Carson Chamber Singers

Adult Vocal Ensemble Associated with the Symphony

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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 Chamber Singers

Information about the 2022-2023 Season

Season Kick-Off
Tuesday 8/2, 5pm-6:45pm at the LDS church (411 N Saliman Rd.) followed by gathering at 7pm at Great Basin Brewing Co.

Fall Concert
Changing the Landscape: 10 Choral Works by Women Composers
Sunday, Oct. 2 at UNR Hall Recital Hall (confirming)
Rehearsal Schedule: Tuesdays 8/2- 9/13 at the LDS church (411 N Saliman Rd.) 7-8:30pm, Dress Rehearsal 9/27 @ UNR 7-9pm

Winter Concert
39th annual Holiday Treat Concert
Sunday, Dec. 11, 4:00 p.m., Carson City Community Center with Carson City Symphony, Carson Chamber Singers, and Joyful Noise Carson Children's Choir.
Rehearsals: Tuesdays 10/11-12/6 (No Rehearsal 11/1) at the LDS church (411 N Saliman Rd.) 7-8:30pm, Wednesdays with orchestra 11/30 & 12/7, 7pm, Dress Rehearsal 12/10 at Carson City Community Center.

Spring Concert
Israel in Egypt, G.F. Handel
Carson Concert 5/6/2023, 7pm concert @ TBD Carson Venue
May 7 @ UNR Nightingale Concert Hall (confirming)
Rehearsal and concert schedule for Israel in Egypt (2023):

  • Tuesdays 1/10-4/25 (No Rehearsal 2/14, 3/21 & 3/28) at the LDS church (411 N Saliman Rd.) 7-8:30pm
  • Dress Rehearsal 5/2/2023, 7-9pm @ UNR Nightingale
  • Carson Concert 5/6/2023, 7pm concert @ TBD Carson Venue
  • Reno Concert 5/7/2023, 4pm @ UNR Nightingale
  • Singers are asked to contribute $10 to purchase their scores.

Registration form link
Click HERE to access the Carson Chamber Singers Registration Form for 2022-2023.

*** Older information about earlier seasons is below this line. ***

Information About Two May 2022 Carson Chamber Singers Concerts

A message on Jan. 7, 2022, from Ricky Hutton

Lots of choristers have been reaching out to me, raring to go and ready to get back rehearsing for our next project. We've been solidifying logistics on our end, but I'm very excited to announce this program! If you are participating, please fill out the link toward the bottom of this email.

Last I heard, we are allowed to remove our masks during rehearsal provided we are spaced out in the sanctuary.

I selected two major works with chamber orchestra accompaniment to begin and end the program.

Frostiana by Thompson (was last programmed by CCS in March of 2015)
I. The Road Not Taken
II. The Pasture
III. Come In
IV. The Telephone
V. A Girl's Garden
VI. Stopping By The Woods on a Snowy Evening
VII. Choose Something Like a Star

The Last Words of David by Thompson
(pending we are able to prepare the other master works- it was requested, but was programmed four years ago).

Brief Intermission

Rutter Requiem (was last programmed by CCS in March of 2013)
I. Requiem aeternam
II. Out of the deep
III. Pie Jesu
IV. Sanctus
V. Agnus Dei
VI. The Lord is my Shepherd
VII. Lux aeterna

I chose these dates as it puts the concert after Reno Phil Choir's Beethoven 9 & Toccata's Europe tour are through for those of us who want to "do it all." :)
Rehearsals begin on Tuesdays at the end of this month at the LDS church at 411 N Saliman Rd, Carson City, NV 89701 with two Thursday exceptions:
1/25, 2/1, 2/10 (THURSDAY), 2/17 (THURSDAY), 2/22, 3/1, 3/8, off for two weeks for Spring Break, 3/29, 4/5, 4/12, 4/19, week off for B9, 5/3, 5/10

5/13 7pm dress rehearsal @ TBD Carson Venue

5/14 (7pm with 6pm call) @ TBD Carson Venue
5/15 (4pm with 3pm call) @ UNR's new Recital Hall (pending confirmation)

PLEASE fill out this brief FORM if you are participating in this concert.

