The National Repertory Orchestra (NRO) is committed to the safety and well-being of our fellows, staff, patrons and our entire community. This page is updated regularly and as changes are necessary.

Summit County is in the Safer at Home Level ORANGE: HIGH RISK phase of COVID-19 stabilization, or “openness.” 

Read the Summit County Public Health Order.

*Face Masks/Coverings are REQUIRED in Breckenridge and Summit County.

Specific Level Orange Restrictions:

  • High risk populations: Strongly advised to stay at home
  • Personal gathering size: Up to 10 people from no more than two households
  • Child care: open with standard ratios
  • P-12 schools: In-person suggested. Counties are encouraged to prioritize in-person learning by suspending other extracurricular and recreational activities in order to preserve effective cohorting.
  • Restaurants: 25 percent capacity or 50 people, whichever is fewer; on-premises sale, consumption and service of alcohol must stop by 9:30 p.m.; takeout alcohol sales must stop by 10:30 p.m.; dining parties limited to 10 people from no more than two households; patrons in different parties must be spaced a minimum of 6 feet apart.
  • Offices: 25 percent capacity; remote work strongly encouraged
  • Gyms/fitness: 25 percent capacity or 25 people, whichever is fewer; outdoor groups limited to 10 people
  • Group sports: Virtual, or outdoors in groups of 10 or fewer
  • Retail: 50 percent capacity, with increased curbside pickup and delivery; dedicated senior/at-risk hours encouraged
  • Personal services (e.g., salons, massage): 25 percent capacity or 25 people, whichever is fewer
  • Indoor events: 25 percent capacity or 50 people, whichever is fewer
  • Outdoor events: 25 percent capacity or 75 people, whichever is fewer
  • Outdoor guided services: 25 percent capacity or 10 people, whichever is fewer.

Tip from the NRO

YOU can still support local businesses through takeout, delivery and indoor/outdoor dining. The Breckenridge Tourism Office has put together a list of open retailers and restaurants so you can securely shop and satisfy your cravings.

Breckenridge restaurants are open to indoor dining at 25% capacity or 50 people with last call at 9:30pm. Additional protocols are in place to keep guests and staff safe.  Seating is limited to two households and 10 people for individual tables.  Find restaurants approved for indoor dining.  Several restaurants are also offering limited outdoor dining.  Indoor and outdoor dining is extremely limited and diners are encouraged to make reservations if possible and expect wait times prior to dining.

Curbside and Dining To-Go

have been added around town to make picking up your food/online purchase easy and convenient.

Curbside Map of Pick-Up Locations

Breckenridge Retailers

The 5 Star State Certification is a program set up at the county level through an administrative committee who is responsible for developing, implementing and overseeing the program. It encourages businesses to implement safety measures beyond what is already required by public health orders and guidelines that will help slow the spread of COVID-19.

Summit County’s 5 Star Certified Businesses

COVID-19 Testing

Due to the current spike in COVID-19 cases in Summit County, Summit County Public Health is strongly encouraging all community members to get tested, even if they don’t have symptoms of illness. Testing is extremely important in identifying infections in both symptomatic and asymptomatic individuals. Find locations for free testing at

To view the local public health order, including the mitigation measures for events, businesses, short-term lodging, restaurants and bars, visit

Breckenridge Community Testing Site

The Speakeasy Theater

103 South Harris Street, operated by Vail Health, Monday – Friday, 8:00am – 5:00pm

CDPHE and Summit County Public Health recommends taking the following actions:

  • How can you get COVID-19? 
  • Wear a cloth covering when out in public. FAQs on cloth masks
  • For locals, if your job allows you to work from home, please make accommodations to do so. If you can’t work from home, maintain at least 6 feet of distance between you and your coworkers or customers.
  • Stay home or in a comparable setting as much as possible.
  • When in public spaces, maintain as much distance as possible from others.
  • Continue healthy, non-group activities like walking, hiking, jogging, cycling and other activities that maintain distance from other people. When on trail, step aside to maintain appropriate distance from others.
  • Don’t gather in group settings.
  • Frequently and thoroughly wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
  • Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash, or use your inner elbow or sleeve.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Clean surfaces in your home, and personal items such as cell phones, using regular household products.

