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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)


Strings in the Summer Begins Monday, July 8, 2019
Free Public Concert - Thursday, July 11

Photograph of Strings in the Summmer, from 2016

Calling string instrument players! Carson City Symphony Association's free "Strings in the Summer" program for string-instrument players of all ages, will begin on Monday morning, July 8, 2019. Leader is Laura Gibson, Associate Concertmaster of the Symphony. Registration and tuition are free, donations welcome.

We have two sessions of classes for three consecutive mornings, followed by a concert on the fourth day. Classes July 8 to 10 will be at St. Paul's Lutheran Family Church, 1201 N. Saliman Road in Carson City. The performance on Thursday, July 11, will be at Carson Mall, 1313 S. Carson Street, at 10:00 a.m.

The early session, Introduction to Fiddle and Folk Music, meets from 9:00 to 10:00 a.m. It is primarily for younger students and for violinists, violists, and cellists of any age who have limited experience. Participants must be able to play a one-octave D scale and read notes within the staff.

The later session, String Ensemble, meets from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. It is for advanced beginner to intermediate players of all ages. The ensemble will play arrangements of fun orchestra tunes arranged for violin, viola, cello, and bass.

For information and registration, contact the Symphony's Education Director, Sue Jesch, at 775-450-5584.

Carson City Symphony Association's educational 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; the D'Addario Foundation; and by private donations.



Carson Chamber Singers Announces Opening for Director

Photograph of Carson Chamber Singers at Pops Party in 2015

Media Release - Aug. 23, 2019: Carson Chamber Singers, a performing group of the Carson City Symphony Association, is accepting applications for Choral Director. For position description and application guidelines, click HERE or call the Symphony at 775-883-4154. Applications are due by Monday, September 9, 2019, at 5:00 p.m.

Carson Chamber Singers rehearses weekly and performs in three or more concerts each year. Membership is open to all singers who have intermediate- to advanced-level musical experience. An expanded group, open to all without audition, performs on selected concerts.

Carson Chamber Singers was founded in 1985 by Judy Monson and was conducted by Michael Langham from 2012 to 2019. They have sung at several venues in Carson City, 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. The have sung with the Reno Philharmonic and perform regularly with the Carson City Symphony.

Pictured: The Carson Chamber Singers at the 2015 Pops Party Concert at the Governor's Mansion.



Joyful Noise Carson Children's Choir
To Begin Fall Session on Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Photograph of Joyful Noise Carson Children's Choir

Media Release - Aug. 28, 2019
Contact: Michelle Powers, mrees@nevada.unr.edu

Carson City Symphony Association announces the Joyful Noise Carson Children's Choir will begin Fall Semester rehearsals on Tuesday afternoon, September 10, 4:00 to 5:00 p.m., at the Brewery Arts Center Ballroom, 449 W. King Street in Carson City.

Beginning its third year, Joyful Noise Carson Children's Choir, led this year by Michelle Powers, welcomes children ages 4 to 12. Each rehearsal will develop students' musical skills, strong singing voices, and joy in music as they prepare for a performance. Tuition for the semester is free. Parents are encouraged to join the Carson City Symphony Association to offset the cost of music, supplies, insurance, instructor's stipend, and more.

Powers said, "I am so excited about this new season of singing and playing. I am looking forward to creating music and making new friends!"

Joyful Noise Carson Children's Choir, an educational program of the Carson City Symphony Association, was founded by Nancy Jones in 2017, and 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 the director, Michelle Powers at 775-720-1916 or mrees@nevada.unr.edu.

Click HERE for Registration and Information form.

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Pictured: Joyful Noise Carson Children's Choir directed by Nancy Jones in April at the Carson City Community Center.



Joyful Noise Carson Children's Choir
Fall Session is Open

Media Release - Sept. 12, 2019: The Joyful Noise Carson Children's Choir, a tuition-free educational program of the Carson City Symphony Association, has openings for students ages 4-12. Rehearsals are on Tuesday afternoons, 4:00 to 5:00 p.m., at the Brewery Arts Center Ballroom, 449 W. King Street in Carson City.

