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Carson City Symphony was founded in 1984 as the Carson City Chamber Orchestra and gave its first concert in October that year. It is a community orchestra open to amateur and volunteer professional musicians. Members come from all walks of life and have ranged from elementary school students to senior citizens. The Symphony performs five or more concerts each year for audiences in Carson City. It also has performed in Minden, Gardnerville, Fallon, South Lake Tahoe, and Virginia City. We play many works by contemporary composers and have commissioned and premiered several pieces.

Our Mission Statement (2019)

The mission of Carson City Symphony Association is to
(1) enhance the quality of life in northern Nevada by providing creative, educational, and social opportunities for amateur and volunteer professional instrumentalists and vocalists of all ages;
(2) educate and entertain a broad and diverse audience, including residents, visitors, and tourists;
(3) enhance music education for the K-12 student population and adults; and
(4) expand our reputation for adventurous programming by playing music by contemporary composers and featuring non-traditional solo instruments.


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Picture of Carson Chamber Singers in concert Nov. 11, 2019.


Kantu Inka to Perform Music of the Andes
In Carson City
Saturday, May 21, 2022

Photograph of Kantu Inka

The Carson City Symphony Association will present a free concert featuring Music of the Andes on Saturday, May 21, 2022, at 2:30 p.m., at Empire Elementary School, 1260 Monte Rosa Drive in Carson City. The concert features Kantu Inka - Carlos and Julie Lozado Ocampo - who have been presenting Peruvian Andean music in the U.S. since 2003.

Kantu Inka's performance will include an introduction to Andean wind, string, and percussion instruments, music, dance, geography, and clothing. They will be joined by about a dozen students of all ages playing zampoñas (Peruvian panpipes) and string instruments for a special rendition of "El Condor Pasa," a well-known piece written in 1913 by Peruvian composer Daniel Alomía Robles. String parts were arranged for this project by Carson City Symphony musician, Bill Melendres.

This performance is the culmination of four workshops at which Kantu Inka shared their passion for Andean music with members of Carson City Symphony's Youth Strings and Not Quite Ready for Carnegie Hall adult string ensemble. Each participant learned to play and care for a 17-pipe bamboo zampoña, hand-made in Peru.

This free performance is funded in part by a grant from the Nevada Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts. For more information, call the Symphony at 775-883-4154.

Photo: Carlos and Julie Ocampo will perform Andean music in a free concert on May 21.



Joyful Noise Carson Children's Choir
and Hosanna Handbell Choir
Perform Concerts
Saturday, May 21, 2022 - two events (Just the Children's Choir)
Sunday, May 22, 2022 - both groups

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Joyful Noise Carson Children's Choir and the Hosanna Handbell Choir will perform on Sunday, May 22, 2022, at 3:00 p.m. at First United Methodist Church, 200 N. Division Street in Carson City. Admission is free.

Michelle Powers, director of both groups, said, "Please join us as we give a nod to spring and perform some of our favorites from this past season."

Joyful Noise Carson Children's Choir, a tuition-free educational program of the Carson City Symphony Association, is open to children ages 4 to 12 and performs several times a year. They also will be singing on Saturday, May 21, at 10:30 a.m. at Skyline Estates Senior Living in Carson City, and at 3:30 p.m. at Carson Valley Senior Living in Gardnerville.

Hosanna Handbell Choir rehearses Thursday evenings and participates in services at First United Methodist Church on the third Sunday each month.

The children's choir is supported in part by public funds through a grant from the Nevada Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts and by private donations. For more information, contact director Michelle Powers at 775-720-1916 or mrees@nevada.unr.edu.

Photo: Joyful Noise Carson Children's Choir, directed by Michelle Powers, performs three concerts on May 21 and May 22



Carson Chamber Singers to Begin
Rehearsals for June and July Concerts

Photograph of Carson Chamber Singers July 4, 2021, in Genoa

Media Release - May 19, 2022: The Carson Chamber Singers, a performing group of the Carson City Symphony Association, will begin rehearsals on Tuesday, May 24, 2022, for two free outdoor concerts with the Symphony on June 12 and July 4, 2022. The rehearsals, directed by Ricky Hutton, will be on Tuesdays, 7:00 to 8:30 p.m., at the LDS Church, 411 N. Saliman Road in Carson City, and additional rehearsals with the orchestra at the Carson City Senior Center. Singers may join for one or both concerts.

The first concert is the annual Pops Party on Sunday, June 12, 6:00 p.m., at the Capital Amphitheater between the Capitol and Legislature buildings in Carson City. The second will be part of the Genoa Americana Celebration on July 4 at 4:30 p.m. at Mormon Station State Park in Genoa.

All singers, high-school age and above, especially tenors and basses, are welcome to join without audition and without fees. For more information and registration link, contact the director at richardjhutton@gmail.com.

The program includes "Dos Oruguitas" from Disney's "Encanto" by Lin-Manuel Miranda, "Down By the Riverside" arranged by John Rutter, and "Homeland" by Gustav Holst, plus patriotic favorites for July 4.

