For 8th grade, high school, or college students in public school, private school, or home schooled, who have experience playing one of the following instruments:
Violin, Viola, Cello, Double Bass, Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon, Saxophone, French Horn, Trumpet, Trombone, Tuba, Percussion
Rehearsals are every Sunday from 4pm-6pm at Fayetteville Academy
FSYO Concert Band and String Orchestra will rehearse from 4pm-4:50pm, and Full Orchestra will rehearse from 5pm-6pm. All string students will be required to participate in both String Orchestra and Full Orchestra. All woodwinds, brass, and percussion students will be required to participate in Concert Band, and seating auditions will determine placement within the Full Orchestra.
Perks of Joining FSYO
- Play alongside students from other schools
- Receive instruction from professional musicians
- Perform a joint concert alongside the Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra
- Participate in competitions and tours
- Receive complimentary student tickets to FSO concerts
- Participate in FSYO Concert Band (winds/brass/percussion)
- String and Full Orchestra
Registration for the 2016-2017 season is currently closed. Registration for the 2017-2018 season will be made available by June 2017. For any questions in the mean time, please contact Julia Atkins, Director of Artistic Operations and Marketing, by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tuition is $220 for the year, payable in installments or with the registration form. Financial aid is available upon request.
Tuition will cover operational expenses (printing programs, office supplies, etc.), venue expenses, advertising, music, and fees for professional musicians to come in and help with sectionals, rehearsals, and/or concerts. Siblings from the same family who also join FSYO, will receive a 10% discount on their tuition.
Tuition can be paid online by credit card OR by check made out to the Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra.
For any additional questions, read our FAQ section down below or email us at email@example.com
Meet the Directors!
Dr. Larry Wells
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 is a Professor of Music and the Director of Instrumental Studies at Methodist University in Fayetteville. 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 co-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 (16), Harrison (14), and Daulton (11).
Mr. Nate Leyland
Nathan Leyland, born in Butler, Pennsylvania, later moved to Lynchburg, Virginia and began his cello studies in their public school system at the age of nine. Nathan attended the Manhattan School of Music where he studied with Tchaikovsky Competition gold medalist Nathaniel Rosen, a former student and teaching assistant to the late Gregor Piatigorsky. Mr. Leyland has performed as soloist with the Hartford Symphony Orchestra , Manchester Symphony Orchestra, The Southeastern Ohio Symphony Orchestra, Des Moines Symphony Orchestra, and the Welsh Hills Chamber Orchestra, to name a few. Nathan began his professional career at the age of 20, becoming the cellist of the Pioneer String Quartet. In addition to that appointment, he was Principal Cellist of The Des Moines Symphony Orchestra. Mr. Leyland moved to North Carolina in 2001 and began performing regularly with some of the areas professional ensembles such as the North Carolina Symphony, Carolina Ballet, North Carolina Opera, North Carolina Master Chorale, and the Choral Society of Durham. Currently, he is the principal cellist of the North Carolina Opera, Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra, Tar River Symphony Orchestra, and a member of The Mallarme Chamber Players. Along with these positions, Leyland is an avid chamber musician and recitalist, having performed in venues across the US.
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FAQ – Frequently Asked Questions
What ages can participate?
- Any student who is a rising 8th grader, in high school, or in college may participate. Younger students are eligible based on teacher recommendation and instructor discretion.
What instruments are involved?
- Any student who plays one or more of these instruments may participate: Violin, Viola, Cello, Bass, Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon, French Horn, Trumpet, Trombone, Tuba, Percussion, and Harp.
Does it matter what school I attend?
- Nope! FSYO is open to any and all students who are interested whether you attend public or private school, or are home-schooled.
Do I need to live in Fayetteville to participate?
- No. FSYO is open to any student who lives in the greater southeastern North Carolina area. This includes Cumberland, Ft. Bragg, Moore, Hoke, Scotland, Robeson, Sampson, Bladen, Columbus, Brunswick, New Hanover, Pender, Duplin, Onslow, Wayne, Johnston, and Harnett counties.
Is an audition required?
- No auditions are required to be able to participate in FSYO, however you will be required to complete a seating audition at the beginning of the year in order to accurately place you in the ensemble. This helps the directors determine what part you will play so that you don’t receive anything too difficult or too easy.
Do I need to be a member of my school band or orchestra in order to participate?
- It is highly encouraged that students who participate in FSYO participate in their school music program as well. If your school does not offer a music program, then this requirement is waived.
When and where are the rehearsals ?
- Rehearsals will be held on Sundays from 4pm-6pm at Fayetteville Academy (3200 Cliffdale Rd., Fayetteville, NC 28303).
How many concerts does the youth orchestra perform in a season?
- At least two concerts a season: a winter concert in December and a spring concert in May, as well as a side-by-side concert with the Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra.
Where do I park for rehearsals?
- You should park in the Fayetteville Academy parking lot directly off Morganton Rd.
What is the attendance policy?
- Attendance to all rehearsals and concerts is required. Absences are only excused under the event of an illness, family emergency, or religious reasons.
How much does FSYO cost?
- $220 for the year
When is tuition paid?
- Tuition may be payable in installments if needed – otherwise, payment is due with the registration form.
Is financial aid available?
- Yes. Please contact the FSO office at (910)433-4690 to find out how to apply.