RJO Director Search Concert Series 2023-24

RJO Director Search Series 2023-24

Join us in searching for our next music director.

The Music Director Search Series is a four-concert showcase of the prospective choices for the orchestra's next music director. Each concert will feature a different conductor.

At the end of the series, the orchestra's board of directors will select the new music director based on the feedback of the musicians, the audience, and the search committee.

This music director search series is a unique opportunity for the community to experience the talents of four highly qualified conductors and to help shape the future of the RJO.

The Concerts

MARCH: Concert #4
Jazz around the World

Greg Johnson, Guest Music Director

On Sunday, March 10, 2024, at The Theatre, saxophonist Greg Johnson will take center stage to lead the Reno Jazz Orchestra in a program titled "Jazz Around the World," featuring music from Kansas City, Iceland, Canada, and Tokyo. The concert will include some of Johnson's own compositions and also feature him as a saxophone soloist with the band.

Dr. Greg Johnson is quickly becoming recognized as an important voice in the jazz community. His distinctive saxophone sound and compositional style have found their way into multiple genres of Jazz, Classical, and Popular music. He has toured and performed with notable Pop and Rock acts and has appeared in concert and on over 40 mainstream recordings with jazz legends Curtis Fuller, Billy Taylor, Bob Mintzer, and many more.

AND, this particular concert is the last of our Music Director Search Series! Come help us choose our final candidate as you experience our fourth and last candidate, Greg Johnson, take the stage. At the end of the concert, we would appreciate your input through a quick survey that you will receive that night.

  • March 10, 2024
  • 4:00 PM
  • The Theatre
    505 Keystone Ave.
    Reno, NV 89503

Past Concerts in the Series

NOVEMBER: Concert #1
Such Sweet Thunder

David Brennan, Guest Music Director

Shakespearian Actors will join the RJO for a performance of Ellington's Such Sweet Thunder, and the students of the 2023 Jazz Workshop will be introduced.

  • November 11, 2023
  • 7:30 PM
  • November 12, 2023
  • 4:00 PM
  • Good Luck Macbeth Theater
  • 124 W Taylor St
  • Reno, NV

Read about Guest Director David A. Brennan, DMA

DECEMBER: Concert #2
Holiday Concerts

Doug Pierce, Guest Music Director

"The Reno Youth Jazz Orchestra will open for the RJO and guest artist Cliff Porter in a concert of holiday jazz favorites.

  • December 3, 2023
  • 2:00 PM & 7:00 PM
  • The Theatre
    505 Keystone Ave.
    Reno, NV

Read about Guest Director Doug Pierce

FEBRUARY: Concert #3
Trombone Extravaganza

Josh Reed, Guest Music Director

The Reno Jazz Orchestra is joined by guest composer and trombonist Dean Sorenson with Josh Reed directing.

  • February 10, 2024
  • 12:30 NOON
  • Nightingale Concert Hall
    University of Nevada, Reno
    1335 N Virginia St
    Reno, NV
  • (This event is part of the RJO's Jazz in the Schools Educational Program.)

  • February 11, 2024
  • 2:00 PM
  • The Theatre
    505 Keystone Ave.
    Reno, NV

Read about Guest Director Josh Reed