Bringing the music to the schools


Discover Music is an educational outreach program where ensembles of two to five musicians travel to Washoe County and regional elementary schools to perform age appropriate music assemblies. These are designed to give the students a close-up look at symphonic music through performances, demos and fun participatory activities.

The Reno Phil offers Discover Music performances to a limited number of schools (K-6) per year at no cost to the school. Schools are chosen on a first-come, first-serve basis, with preference given to schools that have not been served in the last two years, those which are designated at-risk, Title 1, low income, or in rural areas which do not often receive assemblies of this kind. Performances may also be available for middle schools, high schools, and senior communities or as educational components of community events upon approval.

Click here to request a discover music assembly

2018-2019 Discover Music Ensembles

  • Brass Quintet
  • Sting Quintet
  • Percussion Trio
  • Violin Duo
  • Darabello Duo


About Darabello
Darabello is a local duo featuring Ethan Gray on percussion and Joseph Tatum on cello with loop pedal. Their original music and playing styles are influenced by a variety of styles including funk, folk, and jazz.

The presentation will consist of the exploration of percussion instruments and different ways of using them, and participation featuring rhythm with the body. Joseph will display the capabilities of the cello as a versatile instrument, which will be showcased by an improvisation demonstration, as well as a loop pedal demonstration. Darabello will conclude with a performance of their original music featuring the topics covered.



Feedback from participating groups is vital to the ongoing assessment of our education programs. Please fill out a Discover Music evaluation form here.