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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.


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Picture of Carson Chamber Singers in concert Nov. 11, 2019.


Carson Chamber Singers to Present "Changing the Landscape"
Two Concerts with 10 Choral Works by Women Composers
Sunday, Oct. 2, 2022 - Reno
Friday, Oct. 7, 2022 - Carson City

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The Carson Chamber Singers, under the direction of Richard Hutton, will present "Changing the Landscape," two concerts with 10 choral works by women composers. The first concert is Sunday, Oct. 2, 2022, at 4:00 p.m. at the Harlan O. & Barbara R. Hall Recital Hall, on the UNR campus at 1338 N. Virginia St., Reno. The second concert is Friday, Oct. 7, 2022, at 7:00 p.m. at First United Methodist Church, 200 N. Division St., Carson City.

The Chamber Singers will perform works of many genres (from Italian Renaissance Madrigal to Romantic German part-song to African American Spiritual) written by masterful women composers throughout the centuries. The choral canon is dominated by works of men. This concert is aimed to further close the gender gap in the world of composition and programming. Composers discussed include Vittoria Aleotti, Clara Schumann, Amy Beach, Eleanor Daley, Undine Smith Moore, Margaret Bonds, Jocelyn Hagan, Ellen Gilson Voth, Reena Esmail, and Dale Trumbore.

You may purchase tickets online at CCSymphony.com (click below) or at the door. Ticket prices are $18 general; $15 for seniors (62+), students, and Association members; and free age 18 and under. Tickets are available by clicking the links below. For further information, call 775-883-4154 or email richardjhutton@gmail.com.

These programs are funded in part by grants from the Nevada Arts Council, a state agency, and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency; and by private donations. The Reno event is a lecture-recital given in partial fulfillment of the degree of Doctorate of Musical Arts.

Oct. 2 ticket link:

"Changing the Landscape" concert Oct. 1, Reno

"Changing the Landscape" concert, Oct. 2, 4 p.m., Reno

$15.00 - $18.00

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Oct. 7 ticket link:

"Changing the Landscape" Concert, Oct. 7, Carson City

"Changing the Landscape" Concert, Oct. 7, 7 p.m., Carson City

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Carson City Symphony's Youth Strings Program
to Begin August 29 in Carson City

Photograph of Symphony Youth Strings in concert last December.

Media Release - August 26, 2022: Carson City Symphony's comprehensive program of string instruction begins the last week of August at four locations in Carson City. Symphony Youth Strings provides free beginning violin lessons for students grades 2 to 5; a beginning cello program, and ensemble/orchestra experience for string students in all grades. Tuition and books are subsidized by the Carson City Symphony Association, and some scholarships are available for instruments.

The program is for Carson City area public-, private-, and home-school students, and classes are filled on a first come, first served basis. To register, and for more information, call the Symphony's Education Director, Sue Jesch, at 775-450-5584 or email susanjesch@gmail.com.

Enrollment is limited to provide maximum individual instruction in a small group setting. The instructors request that students do not rent or purchase instruments until after the first class.

Beginning Violin lessons, for students in Grades 2 to 5, are held after school until 4:15 p.m. The Monday class begins on August 29 at Empire Elementary School, 1260 Monte Rosa Drive. The Friday class begins on September 2 at Bordewich Bray Elementary School, 110 Thompson Street. Students may enroll for either session.

New - Beginning Cello lessons with Priscilla Hawkins are held on Saturdays, 10:00 a.m. to 10:45 a.m., beginning September 10 at Shepherd of the Sierra Lutheran Church, 3680 US 395. A second class may be added, depending on enrollment.

Allegro String Ensemble is for students who have had previous experience on violin, viola, cello, bass, or harp. Classes meet on Thursdays, 3:30 to 4:15 p.m. beginning September 1, at St. Paul's Lutheran Family Church, 1201 N. Saliman Rd.

Vivace, an intermediate string ensemble, is open to students by audition. Classes meet after school on Thursdays, 4:15 to 5:00 p.m. beginning September 1, at St. Paul's Lutheran Family Church, 1201 N. Saliman Rd.

STRAZZ, a chamber orchestra for more advanced string players, is open to high school and middle school string students by invitation. It meets on Thursdays beginning September 1 at the Carson City Senior Center. Call Sue Jesch at 775-450-5584 for details.

All students will have the opportunity to perform in Symphony Youth Strings concerts on December 8, 2022, and April 20, 2023, at the Carson City Community Center.

Carson City Symphony's Youth Strings programs are funded in part by grants from the Nevada Arts Council, a state agency, and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency; and by private donations.

