Montana to Nevada: Ignacio Barrón Viela selected as Reno Philharmonic’s president and CEO

Posted on: August 8, 2022

“Ignacio Barrón Viela’s love for music started at his childhood home in Spain, but soon it will lead him to Reno. Barrón Viela will begin his new role as the president and CEO of the Reno Philharmonic on Oct. 26,” writes Jenny Kane in Friday’s (8/4) Reno Gazette Journal (NV). “Barrón Viela will succeed Tim Young, who retired last November…. Barrón Viela … most recently … served as the executive director of the Billings Symphony Orchestra and Chorale, where he helped to acquire the two largest single gifts in the organization’s 72-year history [and] led the organization to adopt a diversity, equity and inclusion policy and worked with Montana senators and the Spanish Consulate bring foreign artists to Billings…. In college, Barrón Viela studied industrial engineering … ‘but I was missing music so much,’ … said Barrón Viela. While working in Germany and playing cello for a local orchestra, the administration asked him to use his consulting experience to assist the orchestra in building its financial stability…. Barrón Viela decided to pursue a master’s in business administration. He … graduated with a master’s from the University of Southern California in Los Angeles.” Barrón Viela is an alum of the League of American Orchestras’ Essentials of Orchestra Management seminar and Emerging Leaders Program.