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. Joyful Noise Carson Children's Choir
  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
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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.

Joyful Noise Carson Children's Choir presents
Concerts at Two Locations on June 3 and June 10
Sat., June 3, 2023, at Skyline Estates Senior Living
Sat., June 10, 2023, at Children's Museum of Northern Nevada

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The Joyful Noise Carson Children's Choir has several events planned for June under the leadership of their Director, Michelle Powers. These events may not be open to the general public. Call Michelle Powers at 775-720-1716 for details.

On Sat., June 3, 10:30 a.m., the Children's Choir will perform at 10:30 a.m. at Skyline Estates Senior Living, 2861 Mountain Street, Carson City. Senior living at Skyline Estates is a facility designed for senior adults who wish to maintain their independent lifestyle but may need some additional assistance to do so.

On Sat., June 10, 11:00 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., the Children's Choir will perform two shows at the Children's Museum of Northern Nevada, 813 N. Carson Street, Carson City. The shows will be at 11:00 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. The CMNN is a play-based learning experience created to inspire imagination and creativity. Children and their families are encouraged to explore the world together through interactive exhibits and programs in the arts, sciences, humanities, and history.

The Joyful Noise Carson Children's Choir will perform at yet another venue, the Carson City Library, on June 10. See separate listing (below) for details.

Cello Recital by Students of Priscilla Hawkins
Sat., June 10, 2023

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Students of Priscilla Hawkins, cello instructor for Carson City Symphony's Youth Strings, will present at cello recital by her students on Saturday, June 10, 2023, at 3:00 p.m. at Shepherd of the Sierra Lutheran Church, 3680 N Hwy 395, Carson City. The event is free. For information, contact Ms. Hawkins at

Pops Party Concert at the Governor's Mansion
Sun., June 11, 2023

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The Carson City Symphony's 2023 annual Pops Party concert will be held on Sunday, June 11, 2023, at 6:00 p.m. at the Nevada Governor's Mansion. Admission is free.

The Carson City Symphony, led by David Bugli, will be joined on the program by the Carson Chamber Singers, led by Interim Director Gary Schwartz, singer-songwriter Tom Miller, and Joyful Noise Carson Childrn's Choir, led by Michelle Powers.

The program includes show tunes, Sousa marches, pops music, an original song by Tom Miller, and other entertaining music.

Tom Miller is a musician, humorist, storyteller, and general all-around entertainer. He often performs on saxes, flute, Native American flute, and various guitars. Since the late 1970s, Tom has appeared extensively in many types of nightclubs, restaurants, cruise ships, private and corporate events and concerts in Nevada, California, and Arizona. He creates a vibrant atmosphere with his huge music repertoire and engaging personality. For him, music variety is a priority. Tom entertained audiences on the M.S. Dixie paddlewheel boat in Lake Tahoe for many years.

Seating is on the lawn. The audience is invited to bring blankets or lawn chairs. Other details are pending.

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 of Tom Miller, who will be singing with the Carson City Symphony on June 11.

Joyful Noise Carson Children's Choir at the Carson City Library
Tues., June 20, 2023

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On Tuesday, June 20, 2023, at 5:30 p.m., the Joyful Noise Carson Children's Choir will perform at the Carson City Library, 900 N. Roop Street, for "Around the World" summer reading challenge. For information on the Carson City Library and its activities, go to

Carson City Symphony & Chorus Perform for
Genoa Americana Celebration
Tuesday, July 4, 2023

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The Carson City Symphony, under the direction of David Bugli, and the Carson Chamber Singers, under the direction of Interim Director Gary Schwartz, will be performing at the Genoa Americana Celebration event at Mormon Station State Park, Genoa, starting at the new time of 3:45 p.m. on Tuesday, July 4, 2023. The orchestra will be joined by guest vocalist Tom Miller. The concert is free and open to the public.

The program includes show tunes, Sousa marches, pops music, and patriotic music, including "Battle Hymn of the Republic" and "Armed Forces Salute."

The Genoa Americana Celebration will start earlier in the day with a children's parade and the presentation of three smaller ensembles. Further details are pending as of 4/24/2023.

For more information, call 775-883-4154.

House Recital in Jacks Valley with
Brian Fox, violin, and Eric Kao, piano
Saturday Sunday, July 23, 2023

Photograph of Brian Fox Photograph of Eric Kao

(We apologize for previously indicating that July 23 was a Saturday. It's a Sunday. -Webmaster)

Brian Fox, violin, and Eric Kao, piano, perform a benefit for the Carson City Symphony Association in a house recital in Jacks Valley on Sunday, July 23, 2023, at 4:00 p.m. Tickets will be $25 and will be available online at or by calling the Symphony at 775-883-4154 for reservations. Space is limited.

Brian Fox and Eric Kao have performed together in ensembles and as a duo for several years. They enjoy presenting annual summer recitals and benefit concerts in northern Nevada. This recital is a benefit for Carson City Symphony's music and educational programs.

Brian Fox is Concertmaster of the Carson City Symphony, Co-Concertmaster of TOCCATA Tahoe Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, and Director of Orchestras for the Carson City School District. He also performs with the Reno Philharmonic Orchestra and in chamber music groups. He holds a Ph.D. in Spanish Literature.

Eric Kao is Musical Director and Accompanist for the Sierra High Notes chorus in Reno. He is a graduate of the University of Nevada, Reno, with a Masters of Music in Collaborative Piano. He also earned a dual Bachelors Degree in Civil Engineering and Piano performance with a Minor in Mathematics at UNR.

Photos: Violinist Brian Fox and pianist Eric Kao will perform a house recital on Sunday, July 23, in the Jacks Valley area.

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 Brian Fox, violin soloist.

Thursday, April 20, 2023 - 6:30 p.m. - Symphony Youth Strings "Music is for Life Pops Concert" at CC Community Center.

Sunday, April 23, 2023 - Symphony "Becoming Mark Twain" Concert with Andrew Sords, violin, and Tom Strekal, narrator.

Saturday, May 6, 2023 - 7:00 p.m. - Carson Chamber Singers perform "Israel in Egypt" Shepherd of the Sierra Lutheran Church.

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 - 6:00 p.m. - Annual Pops Party Concert at Nevada Governor's Mansion with Tom Miller, vocal soloist

Tuesday, July 4, 2023 - 3:45 p.m. (new time!) - Fourth of July Concert at Mormon Station State Park, Genoa, NV, with Tom Miller, vocal soloist

Sunday, July 23, 2023 - 4:00 p.m. - House Recital by Brian Fox and Eric Kao in Jacks Valley.

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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