Reaching out with music


Students entering the Pioneer Center to attend a YPC performance.

The Reno Philharmonic, in partnership with the Washoe County School District, presents Young People’s Concerts (YPCs) for over 8,000 third, fourth and fifth-grade students every year. Students travel by bus to the Pioneer Center for the Performing Arts from Washoe County School District schools, as well as from outlying, private, and home schools.

This concert experience is intended to provide young listeners (age 7-12) with an enjoyable introduction to symphonic music, enhance live music appreciation, and hopefully inspire them to become musicians themselves.

Past Performances

The series of virtual episodes produced in March 2021 is still available free of charge, along with classroom materials. Please email for links and supplemental materials.

Upcoming Performances

March 3 and 4, 2022

Registration for the 2021-2022 YPCs is open. Just click on the program above to go to the registration page.

The fall 2021 YPCs are based on a new program for orchestra called The Harmony Games, which tells the story of four quarreling families who ultimately come together through the power of music. It is interactive, inspirational, and fun for all. This will be a memorable introduction to the orchestra for elementary age children. These will be produced as virtual episodes and are available at no charge. Please email for links and materials

The spring 2022 YPCs will be in-person, live performances on Thursday March 3 and Friday March 4. These are anchored by Britten’s Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra but also featuring some reworked programming with a focus on previously underrepresented composers. Registration is open, and we have a sponsor who has offered to help with bussing costs, so please go ahead and make your reservations whenever you are ready!

For questions please email Heather Gage