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

Levi Cull – Percussion

977921_10152805386125063_1274755302_oLevi Cull is a versatile musician that performs numerous concerts and performances throughout the year. Levi holds a Master’s of Music Degree in Percussion Performance from the University of South Carolina as well as a Music Education Degree from Kennesaw State University (Magna Cum Laude). He feels equally at home performing in a symphony orchestra, playing drum set in a jazz combo, playing congas in a salsa band, or anything in between. This has allowed him to perform in numerous locations throughout the world including a three-concert tour of Beijing and Xi’an China as well as performing on stage with the classic rock band Kansas at the Cobb Energy Center in Atlanta, Georgia.
 
Levi has performed/participated in master classes with Eight Blackbird’s percussionist, Mathew Duvall, owner of Grover Pro Percussion Neil Grover, assistant principle percussionist and timpanist of the Cleveland Orchestra Tom Freer, Principle Timpanist of the Louisiana Philharmonic Jim Atwood, former Principle Timpanist of the Charlotte Symphony Carol Stumpf, Principle Percussionist of the St. Louis Symphony William James, as well as The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra’s Principle Timpanist, Mark Yancich. In 2015 Levi was chosen as the winner of the University of South Carolina’s Concerto and Aria Competition and performed Michael Daugherty’s work Raise the Roof for Timpani and Orchestra.
 
He has studied percussion and timpani with John Lawless and Dr. Scott Herring as well as drum set with Justin Chesarek, Marc Widenhofer, and Jay Ware. Currently Levi is actively taking orchestral auditions while pursuing his DMA studying with Professor Timothy Adams Jr., Chair of Percussion at the University of Georgia. 

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, NC 28301

 

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