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Home Means Nevada

Reno Philharmonic orchestrates sesquicentennial project celebrating official state song.


Photo: Amy Heald

To celebrate the state’s 150th anniversary this year, the Reno Philharmonic has embarked on a special project to give musicians and educators across the state new materials to teach and perform “Home Means Nevada,” the official state song.

As part of the sesquicentennial celebration, and thanks to a significant grant from the E. L. Wiegand Foundation, the Reno Phil will record seven different orchestral and choral versions of the song, which will be available online for listening and download along with sheet music. Educators and students will then be encouraged to perform, record, and share the version they prefer.

The Reno Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorus will perform the full arrangement in October 2014 at a special performance to celebrate Nevada’s 150th birthday. This performance will also feature recordings of “Home Means Nevada” by students across the state.

More info:, 775-323-6393


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By Bertha Raffetto (1932)Way out in the land of the setting sun,
Where the wind blows wild and free,
There’s a lovely spot, just the only one
That means home sweet home to me.
If you follow the old Kit Carson trail,
Until desert meets the hills,
Oh you certainly will agree with me,
It’s the place of a thousand thrills.
Home means Nevada
Home means the hills,
Home means the sage and the pine.
Out by the Truckee, silvery rills,
Out where the sun always shines,
Here is the land which I love the best,
Fairer than all I can see.
*Deep in the heart of the golden west
Home means Nevada to me.
Whenever the sun at the close of day,
Colors all the western sky,
Oh my heart returns to the desert grey
And the mountains towering high.
Where the moonbeams play in
shadowed glen,
With the spotted fawn and doe,
All the livelong night until morning light,
Is the loveliest place I know.
(repeat chorus)*—Also sung “Right in the heart…”



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