Carson Valley Sinfonia Concert Dec. 2 |

Carson Valley Sinfonia Concert Dec. 2

Staff Reports
From left, Zoe Holt, Dario Watroba and Serene Knowles will be among the Carson Valley Sinfonia, which will perform at 4 p.m. Sunday in Minden's CVIC Hall.

The Carson Valley Sinfonia will present its annual Fall/Winter Concert at 4 p.m. Sunday in Minden’s historic CVIC Hall. The Sinfonia, a student/community string orchestra now in its 26th year, will be performing selections by Telemann, Bach and Mozart and will feature conductor John O’Neill’s “Carson Valley Rhapsody.”

Since its publication in 2008 by FJH Publications, the Rhapsody has had more than 100 performances by high school and college orchestras throughout the county; a recording by the Washington D.C. Pops Orchestra can be heard at To help celebrate the holiday season, the orchestra will conclude with an arrangement of Tchaikovsky’s “Nutcracker” and a medley of everyone’s favorite Christmas carols.

Among the orchestra’s membership are three local students who have won highly competitive seats in the Reno Philharmonic’s prestigious youth orchestras; all three, present or former students of the Carson Valley Violin School, were awarded this honor in competition with hundreds of string students from Washoe County School District, Northern Nevada and Northern California. Violinist Zoe Holt, a sophomore at Douglas High School, was selected as concertmaster of the Reno Philharmonic’s top “Youth Symphony Orchestra” for the second year in a row and will compete in the YSO Concerto Competition Contest in the spring with Mozart’s Concerto No. 3 in G Major. Holt was awarded a full scholarship to Lucerne Music Camp in 2016 and currently studies with violinist Olga Archdekin in Reno. Dario Watroba, violinist and a senior at Douglas High, also was accepted in the YSO. Watroba plays baseball with Douglas Tigers varsity and has been accepted at the University of Nevada, Reno, where he plans to major in neuroscience and minor in music. Serene Knowles, cellist, was accepted in the Reno Philharmonic’s “Youth Concert Orchestra” after only one year of study. Knowles currently studies with cellist Louis Groffman of Minden.

The performance is open to the public without charge. Information on the concert, Carson Valley Sinfonia or Carson Valley Violin School can be obtained by calling 775-267-3495.