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.


DUE MAY 26, 2020 (new due date)

The Carson Valley Pops Orchestra is a 501c-3 non-profit organization committed to serving the greater Carson Valley by providing quality music, free of charge to the community. While all students are welcome to apply, this scholarship is focused toward students who have donated their time and talents by performing in the Orchestra or the affiliate groups. Award numbers and amounts may vary depending upon funding availability. Whatever your future endeavors, we wish you every success and thank you for submitting your scholarship application.

The Carson Valley Pops Orchestra 2020 Scholarship Application can be found here.


Emma Rosen – $500 Scholarship

Emma as been accepted to two schools including UNR but is waiting to hear from EIGHT others before making her final decision. She plays violin and cello with Carson High School (CHS) ensembles and clarinet with the Reno Philharmonic Youth Orchestra (RPYO). A partial list of her community service includes volunteering with the National Honor Society (NHS), blood drives, providing Thanksgiving dinners for low-income families, and volunteering with citizen science projects with the Audubon Society. Emma plans to double major in music and a science (possibly biology).

Eleanor Sturm – $500 Scholarship

Eleanor is deciding between attending UNR and three other schools. She plays violin and cello with CHS ensembles and is currently concertmaster of the Youth Symphony Orchestra in Reno. Her volunteer work including serving as president of the NHS, giving her time to the Carson City library, and mentoring young musicians with the Carson City Symphony Youth Strings. Eleanor intends to double major in music performance and one of the sciences and  hopes to play violin for a professional orchestra in the future.

Gabriel Covington – $500 Scholarship

Gabriel hopes to attend Princeton University. He has played violin with CHS ensembles,  the Carson City Symphony, and the RPYO.  He also enjoys playing the piano, mandolin, and ukulele. His community service includes volunteering with NHS, food drives, and  blood drives.  He also enjoys being a math  tutor and works with ESL students at the middle school.  Gabriel plans to double major in music composition and physics with the goal of earning a PhD in physics.

Christian Martinez – $1,000 Scholarship

Christian is currently a sophomore at UNR pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education. He has been playing oboe and English horn for almost 9 years and has also played clarinet, bass trombone, and sousaphone. During his time attending performing arts high school in Las Vegas, he volunteered with setup and cleanup for musicals performed at the Super Summit Outdoor Theatre.  Currently, he is active with the National Association for Music Educators and the Nevada Men’s Rugby Club where he volunteers at UNR football games selling (and possibly sampling!) the “ultimate” nachos and other concessions. Christian began his college career as an engineering major but realized his passion was for music and he is devoted to helping others realize the gift of music.


Congratulations to all of our scholarship winners!

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