Under the direction of Michelle Powers, children who love to sing will develop musical skills, make new friends, have fun, and get to perform. Tuition is free; however, parents are encouraged to join the Carson City Symphony Association to offset the cost of music, supplies, insurance, instructor's stipend, and more.

Joyful Noise Carson Children's Choir was founded by Nancy Jones in 2017, and 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 the director, Michelle Powers at 775-720-1916 or mrees@nevada.unr.edu.



Carson Chamber Singers to Begin Rehearsals
For Their 35th Season

Photograph of Carson City Symphony Chorus with Interim Director Ricky Hutton

Media Release - Sept. 12, 2019:
Contact: Elinor Bugli 775-883-4154, ehbugli@aol.com OR Bill Belcher 775-434-7079, stikmanbill@yahoo.com

The Carson Chamber Singers, a performing group of the Carson City Symphony Association, will begin rehearsals on Tuesday, September 17, 2019, for their 35th season. Rehearsals are Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m. under the direction of William Belcher at the Choral Room in Carson High School, 1111 N. Saliman Road in Carson City.

Belcher, beginning his first season directing the Singers, said "We invite the residents of Carson City and the surrounding areas to join us as vocal ambassadors for the Nevada state capital. We welcome all ages, from all walks of life, to share our joy of music. Those who wish to participate need only have basic vocal skills, accept musical direction, and sing well with others."

Carson Chamber Singers is open to singers high-school age and above. Participation is free. For more information, contact the Symphony Association at 775-883-4154. A registration form for Carson Chambers Singers and Carson City Symphony Chorus is available. Click here to download the form.

Carson Chamber Singers 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.

Photo: Carson Chamber Singers performed June 9, 2019, at the Capital Amphitheater in Carson City.



Carson City Symphony Association Announces
Fourth Annual Scholarship for Music Education

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Media Release - Oct. 5, 2019: The Carson City Symphony Association announces the fourth annual instrumental music scholarship for Carson City students age 5 to 17. The scholarship was established by a generous gift from Jennifer and John Webley in memory of Rosemary Nebesky, former board member and friend of the Carson City Symphony Association.

The award of $250 to $1,000 is to further the student's music education. It can be used, for example, for lessons, workshop, summer camp, master class, etc. Funds will be paid to the teacher or program, not to the individual applicant.

The application form can by downloaded from the Symphony website, CCSymphony.com, and may be available from school music teachers. Completed applications and supporting documents will be accepted by the Symphony at P.O. Box 2001, Carson City, NV 89702-2001, and must be received by Tuesday, November 5, 2019.

For more information, contact the Symphony at 775-883-4154.

Click HERE to download application form.



Members of STRAZZ to play for Wine Walk
Saturday, Oct. 5, 2019

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Members of STRAZZ, part of Carson City Symphony's youth strings program, will provide entertainment during the Wine Walk on Saturday, Oct. 5, 2019, from 2:00 to 3:30 p.m. in the Nevada Artists Association (NAA) Gallery in the Brewery Arts Center main building, 449 West King St., Carson City.

Join Carson City Downtown Business Association businesses for one of the most fun social events held in Downtown Carson City. On the first Saturday of every month, participants can stroll to over 35 locations pouring wine, providing entertainment, and offering special deals for wine walkers.

At the end of every wine walk, at 5:00 p.m. sharp, there is a raffle in Alatte Wine and Coffee Bar at the Carson Nugget with many prizes donated by the downtown businesses. Raffle tickets are provided with your paid entry into the wine walk. Did you have a great experience at one of the locations? Don't forget to cast your ballot, also provided, for your favorite wine walk stop. Wine walkers can also cast a ballot, paper or online, for their favorite wine walk stop.

Purchase your Wine Walk tickets at The Carson Nugget, Carson Jewelry & Loan, Touched By Angels, Purple Avocado, Cactus Jacks Casino, The Brewery Arts Center, or Comma Coffee for $15 without an official wine walk glass or $10 with the official wine walk glass.

