Youth Orchestra (FSYO)

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For students ages 13-21 in public school, private school, or home school, who have experience playing one of the following instruments:

Violin, Viola, Cello, Double Bass

Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, Bassoon, Saxophone

French Horn, Trumpet, Trombone, Euphonium, Tuba



Perks of Joining FSYO

Play alongside students from other schools

Receive instruction from professional musicians

Perform a joint concert alongside the Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra

Receive complimentary student tickets to FSO concerts

Many performance opportunities with members of the Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra throughout the year.

05.21.20 – Irish Suite, Part I – Leroy Anderson; Adapted by Douglas E. Wagner


04.13.20 – Take Five





PLEASE NOTE: All members will be placed in two ensembles – no one will be turned away from participating in the program. Orchestra placement is by audition.


Tuition for Participation for the 2020-2021 school year – $250

Tuition is for the full 2020-2021 school year. Tuition is not refundable. 

The tuition helps cover the costs of hiring professional musicians to come and work with the students, purchasing and copying music, administrative work, as well as marketing materials such as the printing of programs, posters, flyers, etc.

Tuition can be paid online by credit card OR by check made out to the Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra. Financial aid is available for qualified families.


Rehearsals are every Sunday at Fayetteville Academy

Concert Band Rehearsal: 4pm-4:50pm

String Orchestra Rehearsal: 4pm-4:50pm

Orchestra Rehearsal: 5pm-6pm

No one will be turned away from participating in the program. Everyone who applies will be placed in two ensembles.


Auditions will be held the last 2 weeks of August and first week of September.  More information coming soon.

FSYO String Auditions:

All STRINGS:  Please come prepared to play the first 2 pages of the Mendelssohn String Symphony No. 1 in C major (first movement).  Be prepared to play it as close to this recording tempo as possible keeping all of the notes clean.  Make sure you listen to different recordings and try to play along.  A good practice technique is to slow down the speed of the youtube video and practice with it.  The judges will specifically be listening for those who are able to keep the notes even and controlled.  (Practice with a METRONOME)  

Specific information for Violins:
You may choose either the first or second violin part.  Choose the part that you feel the most comfortable playing.  This DOES NOT determine which orchestra you will be assigned.  Those who have only been playing for a couple years or who are not comfortable shifting above 3rd position should choose 2nd violin.  If you would like additional advice as to which part to learn, please call the symphony offices and ask for Ms. Monica Thiriot.


Violin I FSYO 19-20

Violin II FSYO 19-20

Viola FSYO 19-20

Cello FSYO 19-20

Bass FSYO 19-20

Flute FSYO 19-20

Oboe FSYO 19-20

Clarinet FSYO 19-20

Bass Clarinet Music 07.17.19

Saxophone FSYO 19-20

Trumpet FSYO 19-20

French Horn FSYO 19-20

Bassoon FSYO 19-20

Trombone FSYO 19-20

Euphonium FSYO 19-20

Tuba FSYO 19-20


For any additional questions, read our FAQ section down below, or email Monica Thiriot at education@fayettevillesymphony.org

Meet the Faculty!

Dr. Larry Wells, FSYO Director and Conductor


Dr. Larry Wells holds a Bachelor of Arts in Music and a Bachelor of Science in Education from Washington State University (1990). He holds a Master of Science in Teaching Music from Portland State University (1996), and completed a Doctor of Musical Arts in Trumpet Performance/Wind Conducting from the University of North Texas (2006). His dissertation is entitled Construction Applications, Practices, and Techniques of Natural Trumpets; A Comparative Analysis of Baroque and Modern Era Trumpet Construction Methods.

Currently, Larry holds the Union-Zukowski Endowed Professor of the Fine Arts position at Methodist University as the Professor of Music and the Director of Instrumental Studies/Trumpet. Prior to his appointment at Methodist, Larry taught for one year at Southeastern Oklahoma State University and three years at Southwestern Oregon Community College.

In addition to teaching, Larry is the music director for the Fayetteville Symphony Youth Orchestra. Previously, Larry was the General Manager and Associate Conductor for the 500+ member Metropolitan Youth Symphony in Portland, Oregon. Larry also spent four years working for the David. G. Monette Corp. building custom trumpets for notable players such as Wynton Marsalis, Manny Laureano, Terrance Blanchard, the late Adolph Herseth, and Maynard Ferguson.

As a performer, Larry holds a position in the Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra, and the Carolina Philharmonic. In addition, he has played numerous times with the Cape Fear Regional Theater, North Carolina Symphony, Portland Opera, the Oregon Symphony, the Eugene Symphony and Opera, and the Salem Chamber Orchestra. While at the University of North Texas, Larry played with the UNT Symphonic Band, UNT Baroque Orchestra, and the UNT Opera Orchestra. He has performed with Marie Osmund, The Moody Blues, Mannheim Steamroller, and as a guest musician with the Jordanian National Symphony in Amman, Jordan.

As a soloist, Larry completed a recital tour in Italy during the summer of 2013. During that tour he played in Bologna, Florence, and Trent. In May of 2014, Larry recorded his first CD, using repertoire from the Italy tour along with some added material.

Larry regularly serves on the faculty of various summer camps and festivals. These include The Methodist University “Summer Jam”, the Fayetteville Symphony’s “Summer Music Festival”, The Presbyterian Music Association’s “Montreat Camp”, and The Oregon Coast Music Festival.

Outside of music, Larry’s interests include playing golf, woodworking, and exploring New Orleans with his wife Tracey and three children: Pruette, Harrison, and Daulton.

Email: lwells@methodist.edu


Mrs. Monica Thiriot, FSYO String Coach

Monica Thiriot, Director of Strings Education at FSO, 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.

Email: education@fayettevillesymphony.org



FSYO received start up funding from Cumberland Community Foundation and is Supported By:

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FAQ – Frequently Asked Questions: FAQ for FSYO 2019-2020



































Featured Musician

Mark Jones – Fourth Horn

Mark Jones cut his teeth playing horn in Fresno, California where he studied with Dr. Jim Winters. He studied with Joe Meyer at California State University, Northridge where he graduated with a Bachelor of Music performance degree. He has performed with the Anfangen and Allegro Con Spiracy wind quintets, Fairbanks Summer Festival Orchestra, Sierra Summer Festival in Beverly Hills and the Center Stage Opera Company in Los Angeles. Mark is happy to be enjoying his 5th season with the Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra.

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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