Youth Orchestra (FSYO)

::  ACCEPTING   2020-2021  APPLICATIONS  ::


Weekly Rehearsals begin October 3rd at Berean Baptist Church 
517 Glensford Drive, Fayetteville, NC 28314

Cost:  $100 for this semester, $125 for 2nd semester (beginning in Jan) 
  • A link to registration will be sent to you when tuition payment has been processed. To make a tuition payment, CLICK HERE.
  • Audition times will be given out once payment and registration has been received.
  • Some scholarships are possible.  Limited scholarships are available.  DOWNLOAD Scholarship eligibility information, and submit your request to FSO Executive Director, Dr. Jesse Hughes,  at:  jhughes@fayettevillesymphony.org
  • Auditions for FSYO will be Saturday Sept 19th and Saturday Sept. 26th, beginning at 9:00am. Auditions determine placement, not eligibility – no student will be rejected.
  • ALL AUDITIONS WILL TAKE PLACE AT THE SYMPHONY OFFICE.  308 Green St., Suite 200 Fayetteville, NC 28301
  • String Audition music is attached down below. Please plan to play from beginning to AT LEAST letter A, but to be considered for Philharmonia, you need to be able to play the entire orchestra part OR one of the entire solo parts. Violins may choose either 1st or 2nd violin. This will NOT determine what part you will be assigned in orchestra. For violinists not comfortable with the entire solo part, please learn the ORCHESTRA part. This piece will become our first virtual performance of the season. Any student interested in learning the entire 1st and 2nd violin parts are welcome to play the solos.  
  • Woodwind/brass audition music is down below. Please scroll down for audition music.
To Participate: 
  • Students MUST wear a mask at all times (winds and brass may take off when performing). 
  • 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. Total rehearsal times for each group is 1 hour. 
  • 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.
Weekly Rehearsals: 
  • Rehearsals will be 1 hour with a longer break in between brass/woodwind classes
  • Sinfonietta:  9:00 (Students 13 and under or beginning string players)
  • Brass:  9:30
  • 10:00 Strings (Strings 12 and older – Advanced)
  • 10:45 Woodwinds
  • 11:00 Strings (Strings 12 and older – Intermediate level)

Audition Music – Downloadable pdf files

Bach Double – Violin 1 Solo

Bach Double – Violin 2 Solo

Bach Double – Violin 1 – ORCHESTRA PART

Bach Double – Violin 2 – ORCHESTRA PART

Bach Double – Viola

Bach Double – Cello, Bass




Bass Clarinet



French Horn







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




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 2020-2021



































Featured Musician

Dr. Timothy Altman – Principal Trumpet

Dr. Timothy Meyer Altman is Chair of the Music Department at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke (UNCP). He is the Director of Bands, teaches trumpet, and conducting. He taught instrumental and general music at the elementary, middle school, high school, and university level in Virginia, Wisconsin, Kentucky, and North Carolina. The Varina High School band in Richmond, Virginia, under his direction, was a “Virginia Honor Band” with superior ratings in Marching, Concert, (and Jazz). 

The UNCP Wind Ensemble performed at the NC Music Educators Association (NCMEA) conference in 2005, 2008, and 2014 under his direction with guests Robert W. Smith, Jay Bocook, Sam Hazo, Brian Balmages, and Allen Vizzutti. He commissioned new music from Eric Ewazen, James Sochinski, James Hosay, Kyle Newmaster, Joe Sheehan, and Kevin McKee.

The Governor of North Carolina recently appointed Altman to the Board of the North Carolina Symphony. He completed his Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA) in trumpet performance at the University of Kentucky (studying with Terry Everson). He has performed at international conferences (Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic, International Trumpet Guild, etc.) and led the UNCP Trumpet Ensemble to perform at the ITG conference in 2012, 2014, and 2017. He performed or lectured at the Royal College of Music, London; Amman, Jordan, Bologna and Trento, Italy; Puerto Rico; Mexico City; Ludwigsburg, Germany. His latest CD “Baroque Music for Two Trumpets, Strings, and Harpsichord” is available on iTunes, Amazon, CDBaby, and YouTube. He is presently the principal trumpet for the Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra and the Carolina Philharmonic. He has also performed with The Four Tops, The Temptations, Doc Severinsen, Allen Vizzutti, Vince DiMartino, Bruce Hornsby, Al Jarreau, David Sanborn, Martha Reeves and the Vandellas, and many more international artists. Dr. Altman is a Bach performing artist (Conn-Selmer). 

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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