FAYETTEVILLE SYMPHONY

Music Director – Stefan Sanders

Stefan Sanders, conductor and arts advocate, cultivates cultures of artistic excellence, sustained growth and development, and meaningful engagement within the communities he is fortunate to serve. This year, Stefan embarks on his third season as Music Director for the Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra, his second season as Music Director for the Spartanburg Philharmonic, and his seventh season as the Music Director of the Central Texas Philharmonic. Stefan will make debuts with the Bozeman Symphony in Montana and the Filharmonia Podkarpacka in Rzeszów, Poland. He will also make return engagements this season to the National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba in Havana, the Filharmonia Warminsko-Mazurska in Olsztyn, Poland, the Stockton Symphony, and several weeks as the cover/assistant conductor for the New York Philharmonic.

Stefan has collaborated with many distinguished orchestras. Recent guest conducting appearances include the Naples Philharmonic, Sarasota Orchestra, Rochester Philharmonic, Virginia Symphony, Stockton Symphony, San Antonio Symphony, Buffalo Philharmonic, Austin Symphony Orchestra, Austin Opera, Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional de Cuba, Orquesta Sinfónica de Guayaquil (Ecuador), Filharmonia Warminsko-Mazurska (Poland), Symphoria (Syracuse, NY), and the Round Top International Festival Institute. Stefan has collaborated with an array of guest artists, such as renowned violinist Gil Shaham, electric bass virtuoso Victor Wooten, pianist and pedagogue Anton Nel, Broadway performer and Seinfeld co-star Jason Alexander, The B-52s, Pink Martini, Vanessa Williams, and many more.

Stefan recently concluded a four year tenure with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra. Appointed its Associate Conductor in 2014, Stefan was promoted to Resident Conductor in 2016. While with the BPO, Stefan lead over 200 performances on all of the orchestra’s series. Of note, Stefan began his professional career as a member of the BPO’s trombone section where he played from 1999-2007 before pursuing conducting full time. He also recently concluded a one year appointment as Principal Conductor for the Hot Springs Music Festival in Hot Springs, Arkansas 2018. Stefan was a featured conductor for the League of American Orchestras “Bruno Walter National Conductor Preview.” The prestigious conductor showcase is designed to feature talented young conductors poised for music directorships with American Orchestras and was hosted by Giancarlo Guerrero and the Nashville Symphony in May of 2016.

Prior to a career as a conductor, Stefan was an internationally renowned trombonist, having performed as a soloist in North America, Asia, and Europe. His performance of Eric Ewazen’s Concerto for Bass Trombone and Orchestra, with the Czech Philharmonic, can be heard on the

Albany Records label. As a trombonist, Stefan performed with several orchestras including the New York Philharmonic, Seattle Symphony Orchestra, the Florida Orchestra, and the Seattle Opera’s 2001 production of Wagner’s Ring Cycle.

Stefan was a fellow at the American Academy of Conducting at Aspen under the tutelage of maestros, Robert Spano, Larry Rachleff and Hugh Wolff. He is a graduate of the Juilliard School, the University of Texas at Austin, and the Interlochen Arts Academy.

 

Featured Musician

Audrey Cook – Cello

IMG_2016Audrey Cook received her Bachelor of Music degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she studied cello performance with Brent Wissick and completed a second major in Mathematical Decision Sciences. At UNC, Audrey was a member of the UNC Symphony Orchestra and served as principal cellist during her final year. In December 2012, she won the university’s annual concerto competition and performed as a soloist with the orchestra. Before UNC, Audrey attended the South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities and was a member of the Carolina Youth Symphony, serving as their principal cellist from 2005 until 2009. She was selected as the winner of the 2007 CYS Concerto Competition, the 2008 Crouch Award for Most Outstanding Underclassman Musician, and the 2009 Chesebro Award for Most Outstanding Senior Musician. Audrey now lives in Raleigh, NC and works as a Senior Web Analytics Data Consultant at a Google-partnered internet marketing agency. In January 2014, she founded the MARS String Quartet with former colleagues from the UNCSO and UNC Baroque Ensemble. In her spare time, Audrey is a freelance musician and member of the Fayetteville and Raleigh Symphony Orchestras. She frequently performs with local musician booking services and musical theater pit orchestras, and enjoys collaborating with local composers on new music projects.

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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