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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
2016-2017 CARSON VALLEY POPS BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Judy Sheldrew – President
Margaret Biggs – Vice President
Paul Jorgensen – Treasurer
Kas Monson – Recording Secretary
Becky Crowe – Corresponding Secretary
CJ Birch – Conductor
Lee Miles – Concert Master
William Zabelsky – Music Director
Paula Crout, Librarian