Salute To Youth – A Solo and Ensemble Festival

Submission Deadline: Thursday, April 1st, 2021

All instrumental musicians (strings, woodwinds, brass, and/or percussion) age 20 and under in Cumberland County and adjacent counties are welcome to participate.  Students may participate as a soloist and/or in an ensemble.  All students that enter will receive a voucher to attend the Fayetteville Symphony during the 2021-2022 season.  Participants that receive a Superior rating will also receive an award, and the possibility of performing on a Fayetteville Symphony concert honoring the talented youth in our area.  A solo is one (1) musician with an accompanist (if possible).  An ensemble is 2 or more musicians, up to 12 musicians, with or without an accompanist.  If larger ensembles are interested in participating, please contact Monica Thiriot directly at education@fayettevillesymphony.org.

Division Levels

Musicians will be divided into a Junior and Senior divisions according to age:

Junior Division – Age 14 and under or 8th grade and under
Senior Division – Age 15-20 or 9th grade and older

Music Levels

Participants may enter Junior or Senior division on six (6) grade levels designated according to music difficulty.  Each of the following levels will be open to any music student in Cumberland county and adjacent counties.

1 – Easy4 – Moderate Difficult
2 – Moderate Easy5 – Difficult
3 – Average6 – Very Difficult

Guideline to Determine Level:

Strings Guideline:

1 – EasySuzuki Book 1, Essential Elements Book 1, or equivalent
2 – Moderate EasySuzuki Book 2, Essential Elements Book 2, or equivalent
3 – AverageSuzuki Book 3 or equivalent
4 – Moderate DifficultSuzuki Book 4-5 or equivalent
5 – DifficultSuzuki Book 6-7 or equivalent
6 – Very DifficultConcerto Level (Suzuki book 8 and above or equivalent)

Woodwinds/Brass/Percussion Guideline:

1 – Easy1st year band
2 – Moderate Easy2nd year band
3 – Average3rd year band
4 – Moderate Difficult9th-10th grade band
5 – Difficult11th-12 grade band
6 – Very DifficultConcerto Level or College Level

Rating System:

The FSO Festival will use a five rating plan for judging all solos and ensembles:

I – Superior

II – Excellent

III – Average

IV – Fair

V – Poor

Rating ISuperior – The best possible performance.  Score = 96-100  
Rating IIExcellent – A performance of distinctive quality but not worth yof the highest rating due to minor defects in performance.  Score = 90-95  
Rating IIIAverage – A performance showing some accomplishment and promise but lacking in essential musical qualities.  Score = 80-89  
Rating IVFair – This is a performance that is weak and uncertain.  Score = 74-79  
Rating VPoor – A performance that reveals lack of preparedness and musical understanding.

Rating Sheets

The rating sheet of each performance will be emailed to the performer after the performances have been evaluated by the judges.


All students that participate will be given a voucher to attend a Fayetteville Symphony Concert.  Students that receive a I or Superior rating will receive an award.  Several students that receive Superior ratings will be chosen by the judges to perform their piece at a Fayetteville Symphony sponsored concert, honoring their achievement. 


While an accompanist is not required at this time, we still strongly encourage all musicians to have an accompanist unless the performance piece is specifically written to be performed unaccompanied.  For a list of possible accompanists, please contact Monica Thiriot at education@fayettevillesymphony.org

Music for Adjudicators

A complete measure-numbered score for each ensemble or a measure-numbered solo for each soloist must be provided for the adjudicator.  Participants will be required to upload a scanned copy of the music in their application form. Failure to provide this music will result in a penalty of one rating lower.

Performance Information

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s Solo and Ensemble Festival participation will occur virtually. All participants must record a maximum of ten (10) minutes of their chosen piece. In works that are more than ten (10) minutes, music may be appropriately cut.

Submission of your performance will require you to include a direct URL link to an unlisted YouTube video, Google Drive file, or Dropbox file in your application form. Please make sure that the settings of your video allow viewers with the link to view the video.

Festival Application Deadline and Fees

Solo Application fee = $20

Ensemble Application fee = $35

The Solo and Ensemble Festival application forms, fees, and recordings must be submitted online by Thursday, April 1st, 2021. Failure to submit the application form, fee and/or recording will result in your application being withdrawn from the festival.


Featured Musician

Andrew Licht – Violin

Andy joined the Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra in the first violin section in 2016. Andy is excited to be fulfilling a well-rounded career in music. He is currently employed with the Winston-Salem Forsyth County School System where he is the orchestra director of the Thomas Jefferson Middle School, and Mount Tabor High School. Through the same school system, Andy was a long-term substitute Orchestra director at East Forsyth High School and East Forsyth Middle School.  Since 2017, Andy serves as a teaching artist through the Winston-Salem Symphony’s P.L.A.Y Music Program, where he teaches violin to elementary school students. Prior to this, Andy served as a full time volunteer with ArtistCorps. This service is an AmeriCorps program geared at bringing arts through teaching and performing to local schools. Through ArtistCorps, Andy assisted the orchestra program at Diggs-Latham Elementary School, Wiley Middle School, Wake Forest University’s summer Freedom School, Old Town Elementary School, and the Salvation Army.

Andy is a native of Massachusetts, where he holds a bachelor of Music degree in Violin Performance from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst. Since his time in Massachusetts, he moved to North Carolina and got his Masters degree in Violin Performance from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA). At the University of Massachusetts, Andy studied with Elizabeth Chang, and received regular chamber music coachings with Astrid Schween (the Cellist of the Julliard String Quartet), and Gilles Vonsattel (Pianist, winner of the Naumberg competition).   While pursuing his Masters of Music at UNCSA, Andy was a student of Kevin Lawrence, and received regular chamber music coachings from Dmitri Shteinberg and Eric Larsen.

In his free time, Andy enjoys running and hiking. He currently resides in Winston-Salem with his wife, Lilian-Terri Dahlenburg (principal violist with the Fayetteville Symphony), and their cat, Gussie.

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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