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

Associate Concertmaster – Erica Shirts

EricaErica Shirts, a native of Utah, is thrilled to play with the Fayetteville Symphony for the 2016-17 season.  She is also currently an active player in the North Carolina Symphony, Chamber Music of the Triangle, and North Carolina Opera.  Erica has performed as Principal Second Violin of the Indiana University orchestras and is a former member of the Lansing Symphony in Michigan.  Erica has enjoyed working with conductors such as Grant Llewelyn, David Effron, Cliff Colnot, Carl St. Clair, Andrea Quinn, and Timothy Muffitt.  She also regularly plays chamber music on the violin, as well as the viola.

Erica is currently the Director of the Duke University String School, an intensive pre-college music program based in Durham, NC which offers private lessons, chamber music, and ensemble experience from beginning students to accomplished high school musicians planning to pursue a career in music.  Previously serving as Violin Director for Kidznotes, an after school music program for social change, Erica taught violin and helped establish the string curriculum for the program.  During her graduate studies, Erica received pedagogical training from Mimi Zweig and joined the teaching faculty of the world-renowned String Academy at Indiana University.  She is also the founder of StringPedagogyConnect.com, a database of teachers who have received pedagogical training from Mimi Zweig.

After receiving her Bachelors of Music at the University of Michigan, Erica earned a Masters in Music as well as a Performer Diploma from the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University.  She has primarily studied violin with Mimi Zweig, Aaron Berofsky and Gerald Elias, as well as Quartet studies with the Pacifica Quartet and Orchestral studies with Jorja Fleezanis and Steven Shipps.


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 in collaboration with The Army Ground Forces Band of Ft. Bragg. 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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