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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.
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 Chamber Singers
Rachmaninoff All-Night Vigil
Rehearsals starting Aug. 24, 2021
A Message from Ricky Hutton, Conductor, Carson Chamber Singers
I am very excited to announce Carson Chamber Singers' next concert:
Rachmaninoff's All-Night Vigil (commonly referred to as his "Vespers").
My hope is to program a choral masterwork each Fall moving forward. If you are not
familiar with this work in its entirety, you may have heard
No. 6 Bogoroditse Devo which
is commonly excerpted as a stand-alone concert piece. Or you may be familiar with this
composer through his piano concertos.
All-Night Vigil will be a "desirable difficulty" for us (i.e. a learning task that
requires a considerable, but rewarding amount of effort). In other words, our work on this
will be well worth it- trust me.
The piece is written for a cappella chorus in the language of Church Slavonic and based
on Eastern Orthodox chant. It is absolutely gorgeous. Don't let the language frighten you
away, I have resources to help us with the text and there is a great deal of repetition in
the music. We may perform selections if time does not allow us to tackle the whole piece.
There is often divisi (SSAATTBB) so we will need a large chorus including Tenors and Basses.
The Bass II part even descends to a low B-flat! (If you'd like, take a listen to the end
of that movement here).
We will have a mezzo-soprano soloist and a tenor soloist. We are looking at venues with
very reverberant acoustics for a Saturday night concert to stay close to the performance
practice of a Russian All-Night Vigil. We will hold a total of 10 Tuesday night rehearsals
(skipping one week in October due to a WCSD choral festival). The rehearsal location in
Carson City is not yet finalized, but I wanted to get you these dates so you could reserve
the project in your schedules.
Rehearsals (7-8:30pm): 8/24, 8/31, 9/7, 9/14, 9/21, 9/28, 10/5, 10/12, 10/26, 11/2
Dress Rehearsal: Friday 11/5, 7pm
Concert: Saturday 11/6, 7pm
Take a listen
and please fill out this very
short FORM by 8/14 so I know who will be
participating. If you know of anyone who would be interested in this masterwork who may
not have received this email, please forward to them as well.
Fine Arts Department Chair
Spanish Springs HS
Resources for project
Voice Part Learning Tracks from CyberBass - click HERE.
Diction Tracks - click HERE.
The first rehearsal, on Aug. 24, was recorded. Click HERE to view it on YouTube (unlisted).
The second rehearsal, on Aug. 31, was recorded. Click HERE to view it on YouTube (unlisted).
"Far From Me"
Project for early 2021
The goal of this project is to produce a virtual video recording of the Carson Chamber Singers
performing music by Claudio Monteverdi and Elaine Hagenberg. Spread the word- this is GREAT music,
and I would love to have even more singers join the virtual choir.
To explain the concept, the pieces are both centered around G (mixolydian, minor & major) and have
texts that have many connections. We will begin with the Monteverdi and then move right into the
Hagenberg. The Monteverdi madrigal is in Italian and is quite a bit more challenging than the
Hagenberg which is very simple. The madrigal also sounds best with smaller numbers, so it is up
to you if you would like to do both pieces or just the Hagenberg. If you are ready for the
challenge the madrigal presents, I'd love to hear your video for it. I'm hoping to take 10-12
singers for that piece.
The Hagenberg will require no more than two rehearsals, but a third and fourth rehearsal
will be necessary for the Monteverdi. - "Ricky"
The resource page for this project is at
The Carson Chamber Singers, was founded in 1985 by Judy Monson as a performing group
of the Carson City Symphony Association and was conducted by Michael Langham
from 2012 to 2019. They were conducted by Bill Belcher from 2019 to 2020. They have sung at several venues
in Carson City, and in Reno, Virginia City,
Minden, Genoa, Fallon, and Sacramento. They participated with the Symphony in the
national 2000 Continental Harmony project, and sang at opening ceremonies for the
2005 Nevada Legislature, the 2006 National VFW Convention, and the 2007 and 2017 National
American Legion Conventions. In 2010, Carson Chamber Singers premiered
The Stars Above The Hill by David Dickau, commissioned in celebration of their
twenty-fifth season. They have presented concerts in memory of Sandy Hook
School victims, participated in the Northern Nevada American Guild of Organists'
choir festival in Reno, and performed Artown concerts with the St. Cecilia
Choir at Trinity Episcopal Church in Reno.
