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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.


Association presents Ellen Burr, Flutist, in House Recital
Friday, October 22, 2021

Photograph of Ellen Burr with flute in wrong position

The Carson City Symphony Association presents "Flute and Piano House Recital," an evening of music, conversation, wine, and dessert on Friday, October 22, 2021, at 7:30 p.m. at a private home, 191 Heidi Circle in Carson City. The recital will introduce music lovers in our area to world acclaimed musicians from southern California, flutist Ellen Burr and pianist Lorenzo Sánchez.

Tickets are $25 and are available online at CCSymphony.com or by calling the Symphony at 775-883-4154 for reservations. Space is limited. COVID vaccinations are required and masks (when not eating or drinking) are required.

The varied program of music by composers from Baroque to Contemporary periods includes works by J.S. Bach, Bohuslav Martinu, Mark Mower, Ned Rorem, and others.

Ellen Burr has performed and composed for numerous films, television and radio shows, chamber music, dance, theater and opera, and has had over fifty of her compositions performed in the United States and Europe. She is featured on more than twenty CDs in styles as diverse as experimental classical and Celtic folk.

While in Carson City, Ellen Burr also will lead workshops for flute and band students on Friday, October 22 (not Thursday, as previously reported), at Carson High School, and will play Verdugo, Concerto for Flute and Orchestra by Michael Kibbe with the Carson City Symphony on Sunday, October 24, 4:00 p.m. at the Carson City Community Center.

To learn more about Ellen Burr and hear clips of her music, see EllenBurr.com. For more information about the house recital on October 22 and other events, call the Symphony at 775-883-4154 or see CCSymphony.com.

This recital is funded in part by a grant from the Nevada Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Tickets may be purchased in advance online via credit card or reserved by calling 775-883-4154.

Ellen Burr House Recital
Fri., Oct. 22, 2021

Tickets - $25.00

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Photo: Ellen Burr, flute, will perform a house recital on Friday, October 22, in Carson City.



Symphony Season 38 Opens with "LatinXpressions II" Concert
With Flutist Ellen Burr
Sunday, Oct. 24, 2021

Photograph of Ellen Burr, Oct. 24 flute soloist

The Carson City Symphony, directed by David Bugli, will open its 38th season on Sunday, October 24, 2021, at 4:00 p.m., with "LatinXpressions II" at the Carson City Community Center's Bob Boldrick Theater, 851 E. William Street in Carson City. The concert is the second of four that highlight music of Latin America as well as classical compositions.

Ellen Burr, featured flute soloist, will perform Verdugo, a concerto by Michael Kibbe. The program also includes Sones de Mariachi by Blas Galindo; Milonga del Ángel by Astor Piazzola (conducted by Concertmaster Brian Fox); Água de Beber by Antonio Carlos Jobim; and La Suerte de los Tontos, by Johnny Richards.

The orchestra also will play A Time to Vote by Gwyneth Walker. Music Director David Bugli said, "We had originally planned to play this piece last year in commemoration of the hundredth anniversary of women's suffrage. In 2021, it is still relevant."

Tickets are $18 general admission; $15 for seniors, students, and Symphony Association members; and free for youth age 18 and under. Tickets are on sale via the link below or at the door. Carson City COVID guidelines will be observed. "Flex" tickets at discounted prices are available from the Symphony at 775-883-4154.

Pre-show entertainment begins at 3:00 p.m. in the lobby. A Meet-the-Soloist concert preview with soloist Ellen Burr and composer Michael Kibbe begins at 3:15 p.m. in the Bob Crowell Board Room.

In addition to performing as featured flute soloist, Ellen Burr will present two workshops for high-school flute and band students on Friday, October 22 (not Thursday, as previously reported). With pianist Lorenzo Sanchez, she will perform a house recital on Friday, October 22 at 7:30 p.m. in Carson City. House recital tickets at $25 can be purchased on CCSymphony.com, or reserved at 775-883-4154. Event includes wine and dessert.

Carson City Symphony is a community orchestra of about 60 players who perform music from the 15th to the 21st centuries. The LatinXpressions concert series is funded in part by a Challenge America grant from National Endowment for the Arts. The 2021-2022 concert season is supported with public funding through the Nevada Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts, and private donations.

For information, see CCSymphony.com or call (775) 883-4154.

Tickets may be purchased in advance online via credit card or at the door.

LatinXpressions II concert - General Admission

LatinXpressions II concert - Sun., Oct. 24, 2021

General Admission - $18.00
Seniors, Students & Assoc. members - $15.00

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Photo: Flutist Ellen Burr will perform with the Carson City Symphony on Sunday, October 24.



A Note of Support for Cassidy Robinson's Mariachi
Project from David Bugli
Posted October 16, 2021

Photograph of Cassidy Robinson

Cassidy Robinson, trumpet player with the Carson City Symphony and the Mile High Jazz - and also music teacher at Empire Elementary School - has applied for the Dolan Class Project Grant to start a mariachi program in the Carson City School District. In order to do this, she needs community members to vote for her project. Public voting ends Thursday, Oct. 21, 2021.

