The Reno Phil believes in the transformative power of music to heal, inspire, educate, and bring people together. Music is the soundtrack to our lives and our aim is to bring that power of music to everyone.

This is why the Reno Phil has made it part of its mission to  present inspirational and exceptional musical experiences and music education to northern Nevada and California for over 50 years. The Reno Phil reaches thousands through classical and pops concerts, in addition to fostering new generations of music lovers and performers through a variety of education programs.

The love of music begins at an early age. Do you remember your first concert, or the first time you played a note on an instrument? Those memories stay with us and shape who we are.

But not everyone has the same opportunity to experience music or learn an instrument, and this is where the Reno Phil aims to step in with its new campaign, Mentoring the Next Generation Of Musicians.  Our project will connect young musicians (ages 10-18) with musical mentors, regardless of the student’s socioeconomic status.

Up to 40 local students will be matched with instructors for a full year and receive weekly hour-long lessons that are a blend of direct music instruction and access to the full network and resources these teachers have including crucial referrals to summer programs and internship opportunities.

We seek to build a community of invested teachers who want to join together to inspire the musicians of tomorrow. Teachers will be select musicians from the Reno Phil who are offering their services at a heavily discounted rate. We will draw students from the community who want to go further with their music, but do not have access to funds for private instruction, and are limited by what they can learn from their school teachers in a large group setting.

An investment in these students early on will pay for itself in community connection, scholarships, and open doors in their futures.

Please make your gift by August 13, 2021. 


Thanks to the support of our community, we were able to provide over a hundred lessons to local students like Jesse and Angel, who both studied cello with Eileen Brownell, a Reno Philharmonic cellist. Jesse said “I learned how to play in positions outside of 1st position, I have learned fluency, and I learned a lot of theory I didn’t know before. I would tell a friend these lessons are super useful and I’ve learned a lot.” 


We more than tripled our teaching staff and the number of students. Pablo’s teacher, Dustin Budish, said “Pablo made a lot of progress since February and made it into YCO in the fall. I plan to give him a supplemental lesson in July to go over the Youth Orchestra music once it becomes available, which I am willing to do for free so he can be on the right track in his preparation for the retreat and the fall semester.” We are humbled by the way the community has come together to support these students, and we hope to keep going!