Carson City Symphony Association, including Carson Chamber Singers, is supported in part by public funds through grants from the Carson City Cultural Commission, Nevada Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts, and by private donations.

Photo: Carson Chamber Singers last July 4 in Genoa



Silver Strings "Music on the Porch" at Bowers Mansion Park
Fri., May 27, 2022

Photograph of Bowers Mansion, courtesy of Wikipedia

The Silver Strings present "Music on the Porch" at Bowers Mansion Park at Fri., May 27, 2022, at 7:00 p.m. The event is free.

The performance is part of the "Programs on the Porch" series at Bowers Mansion Regional Park, 4005 Old Highway 395, Washoe Valley. These events are presented Fridays, May 20 to June 17, from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. Bring a blanket or chair and enjoy these live, local musicians as they entertain the public with a variety of genres. Other performers on the 2022 series are Jazz Dixie Review (May 20), Sierra Sweethearts (June 3), Sierra Highlanders Pipe Band (June 10), and Sierra Alphorn Players (June 17). This is a free series; however, donations are accepted for the performers. Programs will be subject to COVID restrictions in place at the time. For more informations about the series, call 775-849-1825.

For more information about the Silver Strings, call 775-883-4154 or check their website at silverstringsnv.com.



Pops Party Concert at the Capital Amphitheater
Sun., June 12, 2022

Photograph of singer Kevin Milburn

The Carson City Symphony, led by David Bugli, will be joined by the Carson Chamber Singers, led by Ricky Hutton, and guest vocal Kevin Milburn for the annual Pops Party Concert at the Capital Amphitheater in Carson City on Sunday, June 12 at 6:00 p.m. It's a free concert. Seating is limited, so you are encouraged to bring folding chairs.

The Capital Amphitheater is located south of the State Capital Building, west of the Supreme Court Building, and north of the Legislature Building. Ample free parking is available in the parking garage east of the Legislature Building, off of Stewart Street. For further information, call the Symphony at 775-883-4154.

In case of rain, the concert may be moved to another location. We will make every attempt to publicize any change by 2:30 p.m. on the day of the performance on this website, on our Facebook page, and through local media.

Photo of Kevin Milburn, who will be singing with the Carson City Symphony on June 12.



Carson City Symphony & Chorus Perform for
Genoa Americana Celebration
Monday, July 4, 2022

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The Carson City Symphony, under the direction of David Bugli, and the Carson Chamber Singers, under the direction of Ricky Hutton, will be performing at the Genoa Americana Celebration event at Mormon Station State Park, Genoa, starting at 4:30 p.m. on Monday, July 4, 2022. The orchestra will be joined by a guest vocal artist. The concert is free and open to the public.

The Genoa Americana Celebration will start earlier in the day with a children's parade at 10:00 a.m. and the presentation of four smaller ensembles, starting at 11:00 a.m. The event is put on by Friends of Genoa in cooperation with the Town of Genoa. Bring low backed chairs or blankets. Please, no set up before 8:00 a.m. Chicken dinners available for purchase from the Genoa Volunteer Fire Department (GVFD), or stop by a Genoa food establishment or bring a picnic. Bring a towel or change of clothes for the children for the water games. No glass containers, please.

For more information, call 775-883-4154.



Summary of Early 2022 Activities

Early 2022 Concerts and Events

  • Sunday, Feb. 27, 4:00 p.m. at the Carson City Community Center
    Carson City Symphony Concert, "Lovers and Heros." Tickets $18/$15/free age 18 and under.
    Guest Soloist Stephen Framil, cello
    Meet-the-Soloist preview 3:15 p.m. in the Bob Crowell Board Room (former Sierra Room).
  • Thursday, April 21, 6:30 p.m. at the Carson City Community Center
    Symphony Youth Strings presents "Musical Oddities and Practical Jokes," free concert
  • Sunday, April 24, 4:00 p.m. at the Carson City Community Center
    Carson City Symphony Concert, "LatinXpressions IV." Tickets $18/$15/free age 18 and under.
    Guest Soloist Boglárka Kiss, flute
    Meet-the-Soloist preview 3:15 p.m. in the Bob Crowell Board Room (former Sierra Room).
  • Saturday, May 14, 7:00 p.m. at St. Thomas Acquinas Catherdral in Reno
    Carson Chamber Singers performs music by Randall Thompson and John Rutter.
    Tickets $15/$12/free age 18 and under. (Price subject to change.)
  • Sunday, May 15, 4:00 p.m. at First United Methodist Church in Carson City
    Carson Chamber Singers performs music by Randall Thompson and John Rutter.
    Tickets $15/$12/free age 18 and under. (Price subject to change.)
  • Saturday, May 21, 10:30 a.m. at Skyline Estates Senior Living in Carson City,
    and at 3:30 p.m. at Carson Valley Senior Living in Gardnerville
    Joyful Noise Carson Children's ChoirChoir perform
    Free
  • Sunday, May 22, 3:00 p.m. at First United Methodist Church in Carson City
    Joyful Noise Carson Children's Choir and the Hosanna Handbell Choir perform
    Free
  • Friday, May 27, 7:00 p.m. at Bowers Mansion Parks - "Programs on the Porch" Series
    The Silver Strings perform
    Free
  • Sunday, June 12, 6:00 p.m. at Capitol Amphitheater
    Carson City Symphony & Carson Chamber Singers - annual Pops Party Concert
    Free
  • Monday, July 4, 4:30 p.m. at Mormon Station State Park, Genoa
    Carson City Symphony & Carson Chamber Singers at Genoa Americana Celebration
    Free

