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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 - Past Events
(Oldest events and announcements listed first)


Carson Chamber Singers Season Kick-off
Tuesday, August 2, 2022

Carson Chamber Singers Season Kick-Off event on Tuesday, August 2, 2022, at 5:00 p.m. at the LDS church (411 N. Saliman Rd.) followed by gathering at 7:00 p.m. at Great Basin Brewing Co. Director Ricky Hutton will lead a group vocal technique session to each section, introduce repertoire, do some fun activities, and then enjoy food and drinks at the new Great Basin Brewing Co. in downtown Carson City.

Attendance is mandatory to participate in the season; however, if you can't make the meeting, you may schedule a vocal hearing (a mini-voice lesson) with the Director before the first rehearsal. For further information, contact richardjhutton@gmail.com. Information will be posted on http://ccsymphony.com/ccsingers.htm.

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



Strings in the Summer
Mon., August 8, to Thurs., August 11, 2022

Strings in the Summer will be from Monday, August 8, to Thursday, August 11 this summer. Strings in the Summer uses morning sessions (four days, two levels) for string players of all ages, and a free-to-the public performance on Aug. 12, 2022.

For information, location, and reservations, call 775-450-5584 or email susanjesch@gmail.com.



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



National Arts and Humanities Month, October 2022
Carson City Symphony Association Celebrates the Arts and Humanities

Photograph of Jessica Dodge-Overstreet

Media release, Oct. 4, 2022

Carson City Symphony Association, beginning its 39th season, joins thousands of arts organizations and communities across the nation to celebrate National Arts and Humanities Month throughout October. The Association plans two special concerts in Carson City this month: Carson Chamber Singers Changing the Landscape on Friday, October 7, 2022, and Carson City Symphony's Faraway Tales on Sunday, October 23, 2022.

Changing the Landscape is an informative and entertaining program of ten choral works by women composers from 15th century Renaissance to 21st century living composers. Richard Hutton will direct the 50-member Carson Chamber Singers in this concert on Friday, October 7, at 7:00 p.m., at First United Methodist Church, 200 N. Division Street.

Faraway Tales features two soloists, saxophonist Jessica Dodge-Overstreet and flutist Michelle Powers, and also includes works by two women composers. Conductor and Music Director David Bugli and Concertmaster Brian Fox will direct the Symphony in this concert on Sunday, October 23, at 4:00 p.m. at the Carson City Community Center's Bob Boldrick Theater, 851 E. William Street. Lobby entertainment by a string ensemble from Carson Middle School will begin at 3:00 p.m., and a concert preview will be at 3:15 p.m.

General admission tickets to either concert are $18. Discount tickets for seniors (age 62 plus), students, and members of the Carson City Symphony Association are $15. Youth ages 18 and under are admitted free. Tickets are available online at CCSymphony.com, on Facebook.com/CarsonCitySymphony, and at the door.

"National Arts and Humanities Month is an opportunity to enjoy a little more art for yourself and to recognize and celebrate its positive impact. I hope that everyone will take part to celebrate and recognize the creative and cultural value of the arts and humanities in our communities," said Nolen V. Bivens, president and CEO of Americans for the Arts. More information about National Arts and Humanities Month is available at www.AmericansForTheArts.org/nahm.

Photograph of Michelle Powers

Carson City Symphony Association's 2022-23 concert season is supported with public funding through the Nevada Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts, and by private donations.

Photos: Saxophonist Jessica Dodge-Overstreet and flutist Michelle Powers will perform with Carson City Symphony during National Arts and Humanities Month on October 23, 2022.



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

Image of program flyer

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 or at the door. Ticket prices are $18 general; $15 for seniors (62+), students, and Association members; and free age 18 and under. 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.



Carson City Symphony Opens 39th Season
With "Faraway Tales" Concert
Sunday, October 23, 2022

Photograph of Jessica Dodge-Overstreet

The Carson City Symphony, conducted by Music Director David Bugli and Concertmaster Brian Fox, will open its 39th season on Sunday, October 23, 2022, at 4:00 p.m., with "Faraway Tales" at the Carson City Community Center's Bob Boldrick Theater, 851 E. William Street in Carson City. The concert features two soloists, saxophonist Jessica Dodge-Overstreet and flutist Michelle Powers.

Jessica Dodge-Overstreet will play Tableaux de Provence by Paule Maurice with the orchestra. Michelle Powers will play Il Pastore Svizzero (The Swiss Shepherd) by Pietro Morlacchi with string orchestra. The Symphony also will play William Tell Overture by Gioachino Rossini, Tatarian Dances by Elena Roussanova Lucas, The Iliad by Robert W. Smith, and Slavonic Dance No. 1 by Antonin Dvorak.

Tickets are $18 general admission; $15 for seniors, students, and Symphony Association members; and free for youth age 18 and under. Tickets are on sale online at CCSymphony.com or at the door. Carson City COVID guidelines will be observed. "Flex" tickets at discounted prices are available from the Symphony at 775-883-4154.

Pre-show entertainment by members of the Carson Middle School Advanced Orchestra with Dr. Brian Fox begins at 3:00 p.m. in the lobby. A Meet-the-Soloist concert preview with Jessica Dodge-Overstreet and Michelle Powers begins at 3:15 p.m. in the Bob Crowell Board Room.

Carson City Symphony is a community orchestra of about 60 players who perform music from the 15th to the 21st centuries. The 2022-23 concert season is supported with public funding through the Nevada Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts, Carson City Cultural Commission, and by private donations.

Photograph of Michelle Powers

For information, see CCSymphony.com or call (775) 883-4154.

Photo: Saxophonist Jessica Dodge-Overstreet and flutist Michelle Powers will perform with the Carson City Symphony on Sunday, October 23.



Carson City Symphony to Begin Rehearsals November 2
for 39th Annual Holiday Treat Concert

Photograph of percussionists Janice, Will, and Mikki

Media Release - Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2022: Attention musicians! The Carson City Symphony, conducted by David Bugli, will begin rehearsals for the 39th annual Holiday Treat Concert on Wednesday, November 2, 2022, 7:00 to 9:15 p.m., at the Carson High School band/orchestra room, 1111 N. Saliman Road in Carson City.

In addition to traditional festive holiday music, the December 11 concert program includes the world premiere of Dale Trumbore's "Magnificat." The commissioned work, which she wrote for the Carson Chamber Singers and the Symphony, will be conducted by Choral Director Richard Hutton.

The Symphony 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. Current openings are for strings, French horn, trumpet, and bassoon. Musicians who are interested in joining should contact the Symphony at 775-883-4154 or email carsoncitysymphony@gmail.com. Rehearsal schedules are posted weekly at http://ccsymphony.com/rehschd.htm.

The Holiday Treat concert will be on Sunday, December 11, at 4:00 p.m. at the Carson City Community Center. A preview with conductors Bugli and Hutton and composer Trumbore will be at 3:15 p.m. For more information, see the Symphony web site: CCSymphony.com.

Photo: Carson City Symphony percussionists Janice Johnson, Will Caglia, and Mikki Keirstead on stage at the Carson City Community Center.



This page last updated 11/14/2022


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