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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.



Upcoming Event: 39th Annual Holiday Treat
Sunday, Dec. 11, 2022

Photograph of Carson Chamber Singers

It's a Holiday Treat for all - a feast of seasonal and holiday entertainment in many styles!

Mark your calendars. The 39th Annual Holiday Treat Concert will return this year on Sunday, Dec. 11, 2022, at 4:00 p.m. at the Carson City Community Center, 851 E. William Street. The Carson City Symphony under the direction of David Bugli, will be joined by the Carson Chamber Singers, under the direction of Richard "Ricky" Hutton. The combined symphony and chorus will open the concert with Leroy Anderson's familiar A Christmas Festival. A special treat is the premiere of Dale Trumbore's Magnificat, which was commissioned for this concert by the Carson Chamber Singers and the Carson City Symphony Association.

Joyful Noise Carson Children's Choir, directed by Michelle Powers, will perform at 3:00 p.m. in the lobby. There will be a preview at 3:15, led by David Bugli, with Ms. Trumbore and Ricky Hutton.

Tickets are available online or may be purchased at the door on the day of the concert.

Blood donors may receive a complimentary ticket to the concert. Donate at Vitalent's Carson City Donor Center, December 3 through December 10. Call 775-887-9111 for Donor Center hours.

This concert is supported, in part, by public funds through a grant from the Nevada Arts Council and National Endowment for the Arts, and by private donations. For more information, see CCSymphony.com or call the Symphony at 775-883-4154.

Photo: Carson Chamber Singers performing May 15, 2022, in Carson City.



Carson City Symphony House Recital December 18
Brian Fox, violin, and Eric Kao, piano
An Evening of Music, Discussion, and Dessert
Sunday, December 18, 2022
NOTE: Due to icy conditions at the original location,
this recital has been moved to a new location: 191 Heidi Circle, Carson City.
If you need directions, call 775-883-4154

Photograph of Brian Fox Photograph of Eric Kao

The Carson City Symphony Association presents a "Violin and Piano House Recital," an afternoon of music, conversation, wine, and dessert on Sunday, December 18, 2022, at 2:00 p.m. at a private home, 3491 Mont Blanc Court, near Jacks Valley Road south of Carson City 191 Heidi Circle, Carson City, NV. The recital will entertain music lovers in our area with a varied program of musical treats.

Tickets are $25 and are available online at CCSymphony.com or by calling the Symphony at 775-883-4154 for reservations. Space is limited.

The program includes Kreisler's Variations on a Theme of Corelli, Debussy's Sonata, Beethoven's Romance in F, Dvorak's Valcik (Waltz) in D, and selected Christmas songs.

Brian Fox and Eric Kao have performed together in ensembles and as a duo for several years. They enjoy presenting annual summer recitals and benefit concerts in northern Nevada. This recital is a benefit for Carson City Symphony's music and educational programs.

Brian Fox is Concertmaster of the Carson City Symphony, Co-Concertmaster of TOCCATA Tahoe Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, and Director of Orchestras for the Carson City School District. He also performs with the Reno Philharmonic Orchestra and in chamber music groups. He holds a Ph.D. in Spanish Literature.

Eric Kao is Musical Director and Accompanist for the Sierra High Notes chorus in Reno. He is a graduate of the University of Nevada, Reno, with a Masters of Music in Collaborative Piano. He also earned a dual Bachelors Degree in Civil Engineering and Piano performance with a Minor in Mathematics at UNR.

Photos: Violinist Brian Fox and pianist Eric Kao will perform a house recital on Sunday, December 18, in the Carson City area.



List of Joyful Noise Carson Children's Choir
2022 Holiday Performances

Photograph of Joyful Noise

Media Release - Nov. 29, 2022: Joyful Noise Carson Children's Choir directed by Michelle Powers will present several holiday performances in Carson City and Carson Valley this year.

  • Tues, Nov. 29, 5:30 p.m., at Sierra Place Senior Living, 1111 W. College Parkway, Carson City.
  • Fri., Dec. 2, about 6:30 (after Tree Lighting), at McFadden Plaza near Mom & Pops, Carson City.
  • Sat., Dec. 3, 10:30 a.m., at Skyline Estates Senior Living, 2861 Mountain St., Carson City.
  • Sat., Dec. 3, 1:30 p.m. and 2:00 p.m., at Carson Valley Senior Living, 1189 Kimmerling Rd., Gardnerville.
  • Sat., Dec. 10, 12:30-1:30 p.m., at start of Carson City Historical Society's "Victorian Christmas Tour," Foreman-Roberts House, 1207 N. Carson St., Carson City
  • Sun., Dec. 11, 3:00 p.m., lobby entertainment at 39th annual Holiday Treat Concert at Carson City Community Center, 851 E. William St., Carson City.
  • Tues., Dec. 13, 5:15 p.m., at Carson Tahoe Hospital party, Sage Café, 1600 Medical Pkwy., Carson City.

Joyful Noise Carson Children's Choir, a tuition-free educational program of the Carson City Symphony Association, is open to children ages 4 to 12 and performs several times a year. The children's choir 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, contact director Michelle Powers at 775-720-1916 or mrees@nevada.unr.edu.

Photo: Joyful Noise Carson Children's Choir, directed by Michelle Powers, will sing for the holidays.



Carson City Symphony's Youth Strings
Presents "Old Friends, New Friends" Concert
Thursday, December 8, 2022

Photograph of Symphony Youth Strings concert in December 2021.

Carson City Symphony's Youth Strings will present a free concert, "Old Friends, New Friends," on Thursday, December 8, 2022, at 6:30 p.m. at the Carson City Community Center, 851 E. William St., Carson City.

The concert was programmed by Carson City Symphony's Education Director, Sue Jesch, and is conducted by strings instructors Suzanne McGarraugh and Rachel Smith. It features about 44 students, including beginning violinists in their first performance, cello students, and three string ensembles: Allegro, level one; Vivace, intermediate; and STRAZZ, advanced. Jesch said, "Students will perform well known tunes, sharing them with old friends and new friends alike."

Symphony Youth Strings is an after-school, tuition-free educational program of the Carson City Symphony Association. It includes students in grades 2 to 12 from Carson City and surrounding areas, including public-, private-, and home-schooled students.

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

Photo: Associate Concertmaster, Laura Gibson, conducting the Symphony Youth Strings concert in December 2021.



Carson City Symphony Association Announces
Seventh Annual Scholarship for Music Education

Photograph of Rosemary at 16 with cello

Public Release - Oct. 21, 2022: The Carson City Symphony Association announces the seventh 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. Scholarship is to further the applicant's music education (for example: lessons, workshop, summer camp, master class). Lessons can be in person or remote. Scholarship funds will be paid to the teacher or program, not to the individual applicant. If award includes travel expenses, it will be paid on reimbursement basis. Applicant must be enrolled in school instrumental music program unless student is home-schooled or if school does not have an instrumental music program. A waiver of this requirement can be requested with written explanation signed by the school instrumental music instructor. Students may reapply each year, but no more than two scholarships will be awarded to any individual.

The application form can be downloaded from the Symphony website (see below) 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 Monday, November 21, 2022.

Click HERE to download application form in English.

Haga clic AQUÍ para descargar el formulario de solicitud en español. (Click HERE to download application form in Spanish.)

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

Photo: Rosemary Nebesky at 16 with her cello.



Carson Chamber Singers Begin Rehearsals January 10
for 2023 Spring Concerts
Media release: Jan. 5, 2023

Photograph of Singers in performance on May 15, 2022

The Carson Chamber Singers, a performing group of the Carson City Symphony Association directed by Richard Hutton, will begin rehearsals on Tuesday, January 10, 2023, from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m., at the LDS Church, 411 N. Saliman Road in Carson City. Performances of Handel's oratorio Israel in Egypt, with double chorus, six vocal soloists, and a Baroque orchestra, will be on Saturday, May 6, in Carson City, and Sunday, May 7, at Nightingale Hall at the University of Nevada, Reno.

Hutton said, "We're calling all choral musicians to join Carson Chamber Singers' next exciting project. Two years before Handel's Messiah was written, the Baroque master wrote an oratorio (very similar in style) telling the story of the Exodus. It includes dramatic settings recounting the plagues and the parting of the Red Sea - you don't want to miss this!"

