“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


Enriching the lives of our children through music education is important to the Reno Phil. Each year more than 25,000 students are served through our programs. Some learn to play an instrument for the first time. Many experience their first concert. Others develop a love and appreciation for live music that will follow them into adulthood.

The RPA offers five distinct music education programs to meet its mission and the goals of the Strategic Plan. The programs are:

RPA Kids – A free after-school strings program which targets underprivileged youth at three Title 1 At-Risk schools. Students receive instruction in violin and/or cello four days a week during the school year.

Discover Music – This is an in-school education program of instrumental ensemble performances and hands-on instrument demonstrations in regional elementary schools. More than 4,000 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, which also features an hour of hands-on educational opportunities before the concert.

Youth Orchestras – The RPA provides four youth orchestras that serve over 240 students. The Phil  employs a Youth Orchestras Manager and three conductors to administer the program, which includes weekly rehearsals, coaching and concerts.

Young People’s Concerts – The YPC 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 6,500 students attend the concerts each year at the Pioneer Center.

The Reno Phil’s education programs are funded through a combination of support from foundations and individual giving. Make a life-changing difference for our community’s youth by contributing to the Reno Phil’s education programs today.

The Reno Phil is a registered 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization in Nevada. Tax ID# 94-2762076
Call (775) 323-6393.