Carson City Symphony, Carson City, Nevada


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.

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Carson City Symphony Plays for Genoa Americana Celebration in Genoa
With Guest McAvoy Layne, Portraying Mark Twain
Friday, July 4, 2014

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On Friday, July 4, 2014, the Carson City Symphony will perform with guest performer McAvoy Layne, portraying Mark Twain, at 4:30 p.m. at Mormon Station State Park, Genoa, NV, as part of the Genoa Americana Celebration. Parade, festivities, bands, and workshops begin 10:00 a.m.

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This one-day musical event will celebrate our nation's birthday. The year 2014 is also the sesquicentennial (150th birthday) for the state of Nevada! This celebration will include live musical performances (Bluegrass, String Band, Dixieland, and Americana) prior to the Carson City Symphony performance, educational activities, children's activities, jamming, food and more! Best of all, it's a FREE community event (although donations will be gratefully accepted). A parade and festivities start at 10:00 a.m.

This festival is produced by the Traditional American Music Project, Inc. (TRAMP), a 501(c)(3) Arts & Education Organization.

Founded in 1851, Genoa, NV, was the first settlement in Nevada. This historic, tiny town is nestled into a shady grove at the eastern base of the Sierra Nevada range and is a perfect location to celebrate traditional American music!

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"Play It Again, Sam!" Fundraising Event
At Artsy Fartsy Art Gallery
Saturday, July 12, 2014

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Jeffery Pace, owner of Artsy Fartsy Art Gallery, 220 W. Telegraph St., Carson City, loves to host community events at the gallery. He has held shows to benefit Strings in the Schools and other non-profits and is planning a benefit for Carson City Symphony Association this summer. It will feature special works of art - "repurposed" musical instruments decorated by local artists, including Robinette Bacon, Louise Noel Russell, R. Fox, Monika Johnson, Deana Hoover, Ulla Noor Warner, Denise Jenkins, Pam Black, Natasha Munson, and others. Many of the artists will be on hand for the event. There will be food and drink, a raffle, and some live music.

The event will Saturday, July 12, 2014, from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

All works will be original, one-of-a-kind, and ten percent of the proceeds will go directly to the Symphony Association. For information, call or visit Jeff at the gallery, Tuesday through Saturday, 10:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., 775-885-2787.

Carson City Symphony's "Strings in the Summer" Group
Presents its Summer Concert at Sierra Place Senior Living
Thursday, July 31, 2014

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The Carson City Symphony's "Strings in the Summer" orchestra and beginning fiddle class, directed by Sue Jesch, will present its Summer String Concert of traditional American fiddle tunes on Thursday, July 31, 2014, at 10:00 a.m. at Sierra Place Senior Living, 1111 West College Parkway, Carson City. The concert is free and is open to the public.

Over 30 performers ranging in age from 8 to senior citizens will be performing on violin, viola and cello. "Strings in the Summer" is part of Carson City Symphony's "Strings in the Schools" program, which is supported with public funding through the Nevada Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts, grants from Partnership Carson City, and private donations.

The summer program is for string players of all ages. Instruction, which takes place at Carson Mall, is provided for six weeks during the summer by Carson City Symphony Education Director Sue Jesch. Students attending on Mondays take classes in "Introduction to Fiddle and Folk Music," a program designed primarily for younger students, and for violinist and violists of any age who have limited experience. Tuesday classes cover "Melodies, Harmonies, and Improvisations," and are designed for advanced beginner to intermediate violinists and violists. On Thursdays there is a String Ensemble, for advanced beginner to intermediate players and involves fun tunes for orchestra.

For more information, call the Symphony at 775-883-4154, call Sue Jesch at 775-450-5584, or check the web site:

Picture is of "Strings in the Summer" students performing last July at Sierra Place Senior Living.

Some concert dates

  • Sun., Oct. 26, 2014 - at Carson City Community Center, 4:00 p.m.
  • Sun., Dec. 14, 2014 - Holiday Treat Concert with Carson City Symphony Chorus at Carson City Community Center, 4:00 p.m.
  • Sun., March 1, 2015 - at Carson City Community Center, 4:00 p.m.
  • Sun., April 26, 2015 - at Carson City Community Center, 4:00 p.m.
  • A Sunday in June, 2015 - Pops Party Concert at the Governor's Mansion with Carson City Symphony Chorus, 3:00 p.m.
  • Sun., Oct. 25, 2015 - at Carson City Community Center, 4:00 p.m.
  • Sun., Dec. 13, 2015 - with Carson City Symphony Chorus at Carson City Community Center, 4:00 p.m.

Discount Flex Pass -- Can't commit to concerts dates in advance? Get a Flex Pass! Flex Pass 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.

Season tickets and flex passes are on sale now. Call 775-883-4154 or download a PDF form from here and just mail it in with your check.

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 Strings in the Schools 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) and the League of American Orchestras.

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 is also 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 rehearsals are on Wednesday nights, 7:15 p.m. to 9:30 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 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 is funded, in part, by the Nevada Arts Council, a state agency, and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency; Carson City; the Community Foundation of Western Nevada; and private donations.
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