FAYETTEVILLE SYMPHONY

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Founded in 1956, the Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra 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 our southeastern North Carolina region.

The idea of an orchestra came from a group of instrumentalists playing in local homes who performed music from the greatest composers.  They dreamed of the possibility – of playing regularly, sharing their passion, and touching lives.  It was in 1956 the Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra debuted with Music Director, Mr. Marion Rogers, a music program leader in the Fayetteville City Schools.  Their vision for the Orchestra was to one day become a professional, regional orchestra that serves and educates the community of Fayetteville.

The tradition of playing for young people and in city schools continues today in an effort to foster classical music appreciation.  Since its inception the Symphony has had five Music Directors – Mr. Rogers, Dr. Willis Gates, Mr. Harlan Duenow, Mr. Robert Gutter, and most recently, Dr. Fouad Fakhouri.

The Symphony is in the community…partnering with the Methodist University, Cape Fear Regional Theatre, Fayetteville State University, surrounding communities, after school programs, head start pre-school programs, and area elementary and high schools. The Symphony also has its own Youth Orchestra (Fayetteville Symphony Youth Orchestra) for rising 8th grade, high school, and college age instrumental students in the southeastern North Carolina region, as well as a week-long Summer Music Camp every June.

Strategic Plan 2016-2021

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Featured Musician

Dr. Timothy Altman – Principal Trumpet

Dr. Timothy Meyer Altman is Chair of the Music Department at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke (UNCP). He is the Director of Bands, teaches trumpet, and conducting. He taught instrumental and general music at the elementary, middle school, high school, and university level in Virginia, Wisconsin, Kentucky, and North Carolina. The Varina High School band in Richmond, Virginia, under his direction, was a “Virginia Honor Band” with superior ratings in Marching, Concert, (and Jazz). 

The UNCP Wind Ensemble performed at the NC Music Educators Association (NCMEA) conference in 2005, 2008, and 2014 under his direction with guests Robert W. Smith, Jay Bocook, Sam Hazo, Brian Balmages, and Allen Vizzutti. He commissioned new music from Eric Ewazen, James Sochinski, James Hosay, Kyle Newmaster, Joe Sheehan, and Kevin McKee.

The Governor of North Carolina recently appointed Altman to the Board of the North Carolina Symphony. He completed his Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA) in trumpet performance at the University of Kentucky (studying with Terry Everson). He has performed at international conferences (Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic, International Trumpet Guild, etc.) and led the UNCP Trumpet Ensemble to perform at the ITG conference in 2012, 2014, and 2017. He performed or lectured at the Royal College of Music, London; Amman, Jordan, Bologna and Trento, Italy; Puerto Rico; Mexico City; Ludwigsburg, Germany. His latest CD “Baroque Music for Two Trumpets, Strings, and Harpsichord” is available on iTunes, Amazon, CDBaby, and YouTube. He is presently the principal trumpet for the Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra and the Carolina Philharmonic. He has also performed with The Four Tops, The Temptations, Doc Severinsen, Allen Vizzutti, Vince DiMartino, Bruce Hornsby, Al Jarreau, David Sanborn, Martha Reeves and the Vandellas, and many more international artists. Dr. Altman is a Bach performing artist (Conn-Selmer). 

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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Fayetteville, NC 28301

 

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