The orchestra, led by Music Director Laura Jackson, is made up of ore than 60 professional musicians. They perform in Reno, Carson Valley, and the Lake Tahoe region in various outdoor and indoor venues. The popular MasterClassics Series is presented from September to April. The orchestra also presents over 10 specialty performances throughout the year from the holiday classic, Spirit of the Season to Fourth of July in Genoa, Lake Tahoe Music Festival, and the perennially sold out, Pops on the River.

Conductor Laura Jackson was named Music Director after the 2008-2009 audition season. The two-year search gained national recognition for its detailed process, the talented and diverse candidates, the use of technology to engage the community in the process, and the increase in ticket sales. Ms. Jackson’s most previous post was Associate Conductor of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra.

The Reno Philharmonic Association boasts an award-winning, impressive, and diverse education department, which includes three youth orchestras, a series of 12 “Young People’s Concerts” performed throughout the school year, “Celebrate Strings,” a free after-school violin instruction program, and the “Discover Music” program, which brings music ensembles into schools. The education programs reach over 30,000 school-aged children per year and cover many areas of music and arts education that complement the school music programs.

In 2009, the orchestra received recognition for its longevity and artistic merit with a Governor’s Arts Award for Leadership in the Arts. The orchestra has been named the “Best of Reno Award” from Reno Magazine in 2006 and “Best Performing Arts Group” in Reno nine times from 1991-2001 by Reno Gazette-Journal readers. The RPA has been honored to receive several Silver Star awards for education programs and concerts from Truckee Meadows Tomorrow that enhance the quality of life in northern Nevada. In 2003, the Reno Philharmonic Youth Orchestras received a “Best of Reno Award” from the Reno News and Review.
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