Carson Chamber Singers is open to singers high-school age and above. Participation is free. Sign-up for these concerts at ccsymphony.com. For more information, registration, and rehearsal schedule, see click HERE or call the Director at 219-218-5634.

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.

Click HERE to see the Carson Chamber Singers web page.

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: Ricky Hutton directs Carson Chamber Singers in concert at First United Methodist Church in Carson City in May 2022.



Symphony Begins Rehearsals Wed., Jan. 11,
for "Three Continents" Concert

Photograph of Janice Johnson on xylophone, Will Caglia 
  on bass drum, and Mikki Keirstead on timpani

Media Release - January 6, 2023: Attention musicians! The Carson City Symphony, by David Bugli, will begin rehearsals for the first concert of 2023 on Wednesday, January 11, 2023, 7:00 to 9:15 p.m., at the Carson High School band/orchestra room, 1111 N. Saliman Road in Carson City. The concert, "Three Continents," will be on Sunday, February 26, at 4:00 p.m. at the Carson City Community Center, 851 E. William Street.

Carson City 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 and bassoon. Musicians who are interested in joining should contact the Symphony at 775-883-4154 or email carsoncitysymphony@gmail.com.

The "Three Continents" program features music from Europe, Asia, and North America. It will include Johann Strauss Jr's "Die Fledermaus" Overture to open the concert and Hector Berlioz' "Roman Carnival" Overture to open the second half. Concertmaster Brian Fox will be featured violin soloist on Franz Schubert's "Rondo" in A Major, D.438. Also on the program are the full-orchestra premiere of "Chinese Folk Songs Suite" by Hong Kong composer Dr. Mui Kwong Chiu, David Bugli's "Ruby Mountain Reflections," and "Hoe-Down" from Aaron Copland's Ballet Rodeo.

For more information about the Carson City Symphony, Carson Chamber Singers, and other related activities, see ccsymphony.com.

Carson City Symphony is supported in part by public funds through grants from Carson City Cultural Commission, the Nevada Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts, and by private donations.

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



Three Carson City Students Awarded
Rosemary Nebesky Memorial Scholarships

Photograph of Braedan Wedderburn, Sujwal Reddy Yedunuthula, and 
  Nora Ahumada

Media Release - January 9, 2023: Braedan Wedderburn, Sujwal Reddy Yeedunuthula, and Nora Ahumada were awarded the seventh annual Rosemary Nebesky Memorial Scholarships by the Carson City Symphony Association this year. The scholarship was established by John and Jennifer Webley of Santa Rosa, Calif., in memory of Rosemary Nebesky, who loved music, loved children, and had been a friend and board member of the Carson City Symphony Association. It is awarded each year to one or more Carson City students age 5 to 17 for instrumental music lessons. The winners this year were selected from several well qualified applicants.

Braedan Wedderburn, 12 years old, is a sixth-grade student at Carson Middle School. He has been playing trumpet and cello for 1 year. Although he plays cello in his school orchestra, he hasn't had private lessons. His orchestra director, Dr. Brian Fox, said Braedan is dedicated to learning cello and practices during his lunchtime at school. He will use the scholarship for private cello lessons with Priscilla Hawkins.

Sujwal Reddy Yedunuthula, 11 years old, is a sixth-grade student at Eagle Valley Middle School and has studied violin for 4 years and piano for 1 year, plays in Carson City Symphony's Youth Strings intermediate ensemble, and successfully auditioned for the Northern Zone Honor Orchestra. His violin teacher, Sue Jesch, said Sujwal is a quick learner and thrives on being challenged. He will use the scholarship to continue private violin lessons.

Nora Ahumada, 13 years old, is an eighth-grade student at Eagle Valley Middle school. She has been studying violin for 5 years, beginning in the Symphony Youth Strings. She is now Principal First violin in her school orchestra, and participates in the Honor Orchestra, Solo and Ensemble Festival, and EVMS Chamber Orchestra. Her orchestra director, Dr. Fox, said Nora loves music and will be a lifelong musician. She will use the scholarship for private violin lessons with Laura Gibson, Associate Concertmaster of Carson City Symphony.

The next round of scholarships will be awarded in fall of 2023. For more information about the scholarship and the application process, contact the Symphony at 775-883-4154 or carsoncitysymphony@gmail.com.

Photos: Scholarship winners Braedan Wedderburn, Sujwal Reddy Yedunuthula, and Nora Ahumada



Consort Canzona Early Music Instrumental Ensemble
Begins 2023 Rehearsals at Carson City Senior Center

Photograph of Lucy DuPertuis, Gale Kehres, Jane Johnson, Rex Reed

Media Release - January 10, 2023: Consort Canzona, an early music performing group of the Carson City Symphony Association, rehearses on Mondays at 7:00 p.m. at the Carson City Senior Center, 911 Beverly Drive. The ensemble - recorders, cello, and harpsichord - plays music from the Renaissance through the Baroque periods and has openings for experienced recorder players.

Participation is free; donations and Symphony Association memberships are welcome. For more information, contact Jane Johnson, 775-267-3427 or jane3491@charter.net, or call the Symphony Association at 775-883-4154.

Carson City Symphony Association performing groups 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. For information about Carson City Symphony Association performances and educational activities, see CCSymphony.com

Photo: Consort Canzona musicians (left to right) Lucy DuPertuis, Gale Kehres, Jane Johnson, Rex Reed



Joyful Noise Carson Children's Choir
To Begin Spring Session on Tuesday, January 31

Photograph of Joyful Noise Carson Children's Choir at Sierra Place

Media Release - January 18, 2023: Carson City Symphony Association announces the Joyful Noise Carson Children's Choir will begin its 2023 Spring Semester on Tuesday, January 31, 2023, from 5:15 to 6:15 p.m., at an upstairs classroom at the First United Methodist Church, 412 W. Musser Street in Carson City.

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!"

Tuition for the semester is free. To help offset the cost of music, supplies, insurance, the instructor's and accompanist's stipends, and more, parents are encouraged to 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.

Photo: Joyful Noise Carson Children's Choir directed by Michelle Powers performing in Carson City in late November 2022.



Joyful Noise Carson Children's Choir
Meets on Tuesdays - Join Now!

Photograph of the choir performing Dec. 12, 2022

Media Release - February 3, 2023: Carson City Symphony Association announces the Joyful Noise Carson Children's Choir has begun its 2023 Spring Semester. Rehearsals are Tuesdays, from 5:15 to 6:15 p.m., at an upstairs classroom at the First United Methodist Church, 412 W. Musser Street in Carson City. Sign ups continue until February 7.

The Choir, led by Michelle Powers, welcomes children ages 4 to 12 from Carson City and surrounding areas. 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!"

Tuition for the semester is free. To help offset the cost of music, supplies, insurance, the instructor's and accompanist's stipends, and more, parents are encouraged to 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.

Photo: Joyful Noise Carson Children's Choir directed by Michelle Powers performing at McFadden Plaza in Carson City in December 2022.



Attention Musicians: Feb. 25 Dress rehearsal canceled
Feb. 26 Concert still on!

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The Carson City Symphony Dress Rehearsal scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 25, 2023, has been canceled. There is just too much chance of more snow. We still plan on doing the concert on Sunday, Feb. 26, at 4:00 p.m. Instead of reporting at 3:30 for the concert, please report by 2:30 so we can get the stage set and bring in equipment. I will show up at 1:30 with the trailer, for anyone who wants to help with the "advance crew."

In addition, due to weather conditions, the reception at San Marcos Grill has been canceled. However, if you are inclined to meet after the concert, the venue is available, but people will need to order off the menu.

Thank you. David Bugli



Symphony Presents "Three Continents" Concert
Sunday, Feb. 26, 2023

Photo of Dr. Brian Fox

The Carson City Symphony, conducted by Music Director David Bugli presents its first concert of 2023, "Three Continents," on Sunday, February 26, 2023, at 4:00 p.m., at the Carson City Community Center's Bob Boldrick Theater, 851 E. William Street in Carson City. The concert includes music from North America, Europe, and Asia, and features Concertmaster Brian Fox performing Rondo in A Major by Franz Schubert.

