The Carson Valley Pops is the community orchestra of Douglas County, Nevada performing regularly in the Minden and Gardnerville areas, and offering scholarship monies to local student musicians.

If interested in performing with the Pops, contact CJ Birch at cjbirch3@gmail.com. Woodwind and string players are always needed.

The Pops rehearses on Monday nights from 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm at the CVIC Hall in Minden (Downbeat is 7:10pm).  The public is welcome to sit in on rehearsals.

Most concerts start at 7:00 p.m., unless otherwise noted.


KACEY LOPES will attend the University of Pittsburg and major in neuroscience.  She plays violin with Strings in the Schools, Strazz, and the Reno Philharmonic Youth Symphony Orchestra.  She also plays guitar, drums, and flute.  Kacey would like pursue a PhD in neuroscience in order to perform research in this area.  Her community service as an officer with the National Honor Society includes Toys for Tots and blood drives.  She also volunteers for the Future Business Leaders of America.

KATHARINE (KAT) R. MACMARTIN will attend Western Nevada College part-time to complete an AA in music.  She has played second violin with the Carson Valley Pops Orchestra since 2012 and helps with set-up and clean-up (including the bathrooms!).  She also plays second violin with the Carson City Symphony and enjoys playing Irish fiddle music, piano, bass, and guitar.  Kat’s community service includes delivering food to needy families during the holidays, cleaning up trash on BLM land, the FEAT walk, and the Scarecrow Festival.


BRANDON DODGE is in his fourth year at UNR majoring in Applied Percussion Performance. He has been a member of the Rosebud Dance Band for four and half years as drummer and assistant director and plays with the Pops Orchestra as needed.  Brandon has played with the Mile High Jazz Band, Carson City Symphony, and many ensembles in Reno.  He plans to pursue a Masters degree in either composition or percussion performance with the goal to become a versatile and effective musician, composer and possible educator of music.  His community service includes being a youth guide with the Salvation Army, volunteering with the Reno Jazz Festival and Carson City Jazz and Beyond.

NICK ROSEN will attend Carleton College and major in chemistry.  He plays viola with Strings in the Schools, Strazz, and the Carson High School Orchestra.  Nick has also performed with the Carson City Symphony and the Reno Philharmonic Youth Orchestra for the past four years.  He has played with the highly competitive Nevada All-State Orchestra for the past three years and is also involved in composing music for solo viola as well as full orchestra.  Nick’s career path options include biochemsitry, geochemistry, astrochemistry, or medical school.  His community service as an officer with the National Honor Society includes organizing local blood drives, food drives, and coat drives.  Nick is also active in community work involving collecting data on birds and instructing elementary school students in identification and preservation of wildlife.