A Moment with Thom Mayes

Reno Chamber Orchestra’s New Executive Director

April 20, 2019

By Norm Robins

Thom took a few minutes off today from his work on the Reno Chamber Orchestra’s 32nd Annual Derby Day this weekend to chat with RenoArts.News.  We sat down with him for the interview in the new Recital Hall in the new Arts Building at UNR.  Both the recital hall and the building itself are breathtaking as is the new Arts Museum across the hall from the recital hall.

He comes to us from the Seattle area where he was the CEO of the Northwest Sinfonietta.  Prior to that he was the Executive Director of the Whatcom Symphony Orchestra in Bellingham, Washington.  And before that he worked as the Executive Director of the Capitol Theater in Olympia and the Lincoln Theater in Mt. Vernon.  He has worked with the Icicle Creek Center for the Arts in Leavenworth and with the Seattle Opera.

Thom is educated both as a classical performer and a manager.  He holds a degree as a double bassist from the University of Colorado.  He has a Master’s 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,” said Thom.  “As we move forward 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.”

More information on the Reno Chamber Orchestra, its exciting upcoming fall season, and its Chamber Music Festival between Christmas and New Year can be found at www.renochamberorchestra.Org

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