The program also includes Roman Carnival Overture by Hector Berlioz, Die Fledermaus Overture by Johann Strauss II, "Hoe-Down" from Rodeo by Aaron Copland, the full-orchestra premiere of Chinese Folk Songs Suite by Mui Kwong Chiu, and Ruby Mountain Reflections by David Bugli.

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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. "Flex" tickets at discounted prices are available from the Symphony at 775-883-4154.

Blood donors may receive a complimentary ticket to the concert. Donate at Vitalant's Carson City Donor Center, February 18 through February 25. Call 775-887-9111 for Donor Center hours.

Pre-show entertainment by members of the Carson City School Orchestras with Dr. Brian Fox begins at 3:00 p.m. in the lobby. A Concert Preview 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.

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

Photo: Violinist Brian Fox will perform with the Carson City Symphony on Sunday, February 26.



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Join Us for the Reception at San Marcos Grill
After the February 26 Concert

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Due to weather conditions, the reception at San Marcos Grill has been canceled. However, if you are inclined to meet after the concert, the venue is available, but people will need to order off the menu. If you have already paid for this event, you will be reimbursed.

Join us for a Mexican Buffet Dinner at San Marcos Grill, 206 E. Winnie Lane after the concert on Sunday, Feb. 26. Click on the link below to pay ($30 per person). Your receipt is your ticket. Price includes:

  • Chips, salsa, bean dip, soft drinks
  • Carnitas, steak fajitas, cheese and chicken enchiladas, chili rellenos
  • Corn tortillas, rice, beans, guacamole, pico de gallo
  • Tip and tax included.

If you have questions, contact David or Ellie at 775-883-4154 (or by email to carsoncitysymphony@gmail.com).



Musicians Wanted for April 23, 2023, Concert
Posted: March 4, 2023

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The Carson City Symphony is looking for a few more players for the April 23, 2023, concert. In particular, we are in need of trumpet, clarinet, horn, bassoon, and string bass players. The first rehearsal will be on March 8, 2023. The "Becoming Mark Twain" concert, which is part of the Mark Twain Days celebration (April 21-23) will include Mozart "Music Flute" Overture, Gottschalk's "Pasquinade," Bugli's "Becoming Mark Twain" with a "Mark Twain" narrator, Meder's "Hank Monk Schottische," and Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto in E minor with violinist Andrew Sords. Rehearsals are planned for Wednesday nights (3/8, 3/15, 3/22, 3/29, 4/5 (location TBD), 4/12, and 4/19) from 7:00 to 9:15 p.m. and on Saturday, April 22, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:20 p.m.

If you are interested in participating, please contact us at 775-883-4154, email dcbugli@aol.com, or, even better, fill out the online form. Click HERE to fill out the "Are you playing?" questionnaire about the concert.

Thank you.



Carson City Symphony's Youth Strings
Presents "Music is for Life Pops Concert"
Thursday, April 20, 2023

Photograph of Symphony Youth Strings concert in December 2021.

Carson City Symphony's Youth Strings will present a free concert, "Music is for Life Pops Concert," on Thursday, April 20, 2023, at 6:30 p.m. at the Carson City Community Center, 851 E. William St., Carson City.

The concert was programmed by Carson City Symphony's Education Director, Sue Jesch, and is conducted by strings instructors Suzanne McGarraugh, Rachel Smith, Priscilla Hawkins, and Nancy Scott. It features about 43 students, including beginning violinists in their first performance, cello students, and three string ensembles: Allegro, level one; Vivace, intermediate; and STRAZZ, advanced. The program will be shared with the Not Quite Ready for Carnegie Hall Players (NQR).

Symphony Youth Strings is an after-school, tuition-free educational program of the Carson City Symphony Association. It includes students in grades 2 to 12 from Carson City and surrounding areas, including public-, private-, and home-schooled students.

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

The "Not Quite Ready for Carnegie Hall Players" is the creation of Carson City Symphony Education Director and former Concertmaster Sue Jesch. Each week, a group of adult musicians, some of them beginners, get together to play music at the Carson City Senior Center.

Photo: Associate Concertmaster, Laura Gibson, conducting the Symphony Youth Strings concert in December 2021.



Symphony Presents "Becoming Mark Twain" Concert
Sunday, April 23, 2023

Photograph of Twain by A.F. Bradley

The Carson City Symphony, conducted by Music Director David Bugli, presents its 217th concert, "Becoming Mark Twain," on Sunday, April 23, 2023, at 4:00 p.m., at the Carson City Community Center's Bob Boldrick Theater, 851 E. William Street in Carson City. The concert is being presented in conjunction with Mark Twain Days, April 21-23. To celebrate Mark Twain and his time in Nevada, the orchestra will perform David Bugli's and McAvoy Layne's "Becoming Mark Twain: Sam Clemens in Nevada" with narrator Tom Strekal. Information about Mark Twain Days, celebrating one of Nevada's most prolific, witty, wise (and wise-cracking) writers, is available at MarkTwainDays.com.

Photograph of Andrew Sords

Noted concert violinist Andrew Sords will join the orchestra to play Felix Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto in E minor. Sords has a celebrated career as a soloist, recitalist, and in performances with his trio. Having appeared with nearly 300 orchestras on 4 continents, he has been cited for combining visceral virtuosity with a ravishing tone. This will be his fourth appearance with the Carson City Symphony. His website is at andrewsords.com.

The program also includes Mozart's "The Magic Flute" Overture, Louis Moreau Gottschalk's "Pasquinade," and J.P. Meder's "Hank Monk Schottische."

Narrator Tom Strekal has performed in numerous stage productions in western Nevada. He's a part-time radio host for KUNR Public Radio and full-time host for KNCJ (Nevada Classical and Jazz), and has announced at Reno Aces games, emceed regional events, and been a Ghost Walk Guide. He read a biography of Sam Clemens/Mark Twain on his 10,000-mile post-undergraduate trip around America and was captivated by the man and myth; moving to Carson City cemented the relationship.

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

Photograph of Tom Strekal

Blood donors may receive a complimentary ticket to the concert. Donate at Vitalant's Carson City Donor Center, 256 E. Winnie Lane, April 15 through 22. To schedule an appointment, go to www.bloodhero.com, call 775-887-9111, or make an appointment in person.

Pre-show entertainment begins at 3:00 p.m. in the lobby, featuring violinist Kat MacMartin and Toni VanCleave's Victorians. A Concert Preview with Andrew Sords 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.

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

Photos of author Mark Twain, violinist Andrew Sords, and narrator Tom Strekal.



Carson Chamber Singers present "Israel in Egypt"
Concerts on May 6 in Carson City and May 7 in Reno
May 6 & May 7, 2023

Photograph of Carson Chamber Singer from November 2021

Carson Chamber Singers, a 60-member chorus directed by Richard Hutton, presents Handel's Israel in Egypt, an oratorio for double chorus, six vocal soloists, and Baroque orchestra, in performances in Carson City and Reno in May 2023.

The Carson City concert will be on Saturday, May 6, 2023, at 7:00 p.m., at Shepherd of the Sierra Lutheran Church, 3680 N. Hwy. 395. Admission to this concert is free, donations welcome.

The Reno concert will be on Sunday, May 7, 2023, at 4:00 p.m., at Nightingale concert Hall, UNR, 1335 N. Virginia Street. General admission tickets to this 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.

Hutton said, "Two years before Handel's Messiah was written, the Baroque master wrote an oratorio (very similar in style) telling the story of the Exodus. If you enjoy Handel's Messiah, you will love this portrayal of the Exodus! It includes dramatic settings recounting the plagues and the parting of the Red Sea - you don't want to miss this!" These will be Hutton's final concerts as director of the Carson Chamber Singers before he begins his appointment as Assistant Professor of Music: Choral Music Education and Assistant Director of Choral Activities, at Boise State University.

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 west as Sacramento. They sang for the 99th National American Legion Convention in Reno in 2017, have sung with the Reno Philharmonic, and perform regularly with the Carson City Symphony, most recently in the Holiday Treat concert in December 2022.

Open to singers high-school age and above, the Carson Chamber Singers generally perform in five concerts each year. Participation is free. For information about joining the choral group, 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.

