The Reif has a strong partnership with the Itasca Orchestra and Strings Program, a like-minded educational nonprofit intent on training youth in the arts. Their office is at the Reif Center and the orchestra performs numerous shows during the year and trains students on site in its studios. Recently Tammy Mattonen joined the orchestra program as its executive director.

“The program is in good hands going forward,” said past director Tara Makinen. “From serving together on the executive committee of the Arrowhead Regional Arts Council, I know Tammy is a strong leader with a great passion for the arts.”

Tammy Mattonen, new executive director of the Itasca Orchestra and Strings Program.

Mattonen has a long history of serving nonprofits in Northern Minnesota. She serves on the board of directors for both the Arrowhead Regional Arts Board and Great Minds Learning Center for Grand Rapids. At a state level, she has served multiple terms as a panelist for the State Arts Board

In addition to being a founding board member for the Crescendo Youth Orchestra of Hibbing, Mattonen volunteered there as an administrator for six years. She has a Masters in Nonprofit Administrations and is a Certified Public Accountant.

“While we are sad to see Tara depart after a very successful tenure,” said Dave Kooda, Itasca Orchestra Strings Program chair. “We are also excited for the future as Tammy brings a very unique set of skills and knowledge to this program. We are confident that Tammy will continue our mission to provide opportunities to hear, to learn and perform orchestral music for the youth and adults in Itasca County.”