Classical Tahoe



The Firefly Scientists’ Foundation Grant for a Music Institute begins in the summer of 2018, dedicated to multi-generational music education, arts appreciation, and community involvement.

INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. (May 9, 2018)  Classical Tahoe 2018 inaugurates a bold initiative of music outreach and education with generous support in the form of a matching grant from The Firefly Scientists’ Foundation. The Classical Tahoe Music Institute, for all ages and abilities, offers the local community and audience members opportunities to actively engage with music and musicians, expanding existing Classical Tahoe programs and adding new community-focused events throughout the July 8 to August 12th festival.

Dedicated to building a welcoming pathway to the creative world of music in the Tahoe, Truckee community, The Music Institute is lead by Truckee native Lindsay McIntosh (neé Hollingshead). McIntosh has a personal connection to the community as  one of the only graduates of Truckee High to attend the Juilliard School on full scholarship. McIntosh is a historical oboist by trade and the Deputy Director of Classical Tahoe. The Music Institute presents classes, concerts, and outreach events specifically tailored to encourage music engagement in all ages and at all abilities.  Central to the 2018 musical experience is the expanded Classical Tahoe Orchestra featuring 55 musicians playing the great masterpieces of symphonic repertoire in six concerts, as well as 3 intimate Chamber Concerts offering experience of the musicians’ artistry with post-concert conversation. Notable among the list of new opportunities is the 2018 inaugural Jazz Master Class, where renowned jazz musician Chris Brubeck will work with participants from Tahoe area High School Jazz Bands, teaching the art of jazz performance. The Classical Tahoe season concludes with a concert on August 12th featuring the four jazz masters of the Brubeck Brothers Quartet.

More opportunities to participate include: free outreach concerts and pop-up appearances by the Classical Tahoe Resident Graduate String Quartet; two “All About Rhythm” Family Concerts on July 29, each tailored to separate age groups with a hands-on a Music-Maker Faire; a Monday Movie Night (does not have a live score) each week for families to share favorite movie musicals; an opportunity for amateur singers to join their Voices in Song voices in a Community Sing twice a week; an Inside Look at the 2018 repertoire through Thursday post-rehearsal lunch discussions; a Student Usher Program co-sponsored by the Tahoe area Cymbal Foundation; and Master Classes for selected young area musicians, taught by the accomplished musicians of the acclaimed Classical Tahoe Orchestra.

The Firefly Scientists’ Music Institute is a grant-based project which offers a 4:1 donation match to donors who are new, lapsed, or wish to significantly increase their giving level.  Classical Tahoe gratefully acknowledges the generous challenge grant of the Firefly Scientists’ Foundation, assisting Classical Tahoe in fulfilling its mission to inspire active participation in the arts and foster community engagement and enrichment through a multi-generational Music Institute.  This challenge grant and the generosity of donors enables Classical Tahoe to present classes, concerts, and outreach events specifically tailored to encourage music engagement of all ages and at all abilities.  For more information on how to participate and donate please see:

Venues and times for Music Institute events vary; please consult the Classical Tahoe website for more information. Prices for events vary with the offering: Family Experience Packages: One Family concert and Music-Maker Faire plus 3 movies (shown in the Pavilion – no live orchestra): $35 adult, $20 youth. Family Concerts and movies may be purchased singly: $5 – $10 adult, $5 youth. The Resident String Quartet performance on Thursday August 9th in the Classical Tahoe Pavilion is free of charge.  The Voices in Song project and the Thursdays Inside Look are free to all participants, and the Young Musician Master Class is free for the participants and attendees.

Concerts begin at 7 p.m. at the Classical Tahoe Pavilion at Sierra Nevada College in Incline Village, Nevada. Concert ticket prices are $25, $55, $85 and $120. Chamber music concerts are $30. Student tickets are offered at a 50 percent discount off regular ticket pricing. Monday Movie Nights start at 7:30 p.m., also in the Classical Tahoe Pavilion at Sierra Nevada College, tickets are $10 per person. To purchase tickets and more information visit online at or call 775-298-0245.

About Classical Tahoe

Each summer, Classical Tahoe brings together America’s leading classical musicians for a three-week festival on the campus of Sierra Nevada College in Incline Village, Nevada. Under the direction of Maestro Joel Revzen, the Classical Tahoe Orchestra includes virtuoso musicians the Metropolitan Opera, San Francisco Symphony, Philadelphia Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic,, and others.  The Classical Tahoe Orchestra performs classical orchestral masterpieces, commissioned new works, and highlight lesser-known world composers. Now in its 7th season, Classical Tahoe’s concert series delights audiences with its superb musicians, educational programs, an intimate concert pavilion and majestic setting.  Learn more at or follow up on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.


Whittier Trust is a proud sponsor of Classical Tahoe’s 2018 concert season, along with Lexus | Dolan Lexus of Reno. Classical Tahoe is made possible in part by generous donation from the Carol Franc Buck Foundation.  The Classical Tahoe Music Institute is supported by  a generous donation from the Firefly Scientists’ Foundation.The world premiere of Chris Brubeck’s “Double Concerto for Violin and Cello” is made possible by Linda and Richard Offerdahl. Performances July 20, 27, 28 and 31 are part of the 22nd Artown festival, held annually from July 1-31.

2018 Partners

Sierra Nevada College, Nevada Museum of Art, Nevada Arts Council, National Endowment for the Arts,  Artown, Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival, Parasol Tahoe Community Foundation, Tahoe Fund, Tahoe Luxury Properties, Ashley Quinn CPAs, North Lake Tahoe, RSCVA and Tahoe Quarterly.