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

Associate Concertmaster – Erica Shirts

Erica Erica Shirts, a native of Utah, is proud to occupy the Berte Dean Carter and A.A. Howell Chair of the Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra. She is also currently an active player in the North Carolina Symphony, Chamber Music of the Triangle, and North Carolina Opera.  Erica has performed as Principal Second Violin of the Indiana University orchestras and is a former member of the Lansing Symphony in Michigan.  Erica has enjoyed working with conductors such as Grant Llewelyn, David Effron, Cliff Colnot, Carl St. Clair, Andrea Quinn, and Timothy Muffitt.  She also regularly plays chamber music on the violin, as well as the viola.

Erica is currently the Director of the Duke University String School, an intensive pre-college music program based in Durham, NC which offers private lessons, chamber music, and ensemble experience from beginning students to accomplished high school musicians planning to pursue a career in music.  Previously serving as Violin Director for Kidznotes, an after school music program for social change, Erica taught violin and helped establish the string curriculum for the program.  During her graduate studies, Erica received pedagogical training from Mimi Zweig and joined the teaching faculty of the world-renowned String Academy at Indiana University.  She is also the founder of StringPedagogyConnect.com, a database of teachers who have received pedagogical training from Mimi Zweig.

After receiving her Bachelors of Music at the University of Michigan, Erica earned a Masters in Music as well as a Performer Diploma from the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University.  She has primarily studied violin with Mimi Zweig, Aaron Berofsky and Gerald Elias, as well as Quartet studies with the Pacifica Quartet and Orchestral studies with Jorja Fleezanis and Steven Shipps.

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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 performs 6-8 concerts during any given season performing both at Methodist University and Fayetteville State University. Partnerships with other arts agencies include collaborative performances with Cape Fear Regional Theatre, chamber concerts at St. John’s Episcopal Church, as well as a military appreciation concert held over Memorial Day Weekend. The Symphony brings music to the schools and the community by performing educational concerts, as well as having its own Fayetteville Symphony Youth Orchestra and Summer Music Camps.


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Fayetteville, NC 28302

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Fayetteville, NC 28301
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Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra

308 GREEN ST., SUITE 200
Fayetteville, NC 28301

 

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