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- Program Notes
- Carson Chamber Singers and Carson City Symphony Chorus
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Canzona (Facebook page)
- Not Quite Ready for Carnegie Hall Players
- Silver Strings (separate website)
- Zephyrus Brass Quintet
- Performer, Soloist, and Board Information
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- Orchestra Rehearsal Schedule and Location
- Scholarship Information
- Contact Us
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.
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's
"Strings in the Schools"
STRINGS IN THE SCHOOLS IS NOW "SYMPHONY YOUTH STRINGS"
See YouthStrings.htm page - click here
"Strings in the Schools" Fall Concert, Dec. 9, 2010 - All levels performing together.
for an article by Erin Meyering about Strings in the Schools entititled
"Carson City student orchestra program beats challenging budget odds." It was
written in conjuntion with the Second Annual "This is Not a Christmas Concert"
Concert on Dec. 8, 2011. There is also a video embedded in the article. (See video
by clicking here.)
Carson City Symphony's comprehensive program of string instruction, inspired by the
teachings of Kato Havas, creator and author of The New Approach to Violin Playing,
provides free beginning violin lessons for students grades 2-5 and ensemble/orchestra
experience for all interested string students in the Carson City School
District. Tuition and books are subsidized by the Carson City Symphony Association. The
instructor is Sue Jesch, Carson City Symphony's Education Director and former Concertmaster,
assisted by Laura Gibson, Carson City Symphony Associate Concertmaster. Enrollment
is limited and is on a first come, first
served basis. Pre-registration is strongly encouraged. Some scholarships are available
for instruments. Please do not
rent or purchase an instrument until after the first class. To register, call
Sue Jesch at 775-450-5584.
Carson City Symphony's after-school, tuition-free, Strings in the Schools program
began in 2004. It is open to public-, private-, and home-school students, classes
meet at Bordewich-Bray Elementary, Empire Elementary, Mark Twain Elementary (cellos only),
and Carson Mall during the school year.
In-school orchestra classes meet daily during the school day at Carson Middle and Eagle Valley
Middle Schools, and at Carson High School. Instruction is by Carson City School System
string teacher Brian Fox, who is the Carson City Symphony Concertmaster.
Strings in the Summer, a six-week program, meets Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays
during the summer. It is a program for string players of all ages. Topics
include "Introduction to Fiddle and Folk Music" (Mondays), "Fiddlin' Fun" (Wednesdays), and
"String Ensemble" (Thursdays). Each class features at least one new tune.
(Click here to hear
STRAZZ on YouTube playing a composition written for them by Gary Edwards. Recorded
by Gary Jesch 12/10/2011.)
Carson City Symphony's youth programs are funded in part by grants from the Nevada Arts
Council and the National Endowment for the Arts, Partnership Carson City, The Terry Lee Wells
Foundation, Soroptimists International of Carson City, and private donations.
Carson City Symphony guest soloist Andrew Sords, on left, listening and critiquing
one of our young students. Many of Carson City Symphony's guest artists do outreach
activities in the schools.
As seen from this photo from a Strings in the Summer 2007 performance in the Carson
Mall, the program is a multigenerational endeavor. Adults participate along with the
young musicians. These "mentors" help convey the message that music is not
just an activity for the young. Rather, it is a life-long pursuit.
"Strings in the Schools" is a member of
For information click here.
STRAZZ, the advanced jazz and fiddle ensemble, performed for the Nevada Governor's
Arts Award Ceremony in Carson City on March 2, 2011, at which Sue Jesch was honored for her leadership
in Arts Education. To see the video on YouTube, go to
STRAZZ has performed for the "Jazz & Beyond: Carson City Music Festival" in 2013 and a number of previous
years. They also performed for the Nevada Public Works Association Conference
dinner on Sept. 26, 2013, at Harrah's Lake Tahoe.
This page last updated 11/30/2018