Estacio, Renato

Renato N. Estacio

Renato EstacioEducation

BA, English literature
Oberlin College

BM, Voice
University of Nevada

MM, Voice
University of Nevada

MBA, Marketing
Keller School

PhD Candidate, Public Affairs
University of Nevada

Music Background

  • Opera Singer
  • Artistic Director, Southwest Arts Group

Administrative Background

  • Director of Marketing, Las Vegas (Nevada) Philharmonic
  • President, Southwest Arts Group
  • District Director, Metropolitan Opera National Council of Auditions

City of Residence


Commission term

ended May 6, 2018


Estacio is the Artistic Director and Conductor for the Southwest Arts Group (SWAG) – a group that produces and educates audiences to enrich lives. The group has a strong show choir component but encompasses all art forms and partners with other fine and performing arts. As a member of SWAG, he is an active performer, choreographer and producer for all shows. Other musical experience includes having performed, stage managed or directed in 30+ unique shows (not including multiple nights of shows) to include musicals, operas, operettas, theater, in both the U.S. and abroad over the past 25 years. Renato recently served as Interim Music Director for the Albuquerque Civic Chorus, where he selected repertoire, conducted the ensemble, and facilitated the strategic direction of the organization.

Academically, he attended Oberlin College and Conservatory of Music in Oberlin, OH, where he studied tuba performance and English literature; from Oberlin, he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English. His academic background includes degrees in marketing (MBA-Honors) and vocal performance (BMus – Magna Cum Laude/MMus). He is completing a PhD in Public Affairs at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas; his dissertation focuses on the legal social construction of Native Americans.

Outside of the arts, he works in gaming technology, overseeing the Arizona and New Mexico region for his company. His expertise in gaming includes business intelligence, corporate strategy and product marketing. He has worked in business and market intelligence for International Game Technology and Aristocrat Technologies, Inc. Before he entered gaming, he served as Director of Marketing and Public Relations for the Las Vegas Philharmonic and Assistant Director for the UNLV Writing Center. Furthermore, Renato’s leadership experience includes having been Board Director for the Southern Nevada Musical Arts Society; General Director for We Sing! (Choral Festival); member for the Technology Board at UNLV; Director and President of the Board, Village of Centennial Springs and Board Director/Vice President for a Las Vegas, Nevada-based opera company.

Estacio grew up on Yokosuka Naval Base in Japan.