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

Stuart McLemore – Bass

Stuart McLemore, a native of Fayetteville, studied the double bass under the tutelage of Craig Brown at UNC Greensboro. Stuart’s recent performance engagements have included the Fayetteville Symphony, the Carolina Philharmonic, the Roanoke Symphony, the Wilmington Symphony, and the Piedmont Players Theatre. Stuart is also the bass instructor at UNC School of the Arts’ Community Music School in Winston-Salem and the cello and bass instructor at Conservatory International in Pinehurst.

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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