Carson City Symphony, Carson City, Nevada

  1. About us
  2. Tickets and Subscriptions
  3. Past Seasons and Past Events
  4. Program Notes
  5. Carson Chamber Singers
  6. Symphony Youth Strings
  7. Consort Canzona (Facebook page)
  8. Not Quite Ready for Carnegie Hall Players
  9. Silver Strings (separate website)
  10. Zephyrus Brass Quintet
  11. Symphony Youth Chorus
  12. Performer, Soloist, and Board Information
  13. Newsletters
  14. Symphony Assoc. Videos
  15. Audio
  16. Membership Information and Application
  17. Links to other sites
  18. Orchestra Rehearsal Schedule and Location
  19. Scholarship Information
  20. Contact Us

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.

Annual Pops Party Concert at the Governor's Mansion in Carson City
Sunday, June 9, 2024

Photograph of Cherie Shipley

The Carson City Symphony's annual Pops Party concert will be held on Sunday, June 9, 2024, at 6:00 p.m. at the Governor's Mansion back lawn, 606 Mountain Street, Carson City. The grounds will be open to the public at 5:00 p.m. Admission is free.

The Carson City Symphony, directed by David Bugli and Assistant Conductor and Concertmaster Brian Fox, will be joined on the program by the Carson Chamber Singers directed by Gary Schwartz and guest singer Cherie Shipley.

Music Director Bugli said, "The Pops Party Concerts are a tradition going back to 1984. We bring popular favorites and fresh material to each edition." The program includes tunes from Broadway shows, marches, a Glenn Miller medley arranged for orchestra and chorus,

Seating is on the lawn. The audience is invited to bring blankets or lawn chairs. Parking is on the street. No firearms are allowed on the premises. In case of rain, the concert will be moved to an indoor location.

This free concert is funded in part by grants from the Nevada Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts, the Carson City Cultural Commission, and by private donations. For more information, call the Symphony at 775-883-4154 or check the web site:

Photo: Singer Cherie Shipley will perform with the Carson City Symphony, as will the Carson Chamber Singers, at the Governor's Mansion on June 9.

Carson City Symphony House Recital Features
Brian Fox, violin; Evan Stern, cello; and Micah Dunn, guitar
An Afternoon of Music, Discussion, and Refreshments
Sunday, June 23, 2024

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The Carson City Symphony Association presents a "Violin, Cello, and Guitar House Recital," an afternoon of music, conversation, wine, and hors d'oeuvres on Sunday, June 23, 2024, at 4:00 p.m. at a private home, 2662 Danielle Drive, in Carson City.

The recital will entertain music lovers in our area with a varied program of musical treats featuring music by J.S. Bach, Reinhold Glière, and Niccolò Paganini.

Tickets are $25 and are available online at or by calling the Symphony at 775-883-4154 for reservations. Space is limited. Tickets may be purchased at the link below - click on "Buy Tickets Now" button.

Brian Fox, Evan Stern, and Micah Dunn have performed together in several ensembles through the years. They enjoy playing recitals to benefit music organizations in northern Nevada. This recital is a benefit for Carson City Symphony's music and educational programs. They will also play a recital in Reno to benefit Aria School of Music and Art, a non-profit music school that offers private and group music lessons.

Brian Fox is Assistant Conductor and Concertmaster of the Carson City Symphony and Director of Orchestras for the Carson City School District. He is also Vice-President of the Northern Nevada Rural Concert Initiative, has been Concertmaster of TOCCATA Tahoe Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, and played in the Reno Philharmonic. He holds a Ph.D. in Spanish Literature.

Evan Stern plays and teaches cello, upright and electric bass, guitar, and ukulele. He plays in, and arranges music for, the Aria 51 trio, has been cello soloist with the Carson Valley Pops Orchestra, Principal Bass in Carson City Symphony, and has toured with a local hard rock band. He is guitar instructor at Truckee Meadows Community College and music teacher at North Valleys High School, where he teaches guitar and orchestra.

Micah Dunn is Education Director for the Carson City Symphony Association and coaches the Not Quite Ready for Carnegie Hall Players (NQR) adult string ensemble. He holds Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Music Performance from UNR. He has played in orchestras and musical theater productions in Elko, Reno, and Carson City. He teaches guitar, cello, mandolin, and ukulele at Music Fuze in Reno.

Carson City Symphony 'Violin, Cello, and Guitar House Recital'

Carson City Symphony 'Violin, Cello, and Guitar House Recital'


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Photo: Violinist Brian Fox, cellist Evan Stern, and guitarist Micah Dunn will perform a house recital on Sunday, June 23, in Carson City.

Summer Concerts are Coming
Sunday, June 9, 2024 - Annual Pops Party Concert
Thursday, July 4, 2024 - CC Symphony in Genoa

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Mark your calendars. The Carson City Symphony and Carson Chamber Singers will be performing the 40th annual Pops Party Concert on Sunday, June 9, at 6:00 p.m. at the Governor's Mansion. The Symphony and Singers will also be performing on July 4 at Mormon Station State Park in Genoa at 3:45 p.m. as part of the Genoa Americana Celebration.

Admission to both events is free.

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Good for Multiple Events

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Media Release - October 7, 2023: The Carson City Symphony Association offers Flex Tickets that can be used for various performances by the Carson City Symphony and Carson Chamber Singers. Flex tickets are offered at discounted prices.

Discount Flex Pass -- Can't commit to concerts dates in advance? Get Flex Tickets! Flex Tickets are good for four admissions to any Carson City Symphony and Carson Chamber Singers concert(s). You may use the pass any way you choose: bring four people to one concert, two people to two concerts, etc. Flex Tickets never expire. To purchase them, click on the "Buy Flex Tix Now" button, below. Remember to keep your is your ticket!

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Carson City Symphony late 2023-2024 Season (40th Season)
Listing updated: April 25, 2024

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The Carson City Symphony lists the following concert dates and events for the end of its 40th season:

Thursday, April 25, 2024 - 6:30 p.m. - Symphony Youth Strings, Symphony Youth Chorus, and NQR at CC Community Center.

Sunday, April 28, 2024 - Symphony Concert at CC Community Center with piano soloist Alexander Tutunov.

Friday, May 10, 2024 - Consort Canzona and Not Quite Ready for Carnegie Hall Players present "Pleasures of Music, a tribute to Jane Johnson at Shepherd of the Sierra at 7:30. Free. Donations welcome.

Sunday, June 9, 2024 - 6:00 p.m. - Annual Pops Party Concert at the Governor's Mansion with soloist Cherie Shipley and Carson Chamber Singers.

Thursday, July 4, 2024 - 3:45 p.m. - Fourth of July Concert at Mormon Station State Park, Genoa, NV, with soloist Cherie Shipley and Carson Chamber Singers.

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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