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 and Carson City Symphony Chorus
  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. Audio
  15. Membership Information and Application
  16. Links to other sites
  17. Orchestra Rehearsal Schedule and Location
  18. Scholarship Information
  19. 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.

One Hundred Percent Giving Board Award for 2016 from Community Foundation of Western Nevada

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

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Not Quite Ready for Carnegie Hall Players
performs at Carson City Senior Center
Thursday, Dec. 13, 2018

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The Not Quite Ready for Carnegie Hall Players (NQR) performs at Carson City Senior Center on Thursday, Dec. 13, 2018, at 11:00 a.m.

The "Not Quite Ready for Carnegie Hall Players" is the creation of Carson City Symphony Education Director and former Concertmaster Sue Jesch. Each week, a group of adult musicians, some of them beginners, get together to play music at the Carson City Senior Center. The group meets Thursdays at 10:00 a.m. The primary purpose of this is to give adult musicians who may not be ready for a regular adult orchestra, such as the Carson City Symphony, an opportunity to play and enjoy easy music. The group has performed at assisted living events, and many of the members participate in the annual Christmas Carol Play-along for Strings each December in Carson Mall (see Dec. 21 event).

Joyful Noise Carson Children's Choir
performs for Food Pantry
Thursday, Dec. 13, 2018

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The Joyful Noise Carson Children's Choir perform on Thursday, Dec. 13, 2018, at 7:00 p.m. at the Carson City Seventh Day Adventist Church & Food Pantry, 405 College Parkway, Carson City, NV.

Joyful Noise Carson Children's Choir became an affiliate of the Carson City Symphony Association in fall 2017. This choir gives children the opportunity to develop their voices and learn music concepts of rhythm, pitch, expression, and performance in a small group. The Joyful Noise choir sings a variety of tunes - hymns, folk songs, and silly, playful pieces. No musical background is required, and all children are welcome to participate. Choir members learn musicality and performance skills through the joy of singing with a choir. For kids ages 4 through 12 in Carson City, Carson Valley areas.

Information about the group can be found on the Association's website at

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STRAZZ Play at Trader Joe's
Sunday, Dec. 16, 2018

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STRAZZ, the advanced group from Carson City Symphony's Symphony Youth Strings program, play for the entertainment of shoppers at Trader Joe's, on Topsy Lane in Carson City on Sunday, Dec. 16, 2018, at 4:00 p.m. Come out and enjoy this free entertainment.

Christmas Carol Playalong for Strings
Friday, December 21, 2018

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String players are invited to join the 11th annual Christmas Carol Playalong at the Carson Mall on Fri, Dec. 21, 2018, at 3:00 p.m. For registration and sheet music, contact Sue Jesch at 775-450-5584 or Come and listen or come and play.

Carson City Symphony Association events are supported by the Nevada Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts, and by private donations.

Attached Photo: String instrument players of all ages at a previous Christmas Carol Playalong at Carson Mall.

Three Carson City Students Awarded
Rosemary Nebesky Memorial Scholarships

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Media Release - Dec. 11, 2018: Ashlyn Parnham, Diana Banuelos Ibarra, and Jasmine Wong-Fortunato were awarded the third annual Rosemary Nebesky Memorial Scholarships by the Carson City Symphony Association this month. The scholarship was established by John and Jennifer Webley of Santa Rosa, Calif., in memory Rosemary Nebesky, who loved music, loved children, and had been a friend and board member of the Carson City Symphony Association. It is awarded each year to one or more Carson City students age 5 to 17 for instrumental music lessons. The winners this year were selected from several applicants.

Ashlyn Parnham, 16, is a sophomore at Carson High, where she plays in four bands on different instruments. Clarinet is her main instrument and this year she added alto clarinet in concert band, and tenor sax in jazz ensemble. Ashlyn plans to teach music. She has attended the Lake Tahoe Music Camp the past two years, and will use her scholarship to attend again this summer of 2019.

Diana Banuelos is a 13-year-old student who lives in Dayton, NV, where they do not have a string program in the schools. She studies violin in Carson City with Lissette Rivas. Diana said, "All my life I've wanted to play violin. I started lessons almost a year ago and it's been really great." Through violin, Diana has met new people, explored the music world, and become closer to family members who play instruments. Diana will use her scholarship to continue her violin lessons.

Jasmine Wong-Fortunato, 15, a ninth grader at Carson High School, plays in three bands on different instruments in each. She also plays in three community groups: Carson City Symphony, Carson Valley Pops Orchestra, and Capital City Community Band. A second time winner, Jasmine plans to make music education her career and will use the scholarship to continue private lessons on bassoon.

The next round of scholarships will be awarded in fall of 2019. For more information about the scholarship and the application process, contact the Symphony at 775-883-4154.

