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The RCO is a registered 501c3 organization - EIN  88-0134278. 


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.

Superb Music.
Shared Experience.
Enriched Lives.


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The Reno Chamber Orchestra was established in 1974 as a collaboration between founding Music Director and Conductor Vahe Khochayan and a group of musician colleagues playing in casino showroom orchestras. The first performance was held on December 15, 1974 at The Reno Musician's Union hall, then located at 124 W. Taylor street, in what we now call Midtown. Click here to see our very first concert program.

Across the landscape of 49 seasons, the Reno Chamber Orchestra has flourished, now boasting 5 regular season concert sets each year, a nationally-known chamber music festival, community partnerships that build pathways for access to classical music for all, and, new for 23/24, a re-imagined concerto competition that will bolster the musical youth of Nevada.

The RCO and NCMF have hosted thousands of musicians in our illustrious history, and are noted for welcoming world renowned musicians and celebrities too numerous to name, some favorites include: Leonard Nimoy, Itzhak Perlman, Toni Tennille, Noah Bendix-Balgley and Robert Levin. The RCO has been named in the Best of Reno awards, and five RCO musicians have received the prestigious Governor’s Award for Artistic Achievement. 

In July of 2021 the Reno Chamber Orchestra welcomed it's third Music Director, Kelly Kuo. The first dedicated NCMF Artistic Director, Clive Greensmith, began leading the festival in January 2019.

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