Please take a minute to watch her short video about her proposal by clicking HERE. You may also cast your vote from this site.



Carson Chamber Singers to present
Rachmaninoff's All-Night Vigil
Saturday & Sunday, Nov. 6 & 7, 2021

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Carson Chamber Singers, a 50 person chorus directed by Richard Hutton, performs the a cappella masterwork, All-Night Vigil by Sergei Rachmaninoff in two beautiful venues: St. Thomas Aquinas Cathedral (310 W. 2nd Street, Reno) on Saturday Nov. 6th at 7:00 p.m., and St. Mary in the Mountains (111 E Street, Virginia City) on Sunday November 7th at 4:00 p.m. The concert is 60 minutes without intermission.

Hutton said, "All-Night Vigil, commonly known as 'Vespers,' is a work that the singers are excited to perform. The chant-based music is gorgeous."

General admission tickets are $15; discounted tickets for seniors (age 62 plus), students, and members of the Carson City Symphony Association are $12. Youth ages 18 and under are admitted free. Tickets are available online at CCSymphony.com, on Facebook.com/CarsonCitySymphony, and at the door.

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 west as Sacramento. They sang for the 99th National American Legion Convention in Reno in 2017, have sung with the Reno Philharmonic, and perform regularly with the Carson City Symphony, most recently on July 4th at the Genoa Americana Celebration.

Open to singers high-school age and above, the Carson Chamber Singers generally perform in five concerts each year. Participation is free. For information about joining the choral group, call the Symphony Association at 775-883-4154, or see CCSymphony.com/ccsingers.htm. 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.

TICKETS FOR SATURDAY, NOV. 6
Ricky Hutton directs the Carson Chamber Singers in a performance of Sergei Rachmaninoff''s All-Night Vigil. Sat., Nov. 6, 2021, 7:00 p.m., at St. Thomas Aquinas Cathedral, 310 W. 2nd St., Reno. Age 18 and under Free.
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TICKETS FOR SUNDAY, NOV. 7
Ricky Hutton directs the Carson Chamber Singers in a performance of Sergei Rachmaninoff's All-Night Vigil. Sun., Nov. 7, 2021, at 4:00 p.m., at St. Mary in the Mountains Church, 111 E. St., Virginia City. Age 18 and under Free.
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Photo: Carson Chamber Singers to perform in November in Reno and Virginia City.



Not Quite Ready for Carnegie Hall Players
Adult Intermediate String Ensemble Seeks Members

Photograph of NQR

Media Release - Sept. 19, 2021: Not Quite Ready for Carnegie Hall Players (NQR), a program of the Carson City Symphony Association for adults who recently began to play - or returned to playing-string instruments - is looking for additional people who want a chance to play with a friendly, noncompetitive, welcoming ensemble.

NQR meets weekly, September to June, on Thursday mornings from 11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. at the Carson City Senior Center, 911 Beverly Drive, under the direction of Symphony Associate Concertmaster Laura Gibson. Participants, ranging in age from twenties to eighties, develop skills in ensemble music playing and performance. Current guidelines require face masks be worn in the building.

Laura Gibson said, "Some of our players have 'graduated' from NQR and now play with local community orchestras, and some play in both. We have openings for more violin, viola, cello, and bass players. NQR is a drop-in activity with no auditions and no fees, although donations and Symphony Association memberships are welcome. We even provide the sheet music!"

For more information about joining NQR, contact Education Director Sue Jesch at 775-450-5584 or susanjesch@gmail.com. This free program is funded in part by a grant from the Nevada Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts, and by private donations.

Photo: Members of the Not Quite Ready for Carnegie Hall Players at a pre-pandemic Christmas Carol Playalong at Carson Mall.



Consort Canzona Early Music Instrumental Ensemble
Begins Rehearsals at Carson City Senior Center

Photograph of Consort Canzona instrumentalists

Media Release - Sept. 19, 2021: Consort Canzona, an early music performing group of the Carson City Symphony Association, rehearses on Mondays at 7:00 p.m. at the Carson City Senior Center, 911 Beverly Drive. The ensemble - recorders, cello, and harpsichord - plays music from the Renaissance through the Baroque periods and has openings for experienced recorder players.

Current COVID-19 guidelines require face masks be worn in the building except when playing, and that musicians be fully vaccinated. Participation is free; donations and Symphony Association memberships are welcome.

For more information, contact Jane Johnson, 775-267-3427 or jane3491@charter.net, or call the Symphony Association at 775-883-4154.

Carson City Symphony Association performing groups 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.

Photo: Consort Canzona instrumental ensemble welcomes recorder players



Symphony Youth Strings Plan Two Concerts This Season
Posted: Aug. 31, 2021

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The Symphony Youth Strings program has confirmed two concert dates at the Carson City Community Center, according to Education Director Sue Jesch. The first is a LatinXpressions concert on Thursday, December 9, 2021. The second is called "Musical Oddities and Practical Jokes," and is scheduled for Thursday, April 21, 2022. Both concerts are at 6:30 p.m. and are open to the public.

For more information, contact the Symphony at 775-883-4154.



