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.

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Featured Musician

Dr. Don Parker – Principal Percussion

Dr. Don N. Parker currently serves as Associate Professor of Music-Percussion and Assistant Chair the Department of Performing and Fine Arts at Fayetteville State University.  He has performed with the Fayetteville Jazz Orchestra and Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra since 2003 as a featured soloist (2006 and 2011) and serves as principal percussionist.  Dr. Parker recently presented clinics/performances at the H.O.P.E Percussion Camp at University of Louisville and Cumberland County School District and with his trumpet/percussion duo, Double Take at Howard University, Norfolk State University, and Campbell University as well as an artist-in-residence program in the Hoke County School District. He also performs with his jazz vibes and piano duo, The Haydon/Parker Duo, which has a second CD scheduled for release in late 2013.  Don has a B.M. in Performance and Music Business from DePauw Univ. and M.M. and D.M.A. in Performance from the Univ. of Texas at Austin.  He also serves as vice president for the NC Chapter of Percussive Arts Society.  Dr. Parker has endorsements with Sabian Cymbals, Mapex Drums, Mike Balter Mallets, Regal Tip Sticks, Remo World Percussion, LP Music Group, and Jupiter Music Instruments.  For more information, contact Dr. Parker atwww.parkerlinchmusic.com.

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 28302

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308 Green St., Suite 200
Fayetteville, NC 28301
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308 GREEN ST., SUITE 200
Fayetteville, NC 28301

 

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