvent during a time of dire financial crisis. The orchestra prevailed and has prospered since those days, while Altenberg’s dedication and commitment have never faltered.

“It was indeed an honor to receive this award,” said Altenberg, “However there were several other committed members that shared in the turnaround of the fortunes of the orchestra. Of major importance were the contributions of time and energy of Tom Rader, Jim Kreider, Greg Dobbs and Gerri Cohen. All continue as sustainers of the NRO.”

For more than 55 years, the National Repertory Orchestra has played an important role in preparing young musicians for careers in the orchestral world while delivering outstanding musical performances of the classical repertoire for residents and visitors in Summit County. The NRO provides a unique opportunity for young musicians, ages 18–26, to gather invaluable experience playing a broad variety of orchestral works during our summer music festival season. Led by music director Carl Topilow and world renowned guest conductors, the talented musicians in this 88-piece orchestra are afforded a rare opportunity to practice their craft in a real-world scenario.

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