Reno Philharmonic receives grant to expand free music education program

Posted on: December 15, 2020

“Three Northern Nevada organizations … are among the 180 recipients nationwide to receive grants from the USA Today Network and the Gannett Foundation’s A Community Thrives program,” writes Marcella Corona in Friday’s (12/11) Reno Gazette Journal (NV). “The grants, which total $25,200, were awarded to High Sierra AHEC (Area Health Education Center), Feeding Pets of the Homeless, and the Reno Philharmonic Association Inc. The money will go toward expanding educational programs within both High Sierra AHEC and the Reno Philharmonic…. Tyler Slaughter … teaches students how to play the violin free of charge as part of the Reno Philharmonic’s RPA Kids program, which specifically targets students from Title I schools…. [At] the Reno Philharmonic, the grant money will help expand … virtual violin classes. The Gannett Foundation awarded the nonprofit a total of $16,800. Organizers plan on selecting teachers and students to participate in the program starting in January. Those students will then go on to mentor other students. Tim Young, CEO of the Reno Philharmonic, described the expansion as a ‘real win-win. There are teachers who have not been able to work, so we’re able to provide them that teaching opportunity. And there are students who are stuck at home who really need … enrichment.’ ”