NRO chooses new executive director |

NRO chooses new executive director

Summit Daily News
Summit Daily/Mark Fox

BRECKENRIDGE ” Kerry Farrell, the National Repertory Orchestra’s pick for its new executive director, has known about the organization since college. As a trombone player, one of his professors knew 30-year NRO musical director Carl Topilow, and encouraged him to audition.

Although he never made it into the summer festival that works to prepare musicians under 30 for careers with a professional orchestra, he’s now heading up the organization.

He cited wanting to “more deeply ingrain the NRO as a community resource,” but for now is just learning the ropes of the job.

Farrell hails from Los Angeles, where he worked for the Henry Mancini Institute, and also gigged with his trombone ” solo, and with his wife.

In discussing his philosophy on orchestral music in today’s world, he said, “I think that the place for orchestral music in our culture has been diminished a lot in the last 50 years or so. This summer institute that is the NRO is a great opportunity to strengthen the place of orchestral music in everyday culture, and help people to connect with a wide variety of musical opportunities.”

Farrell replaces Terese Kaptur, whose contract the NRO board of trustees decided not to renew in March.

The NRO kicks off its 2007 season on June 16.

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