After School String Program

The Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra After School Strings Program, taught by FSO’s Mrs. Monica Thiriot, is a program to help educate young children in basic music concepts through the traditional Suzuki Violin program, as well as provide 30-minute private lessons for violin students of all ages. Students may choose to be enrolled in the Beginning Violin Group A program only, or in private 30 minute lessons only, or may be enrolled in both. Both the group class and private lessons are held at Fayetteville Academy, 3200 Cliffdale Road, Fayetteville, NC.


Please email application form to Christine Kastner, President/CEO, at ckastner@fayettevillesymphony.org


About the Beginning Violin Group A Class: This class is 40 minutes in length and open to children in 1st and 2nd grades.  Limited to 8 students.  Class covers basic music concepts and includes beginning violin exercises and posture games.  Group will study traditional Suzuki Violin music, Holiday music, and Fiddle tunes.  Parents highly recommended to attend when possible, and daily individual violin practice is required.  Correct size violin and Suzuki Book 1 and CD are necessary.  As students learn and polish their music, they will be invited to perform at events around the community including recitals and Festivals.  

Group Class is $60 per-month. To pay online, click here.


About the Private Lesson Option: For ages 5 and up, private 30 minute lessons are for all levels of violin.  Students will need to audition for a lesson spot to determine if private or group lessons would be best.  Private lessons are also for those that progress quickly through their assigned group class and need an additional challenge.  Parent/Guardian must attend lessons with students under the age of 12.

Private Lessons are $25 per-lesson. To pay online, click here.


About The Teacher:

Monica Thiriot, Director of Strings Education at FSO, began playing the violin with the Suzuki Method when she was 6 years old.  She graduated from all 10 levels by the time she was 14, and two years later, she received her first Suzuki training to become a teacher.  As her private studio grew, she received additional Suzuki teacher training from John Kendall, and Jeanne Grover.  One of her favorite things to do is to put together groups where youth can create music together and perform throughout the community.  Her groups have performed at many festivals, fundraisers, and other community events in New York (West Point Youth String Club), Maryland (Suitland Strings), North Carolina (Hope Mills/Fayetteville area), and Texas (San Antonio).  She is excited to return to Fayetteville and work with the Fayetteville Academy and Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra in creating a new youth program for this area.  Monica graduated from the University of Utah where she was able to study music and receive her degree in Elementary Education.  She is in her 3rd season of playing the violin with the Fayetteville Symphony, and has 4 children who also play the violin.  Her family can be seen around town performing for the Arts Council, the LaFayette Society, and at different fundraisers.


For more information, please email info@fayettevillesymphony.org or Mrs. Monica Thiriot at monicathiriot@gmail.com

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Nathan grew up on his family’s farm in rural South Dakota and was introduced to North Carolina when he attended the Eastern Music Festival in Greensboro.  He holds a Bachelor’s degree from St. Olaf College in MN and a Master’s from UNC Greensboro, both in clarinet performance.  Nathan has performed with the Winston Salem Symphony, Raleigh Civic Symphony, as a guest artist at the 2005 International Clarinet Association Conference in Tokyo and plays with several community groups in the Triangle.  He currently works for WUNC public radio in Chapel Hill, specializing in database management and human resources.


To Educate. To Entertain. To Inspire.

The Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra was founded in 1956 in Fayetteville, North Carolina, and is a professional, regional orchestra whose mission is to educate, entertain, and inspire the citizens of the Fayetteville, North Carolina region as the leading musical resource.  Praised for its artistic excellence, the Symphony leads in the cultural and educational landscape for Fayetteville and the southeastern North Carolina region.

The Fayetteville Symphony performs 6-8 concerts during any given season performing both at Methodist University and Fayetteville State University. Partnerships with other arts agencies include collaborative performances with Cape Fear Regional Theatre, chamber concerts at St. John’s Episcopal Church, as well as a military appreciation concert held over Memorial Day Weekend. The Symphony brings music to the schools and the community by performing educational concerts, as well as having its own Fayetteville Symphony Youth Orchestra and Summer Music Camps.

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