Concerto Competition

Harlan Duenow Young Artist Concerto Competition and Scholarship

We seek to discover and encourage emerging young musical talent. Each spring, the Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra awards, through a competitive process, a $2,000 cash scholarship to a talented classical musician. The scholarship is named in honor of the orchestra’s longest serving conductor, the late Harlan Duenow. Applicants must be between the ages of 12 and 21, and a full-time legal resident of North Carolina or a military family member stationed in North Carolina.


The Concerto Competition will be taking a one-year break while the FSO searches for a new Music Director. Please check back for information on how to apply for the 2017-2018 year in Fall 2017.


Featured Musician

Kristin Stiteler – Viola

Kristin-StitelerKristin Stiteler is a native of Ohio. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education at The Ohio State University where she studied violin with Michael Davis.  While at OSU, she also studied jazz saxophone and holds the distinction of being the first female bass drummer in the history of The Ohio State University Marching Band.

Kristin has performed as a violinist and violist with several symphony orchestras throughout Ohio, North Carolina, and South Carolina.  She joined the Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra in 2003 and has served as both Principal Viola and Symphony Librarian during her tenure.  She serves as Principal Viola of the Snyder Memorial Church Orchestra and performs with several chamber ensembles including the Vilasi Quartet, the Cumberland Quartet, and the newly formed chamber music society, FayAllegro.

Kristin is a Nationally Board Certified Teacher and is starting her 18th year teaching.  She is an Orchestra Director in the Cumberland County School System (Gray’s Creek), and began conducting the Cumberland County Youth Orchestra in 2003.  She maintains a small private studio of violin, viola, and classical mandolin students.

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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