Photo: Carson Chamber Singers will perform "Israel in Egypt" May 6 in Carson City and May 7 in Reno.



NQR to Perform at Carson City Senior Center
Thursday, May 11, 2023

Photograph of some NQR participants in 2022.

The Not Quite Ready for Carnegie Hall Players (NQR) will present a recital on Thursday, May 11, 2023, at 11:30 a.m. in the Carson City Senior Center, 911 Beverly Drive, Carson City. The event will be in the Joshua Tree Room, near the east entrance to the Senior Center. Light entertainment and door prizes will be presented.

The "Not Quite Ready for Carnegie Hall Players" is the creation of Carson City Symphony Education Director and former Concertmaster Sue Jesch. Each week, a group of adult musicians, some of them advanced beginners, get together to play music at the Carson City Senior Center. The primary purpose of this is to give adult musicians who may not be ready for a regular adult orchestra, such as the Carson City Symphony, an opportunity to play and enjoy easy music. The group meets to rehearse on Thursdays at 11:15 a.m. at the Carson City Senior Center.

NQR has performed at assisted living events and many of the members participate in the annual Christmas Carol Play-along for Strings each December in Carson Mall. For further information see ccsymphony.com/notcarnegie.htm.

Photo: Some NQR participants seen gathering in 2022 for some post-rehearsal socialization.



Joyful Noise Carson Children's Choir presents
Concerts at Two Locations on June 3 and June 10
Sat., June 3, 2023, at Skyline Estates Senior Living
Sat., June 10, 2023, at Children's Museum of Northern Nevada

Photograph of Children's Choir

The Joyful Noise Carson Children's Choir has several events planned for June under the leadership of their Director, Michelle Powers. These events may not be open to the general public. Call Michelle Powers at 775-720-1716 for details.

On Sat., June 3, 10:30 a.m., the Children's Choir will perform at 10:30 a.m. at Skyline Estates Senior Living, 2861 Mountain Street, Carson City. Senior living at Skyline Estates is a facility designed for senior adults who wish to maintain their independent lifestyle but may need some additional assistance to do so.

On Sat., June 10, 11:00 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., the Children's Choir will perform two shows at the Children's Museum of Northern Nevada, 813 N. Carson Street, Carson City. The shows will be at 11:00 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. The CMNN is a play-based learning experience created to inspire imagination and creativity. Children and their families are encouraged to explore the world together through interactive exhibits and programs in the arts, sciences, humanities, and history.

The Joyful Noise Carson Children's Choir will perform at yet another venue, the Carson City Library, on June 10. See separate listing (below) for details.



Cello Recital by Students of Priscilla Hawkins
Sat., June 10, 2023

Photograph of Priscilla Hawkins

Students of Priscilla Hawkins, cello instructor for Carson City Symphony's Youth Strings, will present at cello recital by her students on Saturday, June 10, 2023, at 3:00 p.m. at Shepherd of the Sierra Lutheran Church, 3680 N Hwy 395, Carson City. The event is free. For information, contact Ms. Hawkins at phawkins@dcn.org.



Pops Party Concert at the Governor's Mansion
Sun., June 11, 2023

Photograph of Tom Miller

Newer notification posted Sunday, June 11, at 2:48 p.m.: I have reconsidered my earlier decision, and now the concert will be INSIDE at the Governor's Mansion. The chance of rain is great than I wish to risk! Audience seating inside will be limited, but we will have a few pop-ups and a portico for those audience members who wish to hear the concert outside and risk a bit of rain. - David Bugli
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New notification posted Sunday, June 11, at 1:35 p.m.: I have made the decision to hold the concert today OUTSIDE at the Governor's Mansion. Let's hope it doesn't rain! - David Bugli
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Notification posted 8:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 10: If it appears that there will be inclement weather at the time of the concert, the event will be moved indoors to the North Room on the grounds of the Governor's Mansion. Seating will be limited. We will attempt to make a decision about this matter by 1:00 p.m. on the day of the concert.

The Carson City Symphony's annual Pops Party concert will be held on Sunday, June 11, 2023, outdoors at 6:00 p.m. at the Governor's Mansion, 606 Mountain Street, Carson City. Admission is free.

The Carson City Symphony, directed by David Bugli, will be joined on the program by the Carson Chamber Singers directed by Gary Schwartz; the Joyful Noise Carson Children's Choir directed by Michelle Powers; singer-songwriter Tom Miller; and announcer Tom Strekal.

Music Director Bugli said, "The Pops Party Concerts are a tradition going back to 1985. We bring popular favorites and fresh material to each edition." The program includes tunes from Broadway shows, marches, Tom Miller's original song, Somethin' About You, arranged for orchestra and chorus by David Bugli, and more. The Carson Chamber Singers will sing five of Aaron Copland's Old American Songs.

Seating is on the lawn. The audience is invited to bring blankets or lawn chairs. Parking is on the street. No firearms are allowed on the premises. In case of rain, the concert will be moved indoors to the North Room (on the Governor's Mansion property).

This free concert is funded in part by grants from the Nevada Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts, the Carson City Cultural Commission, and by private donations. For more information, call the Symphony at 775-883-4154 or check the web site: CCSymphony.com.

Photo: Singer-songwriter Tom Miller will perform with the Carson City Symphony and Carson Chamber Singers at the Governor's Mansion on June 11.



Joyful Noise Carson Children's Choir at the Carson City Library
Tues., June 20, 2023

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On Tuesday, June 20, 2023, at 5:30 p.m., the Joyful Noise Carson Children's Choir will perform at the Carson City Library, 900 N. Roop Street, for "Around the World" summer reading challenge. For information on the Carson City Library and its activities, go to carsoncitylibrary.org.



Carson City Symphony & Chorus Perform for
Genoa Americana Celebration
Tuesday, July 4, 2023

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The Carson City Symphony, under the direction of David Bugli, and the Carson Chamber Singers, under the direction of Interim Director Gary Schwartz, will be performing at the Genoa Americana Celebration event at Mormon Station State Park, Genoa, starting at the new time of 3:45 p.m. on Tuesday, July 4, 2023. The orchestra will be joined by guest vocalist Tom Miller. The concert is free and open to the public.

The program includes show tunes, Sousa marches, pops music, and patriotic music, including "Battle Hymn of the Republic" and "Armed Forces Salute."

The Genoa Americana Celebration will start earlier in the day with a children's parade at 10:30 a.m. and the presentation of three smaller ensembles (Quake City Jug Band at 11:15, Front Porch Band at 12:30, and Jakota Wass Band at 1:45). For further information on the Genoa Americana Celebration, check out the Friends of Genoa Facebook page HERE

For more information about the Carson City Symphony, call 775-883-4154.



Mark Your Calendar for Annual Meeting
Sunday, July 16, 2023

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The Carson City Symphony Association's annual membership meeting will be on Sunday, July 16, 2023, at 6:30 p.m., at the Carson City Historical Society's Carriage House, behind the Foreman-Roberts House Museum, 1207 N. Carson Street, Carson City.

All interested individuals - including Association members, instrumental and vocal musicians, volunteers, and friends - are invited. The meeting will include a brief review the past year, a preview of the coming season (the 40th!), acknowledgment of volunteers, and election of members to the nine-member Board of Trustees.

As a bonus, guests will have a tour of the historic Foreman-Roberts House Museum. The current exhibits are Loretta Williams art, the Adele's Dollhouse, and Edwardian and Victorian fashions.

The event includes a pot-luck dinner. Main dish and beverages are provided. Attendees may bring an appetizer, side dish, salad, or dessert to share.

For reservations and information, call 775-883-4154 or email carsoncitysymphony@gmail.com.



Summary of Carson City Symphony 2022-2023 Season (39th Season)
Listing updated: July 17, 2023

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The Carson City Symphony announced the following concert dates and events for its 39th season:

Sunday, October 2, 2022 - Carson Chamber Singers Concert at Hall Recital Hall, UNR.

Friday, October 7, 2022 - Carson Chamber Singers Concert at First United Methodist Church, Carson City.

Sunday, October 23, 2022 - 4:00 p.m. - Symphony Concert with Jessica Dodge, saxophone, and Michelle Powers, flute.