Ricky Hutton
Choral Director
Fine Arts Department Chair
Spanish Springs HS


Resources for project
The first rehearsal, on Jan. 25, 2022, was not recorded. Erik Linnell subbed for Ricky.
The second rehearsal, on Feb. 1, 2022, was recorded. Click HERE to view it on YouTube (unlisted).
The third rehearsal, on Feb. 10, 2022, was recorded. Click HERE to view it on YouTube (unlisted).
The fourth rehearsal, on Feb. 17, 2022, was recorded. Click HERE to view it on YouTube (unlisted).
The fifth rehearsal, on Feb. 22, 2022, was recorded. Click HERE to view it on YouTube (unlisted).
The soprano/alto sectional, on March 1, 2022, was audio recorded. Click HERE to listen to it or download it.
SPECIAL - Ricky wrote on March 12, "If you haven't seen John Rutter speaking about his Requiem, I think you'll really love it! Watch it HERE; it is a playlist of 11 shorter videos."

***** The information below this refers to the Rachmaninoff project and Holiday Treat in late 2021.****

Sign up for Holiday Treat Concert Participation on
Sun., Dec. 12, 2021

Ricky wrote on 10/26/2021: If you are joining the choir for our Holiday concert please REGISTER and keep your black folders [from the Rachmaninoff project]. If you are not, please return your black folders at next week's rehearsal.

Here is some additional information about Holiday Treat rehearsals:
Chorister Participant Registration
Participation requires attendance in all rehearsals with a maximum of one absence.
11/23 Choir @ LDS church 7-9pm
11/30 Choir @ LDS church 7-9pm
Joining symphony on 12/1 @ Carson High School 7pm (choir portion at the front of rehearsal)
12/7 Choir @ LDS church 7-9pm
12/11 Dress Rehearsal @ Community Center (some time between 9am and 12:20pm)
12/12 Concert @ Community Center 4pm

Rachmaninoff All-Night Vigil
Rehearsals starting Aug. 24, 2021

Photograph of xxx

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.

Ricky Hutton
Choral Director
Fine Arts Department Chair
Spanish Springs HS


Resources for project
The Facebook link for this project (Sat. & Sun. event dates, ticket sales, etc.) is available - click HERE.
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).
The third rehearsal, on Sept. 7, was recorded. Click HERE to view it on YouTube (unlisted).
The fourth rehearsal, on Sept. 14, was recorded. Click HERE to view it on YouTube (unlisted).
The fifth rehearsal, on Sept. 21, was not recorded. (Oops!).
The sixth rehearsal, on Sept. 28, was recorded. Click HERE to view it on YouTube (unlisted).
The seventh rehearsal, on Oct. 5, was recorded. Click HERE to view it on YouTube (unlisted).
The eighth rehearsal, on Oct. 12, was recorded in 2 parts:

  • Click HERE to view part 1 on YouTube (unlisted).
  • Click HERE to view part 2 on YouTube (unlisted).

The ninth rehearsal, on Oct. 26, was recorded. (There was no rehearsal on Oct. 19.) Click HERE to view it on YouTube (unlisted).
The tenth rehearsal, on Nov. 2, was recorded. Click HERE to view it on YouTube (unlisted).

"Far From Me"
Project for early 2021

Painting of Monteverdi by Bernardo Strozzi (c. 1630)

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.

Photo of Elaine Hagenberg

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

Photograph of Carson Chamber

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 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 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

Photograph of 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.

Rehearsal information

The Carson Chamber Singers normally rehearse Tuesday nights (except during the summer) at the LDS Church, 411 N. Saliman Rd., Carson City, NV.

Registration information

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

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