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Music group promotes local talent

Staff Reports

Special to The R-C

Blue Jade Studios in Gardnerville is hosting a recital Thursday evening, featuring singer Vanessa Littrell and her students.

The 6 p.m. performance will also showcase one of harpist Anne Roos’ intermediate students, as well as musicians from the newly-formed MuzNet, a nonprofit supporting live music and music education.

Littrell, a well-known singer and songwriter in Carson Valley, is the owner of Blue Jade Studios and the founder of MuzNet.

Joined by other local musicians and music lovers, Littrell said the organization is dedicated to supporting local and regional musicians, venues, and music education.

“The goal is to make live music of all genres in all kinds of venues more available to our community,” Littrell added. “Forming this group felt like a logical step for me, as both a musician and music educator. There are some incredibly talented students as well as an amazing diversity of musicians and music in this area. I want to make sure they all have an opportunity to perform and share their talents, and that our community is able to enjoy such wonderful music.”

Littrell notes that it is one thing to support young, budding musicians, but quite another thing to keep them in the community once they become young adults.

“By combining my students’ recital with a performance by MuzNet musicians, I can both introduce the community to MuzNet, and demonstrate to my students that is possible to stay in the community and also be a performer, regardless of your style of music.”

The MuzNet musicians performing after the student recital include Cíana, a Carson Valley band performing traditional Irish and Celtic music, and Anne Roos, a Celtic harpist from South Lake Tahoe.

“I suspect many in the community do not realize we have such great Celtic musicians in this area,” Littrell said. “This is a chance for the community and my students to hear something a little different.”

Anne Roos, as well as Tina Carlsen and Joe Bly of Cíana, are founding board members of MuzNet.

“As a fiddler and singer in a band focusing on Celtic styles, I was a bit frustrated about how hard it is to describe our style of music to venues and why they should give us a try,” says Carlsen, who is also MuzNet’s treasurer. “I’m hoping MuzNet will grow into a network of musicians, venues and students that can all benefit each other.”

Anne Roos, who regularly plays harp for weddings in the Lake Tahoe area and is MuzNet’s vice president, envisions the group working with venues interested in hiring local musicians.

“I think MuzNet could become the go-to organization to find musicians of all types of genres for all types of events,” said Roos.

She explains that MuzNet is just getting off the ground, and many kinds of future activities are on the table.

“We have talked about a variety of activities, such as a festival featuring local musicians and a music camp where students can learn from local musicians, just to name two,” added Roos. “We’d love to hear ideas from other musicians, as well as from the community.”

Blue Jade Studios is located at 1267 Highway 395 N, Suite J, in Gardnerville.

The student recital begins at 6 p.m. and the MuzNet performance follows at approximately 7 p.m.

A $5 donation to MuzNet is suggested.

For more information on both Blue Jade Studios and MuzNet, contact Littrell at

For more information on the MuzNet musicians, visit their websites at and