The Reno Chamber Orchestra is pleased to welcome our new Executive Director, Thom Mayes. You may already be aware of this news if you attended our September program when he was introduced from the stage. Mr. Mayes hails from the Seattle area and is currently CEO of the Northwest Sinfonietta, a chamber orchestra performing in the Seattle-Tacoma area.  He has a background as both a classical performer and administrator, holding degrees in double bass performance from the University of Colorado and a Masters in Arts Leadership from Seattle University.

“I am honored to be selected by the board to join the organization at such an exciting time in its history,” says Mayes. “As we move towards the announcement of a new Music Director for the Chamber Orchestra, and Artistic Director for the Nevada Chamber Music Festival, there are many opportunities for artistic growth.  I look forward to meeting the community, and working with the orchestra, to move the RCO forward into its next chapter.”

Prior to his current role, Mayes spent three seasons as Executive Director of the Whatcom Symphony Orchestra in Bellingham. In that capacity he oversaw the orchestra’s first sold-out season, as well as its 40th anniversary celebrations, working closely with Israeli-born Music Director Yaniv Attar. During his tenure the organization experienced a period of financial and artistic growth, with an increase in donations from the community and performances with soloists including Gil Shaham, James Ehnes, and Johannes Moser. Previously he served as Executive Director of historic theatres, including the Capitol Theater in Olympia and the Lincoln Theatre in Mount Vernon. He has also worked in the administrations of the Icicle Creek Center for the Arts in Leavenworth and Seattle Opera.

Please join us in welcoming Thom to the RCO!