Salute To Youth – A Solo and Ensemble Festival

Dear Friends and Patrons of Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra,

Due to the increasing uncertainty of the COVID 19 pandemic, the current guidelines from the CDC and in the best interest of our audience, musicians and staff, the symphony has cancelled or postponed the following events:

March 20th – Sand Tunes POSTPONED – To be rescheduled
March 21st – Salute to Youth 2020 Solo & Ensemble Festival – POSTPONED – To be rescheduled
April 4th – Musical Folktales concert – CANCELLED

* ALL Youth Symphony, Sinfonietta and After School Strings – CANCELLED – until further notice

Please continue to monitor our website and social media for updates on postponed events and announcements regarding our upcoming 2020-2021 season. From all of us at Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra, we send wishes for your continued health and are deeply grateful for your patience, patronage and support. Please contact our office at 910-433-4690 if you have any further questions or concerns. Thank you.






Salute To Youth – 2020 Solo and Ensemble Festival

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

All string 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 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

Nathan Leyland – Principal Cello

Nathan Leyland, born in Butler, Pennsylvania, later moved to Lynchburg, Virginia and began his cello studies in their public school system at the age of nine. Nathan attended the Manhattan School of Music where he studied with Tchaikovsky Competition gold medalist Nathaniel Rosen, a former student and teaching assistant to the late Gregor Piatigorsky. Mr. Leyland has performed as soloist with the Hartford Symphony Orchestra , Manchester Symphony Orchestra, The Southeastern Ohio Symphony Orchestra, Des Moines Symphony Orchestra, and the Welsh Hills Chamber Orchestra, to name a few. Nathan began his professional career at the age of 20, becoming the cellist of the Pioneer String Quartet. In addition to that appointment, he was Principal Cellist of The Des Moines Symphony Orchestra. Mr. Leyland moved to North Carolina in 2001 and began performing regularly with some of the areas professional ensembles such as the North Carolina Symphony, Carolina Ballet, North Carolina Opera, North Carolina Master Chorale, and the Choral Society of Durham. Currently, he is the principal cellist of the North Carolina Opera, Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra, Tar River Symphony Orchestra, and a member of The Mallarme Chamber Players. Along with these positions, Leyland is an avid chamber musician and recitalist, having performed in venues across the US.

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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