THE CARSON VALLEY POPS
This Douglas County community orchestra annually performs Spring, Fourth of July, Fall, and Winter concerts. The Carson Valley Pops is an all-volunteer, non-profit orchestra. The Pops is supported by donations from Douglas County, concert patrons, local business donations, and program advertising.
CONDUCTOR – CJ BIRCH
CJ Birch was raised in Ashland, KY, where he played baritone and trombone in the school band. After high school, CJ went on the road, selling bibles, very fine, family bibles. When he earned enough money, he purchased his first trombone and 3 weeks of lessons….the rest is history. CJ received a Bachelor of Music Education from Morehead State University and a Master of Music in Trombone from Texas Christian University, where he was assistant Director of Bands. CJ has taught in the public schools of Kentucky, Texas, and Nevada. After a stay in Elko as Band Director, CJ moved to Carson High School where he was Band Director for 30 years.
He has performed with and was a member of the Ft. Worth Symphony, the Schola Cantorum Orchestra, the Nevada Opera Orchestra, the Reno Philharmonic, the Reno Wind Symphony, the Carson City Symphony and the Mile Hi Jazz Band. While at Carson High, he directed orchestras for many musicals at the high school, college and professional levels.
In his spare time, he enjoys fishing, studying about the American Civil War and making presentations on the making of long rifles. E-mail him at email@example.com
Lee began performing with the Carson Valley Pops Orchestra in 2002. Lee grew up in Salt Lake City, Utah and has been listening to music or playing it for as long as she can remember. She graduated from Utah State University where she played in the orchestra. Lee also attended Southern Illinois University. For several years Lee played with the Carson Valley Sinfonia under the direction of John O’Neill. In addition to playing in the Carson Valley Pops group, she has performed with the Carson City Symphony and TOCCATA of Lake Tahoe. Lee is a 4th grade teacher at Gardnerville Elementary School and has been teaching since 1990. In her free time she enjoys hiking and biking.
William John Zabelsky, Jr. has over 35 years of experience as a music teacher in Nevada. Bill was the long-term music director at Douglas High before taking his talents to Carson High School a few years ago. His duties include marching band, wind ensemble, concert band, orchestra, mariachi, guitar, and jazz band. His bands represented the State of Nevada at the 1989, 2001, and 2005 Presidential Inaugurations, in Washington, DC. As a marching band director, Bill’s groups have performed in over 225 field shows and countless parades.
Bill graduated from Duquesne University (Pittsburgh, PA) in 1976 with a Bachelor of Science in Music Education. His awards include the 2013 NMEA (Nevada Music Educators Association) Music Educator of the Year; 2004 Wal-Mart teacher-of-the-Year; the “Joe E. Foster Award”, for outstanding contributions to the Nevada Day Celebration in 2001; chairman of the NMEA Allstate Choir in 1997; “Who’s Who in American Education in 1992-2014; and Douglas High School’s Teacher of the Year in 1989.
2021-2022 CARSON VALLEY POPS BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Judy Sheldrew, President
Margaret Biggs, Vice President
Teri Howley, Treasurer
Kas Monson, Recording Secretary
Paula Crout, Corresponding Secretary
CJ Birch, Conductor
Lee Miles, Concertmaster
Paula Crout, Librarian