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 Public Health issued an amended and restated Public Health Order Thursday to align with the updated Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) health order that will dissolve the current state Dial 3.0 beginning at 12:01 am on Friday, April 16. Control over COVID-19 restrictions will now rest with each county to determine what is best for their unique situation.

Review the Summit County Public Health Order.

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

Vaccinated travelers are still required to wear a mask and keep their distance as the experts are still learning how COVID-19 vaccines work in real-world conditions.

Under Level Green, the following restrictions are in effect:
The Summit County Physical Distancing Protocol (PDP) is no longer mandatory for businesses but employers are still encouraged to use the protocols as guidance and are required to prevent staff from working if they are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms.

The 5 Star Program is no longer available in Level Green as there is no longer an option to “level up” beyond Level Green. Summit County and the 5 Star Committee would like to thank the many 5 Star businesses who worked hard to create safer environments for staff and patrons. Businesses are encouraged to continue with some of those protocols such as enhanced ventilation even though they are no longer mandatory.

Significant clarification was added for the use of face coverings: 

Face coverings are required for indoor areas open to the general public and at outdoor events when individuals will be within 6 feet of each other for more than 15 minutes (Ex. Outdoor concert or parade)

Masks are not required in the following situations;

A band playing at a local bar does not need masks as long as the audience is more than 25 feet away,

Alone, or with others from their household, in a room in a public indoor space such as a sauna or exercise room.

Private meetings or workplace spaces where all persons are vaccinated and the public does not have access,

Physical activities such as swimming, wrestling, spirit or other sports where helmets/mouth guards interfere with the mask and wearing a mask poses a physical or breathing hazard to the wearer.

Hearing-impaired or otherwise disabled or who are communicating with someone who is hearing-impaired or otherwise disabled and where the ability to see the mouth is essential to communication,

Receiving a personal service where the temporary removal of the mask is necessary to perform the service,

Entering a business or receiving services and are asked to temporarily remove a mask for identification purposes,

Actively engaged in a public safety role such as law enforcement, firefighters, or emergency medical personnel that prevents the user from safely wearing a mask,

Officiating or participating in a life rite or religious service where the temporary removal of a mask is necessary to complete or participate in the life rite or religious service,

Giving a speech for broadcast or an audience, if the audience is at least 25 feet away from the speaker. The audience members must wear masks.

At this time mask wearing requirements for public venues like restaurants or indoor events will not be relaxed based on vaccination status of business staff or attendees at an event.

Summit County Public Information Hotline: 970-668-9730,
Summit County Public Health Order Violation Hotline: 970-668-8600
Summit County Human Services: 970-668-2940
Summit County Short Term Rental Information Hotline: 970-368-2044

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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