Individual Support


Enriching the lives of our children through music education is important to the Reno Philharmonic Association (RPA) and we hope it is important to you, too. Each year more than 25,000 students are served through our music education programs.

“It helps me believe in myself”
Monica, an RPA Kids student on how it makes her feel to play violin

“One day it’ll be me up on that stage!”
Fifth grader after a Young People’s Concert

Each of these children was changed after participating in a Reno Philharmonic Association (RPA) education program. The RPA offers five distinct programs to meet its mission and the goals of the Strategic Plan. In 2012, the Education Committee created an in-depth three year strategic plan for each of the five education programs. These are:

• RPA Kids – The RPA offers a free after-school strings program which targets underprivileged youth at four Title 1 At-Risk schools.

• Discover Music – This is an in-school education program of instrumental ensemble performances and hands-on instrument demonstrations in regional elementary schools. More than 11,000 children participate each year. Title 1 At-Risk schools are given preference.

• Family Concert – The Reno Phil offers a free family-friendly concert in the fall each season.

• Youth Orchestras – The Philharmonic provides three youth orchestras that serve over 200 students. The Philharmonic employs a manager and two conductors to administer the program, which includes weekly rehearsals, coaching and concerts.

• Young People’s Concerts – The YPCs are performed for all third, fourth and fifth grade Washoe County students, as well as many private and home schooled elementary students in the Truckee Meadows area. Approximately 10,000 students attend the concerts each year at the Pioneer Center.

Each year, the Reno Philharmonic Association relies on community support from individuals, corporations, and foundations for almost one-half of its operating budget, with ticket revenue providing the balance.

Its mission is “To produce inspirational orchestral performances of the highest quality for broad audiences, support exceptional educational and outreach programs, and provide leadership in the performing arts community.”

The Reno Philharmonic Association is a registered 501 (c) 3 organization in Nevada. Your contribution may be tax deductible under federal law.

If you are considering support of one or more of these programs and helping to provide music education to the community’s children, please contact Jane Raley, Development Director or at 775-323-6393 extension 105.