The Carson Valley Pops Orchestra is pleased to announce their 2023 Scholarship Recipients:

Rayanne Bytheway — $500

Rayanne is a senior at Douglas High School where she is currently taking Advanced Placement courses and is a teaching assistant.  Rayanne plays flute in the Douglas High School Wind Ensemble and Northern Nevada’s Honor Band.  She is also in the high school marching band as a flute leader and as a drum major and is thrilled to be a part of the DHS marching band which will march in the Memorial Day parade in Washington, DC this year.  Rayanne wants to become a music educator so she can spread her love of music and help upcoming generations find this same passion.  She will be attending the University of Nevada, Reno.

Sam Davis — $500

Sam is a senior at Carson High School where he is taking several Advanced Placement courses and is a teaching assistant in his physics class. Sam began taking piano lesson at age 8 and now plays the violin.  He plays in the Chamber Orchestra at CHS and also in the Strazz community group.  Sam has played for various community events, retirement centers, and religious congregations.  Sam occasionally creates his own music as a hobby and loves learning about Space.  Sam will be attending BYU in astrophysics and video production.

Kendall Odell — $500

Kendall is a senior at Douglas High School where he is taking several Advanced Placement classes and is a teaching assistant.  Kendall began playing the clarinet in the 5th grade and over the years she has participated in the Honor Band, All-State Band, performed in ensembles, and played in the DHS marching band where she was a section leader and drum major.  Music is a huge part of Kendall’s life, and she plans to play in her college’s concert band.  Kendall will be attending University of Puget Sound, majoring in both French and teaching English as a Second Language.


The Carson Valley Pops is the community orchestra of Douglas County, Nevada performing regularly in the Minden and Gardnerville areas, and offering scholarship monies to local student musicians.

If interested in performing with the Pops, contact CJ Birch at cjbirch3@gmail.com. Woodwind and string players are always needed.

The Pops rehearses on Monday nights from 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm at the CVIC Hall in Minden (Downbeat is 7:10pm).  The public is welcome to sit in on rehearsals.

Most concerts start at 7:00 p.m., unless otherwise noted.