Sierra Nevada Performing Arts Association

We are dedicated to improving our community by uniting those with a deep passion for the arts and a love of the Northern Nevada area.


Your passion is what matters.
“Nobody cares if you can’t dance well. Just get up and dance. Great dancers are great because of their passion.”
– Martha Graham


“I pay no attention whatever to anybody's praise or blame, I simply follow my own feelings“
– W.A Mozart


“The high note is not the only thing.” “But I won’t deprive myself of singing opera as long as my voice follows.” “If I rest, I rust.”
- Plácido Domingo


“What, my dear Lady Disdain! are you yet living?

Beatrice: Is it possible disdain should die while she hath
such meet food to feed it as Signior Benedick?”
― William Shakespeare, Much Ado About Nothing

Welcome to SNPAA

The Sierra Nevada Performing Arts Association (SNPAA) was established as a 501(c)3 non-profit organization to support performing arts schools in Northern Nevada and to provide scholarships to local talented students by sponsoring cultural events in our community.

We are dedicated to improving our community by uniting those with a deep passion for the arts and a love of the Northern Nevada area. Our goal is to increase the awareness of Nevada as a national musical venue but also to bolster the educational aspirations of our community’s young performers through scholarships and other support. We are a non-political association.

Application for Scholarship entry

To be eligible, the applicant must be in the last semester or have graduated from a high school in Northern Nevada. The intent of our Scholarships is to recognize hard work and to assist students with completion of higher education.
Student Scolarship Application

Fun SNPAA facts


is the money Granted to Northern Nevada High Schools


Have granted 40 scholarships for a total of $78,100


Is the year SNPAA was founded


Your donation is 100% Tax Deductible

Forming strong community connections one scholarship at a time

Washoe Pride

We love our talented students and want to see them succeed in the performing arts.

One Scholarship at a time

Seeing the smiles of recognition from their hard work is what make us work harder.

SNPAA 2017 • May 21, 2017 Damonte Ranch high school Più Mosso choir performing at the Sierra Nevada Performing Arts Association competition Songbird by Sarah Quartel

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    See what our community is saying about us

    To the SNPAA Board

    ``Thank you so much for the scholarship! It’s wonderful to see organizations like your supporting aspiring artists and keeping the Northern Nevada arts scene alive. This will make it that much easier for me to pursue my music education in Denver and I’m nothing short of thrilled!”

    Drew Tilbrooke 2022 Scholarship Winner
    Focus On The Arts

    ``I support SNPAA and its mission. I’m a donor. I’m excited about the new leadership and the direction the organization is taking. They are doubling down on their mission which is superb – supporting the performing arts particularly for kids in the greater Reno area. And they’ve got a great board. They are keeping the focus on the arts and the community. 5 stars!``

    Rebecca Sanders Parent/Donor
    Thank You

    ``My dream of moving to New York City to pursue musical theater came true. I have been fortunate to learn from some of the top Broadway professionals in the business and have grown so much as a performer. I could not not be more grateful to SNPAA for all they have given me. I can't wait for what the future hold.``

    Cassia Giustra 2021 Scholarship Winner
    Thank You SNPAA

    ``Thank you so much for the amazing scholarship that SNPAA gave me. It means so much to know that people still care about the arts and that you saw potential in me. Lots of gratitude.``

    Beau LaBranche Scholarship winner
    Thanks SNPAA

    “Thank you for the scholarship you awarded me. I appreciate this support as I move forward towards a career in music therapy and the arts. I am excited for all of the opportunities I will have to continue my love of music over these next four years.”

    Grace Tibben-Lembke Scholarship winner

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