Reno Phil announces new President and CEO, Ignacio Barrón Viela



August 2, 2022

Media Contact: Matthew Clark
Phone: (775) 323-6393



Photo Credit: Nathan Satran Photography

Reno, Nev. (August 2, 2022)— In December of 2021, the Reno Phil Board of Directors announced the beginning of a national search to find the next President & CEO of the organization. After an extensive search process lead by members of the Reno Phil Board and with the assistance of Aspen Leadership Group, Ignacio Barrón Viela has been selected as the President & CEO, beginning October 26, 2022.

“We are extremely pleased to welcome Ignacio to the Reno area,” said Reno Phil Board Chair, Yvonne Murphy. “His experience engaging communities and working with orchestras will take the Reno Phil to the next level.”

Barrón Viela will succeed Tim Young, who served as the Reno Phil’s President & CEO for 19 years. Reno Phil staff and core supporters also participated and provided feedback during various stages of the process.

“It is an honor to have been chosen as the next President & CEO of the Reno Philharmonic, and I am thankful to the board and the search committee for entrusting me with this responsibility,” said Barrón Viela.

With significant consideration given to the skills, experiences and expertise needed to successfully guide the Reno Phil into the next chapter of growth, the Reno Phil Board has selected Barrón Viela to serve in this critical leadership role.

Barrón Viela is a native Spaniard and performed in orchestras across the globe. Most recently, he served as the Executive Director of the Billings Symphony Orchestra & Chorale where he helped to acquire the two largest single gifts in the organization’s 72-year history, a commercial building in Downtown Billings that houses the Billings Symphony office and brings additional revenue from retail tenants and a seven-figure donation to sponsor the Executive Director’s position. Barrón Viela doubled the net assets to over five million dollars and doubled the annual operating budget to close to two million dollars.

“I am inspired by this opportunity to work closely with Laura Jackson, the remarkable Reno Phil musicians, a great board, and an energetic and passionate team of staff,” said Barrón Viela.

The Reno Phil is confident that under his leadership the organization’s success and impact in achieving its mission and vision will continue to flourish.

The Reno Phil thanks the community for the continued support and partnership as they welcome Ignacio into his new role.

For additional information, media materials, and interview inquiries, please contact: Matthew Clark at or 775-323-6393.



About Reno Phil

In its 54th season, the Reno Phil is deeply committed to uniting its community through performance, education, and engagement programs, reaching an audience of more than 50,000 annually. Since its beginnings in 1969, the Reno Phil has been an essential thread in the city’s cultural fabric and the very foundation of Reno’s performing arts. As a resident company of the Pioneer Center for the Performing Arts, the orchestra, led by Music Director Laura Jackson, performs a full season of concerts featuring internationally acclaimed guest artists and works by legendary and living composers. The Reno Phil keeps exceptional musical experiences at the heart of its community. To learn more about the Reno Phil and its events, and to discover all that the Reno Phil offers, visit