Tuesday, November 29, 2022 - Joyful Noise Carson Children's Choir performs at Sierra Place Senior Living (Carson City).

Saturday, December 3, 2022 - Joyful Noise Carson Children's Choir performs at Skyline Estates Senior Living (Carson City) and Carson Valley Senior Living (Gardnerville).

Sunday, December 4, 2022 - 3:00 p.m., STRAZZ and Friends perform for Tree Lighting at Carson Mall. Free.

Thursday, December 8, 2022 - 6:30 p.m. - Symphony Youth Strings concert at CC Community Center.

Sunday, December 11, 2022 - 4:00 p.m. - Annual Holiday Treat Concert

Sunday, December 18, 2022 - 2:00 p.m. - House Recital with Brian Fox and Eric Kao.

Wednesday, December 21, 2022 - Carol Playalong for Strings at Carson Mall.

Sunday, February 26, 2023 - Symphony Concert with Brian Fox, violin soloist.

Thursday, April 20, 2023 - 6:30 p.m. - Symphony Youth Strings "Music is for Life Pops Concert" at CC Community Center.

Sunday, April 23, 2023 - Symphony "Becoming Mark Twain" Concert with Andrew Sords, violin, and Tom Strekal, narrator.

Saturday, May 6, 2023 - 7:00 p.m. - Carson Chamber Singers perform "Israel in Egypt" Shepherd of the Sierra Lutheran Church.

Sunday, May 7, 2023 - 4:00 p.m. - Carson Chamber Singers perform "Israel in Egypt" in Nightingale Hall, UNR, 4:00 p.m.

Sunday, June 11, 2023 - 6:00 p.m. - Annual Pops Party Concert at Nevada Governor's Mansion with Tom Miller, vocal soloist

Tuesday, July 4, 2023 - 3:35 p.m. (new time!) - Fourth of July Concert at Mormon Station State Park, Genoa, NV, with Tom Miller, vocal soloist

Sunday, July 23, 2023 - 4:00 p.m. - House Recital by Brian Fox and Eric Kao in Jacks Valley.



Carson City Symphony's Strings in the Summer
To Begin Friday, July 14, 2023

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Media Release - July 2, 2023: Carson City Symphony Association's "Strings in the Summer," a program for string-instrument players of all ages and experience levels, will begin on Friday, July 14, 2023. Two sessions will be held on four consecutive Friday mornings at St. Paul's Lutheran Family Church, 1201 N. Saliman Road, just north of Carson High School. Registration and tuition are free, donations welcome.

In the first session, "Adventures in Rhythm," from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., players will alternate playing their string instruments and various percussion instruments. In the second session, "Alternative Styles," from noon to 1:30 p.m., players will focus on fiddle, jazz, and improvisation. Symphony Youth Strings instructor Suzanne McGarraugh will lead both sessions.

The third week, July 28, will feature guest artists Brandon Dodge, percussion, and Kat MacMartin, alternative styles. The fourth and final Friday, August 4, will include a performance open to guests.

To register for one or both four-week sessions, complete the online registration form by clicking HERE, call the Symphony at 775-883-4154, or email carsoncitysymphony@gmail.com.

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; and by private donations.



Carson City Symphony House Recital
Brian Fox, violin, and Eric Kao, piano
An Afternoon of Music, Discussion, and Dessert
Sunday, July 23, 2023
**Note: As of 7/21, this event is sold out.**

Photograph of Brian Fox Photograph of Eric Kao

The Carson City Symphony Association presents a "Violin and Piano House Recital," an afternoon of music, conversation, wine, and dessert on Sunday, July 23, 2023, at 4:00 p.m. at a private home, 3491 Mont Blanc Court, near Jacks Valley Road south of Carson City.

The recital will entertain music lovers in our area with a varied program of musical treats, including music by Fauré, Liszt, Beethoven, and Mozart.

Tickets are $25 and are available online at CCSymphony.com or by calling the Symphony at 775-883-4154 for reservations. Space is limited.

Brian Fox and Eric Kao have performed together in ensembles and as a duo for several years. They have enjoyed presenting annual summer recitals and benefit concerts in northern Nevada. This recital is a benefit for Carson City Symphony's music and educational programs.

Brian Fox is Concertmaster of the Carson City Symphony, and Co-Concertmaster of TOCCATA Tahoe Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, and Director of Orchestras for the Carson City School District. He also performs with the Reno Philharmonic Orchestra and in chamber music groups. He holds a Ph.D. in Spanish Literature.

Eric Kao is Musical Director and Accompanist for the Sierra High Notes chorus in Reno. He is a graduate of the University of Nevada, Reno, with a Masters of Music in Collaborative Piano. He also earned a dual Bachelors Degree in Civil Engineering and Piano Performance with a Minor in Mathematics at UNR.

Photos: Violinist Brian Fox and pianist Eric Kao will perform a house recital on Sunday, July 23, in the Jacks Valley area.



Carson City Symphony's "Strings in the Summer" Concert
Friday, August 4, 2023

Photograph of Instructor Suzanne McGarraugh leading 'Strings in the Summer' program

Carson City Symphony Association's "Strings in the Summer" program, directed by Suzanne McGarraugh, will present a concert on Friday, August 4, 2023, at 12:00 p.m. at St. Paul's Lutheran Family Church, 1201 N. Saliman Rd. Players of all ages, from elementary school students to senior citizens, attended "Adventures in Rhythm" and "Alternative Syles" this summer. They also had a percussion workshop with Brandon Dodge, and a Celtic music workshop with Kat MacMartin.

The concert features performers on various percussion and string instruments playing familiar and new tunes that demonstrate techniques learned this summer. Music includes Daydreams, Drum Circle, Salty Dog, Devil's Dream, and more. Admission is free, donations welcome.

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; and by private donations.

Attached Photo: Instructor Suzanne McGarraugh leads "Strings in the Summer" program.



Carson City Symphony to Begin Rehearsals Aug. 30
For 40th Season Opening Concert

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Media Release - Aug. 12, 2023, 2023: Attention musicians! The Carson City Symphony will begin rehearsals for the first concert of its 40th season on Wednesday, August 30, 2023, 6:20 to 8:30 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. Link to a registration form is on the website CCSymphony.com

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 opening concert with guest bassoonist Eric Fassbender will be on Sunday, October 22, 2023, at 4:00 p.m. at the Carson City Community Center, with a preview beginning at 3:15 p.m. in the Bob Crowell Boardroom. The program includes Mozart's Bassoon concerto in B-flat, and a new overture by Michael Kibbe, and more.

For more information, see the Symphony web site: CCSymphony.com.

Carson City Symphony on stage at the Carson City Community Center.



Symphony Youth Chorus
To Begin Fall Session on Tuesday, August 29, 2023

Photograph of Youth Chorus

Media Release - Aug. 15, 2023: Carson City Symphony Association announces the Symphony Youth Chorus (formerly Joyful Noise Carson Children's Choir) will begin its Fall Semester on Tuesday, August 29, 2023, from 5:15 to 6:15 p.m., upstairs at the First United Methodist Church, 412 W. Musser Street in Carson City.

The Chorus, 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!" Performances will be at senior centers, retirement homes, and the Symphony Youth Strings concert on Thursday, Dec. 7, 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 accompanist's stipends, and more, parents may join the Carson City Symphony Association, but it is not a requirement.

The Symphony Youth Chorus, 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 a registration form, contact director Michelle Powers at 775-720-1916 or mrees@nevada.unr.edu.

Photo: Youth Chorus in rehearsal last year.


Not Quite Ready for Carnegie Hall Players
Adult Intermediate String Ensemble Begins Thursday, August 31

Photograph of NQR ladies

Media Release - August 20, 2023: 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 August 31, 2023, from 11:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., at the Carson City Senior Center, 911 Beverly Drive, east entrance.

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 encouraged. We even provide the sheet music!"

For more information about joining NQR, contact Symphony Education Director Micah Dunn at 775-741-6544, or email michadunn@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 last year (fall 2022).