Symphony Youth Strings, Carson City Symphony Association's tuition-free, after-school program for young string players, was founded in 2005 by Education Director Sue Jesch. Laura Gibson is violin and ensemble instructor. The program is supported, in part, by public funds through grants from the Nevada Arts Council and National Endowment for the Arts, and by private donations. For more information about the strings programs, see CCSymphony.com or call Sue Jesch at 775-450-5584.



STRAZZ Fiddlers Perform for Scandinavian Festival
Saturday, Oct. 12, 2019

Photograph of STRAZZ at performance in November 2018

Seven fiddlers from Carson City Symphony's young string players group STRAZZ will be performing Scandinavian fiddle tunes at the Scandinavian Festival on Saturday, Oct. 12, 2019, from 10:00 a.m. to noon. The Festival itself is from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at St. Paul's Lutheran Family Church, 1201 N. Saliman Road, Carson City (just north of Carson High School). The event is open to the public, and admission is free. Lunch is available for purchase.

The violinists are Deepti Arun, Jacob Bainton, Bita Jazani, Alexandra Llamas-Cruz, Leif Morway, Deandre Papilia, and Nathan Parsons. The group is under the direction of Carson City Symphony Education Director Sue Jesch, assisted by Rachel Smith. We appreciate the cooperation of the Carson City Senior Center in supplying rehearsal space for our advanced youth strings groups.

Photo: STRAZZ at performance in November 2018.



Carson City Symphony Presents "Overture of the Season"
Sunday, Oct. 20, 2019

Photograph of Dr. Brian Fox

The Carson City Symphony, directed by David Bugli, will open its 36th season on Sunday, October 20, 2019, at 4:00 p.m., with an "Overture of the Season" concert at the Carson City Community Center's Bob Boldrick Theater, 851 E. William Street in Carson City. The concert features violin soloist Brian Fox performing Haydn's Violin Concerto No. 1. The program also includes Brahms' "Variations on a Theme of Haydn," Rossini's "Barber of Seville" Overture, and Tomas Svoboda's "Overture of the Season."

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 at the Nevada Day Office, 716 N. Carson St., online at CCSymphony.com, and at the door. "Flex" tickets at discounted prices are available from the Symphony at 775-883-4154.

Pre-show entertainment by violinists from STRAZZ Youth Strings begins at 3:00 p.m. in the lobby, a Meet-the-Soloist concert preview begins at 3:15 p.m. in the Sierra Room, and a dinner reception follows the concert. The preview, hosted by Conductor David Bugli, will include discussions with Dr. Fox about the concert, composers, and music. The post-concert reception will be at Bleu CafŽ, 240 E. Winnie Lane. For reception reservations, required in advance, call the Symphony at 775-883-4154 by Thursday, October 17.

In addition to performing as featured violin soloist, Brian Fox is Concertmaster of the Carson City Symphony and Director of Orchestras for the Carson City School District. He plays violin and viola in several chamber music groups, serves as co-concertmaster and has soloed with the TOCCATA Tahoe Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, and performs with the Reno Philharmonic.

The concert is part of Daniel Pearl World Music Days, an annual global event affirming the ideals of tolerance, friendship, and shared humanity, inspired by the life and work of journalist and musician Daniel Pearl. It also celebrates National Arts and Humanities Month, a coast-to-coast collective celebration of culture in America.

Carson City Symphony is a community orchestra of about 60 players who perform music from the 15th to the 21st centuries. The 2019-2020 concert season is supported with public funding through the Nevada Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts, the Carson City Cultural Commission, and private donations.

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

Pictured: Brian Fox, soloist on the Haydn Violin Concerto No. 1 in C.



Carson Chamber Singers Present Two Fall Concerts
Under New Conductor Bill Belcher
Sat., Nov. 16, 2019, at Shepherd of the Sierra Lutheran Church
Sun., Nov. 17, 2019, at First United Methodist Church

Photograph of Bill Belcher, new Carson Chamber Singers Conductor

Carson Chamber Singers, conducted by William Belcher, and Joyful Noise Carson Children's Choir, conducted by Michelle Powers, will present two Something for Everyone Fall Concerts on Saturday, November 16, and Sunday, November 17, 2019, in Carson City. The Saturday concert will be at Shepherd of the Sierra Lutheran Church, 3680 US Highway 395 South, at 7:00 p.m., and the Sunday concert will be at First United Methodist Church, 412 W. Musser Street, at 7:00 p.m.