NRO COVID-19 Resources

Breck COVID-19 Toolbox

Mental Health

  • Building Hope Summit County
  • Download the  Coronavirus Anxiety Workbook for practical exercises to reduce anxiety and build resilience through these times.
  • Mind Springs Health has launched a new mental health support line. Anyone who is struggling can call 1-877-519-7505 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Looking for where you can buy a mask? Find a list of businesses selling masks here.


BRECKENRIDGE, CO (April 20, 2020):  On Friday, April 17, the National Repertory Orchestra Board of Trustees unanimously approved a motion to cancel the 60th Anniversary Diamond Concert Season slated for June 12 – July 31, 2020, in Breckenridge and surrounding areas of Summit County, CO.

Read the Press Release

For the first time in Breckenridge’s robust history, iconic Main Street will close to vehicles and become a temporary, open-air pedestrian walking mall. While automobiles did not make their debut in Breckenridge until the turn of the century, Main Street has transformed many times over it’s 150 years in existence. Downtown Breckenridge began as a humble dirt road bustling with hundreds of horseback prospectors in search of their soon-to-be fortune and shifted over time to the new-school scene filled with hundreds of boutiques and restaurants. The walkable experiment will allow for breathing room in today’s normal and opens a new chapter for the downtown core.

Breckenridge’s vibrant creative community takes the arts outside this summer with safe, open-air cultural opportunities along the Town’s creative corridor intersecting Walkable Main from the Riverwalk Center to the Arts District Campus. Downtown guests can expect pop-up performances, demonstrations, workshops and great art in the great outdoors. Arts programming is produced in partnership with Breckenridge Creative Arts, Breckenridge Music, National Repertory Orchestra and Breckenridge Film Festival.

The Riverwalk will play home to morning yoga, pop-up quartet performances by the National Repertory Orchestra, local musicians, storytellers and performance artists Wednesday through Sunday during the lunch and dinner hours. Downtown guests are encouraged to support a local business, grab a bite to-go and enjoy animation from pre-arranged appropriately distanced picnic tables. In addition, The Riverwalk Center concession stand, The Blue, will be serving drinks and snacks to compliment fresh air and any take out meal.

Mountain craft and visual art classes that previously were offered inside will move into the open air and feature live demonstrations and take-and-make activities by local artists. Creative opportunities will take place outside next to the Robert Whyte House on the Arts District in the morning and mid-afternoon Wednesday through Sunday. Breckenridge Heritage Alliance will also resume their popular haunted and walk through history tours starting from the Breckenridge Welcome Center.


April 20, 2020

To the National Repertory Orchestra Musicians, Staff, and Patrons,

Due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, the National Repertory Orchestra (NRO) has made the difficult decision to cancel the 2020, 60th Anniversary Diamond Concert Season.  In consideration of the health and safety of our musicians, staff, and patrons, we believe this is the most prudent and responsible course of action.

We do not take the decision lightly.  While we regret the need for this choice, we understand the bearing it has on our musician fellows, summer staff, board, donors, sponsors, patrons, the Town of Breckenridge, Summit County, and all our NRO family.  Given the uncertainty of the novel virus and the possible serious health ramifications, this is our best option for the 2020 music festival and the long-term future of the NRO.

We are in the process of reaching out to all supporters of our 60th Anniversary Season to discuss the effects of the cancellation.

All ticket purchasers will have the option of a complete refund, donating the cost of the tickets to the NRO for a fully tax-deductible contribution or a combination of both.

The DNA of the NRO is education.  For this reason, we are exploring remote learning opportunities to expand and continue world-class training and experiences for our NRO fellows – past, present, and future.

Our musicians have an invitation to attend the 2021 National Repertory Orchestra Season without retaking an audition.  Details will be communicated to the musicians very soon.

The NRO is here for you now and will be here for you in the future with innovative programming, performances, community engagement, and education for our musicians and our community in 2021. Sixty successful seasons do not happen without tremendous support and love. We are grateful to everyone who makes the NRO one of the most successful and influential summer educational music festivals in the world year after year.

