Salute To Youth – A Solo and Ensemble Festival

Salute To Youth – 2020 Solo and Ensemble Festival


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Now Online!

We have found a way to hold our Solo and Ensemble Festival and still keep everyone safe. We are going to hold the competition online! Students will still receive their feedback from the judges, along with their certificate, pins and concert ticket voucher by mail/email. Students will also still be selected to perform at a later date (TBD) as a way of honoring the talented youth in our area.



Here’s how it works:

  1. Record your performance piece and upload it to YouTube. You can make it private if you wish, or you can take it down as soon as the judges have finished scoring your submission.
  2. Send the link to your recording to: education@fayettevillesymphony.org
  3. The link will then be forwarded to the judges.
  4. Video entries/submissions are due by MAY 15, 2020 – you can upload your entry beginning APRIL 14, 2020.
  5. If you register as an ensemble, there are a variety of different apps you can use to record your performance piece with your friends. Those students registered for ensemble may also participate in the solo category with no additional fees.

Here are some ideas for recording your entry:

  • Students my switch pieces for which they previously registered. The purpose of this is to help students progress and to keep practicing during this time.
  • State your name and piece you will be playing at the beginning of your video. You can also place this information in the email with the link to your video.
  • Try finding an “accompaniment” track to go along with your piece! You can practice with it, and even record your performance with the track in the background.
  • You can definitely play unaccompanied if it doesn’t work for you.
  • Make sure to check your posture and hand positions before you begin your recording.
  • Make sure your entire body appears in your video performance.
  • Though your piece does not need to be memorized, consider your recording as you would a live performance – intend to look and play your best!

Please let me know if you have ANY questions or concerns at: education@fayettevillesymphony.org 

Thanks so much! Monica Thiriot

Salute To Youth – 2020 Solo and Ensemble Festival

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 registered 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 string players are welcome to participate!
  • Competition will be held online: Registration due by MAY 1st. Recorded entries must be uploaded by MAY 15th.
  • 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

A special thank you to  the Youth Growth Stock Trust for their support of this event.






Featured Musician

Winifred Garrett – Harp

Principal Harpist, Winifred Garrett holds a Masters Degree from the Manhattan School of Music and a Bachelor of Music Degree from the University of the North Carolina School of the Arts.  A versatile performer, Ms. Garrett has performed as soloist with the Winston-Salem Piedmont Triad Symphony, performed the first tour to Japan of the Off Broadway show “The Fantasticks”, and performed on the stage of the Metropolitan Opera House with Stevie Wonder. Founder and Artistic Director of “The Harp Studio” based in Durham, NC, Winifred Garrett is the harp instructor for North Carolina State University, Guilford College, and the Duke Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.

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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