ABOUT USReno Chamber Orchestra
As of July 1, 2020
Philip Ruder, Concertmaster Emeritus
Andrea Lenz, Principal Oboe Emerita
Ruth Lenz, Concertmaster
Margeaux Maloney, Associate Concertmaster
Dustin Budish, Principal
Tian Tian Lan
Peter Lenz, Principal
Scott Faulkner, Principal
Mary Miller, Principal
Mary Ann Lazzari
Rong Huey Liu, Principal
Jeannie Psomas, Principal
John Lenz, Principal
Paul Lenz, Principal
Marina Roznitovsky Oster, Principal
James Winn, Principal
Board of Directors
Jennifer Smith, President
John Tozzi, First Vice-President
Cleta Dillard, Second Vice-President
Mark MacDonald, Past President
Fred Jakolat, Secretary
Kay Dean, Treasurer
Peter Adlish, Horn
Carol Laube, Principal 2nd Violin
Caryn Neidhold, Assistant Principal 2nd Violin
Our small, yet mighty staff:
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Director of Administration
Erica K. Schmitt
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Director of Operations and Artistic Planning
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“The mission of the Reno Chamber Orchestra is to create intimate, inspirational musical experiences by engaging the community through vibrant music making by the Chamber Orchestra and chamber ensembles.”
The Reno Chamber Orchestra (RCO) came into being in 1974 as a collaboration between founding Music Director and Conductor Emeritus Vahe Khochayan and a group of musician colleagues playing in casino showroom orchestras. Their shared desire to perform classical music led to the Orchestra’s formation under its first Board of Directors in 1976. Audiences have grown substantially over the years, leading the annual events to expand to ten performances of chamber orchestra concerts, multiple smaller chamber events, and since 2004, the nationally-known Nevada Chamber Music Festival (NCMF). Some of the world’s most famous performers have appeared with the RCO, including Leonard Nimoy, Itzhak Perlman, and Pepe and Angel Romero. The RCO has been named one of the Best of Reno and Best Performing Arts Group, and five RCO musicians have received the prestigious Governor’s Award for Artistic Achievement.
Maestro Theodore Kuchar- the RCO’s second Music Director and founder of the Nevada Chamber Music Festival- departed the organization in the spring of 2018. This led to the formation of a Search Committee of longtime donors, musicians and community members. While a field of almost 150 conductors has been narrowed to six RCO Music Director finalists, the committee separately chose the first ever NCMF Artistic Director. The renowned cellist and chamber musician, Clive Greensmith, had been a previous artists and is now entering his second year leading the festival during the holiday season. Four of the six Music Director candidates conducted RCO programs last season, while the last two finalists have been postponed to the coming fall. Once all six have been fairly considered the organization plans to announce its third Music Director in almost half a century, who will assume that role in the 2021-22 Season.
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Reno Chamber Orchestra
925 Riverside Dr. Ste. 5
Reno, NV 89503