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Volunteer for the NRO

Community Link powers our organization

Community Link

Community Link is the National Repertory Orchestra’s volunteer initiative and one of the best “behind the scenes” stories of the organization.

This team of extraordinary individuals is an essential part of what makes the NRO an experience like no other. Through the NRO’s Community Link program, volunteers offer their talents and time in a myriad of ways like assisting guests at rehearsals and concerts, creating, and serving home-cooked weekly dinners, preparing off-site housing, and acting as hosts/guides to our summer staff and fellows.

Volunteer Opportunities

Make a positive impact on the NRO’s rising stars and the future of the Arts! Hosts do not provide housing or lodging, but do help summer staff and/or musician fellows feel right at home in the Summit.

Being part of the NRO Community Link host network allows you a chance to get to know incredible young professionals beyond the stage and admin office. Each host and experience is different – spend as much or as little time with your fellow as you would like. Introduce them to your favorite places around town, take them out for dinner, show them how you enjoy nature in your area, or cheer them on at NRO events and concerts to show your support.

 

What you need to know:

  • Hosts do not provide overnight accommodation.
  • Summer staff and fellows arrival and departure: June 4 – August 21, 2024
  • Musician arrival and departure: June 16 – August 11, 2024
  • Hours vary for each host. You can sign up for as much or as little time as you would like.
  • Staff and administrative fellows are in Breckenridge for 10.5 weeks while musicians spend about 8 weeks in the community.

How you can help:

  • Invite summer staff and/or musician fellows to lunch, dinner, or a simple gathering.
  • Share your favorite activities like hiking, biking, and sightseeing.
  • Offer a quiet space for practice or work.
  • Let them use your washer and dryer.
  • Share your local knowledge and “insider” tips.
  • Attend concerts! Being a friendly face in the audience is a magical way to support staff and fellows.

    TIPS:

    • Join us at the Welcome Picnic to meet your fellow and/or summer staff member!
    • Attend the volunteer orientation for rules, guidelines and to connect with other hosts, just like you.

    Join volunteers from around the community and lend a helping hand to feed the summer staff and fellows. St. John’s Episcopal Church provides the NRO the space to serve the meals and we provide the volunteers!

    What to Expect:

    Every Tuesday during the concert season (8 weeks)
    Dinner preparation
    Set-up, serving, cleanup

    Relative time commitment:

    Dinners are Tuesday evenings from 5:30-8:00 (including set-up and cleanup)
    2024 dates coming soon!

    TIP:

    Dinner preparations happen in the weeks prior to the dinner.

    Experience the thrill of live music performances! Concert Ushers will create an inviting atmosphere where patrons can experience some of the best music around. We will need volunteers for both Wednesdays and Saturdays – you are sure to have a fantastic time!

    Wednesday Team Captains: Don and Jeanette Hansen
    Saturday Team Captains: Sharon and Ray Smith

    What to Expect:

    • Wednesday or Saturday concerts
    • Create an inviting atmosphere for patrons of all ages at each concert.
    • Greet patrons with a smile.
    • Distribute NRO Program books.
    • Scan tickets.
    • Help patrons find their seats.
    • Must volunteer one season as a Rehearsal Docent before becoming a Concert Usher

    Relative time commitment:

    5:15-8:15 on either Wednesdays or Saturdays
    Specific dates TBD

    Listen to the hard work and dedication of talented musicians as they prepare for upcoming performances at the Riverwalk Center while creating an inviting atmosphere for guests. Our rehearsals are open to the public of all ages who can come and go as they please.

    Team Captain: Mandy Morin

    What to Expect:

    • Create an inviting atmosphere for guests of all ages at each rehearsal.
    • Greet guests with a smile.
    • Answer guest questions regarding the orchestra.
    • Distribute NRO season schedule to guests.
    • Guests may come and go as they please.

    Relative time commitment:

    Rehearsals are throughout the summer generally from 9:30-12:00 or 1:30-3:30
    Sign up based on availability.

    Our volunteers will aid in outfitting and setting up summer staff and fellows’ apartments with linens, kitchen, and bath materials, and distribute donated materials. Help us create a home away from home for these summer staff and fellows!

    What to Expect:

    • Set up 25-28 apartments.
    • Transport supplies to/from storage to Breck Terrace.
    • Inventory supplies before and after the season.
    • Distribute supplies to each room – linens, towels, kitchen supplies, toasters, microwaves.
    • Must be able to move 20 pounds upstairs.

    Relative time commitment:

    Set-up days – 2024 coming soon!
    Break down days – 2024 coming soon!

    Community Link Volunteers will join a noble cause to help prepare, transport, and distribute bikes to summer staff and fellows for the Summer Music Festival season. Your service will make a real difference!

    Team Captain: Kevin Malone

    What to Expect:

    • Prepare bicycles for distribution to fellows.
    • Tune and repair bikes.
    • Transport bikes to Welcome Picnic for pick-up.
    • Distribute bikes to fellows.
    • Aid with the return of bikes at the end of the season. (Storage has already been arranged)

    Relative time commitment:

    Bike tuning: Half-day, date TBD for 2024
    Bike distribution: Half-day on June 17, 2024
    Bike return: Half-day on August 11, 2024

    The “Adopt a River” program invites dedicated volunteers to contribute to the Breckenridge Bike Path’s preservation and upkeep. This initiative not only enhances the overall experience for visitors and locals alike, but fosters a sense of community engagement and environmental stewardship.

    What to Expect:

    • Expect tasks such as picking up litter and removing debris along the Breckenridge Bike Path between the Dredge and Breck Station (the Gondola).

    Relative time commitment:

    • Twice monthly cleanup of a segment of the Breckenridge Bike Path
    • 1-2 hours per shift
    • Shifts will take place on weekdays

    Tips:

    • Come prepared with a hat, gloves, waterbottle, and sunscreen.

    As a token of our appreciation, we provide Community Link volunteers the following gifts of gratitude:

      • Community Link appreciation events
        • Welcome Picnic (June)
        • End of Season Celebration (August)
      • 50% off concerts at Riverwalk Center
        • limit: 2 tickets per concert
        • Excludes: 4th of July, Topilow Pops!, evening screening of Star Wars: A New Hope in Concert, and the Special Concert Beethoven’s Pastorale with Jon Kimura Parker
      • Commemorative NRO swag

    Sign Up to Volunteer

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    volunteer perks

    As a token of our appreciation, we provide Community Link volunteers with a variety of perks and benefits including discounted tickets to Riverwalk events. See above for the full list.