Carson City Symphony, Carson City, Nevada

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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.

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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Carson Chamber Singers Present Two Fall Concerts
Under New Conductor Bill Belcher
Sat., Nov. 16, 2019, at Shepherd of the Sierra Lutheran Church
Sun., Nov. 17, 2019, at First United Methodist Church

Photograph of Bill Belcher, new Carson Chamber Singers Conductor

Carson Chamber Singers, conducted by William Belcher, and Joyful Noise Carson Children's Choir, conducted by Michelle Powers, will present two Something for Everyone Fall Concerts on Saturday, November 16, and Sunday, November 17, 2019, in Carson City. The Saturday concert will be at Shepherd of the Sierra Lutheran Church, 3680 US Highway 395 South, at 7:00 p.m., and the Sunday concert will be at First United Methodist Church, 412 W. Musser Street, at 7:00 p.m.

The concert, Something for Everyone, will open with Joyful Noise Carson Children's Choir performing "It's Not About the Turkey," a selection of lighthearted holiday songs. The Carson Chamber Singers will follow with an eclectic program from traditional to contemporary, featuring music by Billy Joel, John Rutter, Randall Thompson, and others.

General admission tickets are $12, available online at (see "BUY NOW" button below); at the Nevada Day Office, 716 N. Carson St., Carson City; and at the door. Youth ages 18 and under are admitted free.

Photograph of Carson Chamber Singer in May 2018

Founded in 1985 as a performing group of the Carson City Symphony Association, the Carson Chamber Singers have sung at several venues in northern Nevada and in California as far as Sacramento, and sang for the 99th National American Legion Convention in Reno. Open to singers high-school age and above, they have sung with the Reno Philharmonic and perform regularly with the Carson City Symphony.

Bill Belcher was appointed conductor of the Carson Chamber Singers by the Symphony Association Board on Sept. 15, 2019. He has a B.S. degree in music from University of Oregon School of Music and Dance, where his main area of performance study was voice. He writes about himself, "As an undergraduate, was accepted into the conducting study program under the late Max Risinger. I actually majored in conducting, except there was no official undergraduate conducting degree program, and there is still not one, therefore the general "music" degree. I was one of only 12 allowed into the program that year. In a normal year, only 10 students were admitted to the program. I completed the yearlong program, focused on symphonic conducting, successfully."

Photograph of Joyful Noise Carson Children's Choir at rehearsal for fall 2019 concerts.

The Joyful Noise Carson Children's Choir was founded in 2017 by Nancy Jones for children ages four to twelve. It is an educational program of the Association, and has performed at the Brewery Arts Center, Carson City Community Center, Shepherd of the Sierra, and for the 2018 Nevada Interfaith Thanksgiving Service in Reno. They have been invited to sing for the Nevada Association for the Education of Young Children conference in April 2020.

For information about joining the choral groups, call the Symphony Association at 775-883-4154 or see Concerts are supported in part by public funds through a grant from the Nevada Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts, and by private donations.

Photos: New Carson Chamber Singers Conductor Bill Belcher.
Carson Chamber Singers in concert in April 2018.
Joyful Noise Carson Children's Choir at rehearsal for fall concerts.

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Symphony Youth Strings Fall Concert
"Around the World in Music"
Tuesday, December 3, 2019

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The Carson City Symphony's Youth Strings will present its fall concert, "Around the World in Music," on Tuesday, December 3, 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.

Consort Canzona Presents a Pair of Concerts
Friday, December 6, 2019
Saturday, December 7, 2019

Photograph of Consort Canzona, Dec. 2016.

Consort Canzona, Carson City Symphony's early music ensemble will be presenting a pair of concerts, "Something Old, Something New," on Friday, Dec. 6, at 7:00 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 7, 2019, at 4:00 p.m. Both concerts are at Shepherd of the Sierra Lutheran Church, south of Topsy Lane. Mark your calendars now. The group is under the direction of Gary Schwartz.

Further details are pending admission are pending. For information, call 775-883-4154.

STRAZZ To Do Two Performances on
Saturday, December 7, 2019

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STRAZZ, the Symphony Youth Strings advanced group, will be doing a pair of performances on Saturday, December 7, 2019, in and around Carson City.

The first performance will be from 3:00 to 3:30 p.m. at the "Empty Bowls Project" event at Carson Mall. This is a benefit for FISH (Friends in Service Helping) to help feed people in need. Empty Bowls is an international grassroots effort to fight hunger and was created by The Imagine Render Group. The basic premise is simple: Potters and other craftspeople, educators and others donate & work with the community to create handcrafted bowls. Guests are invited to a simple meal of soup and bread. In exchange for a cash donation, guests are asked to keep a bowl as a reminder of all the empty bowls in the world. The money raised is donated to an organization working to end hunger and food insecurity. Empty Bowls is the largest hunger-relief organization in the United States, Feeding America reports that the nation's food banks could soon be overwhelmed by demand. Statistics show that 1 out of 8 Americans struggle with food insecurity every day. For more information about Empty Bowls Project, check the Facebook page at

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The second STRAZZ performance will be from 5:30 to 6:15 p.m. at Trader Joe's on/near Topsy Lane. This is an annual opportunity for STRAZZ to share some cheer with holiday shoppers.

36th Annual "Holiday Treat Concert"
Sunday, Dec. 15, 2019

The Symphony at its 2014 Holiday Treat Concert

The 36th Annual Holiday Treat Concert will be on Sunday, Dec. 15, 2019, starting at 4:00 p.m. in the Carson City Community Center's Bob Boldrick Theater. The Symphony will be joined by the Carson Chamber Singers, under the direction of their new Conductor, Bill Belcher, and the Victorian Dancers, dancing to music by Johann Strauss Jr. and Carson City composer J.P. Meder (1848-1908).

The program includes Leroy Anderson's "A Christmas Festival," John Rutter's arrangement of "Bring a Torch, Jeannette, Isabella," Handel's "Hallelujah Chorus," music from "The Polar Express," and many other treats.

Tickets are $18 general admission; $15 for seniors, students, and Symphony Association members; and free for youth age 18 and under. Tickets will be on sale at the Nevada Day Office, 716 N. Carson St., online at, and at the door. "Flex" tickets at discounted prices are available from the Symphony at 775-883-4154.

Further details about the concert are pending.

Christmas Carol Playalong for Strings
Friday, December 20, 2019

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String players are invited to join the 11th annual Christmas Carol Playalong at the Carson Mall on Fri, Dec. 20, 2019, 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.

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  • Sun., Oct. 20, 2019 - 4:00 p.m. - Carson City Symphony Concert at the Community Center with Brian Fox, violin.
  • Sun., Dec. 15, 2019 - 4:00 p.m. - Carson City Symphony "Holiday Treat" Concert at the Community Center.
  • Sun., Feb. 23, 2020 - 4:00 p.m. - Carson City Symphony Concert at the Community Center, with Stephen Caplan, oboe.
  • Sun., April 26, 2020 - 4:00 p.m. - Carson City Symphony Concert at the Community Center, with Andrew Sords, violin.
  • A Sunday in June, 2020 - Carson City Symphony Concert Pops Party Concert. Location TBD.
  • Sat., July 4, 2020 - Carson City Symphony Concert in Genoa.


  • Sun., Oct. 25, 2020 - 4:00 p.m. - Carson City Symphony Concert at the Community Center.
  • Sun., Dec. 13, 2020 - 4:00 p.m. - Carson City Symphony "Holiday Treat" Concert at the Community Center.
  • ...further information pending...

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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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