Carson Chamber Singers Kicks Off 39th Season
Tuesday Night Rehearsals to Begin Soon

Photograph of Carson Chamber Singers on July 4, 2023, in Genoa

Media Release - August 22, 2023: The Carson Chamber Singers, a performing group of the Carson City Symphony Association, is beginning rehearsals for their 39th season. Rehearsals are on Tuesdays, from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. at the LDS Church, 411 N. Saliman Road in Carson City. Carson Chamber Singers, directed by Gary Schwartz, is open to singers high-school age and above.

The first concerts will be Friday, October 20, in Carson City, and Saturday, October 21, in Fallon. The concert program features classical and contemporary music. The first half is Haydn's Kleine Orgelmesse (literally "Little Organ-Mass," also known as Missa brevis Sancti Joannis de Deo). The second half is six songs recorded by James Taylor.

More information, registration, and rehearsal schedule, are at ccsymphony.com or contact the Director at ccsingersnv@gmail.com. Registration is free; singers are encouraged to join the Carson City Symphony Association.

Founded in 1985 as a performing group of the Carson City Symphony Association, the Carson Singers have sung at several venues in northern Nevada and in California. They have sung with the Reno Philharmonic and perform regularly with the Carson City Symphony.

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: Director Gary Schwartz with Carson Chamber Singers on July 4, 2023, in Genoa.



Symphony Youth Chorus for Ages 4 to 12
To Begin Fall Session on Tuesday, August 29, 2023

Photograph of Youth Chorus

Media Release - August 25, 2023: Carson City Symphony Association invites children ages 4 to 12 to join the Symphony Youth Chorus (formerly Joyful Noise Carson Children's Choir). Rehearsals begin on Tuesday, August 29, from 5:15 to 6:15 p.m., upstairs at the First United Methodist Church, 412 W. Musser Street in Carson City. Tuition is free.

The Chorus Director, Michelle 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!" Performances will be at senior centers, retirement homes, and the Symphony Youth Strings concert on Thursday, Dec. 7, 2023, at the Carson City Community Center.

The Symphony Youth Chorus, 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 a registration form, contact director Michelle Powers at 775-720-1916 or mrees@nevada.unr.edu.

Photo: Youth Chorus in rehearsal last year.



Carson City Symphony's Youth Strings Programs
to Begin August 29, 2023, in Carson City

Photograph of Symphony Youth Strings students in concert December 2022

Media Release - August 28, 2023: Carson City Symphony's comprehensive program of string instruction begins the last week of August at four locations in Carson City. Symphony Youth Strings (SYS) 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, Micah Dunn, at 775-741-6544 or email micahdunn@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 elementary school students are held after school on Tuesdays at Empire Elementary School, 1260 Monte Rosa Drive, beginning on August 29, and on Fridays at Bordewich Bray Elementary School, 110 Thompson Street, beginning on September 1. Grades 2 and 3 classes meet after school until 4:15 p.m.; Grades 4 and 5 classes meet 4:30 until 5:30 p.m. Students may enroll for class at either location.

Beginning Cello lessons with Priscilla Hawkins are held on Tuesdays, time to be determined, at the Brewery Arts Center, 449 W. King Street, beginning October 3.

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 4:30 p.m., beginning August 31 at St. Paul's Lutheran Family Church, 1201 N. Saliman Rd.

STRAZZ, an alternative-styles chamber orchestra for more advanced string players, is open to high school students, and to middle school string students by invitation. It meets on Thursdays, 4:30 to 5:30 p.m., beginning August 31 at St. Paul's Lutheran Family Church, 1201 N. Saliman Rd.

All students will have the opportunity to perform in Symphony Youth Strings concerts on December 7, 2023, and April 25, 2024, 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 students in concert December 2022.



Carson City Symphony to Begin Rehearsals
Wed., Aug. 30 2023

Attention musicians: Rehearsals for the fall season will begin on August 30, 2023. Please take a moment let us know if you are playing (yes or no, etc.):
Click HERE to start the questionnaire.



Carson Chamber Singers Presents Two Concerts
Friday, Oct. 20, 2023, in Carson City
Saturday, Oct. 21, 2023, in Fallon

Images of Joseph Haydn and James Taylor

Carson Chamber Singers, under the direction of Dr. Gary Schwartz, kicks off its 39th season with a pair of concerts called "Joseph and James." It includes a short mass by Austrian composer Franz Joseph Haydn and songs associated with contemporary American musician James Taylor. The first half of the program feature's Haydn's Missa brevis Sancti Joannis de Deo, somewhat better known as Kleine Orgelmesse (The Little Organ Mass), Hob. XXII:7. The second half of the program will feature music composed or made popular by James Taylor. These include "Mocking Bird," "Sweet Baby James," "Up on the Roof," "That Lonesome Road," "Fire and Rain," and "Your Smiling Face."

The first concert will be on Friday, Oct. 20, 2023, at 7:00 p.m. at First United Methodist Church, 200 North Division St., Carson City, NV.

The second concert will be on Saturday, Oct. 21, 2023, at 7:00 p.m. at Epworth United Methodist Church, 280 E. Stillwater Ave., Fallon, NV.

General admission tickets to these concert are $18 each. 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.

Founded in 1985 as a performing group of the Carson City Symphony Association, the Carson Chamber Singers is open to singers high-school age and above. They perform in five or more concerts each year. They have sung with the Reno Philharmonic and sing regularly with the Carson City Symphony. They have performed at several venues in northern Nevada and as far west as Sacramento. Participation is free.

For information about joining the choral group, 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.

Illustration: Images of Austrian composer Franz Joseph Haydn and contemporary American musician James Taylor.



Carson City Symphony to Open 40th Season with Concert on
Sunday, October 22, 2023

Program logo

The Carson City Symphony begins its fortieth season with a concert called "Life Begins at Forty." The concert will be on Sunday, October 22, 2023, at 4:00 p.m. at the Carson City Community Center. This will be the 220th Carson City Symphony concert under the baton of Conductor and Music Director David Bugli. Joining the orchestra as soloist is bassoonist and University of Nevada, Reno faculty member Eric Fassbender, performing Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's Bassoon Concerto in B-flat Major, K. 191.

Photograph of Eric Fassbender

In honor of its fortieth season, the Carson City Symphony Association commissioned composer Michael Kibbe to write an overture for the Symphony called "For Forty." This will be premiered by the Symphony on the concert. Also on the program is William Grant Still's Symphony No. 1 ("Afro-American"), Gwyneth Walker's "Open the Door," and David Bugli's "State of Metamorphosis," a work premiered on Oct. 22, 1989, and written in honor of Nevada's 125th Aniversary (1989).

Eric Fassbender teaches bassoon, woodwind chamber music, and academic music courses at the University of Nevada, Reno. He is the principal bassoonist of the Reno Philharmonic Orchestra and performs frequently with the Reno Chamber Orchestra and other ensembles in the region. Eric has given solo recitals at the International Double Reed Society conference in Granada, and at national and regional conferences of the Society of Composers, and has presented masterclasses at universities in Michigan, California, and Nevada. He is an active commissioner and performer of new works for double reeds. A native of Marquette, Michigan, Eric holds degrees from the University of Nevada Las Vegas, the University of Nevada Reno, and Northern Michigan University. He studied bassoon with Janis McKay, Christin Schillinger, and Grant. Eric lives in Reno with his wife, Melanie, director of bands at O'Brien Middle School.

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 and at the door. "Flex" tickets at discounted prices are also available from the website (see below).

Pre-show entertainment by the flute ensemble begins at 3:00 p.m. in the lobby. A Meet-the-Soloist concert preview with Conductor/Composer David Bugli and Bassoon Soloist Eric Fassbender 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 2023-24 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.

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

Photo: Bassoonist Eric Fassbender performs Mozart's Bassoon Concerto in B-flat Major to help open the Symphony's 40th season.



Carson City Symphony to begin Rehearsals Nov. 1
for 40th Annual "Holiday Treat Concert"

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Media Release - Oct. 28, 2023: Attention musicians! The Carson City Symphony, conducted by David Bugli, will begin rehearsals for the 40th annual Holiday Treat Concert on Wednesday, November 1, 2023, from 6:20 to 8:30 p.m., at the Carson High School band/orchestra room, 1111 N. Saliman Road in Carson City.

The traditional festive holiday music on the December 10 concert program includes the Carson Chamber Singers conducted by Gary Schwartz and the Victorian Dancers, choreographed by Tiffany Alm.

