Carson City Symphony - Laura Gibson, Associate Concertmaster

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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.

Carson City Symphony - Laura Gibson, Concertmaster

Laura Gibson
Associate Concertmaster

Photograph of Laura Gibson, Associate Concertmaster

Laura Gibson, Associate Concertmaster, has performed with Carson City Symphony since June 2003. She has served as principal second violin of this group as well as of TOCCATA - Tahoe Symphony Orchestra and Chorus. She served as Acting Concertmaster for the 2014-2015 concert season and again served as Concertmaster in the 2015-2016 season. She also plays for weddings and special events with the chamber ensembles Sierra Strings of Tahoe and Carson City Symphony's Silver Strings. Her musical career on the violin began at age nine in South Bend, Ind., at a school music program.

Ms. Gibson went on to play with the University of Notre Dame orchestra while in middle and high school, and continued private lessons while attending Oberlin College in Ohio. During the following years, she primarily played fiddle music of various styles - with her husband, Michael Rosen on guitar and vocals - in the group Meridian of Taupo, New Zealand, and others.

While living in New Zealand, Ms. Gibson taught violin lessons privately and with the Taupo School of Music. She has assisted Sue Jesch with the Carson City Symphony's Strings in the Schools programs since their inception in 2005, and currently is Assistant Conductor of the youth String Ensemble.

A substitute teacher in Carson City elementary schools, Ms. Gibson regularly brings her violin to schools and plays for students to increase their awareness of stringed instruments.

This page last updated 10/1/2021

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