December 2018 Newsletter online
You can see our December 2018 Newsletter online. Just click on the image at right. image of newsletter

Concert to Feature Premiere of Saxophone Piece
Sunday, February 24, 2019

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The Carson City Symphony will be presenting a concert with saxophone soloist Rhett Bender on Sunday, Feb. 24, 2019, at the Carson City Community Center at 4:00 p.m. Dr. Bender will be performing the orchestral premiere of the alto saxophone concerto "Duality" by composer Carleton Macy. "Duality" was originally written in 2003 for Bender to perform with wind ensemble. Carleton Macy will be present to participate in the concert preview at 3:15 p.m. and other activities. Beethoven's Symphony No. 6 ("Pastorale") will also be on the program.

Dr. Bender is a Professor of Music at the Oregon Center for the Arts at Southern Oregon University where he teaches graduate and undergraduate saxophone performance and chamber music. In the summers, he is the Director of the Ashland Chamber Music Workshop and the Siskiyou Saxophone Workshop. Bender is a founding member and soprano saxophonist with the Mazama Quartet and Globe Saxophone Quartet; the Artistic Director for the Siskiyou Saxophone Orchestra (SSO); and saxophonist with the Rogue Valley and Britt Festival Symphony Orchestras. He is the Region One Director of the North American Saxophone Alliance (Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington, and Wyoming). Bender travels to China as Guest Artist-Teacher at the Sichuan Conservatory of Classical Music, Honorary Advisor to the Chengdu Saxophone Society, Visiting Professor at the College of Arts of Yantai University, and Guest Artist for the Yantai Children's Palace of Music and Art. Bender earned degrees from Iowa State University (Bachelor of Music) and the University of Georgia (Master of Music, Doctorate of Musical Arts) where he was a student of Kenneth Fischer. His website is at He previously appeared with the Carson City Symphony in 2011.

Tickets are $15 general admission; $12 for seniors, students, and Symphony Association members; and free age 18 and under. Tickets will be available in advance at the Nevada Day Store, 716 N. Carson Street; online at; and at the door.

Symphony Youth Strings Spring Concert
Thursday, April 25, 2019

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The Carson City Symphony's Youth Strings will present its spring concert on Thursday, April 25, 2019, at 6:30 p.m. at the Carson City Community Center. Symphony Youth Strings (formerly Strings in the Schools), Carson City Symphony's comprehensive program of string instruction, inspired by the teachings of Kato Havas, creator and author of The New Approach to Violin Playing, provides free beginning violin lessons for students grades 2-5 and ensemble/orchestra experience for all interested string students in the Carson City School District. Tuition and books are subsidized by the Carson City Symphony Association. The instruction is guided by Sue Jesch, Carson City Symphony's Education Director and former Concertmaster, who is assisted by Laura Gibson, Carson City Symphony Associate Concertmaster, and Lou Groffman, principal cellist of the Symphony.

This is a free concert. Further details will be posted on this website.


  • Sat., Dec. 1, 2:00-3:00 p.m., Nevada Artists Association Gallery. 449 W. King St., Carson City - Comfort and Joy - Joyful Noise Children's Choir directed by Nancy Jones. Free.
  • Sat., Dec. 1, 7:00 p.m., and Sun., Dec. 2., 4:00 p.m., Shepherd of the Sierra - A Handful of Handel - Consort Canzona (early music ensemble) conducted by Gary Schwartz. Free.
  • Sun., Dec. 9, 4:00 p.m. - Holiday Treat Concert - Carson City Symphony & Chorus and Victorian Dancers.
  • Thurs., Dec. 13,11:00 a.m., Carson City Senior Center - Not Quite Ready for Carnegie Hall Players (NQR) adult intermediate string ensemble. Free.
  • Thurs., Dec. 20, 10:00 a.m., Mountain View Rehab - Not Quite Ready for Carnegie Hall Players (NQR) adult intermediate string ensemble. For residents.
  • Fri., Dec. 21, 3:00 p.m., Carson Mall - Christmas Carol Playalong for Strings. For sheet music, call 775-450-5584. Free.
  • Sun., Feb. 24, 4:00 p.m. - Carson City Symphony with Rhett Bender, saxophone, and composer Carleton Macy, Duality for Alto Saxophone and Orchestra.
  • April 2019 - details to be determined - Carson Chamber Singers Spring Concert.
  • April 2019 - details to be determined - Joyful Noise Carson Children's Choir Spring Concert. Free.
  • Thurs., April 25, 6:30 p.m. - Music is for Life - Symphony Youth Strings conducted by Laura Gibson and Lou Groffman. Free.
  • Sun., April 28, 4:00 p.m. - Carson City Symphony with Gregory Maytan, violin, Violin Concerto by Swedish composer Amanda Maier.
  • Sun., June 9, outdoor Pops Party concert - Carson City Symphony & Chorus, location to be determined. Free.
  • Thurs., July 4 - Mormon Station Park - Genoa Americana Celebration begins 10:30 a.m. Carson City Symphony & Chorus begins at 4:30 p.m. Free.

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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) 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 was also an adjunct faculty at Western Nevada College.

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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, Carson City Cultural Commission, the Community Foundation of Western Nevada; and private donations.
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