About Us
Sierra Music Society is a 501(c)3 (non-profit) and 509(a)2 (public charity) organization devoted to the promotion of Arts and Culture through high quality music performances.

Sierra Music Society (SMS) was created in late 2014 by a small group of talented and dedicated musical performers with a goal of providing the residents of Reno and Northern Nevada an art form absent from our community.  Since our founding, we have established a robust following of volunteers who have been instrumental in our
success following non-profit practices.


Enriching lives through an awareness and deeper appreciation of opera and allied arts, enhancing quality of life through live theatre, professional touring, and arts education.


Entertain, Educate, and Enrich through excellent musical performances.

The Sierra Music Society Team


Co-Founder and Director of P’Opera! since 2012; and Artistic Director of Sierra Music Society

Jon Fay
Artistic Director
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Assistant to the Artistic Director and resident artist of Sierra Music Society’s performing arts ensemble, P’Opera! as well as SierrAcappella.

Kathleen Kimmel
Assistant to the Director
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Dancer and Choreographer, Pamela brings not only talent and experience, but also excellent organizational and administrative skills.

Pamela Fay
Operations Manager
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Board of Directors

John W. Mishler, Ph.D., is a retired Information Technology executive. John also volunteers and serves on the Board of Directors of Washoe County, Nevada, Emergency Communications.

John W. Mishler, Ph.d.
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Sierra Music Society’s Board Vice President and heads up our Marketing and Membership Committee.

Sue Arzillo
Vice President
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Sandy is the Leader of the Amici, a group of volunteers that support the operations of Sierra Music Society.

Sandy is an Educator and Consultant, graduated from the University of Nevada, Reno, with a Bachelor of Science Degree in English and Physical Education.  She also has a Master’s Degree in Education.

Sandy Culp
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Steven is a retired Financial Comptroller and Accountant with extensive experience and participation in Opera Groups.

Steven Murdoch
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Debbie is Chairman of the Performance Planning Committee. Ms. Cecere is local business owner and former singer of Nevada Opera,

Debbie Cecere
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Mr. Fincher has been a Realtor since 2004. He is a member of the Nevada Museum of Art, the Reno Historic Preservation Society and the Nevada Historical Society.

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Marialicia León is a Music Composer and Producer with a Master's Degree in Entertainment Business. Marialicia is has experience as Creative Director and as volunteer in various arts related non-profit organizations.

Marialicia Leon
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Rick is an attorney at law since 1974 with practice on appellative law, criminal and domestic disputes. Rick is  also an experienced singer, former participant of Nevada Opera.

Rick Cornell, Esq.
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