2022-2023 Community Concerts

Free admission concerts open to anyone and everyone!


Saturday, October 22, 2022 | 8:00pm

Dirtbag Ales

Due to popular demand, we will hold another Symphony Movie Night this spooky season at Dirtbag Ales! We will show the gothic 1922 German silent film, Nosferatu, with music arranged by Peter B. Kay.


Saturday, December 10, 2022 | 7:30pm

Berean Baptist Church

We are collaborating with Cumberland Choral Arts again this holiday season to perform Handel’s Messiah.

The Tramp

Saturday, May 6, 2023 | 8:00pm

Dirtbag Ales

Our spring Symphony Movie Night is a double feature of Charlie Chaplin’s “The Tramp” and Buster Keaton’s “One Week”. With music arranged by Peter B. Kay.

Carnival of the Animals

Sunday, May 7, 2023 | 2pm

Seabrook Auditorium at Fayetteville State University

The Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra is excited to present a free admission family concert called “Carnival of the Animals”. This is an excellent opportunity for children to experience symphonic music in their community.

Carnival of the Animals Soloists

Helen Steffan, Piano Soloist

Ashley DePaola, Piano Soloist

Helen Steffan studies piano with Dr. Amanda Virelles at Fayetteville School of Music, where she has been awarded for Excellence in Performance. Helen is a senior in high school. She has previously performed as a soloist at Emmanuel Episcopal Church in Castelnuovo-Tedesco’s Evangélion and in a solo recital as part of the Bach’s Lunch Concert Series.

She was a finalist in the Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra’s 2021-2022 Harlan Duenow Young Artist Concerto Competition. Helen was awarded first place in the Fayetteville Piano Teachers Association Competition in 2019 and 2021 and was a semifinalist in the 2021 Carmel Klavier International Piano Competition.

In the 2020 Weymouth Young Musicians Festival, she won the Glenn Brillhart Award for first place and the Danny Infantino Memorial Scholarship for Outstanding Musicianship and Artistry.

Ashley May DePaola, 21, is a fourth-year undergraduate student studying piano under Dr. Dmitri Vorobiev at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. She was brought up in a military family and raised primarily in Fayetteville, North Carolina. During her time in Fayetteville, she became a member of the Fayetteville Symphony Youth Orchestra where she played both piano and flute. She also participated in the Fayetteville Symphonic Band and played piano for many churches in the area. 

Throughout her college years, Ashley May has been given many learning and performance opportunities. She has received lessons and master classes from many world-renowned musicians including Alexander Kobrin, Arthur Greene, Pavel Nersessian, Marina Lomazov, Yakov Kasman, Baruch Meir, Christopher Harding, and more.

As Ashley May continues to grow as a pianist, she hopes to continue getting the privilege to work with and learn from other musicians who have mastered their craft. 

Featured Musician

Matthew Parunak – Bass Trombone

Matthew Parunak is a professional music arranger, visual designer, and trombonist from Chapel Hill, NC. Currently, he serves as music director for Orquesta K’Che Salsa band, bass trombonist for the Durham Symphony Orchestra under Maestro William Curry, and assistant band director at Jordan High School in Durham, NC. Matthew also serves as adjunct faculty at Elon University in Music Education, as well as brass staff with the University of North Carolina Marching Tar Heels.  He received his Bachelor’s Degree in Tuba Performance in 2008 and his Master’s Degree in Arts and Teaching in 2009, both from UNC-Chapel Hill. From 2009-2012, Matthew was the Director of Bands at Forbush High School and Forbush Middle School, where his marching and concert bands received consistent Superior and Excellence ratings.  As an active arranger and clinician, he has written more than 50 marching band shows for bands across the state of North Carolina, while consulting with many band programs across the state of North Carolina. Joanna Ross Hersey, former prinicpal tubist of the United States Coast Guard Band, commissioned Matthew to write an original theme and variations piece for solo tuba and wind ensemble. It was premiered in November of 2016 by the ECU Wind Ensemble, under the direction of Dr. Scott Carter.

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.

This organization is supported in part by a space grant from the BB&T Term Endowment of Cumberland Community Foundation, Inc.

sign up for our e-mail

Follow Us:

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 302
Fayetteville, NC 28302

Office Location:
310 Green St., Suite 101
Fayetteville, NC 28301
P: (910) 433-4690
F: (910)433-4699
Office Hours:


Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra

310 GREEN ST., SUITE 101
Fayetteville, NC 28301

Website design by Minuteman Press Web Design