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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
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 are conducted by Bill Belcher. 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.
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.
Carson City Symphony Chorus
The The Carson City Symphony Chorus, an extension of the Carson Chamber
Singers, formed in 2012 to provide additional opportunities for amateur and
volunteer professional vocalists, and high school and church choir members
from throughout the area, to sing with orchestra. It is open to all singers,
high-school age through adults, without audition. They sang in the Symphony's
"A Nevada 150 Concert" in October 2014, "Spring Celebration" in April 2015,
and several subsequent concerts.
The Chorus performs 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.
Carson City Symphony Chorus, above, performing on a June "Pops Party" Concert.
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. For a map showing
the rehearsal location and some performance locations, please
Conductor, Carson Chamber Singers and
Carson City Symphony Chorus
Bill Belcher was appointed conductor of the Carson Chamber Singers and the Carson City Symphony
Chorus by the Symphony Association Board on Sept. 15, 2019.
Here is a short biography of Mr. Belcher, as provided by him:
B.S. degree in music, University of Oregon School of Music and Dance
Main area of performance study - voice, baritone.
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. Chorister with the University Singers (the University's premiere
large choral ensemble), directed by Max Risinger.
- 2016-2019 - Chorister and acting back up rehearsal director for the Eugene Gleemen,
Eugene, Oregon. Varied repertoire from classical to pop music under the direction of Dr.
- 2012-2016 - Chorister and acting back up rehearsal conductor for Trinity Repertory
Singers (University community choir), Simpson University, Redding, California. Unofficial
understudy with both Dr. Hoffman Pereira, and Dr. Cyril Myers. Repertoire included classical
compositions and some Christian or secular selections.
- 2005-2016 - Choir Director at the Oak Grove Bible Fellowship Church, Palo Cedro,
California. Conducting, coordination, and music selection responsibilities for choir.
Conducted one major Christian cantata, and mentored/rehearsal directed for one more.
Repertoire mainly religious, including classical, standard and modern genres.
- 2003-2012 - Chorister with the Shasta Chorale (Shasta community choir), Shasta
College, Redding, California under the direction of Dr. Elizabeth Waterbury. Mixed repertoire,
Photo: Bill Belcher, Conductor, Carson Chamber Singers.
A registration form for Carson Chambers Singers and Carson City Symphony
Chorus is available. Click here
to download the form.
For more information about Carson City Symphony Chorus and
the Carson Chamber Singers, call the Symphony Association
at 775-883-4154 or contact EHBugli@aol.com
This page last updated 12/11/2019