Summary of Fall 2021 Activities

Fall 2021 Concerts and Events

  • Tuesday, Sept. 21, 4:00 to 5:30 p.m. at Carson High Orchestra/Band Room
    Cello Talk and Workshop with Priscilla Hawkins. Masks required. Free.
  • Tuesday, Oct. 19, 6:30 p.m. at Carson City Community Center.
    Carson City School Orchestras Fall Concert. Masks required. Free.
  • Friday, Oct. 22, 7:45 to 9:10 a.m. and 9:20 to 11:00 a.m. at Carson High Orchestra/Band Room
    Two clinics for band students and flute players with Ellen Burr. Currently, outside visitors not permitted during school hours. That may change. Free.
  • Friday, Oct. 22, 7:30 p.m., House Recital with Ellen Burr, flute, and Lorenzo Sanchez, piano.
    Tickets $25 including wine and dessert. Attendance limited. Vaccinations required. Masks required (except while eating/drinking). Details to be determined.
  • Sunday, Oct. 24, 4:00 p.m. at the Carson City Community Center
    Carson City Symphony. LatinXpressions II concert. Tickets $18/$15/free age 18 and under.
    Guest Soloist Ellen Burr, flute
    Meet-the-Soloist preview 3:15 p.m. in the Bob Crowell Board Room (former Sierra Room).
  • Saturday, Nov. 6, 7:00 p.m. at St. Thomas Aquinas Cathedral, Reno
    Carson Chamber Singers performs Rachmaninoff's All Night Vigil.
    Tickets $15/$12/free age 18 and under.
  • Sunday, Nov. 7, 4:00 p.m. at St. Mary in the Mountains, Virginia City
    Carson Chamber Singers performs Rachmaninoff's All Night Vigil.
    Tickets $15/$12/free age 18 and under.
  • Tuesday, Dec. 7, at Carson City Community Center.
    Carson City School Orchestras Holiday Concert. Masks required. Free.
  • Thursday, Dec. 9, 6:30 p.m., LatinXpressions III concert at Carson City Community Center
    Symphony Youth Strings and Joyful Noise Carson Children's Choir. Free.
  • Sunday, Dec. 12, 4:00 p.m., Holiday Treat Concert at Carson City Community Center
    Carson City Symphony, Carson Chamber Singers, and Victorian Dancers
    Tickets $18/$15/free age 18 and under.
  • Friday, Dec. 17, 4:00 p.m., Christmas Carol Playalong for Strings at Carson Mall.
    NQR and all interested string players. Free.

Fall 2021 Rehearsals

  • Consort Canzona - Instrumental Group rehearses Mondays, 7:00 p.m. at the Carson City Senior Center, 911 Beverly Drive. Vaccinations required. Masks required when not playing.
  • Carson Chamber Singers rehearses Tuesdays, 7:00 p.m. at the LDS Church, 411 N. Saliman Rd. Masks required.
  • Carson City Symphony rehearses Wednesdays, 7:00 p.m. at the Carson High Orchestra/Band room, 1111 N. Saliman Rd., upstairs. Vaccinations required. Masks required (except wind players while playing).
  • NQR (adult intermediate string ensemble) rehearses Thursdays, 11:15 a.m. at the Carson City Senior Center, Joshua Tree Room. Masks required.
  • Joyful Noise Carson Children's Choir rehearses Thursdays, 5:15 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church (upstairs), 412 W. Musser St. Masks required.
  • Victorian Dancers will start rehearsals soon (late Sept.) at Yaples Ballroom, 315 N. Carson St., day and time to be determined.
  • Beginning violins (2 classes) meet after school on Wednesdays at Empire Elementary School, 1260 Monte Rosa Dr., and on Fridays at Bordewich Bray Elementary School, 110 Thompson St. - Masks required.
  • Allegro (3:30-4:15 p.m.) and Vivace (4:15-5:00 p.m.) youth string ensembles meet on Thursdays at St. Paul Lutheran Family Church, 1201 N. Saliman Dr. Masks required.
  • STRAZZ advanced youth strings rehearses Thursdays, 6:15 p.m., at the Carson City Senior Center, Joshua Tree Room. Masks required.


INFORMATION ON 2021-2022 SEASON (38TH SEASON)

  • Sun., Oct. 24, 2021 - 4:00 p.m. - Carson City Symphony Concert at the Community Center with Ellen Burr, flute.
  • Sun., Dec. 12, 2021 - 4:00 p.m. - Carson City Symphony "Holiday Treat" Concert at the Community Center.
  • Sun., Feb. 27, 2022 - 4:00 p.m. - Carson City Symphony Concert at the Community Center with cellist Stephen Framil.
  • Sun., April 24, 2022 - 4:00 p.m. - Carson City Symphony Concert at the Community Center, with Andrew Sords, violin.
  • Sun., June 12, 2022 (proposed date) - Carson City Symphony Concert Pops Party Concert at the Capital Amphitheater.
  • Sat., July 4, 2022 - 4:30 p.m. - Carson City Symphony Concert at the Genoa Americana Celebration.

Carson City Symphony Association Incorporated

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 (click here).

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. 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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