Carson City Symphony - Scholarship Information

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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 - Scholarship Information

Rosemary Nebesky Memorial Scholarship

Carson City Symphony Launches
New Scholarship for Music Education

In September 2016, the Carson City Symphony Association announced that it was launching an instrumental music scholarship for Carson City students age 5 to 17. The annual scholarship was established by a generous gift from Jennifer and John Webley in memory of Rosemary Nebesky, former board member and friend of the Carson City Symphony Association.

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

An application form will be available for download from this website. Completed applications and supporting documents will be accepted by the Symphony at P.O. Box 2001, Carson City, NV 89702-2001, and will most likely be due by November 1 of each year.

Picture of Rosemary on her 70th birthday Picture of Rosemary at 16 with her cello in Australia.

Pictured at left: Rosemary at her 70th birthday at Lake Tahoe. Pictured at right: Rosemary at 16 with her cello in Australia.

2016 Award Recipients

Two Carson City Students Awarded
Rosemary Nebesky Memorial Scholarships

Media Release - January 14, 2017: Carlos Montejana and Alyssa Butler were awarded the first annual Rosemary Nebesky Memorial Scholarships by the Carson City Symphony Association last month. This scholarship was established by John and Jennifer Webley of Santa Rosa, Calif., in memory 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 two Carson City students age 5 to 17 for instrumental music lessons.

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Carlos Montejana, 16, is a junior at Carson High School. He sings in the Carson High School Chamber Choir, loves classical music, and composes and arranges music for orchestra, band, and choir. His music composition "Skyworld," took first place in the state in the Parent-Teacher Student Association Reflections Art Contest last year, and he was recognized in that contest with a special award for overall Outstanding Interpretation of Theme. The Nebesky scholarship will fund piano lessons with Nancy Mielke, a retired music specialist in the Carson City School District.

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Alyssa Butler, 10, is in fifth grade at St. Teresa of Avila School in Carson City. She has studied violin for four years and wants to learn to play cello. Her mother, Colleen Butler, said "Alyssa has always been mesmerized by the cello and has counted down the days until she was old enough or big enough to graduate from the violin to the cello." The Nebesky scholarship will fund cello lessons with Lou Groffman, principal cellist of the Carson City Symphony.

Honorable mention certificates were awarded to Ashlyn Parnham, 13, an 8th grader at Eagle Valley Middle school, who plays clarinet; Kacey Lopes, 17, a senior at Carson High School, who plays violin and drums; and Sierra Kramer,16, a homeschooled student who plays violin.

The next round of scholarships will be awarded in fall of 2017. For more information about the scholarship and the application process, contact the Symphony at 775-883-4154.

This page last updated 12/7/2017

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