Photo: Symphony Youth Strings in concert last December.



Carson City Symphony to Begin Rehearsals August 31
for "Faraway Tales" Concert on Oct. 23

Photograph of cello & bass section

Media Release - August 23, 2022: Attention musicians! The Carson City Symphony will begin rehearsals for the first concert of its 39th season on Wednesday, August 31, 2022, 7:00 to 9:15 p.m., at the Carson High School orchestra room, 1111 N. Saliman Road in Carson City.

Current openings are for strings, French horn, and oboe. Musicians who are interested in joining should contact the Symphony at 775-883-4154 or email carsoncitysymphony@gmail.com. Players can also indicate their interest in performing with the symphony by clicking HERE.

The Symphony, conducted by David Bugli, is a volunteer orchestra of about 55 players who perform music from the 15th to the 21st centuries. It is open to string players at any time without audition, and to other instrumentalists when positions are available.

The concert, "Faraway Tales," with guest saxophonist Jessica Dodge and flute soloist Michelle Powers, will be on Sunday, October 23, 2022, at 4:00 p.m. at the Carson City Community Center, with a preview beginning at 3:15 p.m. For more information, see the Symphony web site: CCSymphony.com.

Photo: Carson City Symphony on stage at the Carson City Community Center.



Not Quite Ready for Carnegie Hall Players
Adult Intermediate String Ensemble Begins Sept. 1

Photograph of Not Quite Ready for Carnegie Hall Players adult intermediate string players.

Media Release - Aug. 30, 2022: Not Quite Ready for Carnegie Hall Players (NQR) is a program of the Carson City Symphony Association for adults who recently began to play - or returned to playing - string instruments. Weekly sessions are on Thursday mornings beginning September 1, 2022, from 11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., at the Carson City Senior Center, 911 Beverly Drive.

Participants, ranging in age from twenties to senior citizens, develop skills in ensemble music playing and performance. This year, the group is led by Sue McGarraugh, violinist-violist and string instructor with the Carson City Symphony and other ensembles.

McGarraugh said, "We invite people who want to play with a friendly, noncompetitive, welcoming ensemble. Violin, viola, cello, and bass players are welcome. 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 Symphony 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: Not Quite Ready for Carnegie Hall Players adult intermediate strings gather at end of last season.



Joyful Noise Carson Children's Choir
To Begin Fall Session on Tuesday, September 6

Photograph of Joyful Noise Carson Children's Choir directed by Michelle Powers performing 
  in Genoa on July 4, 2022

Media Release - August 23, 2022 (Revised August 24): Carson City Symphony Association announces the Joyful Noise Carson Children's Choir will begin its Fall Semester on Tuesday, September 6*, 2022, from 5:15 to 6:15 p.m., upstairs at the First United Methodist Church, 412 W. Musser Street in Carson City. (*An early version of this press release incorrectly identified the date as September 26.)

The Choir, led by Michelle Powers, welcomes children ages 4 to 12. Powers said, "Weekly rehearsals develop students' musical skills, strong singing voices, and joy in music. I am excited to begin a new season of singing and playing, creating music, and making new friends!" Focus this semester will be on holiday music for performances at senior centers, retirement homes, and on the Symphony's "Holiday Treat" concert on Dec. 11 at the Carson City Community Center.

Tuition for the semester is free. To help offset the cost of music, supplies, insurance, the instructor's and accompanists stipends, and more, parents may join the Carson City Symphony Association, but it is not a requirement.

Joyful Noise Carson Children's Choir, an educational program of the Carson City Symphony Association, was founded in 2017 and has been directed by Michelle Powers since fall of 2019. It is 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.

For more information and registration form, contact director Michelle Powers at 775-720-1916 or mrees@nevada.unr.edu.

To download the registration form, click HERE.

Photo: Joyful Noise Carson Children's Choir directed by Michelle Powers performing in Genoa on July 4, 2022



Carson City Symphony 2022-2023 Season
Release: Tuesday, July 5, 2022

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The Carson City Symphony announces the following concert dates for its 39th season:

Sunday, October 23, 2022 - Concert with Jessica Dodge, saxophone, and Michelle Powers, flute.

Sunday, December 11, 2022 - Annual Holiday Treat Concert

Sunday, February 26, 2023 - Concert with Gabriel Giro, violin & conductor.

Sunday, April 23, 2023 - Concert with Andrew Sords, violin, and McAvoy Layne, narrator.

Sunday, June 11, 2023 - Annual Pops Party Concert (proposed date).

Tuesday, July 4, 2023 - Fourth of July Concert at Mormon Station State Park, Genoa, NV.



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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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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