Application submissions are now under review.  Scholarship recipients will be contacted the first week of March!

If you have any questions about Summit County Music Lesson Scholarships, please email National Repertory Orchestra Director of Operations and Education, Alexis Luque at

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New Collaboration Supports Summit County Music Education

The National Repertory Orchestra (NRO) and Breckenridge Music (BrM) are joining forces to support music education in Summit County. Through Summit County Music Lesson Scholarships (SCMLS), students who are engaged in a music program will have equitable access to private instruction with local musicians and teachers.

Clarinet lessons have been added to SCMLS! The application deadline is extending to Friday, February 26 at 5:00 pm, MST, to ensure all qualifying students get a chance to apply for one-on-one music lessons.

Scholarships may fully-fund after school studies in Piano, Voice, Guitar, Violin, Cello, Clarinet, Flute, Saxophone, Trumpet, Trombone and Percussion. SCMLS is made possible by The Summit Foundation and other generous community members.


  • Inspire middle and high school musicians in their pursuit of excellence.
  • Develop students’ technical aptitude and musicianship on the chosen instrument.
  • Build confidence, focus and social-emotional skills through music.
  • Provide work for underemployed professional musicians and educators in the community.
  • Launch a shared-services model for music education programs augmenting Summit County Schools’ curricular objectives.

Music Bridges Divides

“The transformative power of music bridges all divides, whether social, economic, racial, gender or geographic,” said Dave DePeters, CEO of the NRO. “Music teaches empathy and understanding while bringing people together in a way that, too often, words may fail. SCMLS is the first phase in using music as a tool to support the great work our schools and parents are already doing throughout the community. The NRO’s DNA has always been education and this program is the next natural step in our evolution.”

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Notify Music Teacher or Music Program Leader:

The contact information of the applicant’s school music teacher or music program/activity leader is required.  Students should notify them they are applying for a music lesson scholarship. Upon approval, the NRO Director of Operations and Education will reach out to the listed person to better understand the student’s skill level and help connect them with the appropriate instructor.

Important Information


Applications must be completed by the extended deadline of Friday, February 26 at 5:00 pm, MST for consideration. All submissions will be reviewed by a volunteer committee and awarded on a need basis. Recipients will be contacted via email by the NRO Director of Operations & Education the first week of March to confirm program participation. Scholarships are limited.


Eligible students reside in Summit County, are in 6th through 12th grades (public school, independent, in-person, remote learning or homeschool), know basic skills on an instrument or are engaged in a music program or any activity where the focus is music and music-making.

Program Dates:

Monday, March 8 through Friday, May 28, 2021.


We are committed to the safety of the community, the teachers and the students while sharing the joys of music. Lessons will be thirty minutes to one hour and offered weekly online or in-person pending public health guidelines. Local music educators will teach sessions.

Need help? We’re here for you.

It is our first time too! Summit County Music Lesson Scholarships is a combined pilot effort by the NRO and BrM.  We are happy to answer your questions and help you navigate the application process.

Alexis Luque, Director of Operations & Education
National Repertory Orchestra
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The National Repertory Orchestra and Breckenridge Music have numerous full scholarships to offer.  In the event of extremely high-demand, a partially-funded scholarship for private music lessons may be available. Costs to the applicant would be no more than $15.00 per half-hour session.

Special thanks to The Summit Foundation and other generous community members for making Summit County Music Lesson Scholarships possible.