The concert, Something for Everyone, will open with Joyful Noise Carson Children's Choir performing "It's Not About the Turkey," a selection of lighthearted holiday songs. The Carson Chamber Singers will follow with an eclectic program from traditional to contemporary, featuring music by Billy Joel, John Rutter, Randall Thompson, and others.

General admission tickets are $12, available online at CCSymphony.com; at the Nevada Day Office, 716 N. Carson St., Carson City; and at the door. Youth ages 18 and under are admitted free.

Photograph of Carson Chamber Singer in May 2018

Founded in 1985 as a performing group of the Carson City Symphony Association, the Carson Chamber Singers have sung at several venues in northern Nevada and in California as far as Sacramento, and sang for the 99th National American Legion Convention in Reno. Open to singers high-school age and above, they have sung with the Reno Philharmonic and perform regularly with the Carson City Symphony.

Bill Belcher was appointed conductor of the Carson Chamber Singers by the Symphony Association Board on Sept. 15, 2019. He has a B.S. degree in music from University of Oregon School of Music and Dance, where his main area of performance study was voice. He writes about himself, "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."

Photograph of Joyful Noise Carson Children's Choir at rehearsal for fall 2019 concerts.

The Joyful Noise Carson Children's Choir was founded in 2017 by Nancy Jones for children ages four to twelve. It is an educational program of the Association, and has performed at the Brewery Arts Center, Carson City Community Center, Shepherd of the Sierra, and for the 2018 Nevada Interfaith Thanksgiving Service in Reno. They have been invited to sing for the Nevada Association for the Education of Young Children conference in April 2020.

For information about joining the choral groups, call the Symphony Association at 775-883-4154 or see CCSymphony.com/ccsingers.htm. Concerts are 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.

Photos: New Carson Chamber Singers Conductor Bill Belcher.
Carson Chamber Singers in concert in April 2018.
Joyful Noise Carson Children's Choir at rehearsal for fall concerts.



Carson City Symphony's Youth Strings Present
"Around the World In Music,"
Tuesday, December 3, 2019

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Symphony Youth Strings, an after-school educational program of the Carson City Symphony Association, presents "Around the World in Music" on Tuesday, December 3, 2019, at 6:30 p.m. at the Carson City Community Center, 851 E. William St., Carson City. String players from Carson City and surrounding areas, including public-, private-, and home-schooled students, grades 2 to 12, will perform several pieces, from classics to folk tunes. Admission is free, and attendees are requested to bring a non-perishable food donation for FISH.

The concert was programmed by Carson City Symphony's Education Director Sue Jesch and is conducted by Associate Concertmaster Laura Gibson and Principal Cellist Lou Groffman. It features 67 students, including 25 beginning violinists, grades two to five, in their first performance; and 42 students in three string ensembles: Allegro, level one; Vivace, intermediate; and STRAZZ, advanced.

Photo: Symphony Youth Strings at 'Around the World in Music' concert in 2018

"These young musicians play a great variety of musical styles," said David Bugli, Music Director of the Carson City Symphony. "The beginners go on to play in our Youth Strings ensembles, and in the Carson City School District and Reno Philharmonic Youth Orchestras."

The advanced Symphony Youth Strings ensemble, STRAZZ, will also perform twice on Saturday, Dec. 7 - at Carson Mall from 3:00 to 3:30 p.m. for the Empty Bowls event, and at Trader Joe's from 5:30 to 6:15 p.m.

Symphony Youth Strings was founded by the Carson City Symphony Association in 2005. It is supported in part by grants from the Nevada Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts, and private donations. For more information, call director Sue Jesch at 775-450-5584.

Attached photo: Symphony Youth Strings at "Around the World in Music" concert in 2018.



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