The Chamber Singers perform in three or more concerts with the Carson City Symphony
each year. They are featured on the Symphony's Holiday Treat concert in December,
Pops Party concert in June, and Genoa Americana Celebration on July 4. They sang in the Symphony's
"A Nevada 150 Concert" in October 2014, "Spring Celebration" in April 2015,
and several subsequent concerts.
Carson Chamber Singers sang for several years with the Reno Philharmonic
Chorus and Orchestra at the Sierra Philharmonic League's annual July 4 Pops in
the Park concerts in Genoa, Nev. They also performed Vaughan Williams'
Symphony No. 1, A Sea Symphony, with the Reno Philharmonic Chorus and
Orchestra directed by Laura Jackson at the Pioneer Center for the Performing
Arts in Reno in April 2014.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, the chorus has worked on two virtual presentations
under the direction of Richard "Ricky" Hutton. The first performance, of Brahms'
"Geistliches Lied (Sacred Song), Op. 30,"
can be viewed on YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XM57-Ar-y6Q
or via the Carson City Symphony's YouTube Channel. The second project, on Sweelinck's "Hodie
Cristus natus est," is described on a resource page at
Carson Chamber Singers Director
Richard "Ricky" Hutton
Richard Hutton was officially appointed Director of the Carson Chamber Singers in
early 2021, but his association with the Carson Chamber Singers goes back to the summer
of 2019. During 2020, he also undertook the design and execution two virtual performance projects
with the group.
Hutton is in his fifth year as Choral Director at Spanish Springs High School.
He is also the Fine Arts Department Chair. He has resided in Reno, NV for eight years teaching
various levels of music at Sage Ridge School and Hug High School. He has served as an Interim
Choral Director for the Reno Philharmonic Chorus and was also the Artistic Director of the Reno
Baroque Ensemble. He serves as the Nevada Music Educators Association's Washoe Zone Representative.
Richard holds a Master of Music in Choral Conducting degree, with distinction, from Westminster
Choir College of Rider University in Princeton, New Jersey. His primary teachers there were
Dr. Joe Miller, Dr. James Jordan, and Dr. Andrew Megill, three of America's most sought-after
choral conductors. During his second year of graduate studies, Richard was a graduate assistant
conductor for Westminster Schola Cantorum, the choir of the sophomore class, and was an assistant
conductor for the Westminster Community Chorus and Chamber Choir. He has sung Tenor or Countertenor
in such renowned ensembles as the Westminster Choir, Westminster Kantorei, Westminster Symphonic
Choir, Westminster Williamson Voices, and Westminster Chamber Choir. Richard was North Shore Choral
Society's Apprentice Conductor, worked with the choral ensembles of Evanston Township High School
and Maine West High School, was an adjunct music faculty member at Princeton Day School, and
a semifinalist in the National ACDA Conducting Competition.
Prior to completing his graduate degree, he received his Bachelor of Arts in both Music and
Philosophy with a minor in Bioethics, magna cum laude from Loyola University, Chicago, where he
studied voice and conducting with Dr. Julia Davids. In past summers, he sang with the Westminster
Choir at Spoleto Festival U.S.A., the Westminster Chamber Choir and Festival Chorus, and conducted
and sang in the Norfolk Chamber Choir of Yale University.
He enjoys directing musicals at his schools including Legally Blonde, Spamalot, Footloose,
Beauty and the Beast, and The Wizard of Oz. He and his wife Ashton and daughter Pearl love the
Reno-Tahoe area. He is also a lay pastor at Living Stones Church Reno.
The Carson Chamber Singers and the Carson City Symphony Chorus normally rehearse
Tuesday nights (except during the summer) at Carson High School, 1111 N. Saliman Rd.,
Carson City, NV, in the choral room on the
second floor. Enter by the front entrance to the school on Saliman Rd.
(Normal rehearsals are suspended during the COVID-19 pandemic, but limited rehearsals
have been held using Zoom.) For a map showing
the rehearsal location and some performance locations, please
A registration form for Carson Chambers Singers
is available. Click here
to download the form.
For more information about Carson Chamber Singers, call the Symphony Association
at 775-883-4154 or contact EHBugli@aol.com
This page last updated 9/2/2021