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, clarinet, bassoon, and trumpet. Musicians who are interested in joining should contact the Symphony at 775-883-4154 or email carsoncitysymphony@gmail.com.

Carson Chamber Singers rehearse on Tuesdays, 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., at the LDS Church, 411 N. Saliman Road in Carson City. Carson Chamber Singers, directed by Gary Schwartz, is open to singers high-school age and above. To join the Singers, contact the director at ccsingersnv@gmail.com.

The Holiday Treat concert will be on Sunday, December 10, at 4:00 p.m. at the Carson City Community Center. Lobby entertainment by the Symphony Youth Chorus will begin at 3:00 p.m. For more information, see the Symphony web site: CCSymphony.com.

Photo: Carson City Symphony and Carson Chamber Singers in previous Holiday Treat concert at the Carson City Community Center.



Carson City Symphony and Carson Chamber Singers present
The 40th annual "Holiday Treat" Concert
Sunday, Dec. 10, 2023

Photograph of Victorian Dancers performing in 2021

It's a Holiday Treat for all - a feast of seasonal and holiday entertainment in many styles! The Annual Holiday Treat Concert will return this year on Sunday, December 10, 2023, at 4:00 p.m. at the Carson City Community Center, 851 E. William Street. The Carson City Symphony, conducted by Music Director David Bugli and Assistant Director Brian Fox, will be joined by the Carson Chamber Singers, conducted by Choral Director Gary Schwartz, and the Victorian Dancers, choreographed by Tiffany Alm.

The combined symphony and chorus will open the concert with Leroy Anderson's familiar "A Christmas Festival." A special treat is the symphony's performance of Angela Morley's "Snow Ride" accompanied by Carol Grenier's images of snow and snow riders. The dancers will swirl and twirl to the music of Johann Strauss Jr.'s "Voices of Spring" waltz and Leroy Anderson's "Sleigh Ride."

The Symphony Youth Chorus, Director Michelle Powers, will entertain concert-goers at 3:00 p.m. in the lobby, and will join all the performers and audience for the traditional sing-along finale.

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. Blood donors at Vitalant's Carson City Donor Center from December 2 through December 9 may receive a complimentary ticket to the concert.

Carson City Symphony is a community orchestra of about 55 players who perform music from the 15th to the 21st centuries in six concerts each year. The Carson Chamber Singers, perform three or more concerts with the Symphony and additional independent concert programs each year.

The 2023-24 concert season is supported with public funding through the Nevada Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts, Carson City Cultural Commission, Nevada Humanities and the National Endowment for the Humanities, and by private donations.

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

Photo: Victorian Dancers will perform on Holiday Treat concert December 10th.



Music With Friends Concert
Thursday, Dec. 7, 2023

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Symphony Youth Strings, Symphony Youth Chorus, and Not Quite Ready for Carnegie Hall Players (NQR) perform a "Music With Friends" concert" on Thursday, Dec. 7, 2023, at 6:30 p.m. at the Carson City Community Center. The concert is free and open to the public.



Symphony Youth Chorus Performances this Fall
Posted Oct. 29, 2023

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Here is a tentative list of performance by the Symphony Youth Chorus. All dates are subject to change:

  • November 12th - 11am Greenhouse Garden Center (this one might not happen)
  • December 1st - Friday evening after the Tree Lighting ceremony, place tbd
  • December 5th - Tuesday evening at the Carson City Library in the Digitorium around 5:30
  • December 7th - Thursday with the youth strings at the community center 6pm
  • December 10th - Sunday at 3pm as the pre-concert show for the Symphony Holiday Treat Concert, joining on stage at end of concert for sing-along.
  • December 14th - at 4:30 for the Carson Tahoe family holiday party (kiddos get to join in with party after singing)
  • in the works - December 15 or 16 at the Children's Museum


Not Quite Ready for Carnegie Hall Players
Perform at The Lodge Assisted Living and Memory Care
Thursday, Dec. 14, 2023

Photograph of NQR ladies

Not Quite Ready for Carnegie Hall Players (NQR) perform for a private event at The Lodge Assisted Living and Memory Care, 2200 E. Long Street, Carson City on Thursday, Dec. 14, 2023, at 11:30 a.m. This is a private event for the residents.

The "Not Quite Ready for Carnegie Hall Players" (NQR) is the creation of Carson City former Symphony Education Director and former Concertmaster Sue Jesch. Each week, a group of adult musicians, some of them advanced beginners, get together to play music at the Carson City Senior Center. The group meets Thursdays at 11:15 a.m.

The primary purpose of this is to give adult musicians who may not be ready for a regular adult orchestra, such as the Carson City Symphony, an opportunity to play and enjoy easy music. Several of the players have progressed enough to join the Carson City Symphony. The group has performed at assisted living events and many of the members participate in the annual Christmas Carol Play-along for Strings each December in Carson Mall.

Photo: Not Quite Ready for Carnegie Hall Players adult intermediate strings last year (fall 2022).



CC Symphony Association Presents Holiday Entertainment
Posted Nov. 20, 2023 (revised Dec. 12)

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Here is a list of holiday events. Also see flyer, available in next article.

Carson Chamber Singers Caroling:

  • Sat., Nov.25 - Small Business Saturday (CC Downtown Business Assoc.) Laxalt Plaza 12-1 p.m.
  • Fri., Dec.1 - Caroling starting at Capitol - 4:30 p.m.
  • ** Event Canceled ** Sat., Dec.2 - Carson Mall in front of tree - 1:00 p.m.
  • Mon., Dec.11 - Sierra Place Senior Living - 4:30 p.m. (two performances)
  • Wed., Dec.13 - WNC Student Center - noon
  • Thurs., Dec.14 - Carson Tahoe Hospital holiday party - 4-6 p.m.
  • Fri., Dec.15 - Carson Senior Center (lunch) - 11 a.m.-12 p.m.
  • Sat., Dec.16 - Pancake Breakfast with Santa - Governor's Mansion - 9:30 a.m.-12 p.m. (two seatings)
  • Wed., Dec. 20 - Carson Tahoe Hospital holiday staff meal - 3:30-6:30 p.m.

Symphony Youth Chorus performances:

  • Fri., Dec. 1 - After the Tree Lighting ceremony, McFadden Plaza Stage, 6:45 p.m.
  • Tues., Dec. 5 - Carson City Library in the Digitorium, 6:00 p.m.
  • Tues., Dec. 12 - CTH Memory Care, 5:30 p.m.
  • Thurs., Dec. 14 - Carson Tahoe family holiday party, 4:30 p.m.

** Event Canceled ** Fri., Dec. 1, 5 - 6 p.m. - Not Quite Ready for Carnegie Hall Players perform for Empty Bowls event at Ogres-Holm Pottery in Carson Mall.

Thurs., Dec. 7, 6:30 p.m. - Carson City Community Center - Symphony Youth Strings, Symphony Youth Chorus, and NQR concert. Free.

Sun., Dec. 10, 4:00 p.m. - Carson City Community Center - Carson City Symphony "Holiday Treat" concert with Carson Chamber Singers and Victorian Dancers. $18/$15/free age 18 and under.

Wed., Dec. 13, - Empire Elementary School - Consort Canzona perform for parent-student night.

Thur., Dec. 14, 11:30 a.m. - The Lodge Assisted Living and Memory Care - Not Quite Ready for Carnegie Hall Players (NQR) performs for private event for residents.

Fri., Dec. 22, 5:00 p.m. - Carson Mall - Christmas Carol String Playalong. Open to all, free. For music, call 775-741-6544.



Carson City Symphony Association Announces
Eighth Annual Scholarship for Music Education

Photograph of Braedan Wedderburn, 
  cello, Nora Ahumada, violin, and Sujwal Reddy Yedunuthula, violin

Media Release - November 4, 2023: The Carson City Symphony Association announces the eighth 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. To qualify, a student must live in Carson City, attend school in Carson City, or study with a music teacher in Carson City. Lessons can be in person or remote.

Funds will be paid to the teacher or program, not to the individual applicant. If the award includes travel expenses, it will be paid on reimbursement basis.

