NRO Staff

The people behind the mission.

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Our Mission

The National Repertory Orchestra is a preeminent intensive fellowship that equips young musicians for orchestral music careers while providing the highest-level of musical experience for all stakeholders. We pride ourselves on changing lives through music.

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Our Vision

The National Repertory Orchestra is recognized as a national leader for preparing young musicians for future careers in music. Graduates are actively pursued as the most desirable candidates for placement in professional musical organizations worldwide. As a result, music audiences, educators, professionals, applicants and supporters are inspired to participate in the NRO’s innovative approach to educational and experiential programming.

Full Time Staff

Carl Topilow, Music Director –

David DePeters, CEO –

Åsa Armstong, Director of Development –

Carrie Benefiel, Director of Marketing –

Debbie Higgs, Finance and Office Manager –

Kristin Kall, Director of Operations –

2019 Summer Staff and Fellows

  • Assistant Conductor – Alex Amsel
  • Principal Librarian – Paul Gunther
  • Acting Principal Librarian – Mariel Stauff / Eri Isomura
  • Assistant Librarian – Kelsey Lamb
  • Library Fellow – Leonardo Ziporyn
  • Production Manager – Darrin Blume
  • Stage Manager – Carissa Galban
  • Recording Engineer – Jonathan Chan
  • Production & Recording Fellow – Chace Williams
  • Orchestra Manager – David Bullman
  • Personnel Fellow – Alyssa Wroblewski
  • Community Engagement Manager – Nicolas Gonzalez
  • Community Engagement Fellow – Nicha Stapanukul
  • Artist Liaison Fellow – Indigo Fischer
  • Development Fellows – Haley Nordeen & Shelagh Haney
  • Marketing Fellow – Jacqueline Robertson
  • Photography Fellow – Jenny Cvek
  • CEO Assistant Fellow – Johnathan McCann