We wish our entire NRO family, musicians, patrons, supporters, and alumni health and safety, especially during these unprecedented times.

David A. DePeters
National Repertory Orchestra


April 6, 2020

I hope this note finds you and your loved ones healthy, safe, and comfortable.

Today the NRO Team remains working from home and looking forward to the day; we can get out in the fresh air with friends and colleagues. Until then, we have the anticipation of the new season to keep us warm and excited.    

We may miss personal contact, but we also know this sacrifice is small when considering our wonderful first responders, medical teams, and all the people working hard to keep us safe. So while personal distancing and “stay at home” recommendations may seem difficult, we do it happily to keep our friends and family safe.

We also remain humble at the responses we have received from so many of you. It is beautiful to hear how much the NRO means to people, how our mission brings people together, and how our musicians fill lives with joy. Our team feels the same.  

Soon we will pass through this period to come out the other side. The NRO will again be here to fill your hearts with joy, and our musicians will soon be onstage amazing us all. Our motto – Changing Lives Through Music speaks not only to how our mission changes our musician’s lives but also how our musicians change your lives. 

In the meantime, please stay safe and healthy. 


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March 20, 2020

These are indeed unusual times. I hope this note finds you and your loved ones well.  Because we are all experiencing the impacts of a novel virus together, I would like to share with you the NRO’s plans for our 60th Anniversary Diamond Concert Season and how we are preparing for COVID-19. These updates will be on-going since so much is changing so often.

We continue to comply with the direction given by Summit County Public Health, The Town of Breckenridge, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, and the Centers for Disease Control. The Town and County are doing amazing work keeping residents safe and healthy. Summit County issued a public health order that included temporarily prohibiting large gatherings, closures of non-essential businesses, public transportation suspensions, and encouraging non-residents to relocate to their primary residences. View the orderVail Resorts and other ski areas have suspended operations with Breckenridge (in Summit County) possibly re-opening at the end of April.

On a happier note, our entire orchestra has been hired.  Our program planning is nearly complete, and tickets are about to go on sale. We remain excited about the season, our 60th Anniversary celebration, and the return of Alumni and past NRO supporters.

This season, rather than a film with a live orchestra, we will be performing Cirque de la Symphonie showcasing our musicians, jugglers, acrobats, and strong men. This concert will be great fun and a unique experience for all.  I hope you can join us. Though our ticket policy has always been non-refundable, ticket buyers will be able to make changes without penalty during these unprecedented times. Look for specific guidelines in updates and announcements in our newsletter, on social media platforms, and at

We are all a family, and as such, we need to take care of each other. Please practice social distancing, act as if you may be carrying the virus, and do not want to give it to anyone else.

Remain vigilant and be safe,


Dave DePeters
National Repertory Orchestra


March 15, 2020

The NRO board and staff continue to look forward to our 60th Anniversary Diamond Concert Season taking place in Breckenridge, CO during June and July. Our plans are well underway for a great celebratory festival. And while we continue to move toward this historic milestone, we also continue to monitor COVID-19 and information from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) as well as local and national government health organizations.

Like many of you, we are practicing social distancing. Our first actions were taken earlier this week, prior to the Summit School District closure, by canceling in-school performances by NRO alumni. Alumni that would have had to fly into Denver International Airport, shuttle to Summit County, and perform in front of entire school classes. Our year-round team will also telework, each person working from home for the foreseeable future.  The entire staff can still be reached during business hours by calling the office number, 970-453-5825 and following the prompts.

The landscape is ever-changing, and with these changes, the NRO will continue to adapt our plans for the 60th Season. We are working with the Town of Breckenridge, Summit County, and other governmental organizations as well as BreckCreate and the staff of the Riverwalk Center to make sure every effort is made to keep our musicians, staff, and patrons as safe as possible.

Our 60th Anniversary Diamond Concert Season begins June 12, before then I have no doubt there will be many changes to the needs and actions we will all have to take to keep our communities safe. Until that time, and beyond, the entire NRO family will continue to stay abreast of those changes and will make adjustments as necessary, always keeping in mind health and safety.

Please look for consistent updates at

Dave DePeters
National Repertory Orchestra