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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.


The Carson City Symphony Assoc. is a member of the Carson City Downtown Business Assoc.

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


Upcoming Event: 39th Annual Holiday Treat
Sunday, Dec. 11, 2022

Photograph of Carson Chamber Singers

It's a Holiday Treat for all - a feast of seasonal and holiday entertainment in many styles!

Mark your calendars. The 39th Annual Holiday Treat Concert will return this year on Sunday, Dec. 11, 2022, at 4:00 p.m. at the Carson City Community Center, 851 E. William Street. The Carson City Symphony under the direction of David Bugli, will be joined by the Carson Chamber Singers, under the direction of Richard "Ricky" Hutton. The combined symphony and chorus will open the concert with Leroy Anderson's familiar A Christmas Festival. A special treat is the premiere of Dale Trumbore's Magnificat, which was commissioned for this concert by the Carson Chamber Singers and the Carson City Symphony Association.

Joyful Noise Carson Children's Choir, directed by Michelle Powers, will perform at 3:00 p.m. in the lobby. There will be a preview at 3:15, led by David Bugli, with Ms. Trumbore and Ricky Hutton.

Tickets are available from the link below or may be purchased at the door on the day of the concert.

Blood donors may receive a complimentary ticket to the concert. Donate at Vitalent's Carson City Donor Center, December 3 through December 10. Call 775-887-9111 for Donor Center hours.

This concert is supported, in part, by public funds through a grant from the Nevada Arts Council and National Endowment for the Arts, and by private donations. For more information, see CCSymphony.com or call the Symphony at 775-883-4154.

2022 Holiday Treat Concert

2022 Holiday Treat Concert

$18.00 General admission
$15 Seniors, Students, Assoc. Members
FREE Age 18 and under
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Photo: Carson Chamber Singers performing May 15, 2022, in Carson City.



Carson City Symphony's Youth Strings
Presents "Old Friends, New Friends" Concert
Thursday, December 8, 2022

Photograph of Symphony Youth Strings concert in December 2021.

Carson City Symphony's Youth Strings will present a free concert, "Old Friends, New Friends," on Thursday, December 8, 2022, at 6:30 p.m. at the Carson City Community Center, 851 E. William St., Carson City.

The concert was programmed by Carson City Symphony's Education Director, Sue Jesch, and is conducted by strings instructors Suzanne McGarraugh and Rachel Smith. It features about 44 students, including beginning violinists in their first performance, cello students, and three string ensembles: Allegro, level one; Vivace, intermediate; and STRAZZ, advanced. Jesch said, "Students will perform well known tunes, sharing them with old friends and new friends alike."

Symphony Youth Strings is an after-school, tuition-free educational program of the Carson City Symphony Association. It includes students in grades 2 to 12 from Carson City and surrounding areas, including public-, private-, and home-schooled students.

Symphony Youth Strings was founded in 2005 by the Carson City Symphony Association. It is supported in part by private donations and by grants from the Nevada Arts Council and National Endowment for the Arts, and the Carson City Cultural Commission. For more information, call Sue Jesch at 775-450-5584.

Photo: Associate Concertmaster, Laura Gibson, conducting the Symphony Youth Strings concert in December 2021.



Carson City Symphony Association Announces
Seventh Annual Scholarship for Music Education

Photograph of Rosemary at 16 with cello

Public Release - Oct. 21, 2022: The Carson City Symphony Association announces the seventh annual instrumental music scholarship for Carson City students age 5 to 17. The scholarship was established by a generous gift from Jennifer and John Webley in memory of Rosemary Nebesky, former board member and friend of the Carson City Symphony Association.

The award of $250 to $1,000 is to further the student's music education. Scholarship is to further the applicant's music education (for example: lessons, workshop, summer camp, master class). Lessons can be in person or remote. Scholarship funds will be paid to the teacher or program, not to the individual applicant. If award includes travel expenses, it will be paid on reimbursement basis. Applicant must be enrolled in school instrumental music program unless student is home-schooled or if school does not have an instrumental music program. A waiver of this requirement can be requested with written explanation signed by the school instrumental music instructor. Students may reapply each year, but no more than two scholarships will be awarded to any individual.

The application form can be downloaded from the Symphony website (see below) and may be available from school music teachers. Completed applications and supporting documents will be accepted by the Symphony at P.O. Box 2001, Carson City, NV 89702-2001, and must be received by Monday, November 21, 2022.

Click HERE to download application form in English.

Haga clic AQUÍ para descargar el formulario de solicitud en español. (Click HERE to download application form in Spanish.)

For more information, contact the Symphony at 775-883-4154.

Photo: Rosemary Nebesky at 16 with her cello.



Carson City Symphony 2022-2023 Season (39th Season)
Listing updated: Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2022

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The Carson City Symphony announces the following concert dates and events for its 39th season:

Sunday, October 2, 2022 - Carson Chamber Singers Concert at Hall Recital Hall, UNR.

Friday, October 7, 2022 - Carson Chamber Singers Concert at First United Methodist Church, Carson City.

Sunday, October 23, 2022 - 4:00 p.m. - Symphony Concert with Jessica Dodge, saxophone, and Michelle Powers, flute.

Tuesday, November 29, 2022 - Joyful Noise Carson Children's Choir performs at Sierra Place Senior Living (Carson City).

Saturday, December 3, 2022 - Joyful Noise Carson Children's Choir performs at Skyline Estates Senior Living (Carson City) and Carson Valley Senior Living (Gardnerville).

Sunday, December 4, 2022 - 3:00 p.m., STRAZZ and Friends perform for Tree Lighting at Carson Mall. Free.

Thursday, December 8, 2022 - 6:30 p.m. - Symphony Youth Strings concert at CC Community Center.

Sunday, December 11, 2022 - 4:00 p.m. - Annual Holiday Treat Concert

Sunday, December 18, 2022 - 2:00 p.m. - House Recital with Brian Fox and Eric Kao.

Wednesday, December 21, 2022 - Carol Playalong for Strings at Carson Mall.

Sunday, February 26, 2023 - Symphony Concert with Gabriel Giro, violin & conductor.

Thursday, April 20, 2023 - 6:30 p.m. - Symphony Youth Strings concert at CC Community Center.

Sunday, April 23, 2023 - Symphony Concert with Andrew Sords, violin, and McAvoy Layne, narrator.

Saturday, May 6, 2023 - 7:00 p.m. - Carson Chamber Singers perform "Israel in Egypt" in Carson City (location TBD),

Sunday, May 7, 2023 - 4:00 p.m. - Carson Chamber Singers perform "Israel in Egypt" in Nightingale Hall, UNR, 4:00 p.m.

Sunday, June 11, 2023 - Annual Pops Party Concert (proposed date).

Tuesday, July 4, 2023 - Fourth of July Concert at Mormon Station State Park, Genoa, NV.



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. Carson City Arts & Culture Coalition

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.

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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