String Sinfonietta


A fun new orchestra for students 13 and under who have some experience playing strings. This will provide students the opportunity to excel in a collaborative setting with weekly rehearsals, coaching, and masterclasses by professional FSO musicians.

Sinfonietta  will  meet  at  9:00 am  Saturday  mornings  beginning  October 3rd  at  Berean  Baptist  Church,  517  Glensford  Drive,  Fayetteville,  NC  28314

As students learn and polish their music, they will be invited to perform at events around the community including recitals and Festivals.

String  Sinfonietta  is  $100  per  semester.

•  Scholarships: Limited scholarships are available.  DOWNLOAD Scholarship eligibility information, and submit your request to Zach Pritchett at:  zpritchette@fayettevillesymphony.org

CLICK HERE  to  make  Fall  semester  payment.  A  link  to  registration  will  be  sent  to  you  once  payment  has processed.

To  Participate:

  • Rehearsals will be 1 hour in length. There are no auditions required for string Sinfonietta.
  • Students MUST wear a mask at all times.
  • Students will be in groups of 20-25, and will be seated socially distanced apart.  Groups will be Sinfonietta, Symphony Strings, Phil Strings, Brass, Woodwinds.
  • No parents allowed inside.
  • Drop off/pick up will be in the back of the church.  Pick up MUST be prompt.  We cannot monitor students standing around in groups waiting for pick up.
  • Temperatures will be taken as students enter.
  • Students may bring their own stand.  Chairs and stands will be wiped down by student at the end of rehearsal.
  • If you are feeling sick, DO NOT COME to rehearsals.

About The Directors:

Monica Thiriot, Operations and Education Manager at FSO: Monica began playing the violin with the Suzuki Method when she was 6 years old.  She graduated from all 10 levels by the time she was 14, and two years later, she received her first Suzuki training to become a teacher.  As her private studio grew, she received additional Suzuki teacher training from John Kendall and Jeanne Grover.  One of her favorite things to do is to put together groups where youth can create music together and perform throughout the community.  Her groups have performed at many festivals, fundraisers, and other community events in New York (West Point Youth String Club), Maryland (Suitland Strings), North Carolina (Hope Mills/Fayetteville area), and Texas (San Antonio).  She is excited to return to Fayetteville and work with the Fayetteville Academy and Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra in creating a new youth program for this area.  Monica graduated from the University of Utah where she was able to study music and receive her degree in Elementary Education.  She is in her 3rd season of playing the violin with the Fayetteville Symphony, and has 4 children who also play the violin.  Her family can be seen around town performing for the Arts Council, the LaFayette Society, and at different fundraisers.

Laurel Wachtler, String Sinfonietta Coach: Laurel Wachtler, violinist, has taught private lessons for eight years in her private studio, as well as Snyder Music Academy, and Edwards Music. She has been the instructor for the violin classes at First Impressions Academy for three years. Her students have participated in the Middle School Youth Orchestra (MSYO), Cumberland County Youth Orchestra (CCYO), Junior Eastern Regionals, (JERO) as well as Fayetteville Symphony Youth Orchestra. Several students were selected for the finals and have won prizes in the Kiwanis Talent Show.

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For more information, please email education@fayettevillesymphony.org.

Featured Musician

Laurel Wachtler – Violin

Laurel Wachtler, violinist, graduated with honors from New Mexico State University and has played with numerous groups, including the Phillips Symphony in Oklahoma and the Chamber Orchestra of Southern Maryland as principal second violin, before moving to Fayetteville. She has been a member of FSO for more than 15 years. She also plays with the Vilasi Quartet and the Dogwood Trio. She is a violin instructor at the Snyder Music Academy and has a private studio. She is the violinist and a soprano for the Coventry Carolers, sings in Cantate, and is a pilot for Skies Unlimited Aviation.

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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