Early 2022 Rehearsals

  • Consort Canzona - Instrumental Group rehearses Mondays, 7:00 p.m. at the Carson City Senior Center, 911 Beverly Drive. Vaccinations required.
  • Carson Chamber Singers rehearses Tuesdays, 7:00 p.m. at the LDS Church, 411 N. Saliman Rd. Masks not required.
  • Carson City Symphony rehearses Wednesdays, 7:00 p.m. at the Carson High Orchestra/Band room, 1111 N. Saliman Rd., upstairs. Vaccinations required. Masks no longer required (as of 2/28/22).
  • NQR (adult intermediate string ensemble) rehearses Thursdays, 11:15 a.m. at the Carson City Senior Center, Joshua Tree Room. Masks no longer required (as of 2/28/22).
  • Joyful Noise Carson Children's Choir rehearses Thursdays, 5:15 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church (upstairs), 412 W. Musser St. Masks required.
  • Victorian Dancers will start rehearsals soon (late Sept.) at Yaples Ballroom, 315 N. Carson St., day and time to be determined.
  • Beginning violins (2 classes) meet after school on Wednesdays at Empire Elementary School, 1260 Monte Rosa Dr., and on Fridays at Bordewich Bray Elementary School, 110 Thompson St. - Masks no longer required (as of 2/28/22).
  • Allegro (3:30-4:15 p.m.) and Vivace (4:15-5:00 p.m.) youth string ensembles meet on Thursdays at St. Paul Lutheran Family Church, 1201 N. Saliman Dr. Masks no longer required (as of 2/28/22).
  • STRAZZ advanced youth strings rehearses Thursdays, 6:15 p.m., at the Carson City Senior Center, Joshua Tree Room. Masks no longer required (as of 2/28/22).


INFORMATION ON 2021-2022 SEASON (38TH SEASON)

  • Sun., Oct. 24, 2021 - 4:00 p.m. - Carson City Symphony Concert at the Community Center with Ellen Burr, flute.
  • Sun., Dec. 12, 2021 - 4:00 p.m. - Carson City Symphony "Holiday Treat" Concert at the Community Center.
  • Sun., Feb. 27, 2022 - 4:00 p.m. - Carson City Symphony Concert at the Community Center with cellist Stephen Framil.
  • Sun., April 24, 2022 - 4:00 p.m. - Carson City Symphony Concert at the Community Center, with Boglárka Kiss, flutist.
  • Sun., June 12, 2022 (proposed date) - Carson City Symphony Concert Pops Party Concert at the Capital Amphitheater.
  • Sat., July 4, 2022 - 4:30 p.m. - Carson City Symphony Concert at the Genoa Americana Celebration.

Carson City Symphony Association Incorporated

Interested in being a member of the Carson City Symphony Association, and support all our non-profit work? Just download a membership form in PFD format from our here and mail it in with your check. It will be appreciated.


To join the Carson City Symphony or Carson Chamber Singers, call 775-883-4154.

For Association membership information, click here.

For feedback that we have received on Carson City Symphony concerts, click here: reviews.


Read about Carson City Symphony's Symphony Youth Strings program.

This season's concerts have been made possible, in part, by a grant from the Nevada Arts Council, a state agency, and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency. The orchestra is a licensee of ASCAP and BMI and a member of the Carson City Arts & Culture Coalition (click here).

David C. Bugli, Music Director and Conductor, has a Bachelor of Science Degree in music education from Ithaca College, New York, where he studied composition for four years with Karel Husa. He has a Master of Music Degree from the University of Massachusetts. In addition to conducting, he plays classical and jazz piano, tuba, and trombone, and he composes and arranges music. He was also an adjunct faculty at Western Nevada College.

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Conductor David Bugli


Contact us:
David C. Bugli, Music Director and Conductor
Carson City Symphony
PO Box 2001
Carson City, NV 89702-2001
Phone: (775) 883-4154
Fax: (775) 883-4371

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Most Symphony rehearsals are on Wednesday nights (late August through late May), 7:00 p.m. to 9:15 p.m., in the band room at Carson High School, 1111 N. Saliman Rd., Carson City. Map.

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The Carson Chamber Singers is a choral group that has been associated with the Carson City Symphony since 1985. The Carson City Symphony Chorus is a larger version of this group.

For chamber music, see the Silver Strings.

For youth string programs, see Symphony Youth Strings (formerly Strings in the Schools).

For information on events at the Brewery Arts Center, click here.

Carson City Community Center, 851 E. William St., Carson City. Map

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Carson City Symphony is funded, in part, by the Nevada Arts Council, a state agency, and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency; Carson City; Nevada Humanities, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and private donations.
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