Salute To Youth – A Solo and Ensemble Festival

Salute To Youth – 2020 Solo and Ensemble Festival

Saturday, March 21, 2020 | 9:00am – 1:00pm | Synder Memorial Baptist Church – 701 Westmont Drive, Fayetteville, NC 28305

All musicians age 20 and under in Cumberland County and adjacent counties are welcome to participate.  Students may participate as a soloist and/or in an ensemble.  All registerd students will receive a Fayetteville Symphony concert voucher good for the 2019-2020 or 2020-21 season.  Participants earning a Superior rating will also receive an award, and the chance to perform during a Fayetteville Symphony concert honoring the talented youth in our area.  A solo is one (1) musician with an accompanist.  An ensemble is defined as 2 to 12 musicians, with or without an accompanist.  Larger ensembles  interested in participating should contact Monica Thiriot directly at education@fayettevillesymphony.org.

  • All levels of players are welcome to participate!
  • Competition will be held at Synder Memorial Baptist Church on Saturday, March 21, 2020.
  • Students will be assigned a performance time between 9am and 1pm.
  • Musicians will compete in 2 different age divisions with 6 varying music levels.
  • Students are welcome to participate as soloists and/or with a group.
  • Prizes and awards will be given out along with the adjudication sheets.
  • Top performers will be selected to perform at an FSO sponsored concert.


Musicians will be categorized into Junior and Senior divisions according to age.

  • Junior Division – Age 14 and under or 8th grade and below
  • Senior Division – Ages 15 to 20 or 9th grade and up

Participants may enter Junior or Senior division on six (6) grade levels designated according to music difficulty. Each of the following levels will be open to any music student in Cumberland county and adjacent counties.

  1. Easy
  2. Moderately Easy
  3. Average
  4. Moderately Difficult
  5. Difficult
  6. Very Difficult

To download an information packet:
Info Packet – Solo and Ensemble Festival 2020


Musicians will be notified by email regarding their performance time slot. Any changes to the competition will be announced to competition entrants by e-mail. 

It is the contestant’s responsibility to notify the Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra’s office by phone (910)433-4690 if you have any issues arise that may affect your ability to perform as scheduled. The Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra Board of Directors reserves the right to disqualify any entry.  

A special thank you to Synder Memorial Baptist Church and the Youth Growth Stock Trust for their support of this event.







Featured Musician

Levi Cull – Percussion

Levi joined the FSO in 2015 and is a section percussionist and assistant timpanist. In addition to being a member of the FSO Levi is a percussionist with the US Air Force Heritage of America Band. In addition to his rigorous touring and performing schedule in the USAF HOB he also performs throughout the east coast with many different symphony orchestras. Levi holds a Master’s of Music Degree in Percussion Performance from the University of South Carolina as well as a Music Education Degree from Kennesaw State University (Magna Cum Laude). He is a student of John Lawless, Dr. Scott Herring, and Timothy Adams Jr. He feels equally at home performing in a symphony orchestra, playing drum set in a jazz combo, playing congas in a salsa band, or anything in between. This has allowed him to perform in numerous locations throughout the world including a three-concert tour of Beijing and Xi’an China as well as performing on stage with the classic rock band Kansas at the Cobb Energy Center in Atlanta, Georgia.
Levi has performed/participated in master classes with Mathew Duvall, Neil Grover, Tom Freer, Jim Atwood, Carol Stumpf, William James, as well as Mark Yancich. He has also taken lessons with Eric Shin, Jauvon Gilliam, Peter Kogan, and Christopher Allen. An avid supporter of solo literature, Levi was chosen as the winner of the University of South Carolina’s Concerto and Aria Competition and performed Michael Daugherty’s work Raise the Roof for Timpani and Orchestra in 2015.
Levi endorses  and plays with Mike Balter Mallets and Grover Pro Percussion.

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 typically performs 8 concerts during any given season performing both at Methodist University and Fayetteville State University. Partnerships with other agencies include collaborative performances with Cape Fear Regional Theatre, chamber concerts at St. John’s Episcopal Church, as well as the city’s annual Independence concert with fireworks. The Symphony brings music to the schools and the community by performing educational concerts, as well as having its own Fayetteville Symphony Youth Orchestra, after school strings and summer music camps.


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