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Pops orchestra performs spring concert

The Carson Valley Pops Orchestra is presenting its spring scholarship concert on Saturday in the CVIC Hall in Minden.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. with music at 7 p.m. Admission is free, however, donations are accepted for their scholarship fund for young musicians.

Oboeist Nita Tune is performing a solo.

Tune grew up in South Lake Tahoe and moved to Gardnerville at the age of 10. At 8 years old she began her music instruction on the violin, and was later introduced to the oboe at Carson Valley Middle School by Jim Burnett.

She continued her musical education at Douglas High School with Bill Zabelsky, later studying oboe with Michelle Baumann until she graduated in 1992. By the end of high school she had placed principal oboe in the Nevada All-state Band and played with the Carson City Symphony. At the age of 17 she moved to Las Vegas to attend UNLV and study with Stephen Caplan. Upon earning her bachelor’s degree in music performance, Tune went into technology, focusing on web development and data warehousing.

Tune has performed for composer and Douglas High School graduate Eric Whitacre for his premier of the “Ghost Train Triptych,” composer Daron Hagen for the “Vera of Las Vegas” and “The Shining Brow” premiers and for Luciano Pavarotti’s first appearance at Las Vegas, playing English Horn and Oboe II.

After years living in Las Vegas and San Francisco-Oakland, Calif., she returned to Carson Valley in 2011. She is currently the principal oboist for the Carson Valley Pops Orchestra and the TOCCATA Tahoe Symphony Orchestra & Chorus, and in the past has performed as principal oboe for the Carson City Symphony. She works for SitePen Inc. as a director of technical project management, and in her spare time enjoys playing video games and traveling.

Last year the Pops Orchestra awarded scholarships to three young musicians from the proceeds of the spring scholarship concert.

Melissa (Mikki) Keirstead was awarded $1,000. She plays the timpani and other percussion with the Carson Valley Pops Orchestra. She also plays in the Carson City Symphony, and is currently attending UNR.

Brandon Dodge was awarded $250. He played percussion with the Carson Valley Pops Orchestra and is currently the drummer for RoseBud’s Dance Band. He has also played with the Mile High Jazz Band and is attending UNR.

Stephanie Reynolds was also awarded $250. She played trombone with the Carson Valley Pops Orchestra and occasionally with the Carson City Symphony until she moved to Texas where she is attending Texas Woman’s University.

The concert is sponsored by the Town of Minden.

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