Applicants must be enrolled in their school instrumental music program unless the student is home-schooled or their school does not have an instrumental music program. A waiver of this requirement can be requested with written explanation signed by the school instrumental music instructor. Students may reapply each year, but no more than two scholarships will be awarded to any individual.

The application form can be downloaded from the Symphony website, CCSymphony.com (see link below), 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 Monday, November 20, 2023.

Click HERE to download application form in English.

Haga clic AQUÍ para descargar el formulario de solicitud en español. (Click HERE to download application form in Spanish.)

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

Photos - Last year's scholarship winners (left to right - Braedan Wedderburn, cello, Nora Ahumada, violin, and Sujwal Reddy Yedunuthula, violin) used their awards for private lessons on their instruments.



Temporary Schedule for Our Busy Holiday Season
Post updated Nov. 20, 2023

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Dear readers,
We have a busy holiday season ahead of us. We don't want you to miss anything, so we are posting a list of events for the Symphony, Carson Chamber Singers, and other parts of our organization. Keep in mind that these events are subject to changes, such as additions, deletions, change of date, etc.

If you want to download a list current as of 11/19/23, click HERE.



Carson City Symphony Association and Carson Mall present
Christmas Carol Playalong for Strings
Friday, Dec. 22, 2023

Photograph of a previous Christmas Carol Playalong.

String players of all ages and levels of experience are invited to join the Christmas Carol Playalong on Friday, December 22, 2023, from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m. inside Carson Mall, 1313 S. Carson Street, Carson City. This annual free event is hosted by Carson City Symphony Association and Carson Mall.

Violin, viola, cello, bass, and harp players of all ages and experience levels are welcome to come and play. Bring your music stand. Contact Micah Dunn at 775-741-6544 or micahdunn@gmail.com in advance for sheet music and information. Everyone else, come and listen or sing along.

Carson City Symphony Association events are supported by the Nevada Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts, Carson City Cultural Commission, and by private donations.

Photo: String instrument players of all ages at a previous Christmas Carol Playalong.



Symphony rehearsal for January 10, has been canceled
Posted Jan. 10, 2023

Hello, Carson City Symphony musicians!

The Symphony rehearsal for tonight, January 10, has been canceled.

The Carson City School District (CCSD) contacted me this morning to inform me that ALL AFTER-SCHOOL activities in their buildings have been canceled for tonight. CCSD received a warning this morning from the National Weather Service that the storm expected later today would be large and likely to stall over our area. We plan to have rehearsals as normal next Wednesday, Jan. 17.

Our Symphony Librarian, Paul Crout, is making arrangements to bring the music folders to my house today or tomorrow. If you wish to pick up your music at my place, you may be able to do so starting later tomorrow and through the weekend. Ellie or I should be at home most of the time through the weekend. If you plan to pick up music, I suggest you call our home phone line (775-883-4154) first.

Stay home tonight, if you can, and be safe.

David Bugli, Conductor and Music Director



Four Carson City Students Awarded
Rosemary Nebesky Memorial Scholarships

Photograph of 4 Nebesky Scholarship award winners

Media Release - January 20, 2024: Tessa Payan, Olivia Croft, Nora Ahumada, and Khaia Whiteman were awarded the eighth annual Rosemary Nebesky Memorial Scholarships by the Carson City Symphony Association at the Holiday Treat concert on December 10, 2023. The scholarship was established by John and Jennifer Webley of Santa Rosa, Calif., in memory of Rosemary Nebesky, who loved music, loved children, and had been a friend and board member of the Carson City Symphony Association. It is awarded each year to one or more Carson City students age 5 to 17 to further their instrumental music education. The winners this year are passionate about music and were highly recommended by their teachers.

Tessa Payan, age 17, is a senior at Carson High School. She is a percussionist who studied for 8 years, starting in 5th grade. She played in concert and jazz bands in middle school and high school and was selected for NZMNA (Northern Zone Nevada Music Association) Honor Band three times, and the NMEA (Nevada Music Educators Association) All State Band. She will use her scholarship to participate in the Winter Drumline program.

Olivia Croft, age 16, is a 10th grader at Carson High School. She started piano lessons at age 5, and also plays flute and saxophone. She plays in the Carson High wind ensemble and advanced jazz band, and in the Reno Philharmonic Youth Concert orchestra. Last June, she participated in the Renew Composer's Workshop at UNR and wrote an original piece for performance. She will use her scholarship to continue piano lessons with professional pianist John Shipley.

Nora Ahumada, age 15, is a 9th grader at Carson High School and a second time awardee of the Nebesky Scholarship. She has played violin for 6 years. She participated in the Solo and Ensemble Festival and in the Honor Orchestra, and has played for residents at Carson Tahoe Expressions Memory Care. She plans to graduate from High School with a Fine Arts Diploma. She will use her scholarship to continue her private lessons with Laura Gibson, Associate Concertmaster of the Carson City Symphony, who wrote that Nora is one of her most dedicated students.

Khaia Whiteman, age 13, is a 7th grader at Carson Middle School. She has played violin for 2 years. Although she hasn't had private lessons, her orchestra director, Dr. Brian Fox, said she is an outstanding member of the beginning orchestra at Carson Middle School. She will use her scholarship for private violin lessons.

The Webley-Nebesky family made a further contribution to the scholarship fund at the end of 2023 to continue the awards for years to come. The next round of scholarships will be awarded in fall of 2024. For more information about the scholarship and the application process, contact the Symphony at 775-883-4154 or carsoncitysymphony@gmail.com.

Photos: Nebesky Scholarship winners Tessa Payan, Olivia Croft, Nora Ahumada, and Khaia Whiteman.



Symphony Youth Chorus for Ages 4 to 12
To Begin Spring Session on Tuesday, January 30

Photograph of Symphony Youth Chorus

Media Release - January 17, 2024: Carson City Symphony Association invites children ages 4 to 12 to join the Symphony Youth Chorus (formerly Joyful Noise Carson Children's Choir) this Spring Session. Rehearsals begin on Tuesday, January 30, 2024, from 5:15 to 6:15 p.m., in an upstairs classroom at the First United Methodist Church, 412 W. Musser Street in Carson City. Tuition is free.

Chorus Director Michelle 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!" Performances will be with the Symphony Youth Strings in concert on Thursday, April 25, 2024, at the Carson City Community Center, and at senior centers and retirement homes.

The Symphony Youth Chorus, 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 a registration form, contact director Michelle Powers at 775-720-1916 or msoundscaper1@gmail.com.

Photo: Symphony Youth Chorus singing at McFadden Plaza in December 2023.



Carson City Symphony and Carson Chamber Singers
With Guest Singer, Ricky Hutton
Sunday, Feb. 18, 2024

Photograph of Ricky Hutton

The Carson City Symphony and Carson Chamber Singers will perform on Sunday, February 18, 2024, at 4:00 p.m. at the Carson City Community Center's Bob Boldrick Theater, 851 E. William Street in Carson City. This will be the Symphony's third concert of its Fortieth Season. Featured guest soloist Richard "Ricky" Hutton will sing Ralph Vaughan Williams' "Five Mystical Songs" with the orchestra and chorus, conducted by Gary Schwartz.

Dr. Hutton is Assistant Professor of Music: Choral Music Education/Assistant Director of Choral Activities at Boise State University, and Interim Director of the Boise Philharmonic Master Chorale. He is former Director of the Carson Chamber Singers and several other ensembles.

The Symphony, conducted by Music Director David Bugli, will also play John Williams' "Raiders March," Georges Bizet's "L'Arlesienne Suite No. 2," and in honor of Black History Month, William Grant Still's "In Memoriam." Pre-show entertainment by Carson High string players begins at 3:00 p.m. in the lobby, and a free "Meet-the-Soloist" concert preview with Ricky Hutton, David Bugli, and Gary Schwartz, begins at 3:15 p.m. in the Bob Crowell Board Room.

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. "Flex" tickets at discounted prices are also available at CCSymphony.com.

Carson City Symphony is a community orchestra of about 60 players who perform music from the 15th to the 21st centuries. The 2023-24 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.

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

Photo: Soloist Ricky Hutton, featured in "Five Mystical Songs" by Ralph Vaughan Williams.



This page last updated 2/25/2024


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