Advanced Summer Music Camps

Dates: Monday, June 27 – Friday, July 1 2022

Time: 9:00am-2:00pm daily

Location: Fayetteville Academy (3200 Cliffdale Rd, Fayetteville, NC 28303)

Instruments: French Horn, Trumpet, Trombone, Euphonium, Tuba, Saxophone, Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon, Violin, Viola, Cello, Double Bass











The Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra Advanced Summer Music Camps are are individualized focused day camps that offer small ensemble playing opportunities, daily group and individualized instruction, and masterclasses/lectures for advanced instrumental students in Grades 9-12 or in college (Freshman-Seniors) for the 2022-2023 school year. These camps are suited for the more dedicated and advanced players.

This music camp is a more intense, individualized chamber music camp different from that of band or orchestra camp. It is suited for the more dedicated and advanced players. Though no one will be turned away from participating, in addition to the age requirement, we ask that any student planning to attend must be able to play a two octave chromatic scale, and know at least 5 of the 12 major scales on their select instrument AND/OR the student has been participating in the Fayetteville Symphony Youth Orchestra for at least one year. This music camp is not intended for beginning instrumentalists. For any questions regarding whether your child can participate, please email info@fayettevillesymphony.org.

Student Reviews:

“The teachers were funny, good, friendly, and amazing people!”

“I improved my sound A LOT!”

“I learned stuff that I wouldn’t learn in band.”

“The camp went into a lot of topics not covered anywhere else, so as a player, I became better. It was also fun working in chamber groups which provided a different experience for me.”

What to Expect

  • Instruction and coaching with professional musicians of the Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra
  • Small ensemble playing, to help each individual excel on their instrument, while learning to build musicianship by working in a collaborative setting
  • Group discussions on fundamentals, intonation, technique, repertoire, auditions, and much more!
  • End of Camp Concert on the last day of camp
  • If there are multiple chamber ensembles for a specific camp, placement auditions may be held the first day to determine ensemble placement
  • Music will be distributed the first day of camp


Registration is now open and closes on June 20, 2022.


Tuition is due on June 20, 2022 and can be paid online by credit card, by check made out to the Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra, or over the phone (910-433-4690) by credit card. Please mail checks to Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra, P.O. Box 302, Fayetteville, NC 28302. When you register, you will be asked to chose from the following options:

  1. $300 – Tuition ONLY
  2. $350 – Tuition and lunch for the entire week
  3. Applying for a full or partial scholarship (a separate form will be emailed to you) **The deadline to apply for a scholarship is June 20, with decisions announced by June 23. We try our best to offer as much financial aid as possible, but scholarships are not guaranteed.

Advanced Summer Camp Instructors

We are glad to have Ms. Laurel Wachtler (Strings), Dr. Timothy Altman (Brass), and Dr. Ronnal Ford (Woodwinds & Saxophone) as our instructors for Advanced Summer Camp!

Laurel Wachtler, Strings Instructor

Laurel Wachtler, violinist, hails from New Mexico, where she graduated with a B.S. degree from New Mexico State University. She has played in numerous orchestras while following her Air Force husband’s career, including Phillips Orchestra and Chamber Orchestra of Southern Maryland where she was principal second violin. Upon arrival in Fayetteville, Laurel began performing with Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra and is in her 24th year.  She is a frequent performer with Florence Symphony, Wilmington Symphony, and Carolina Philharmonic. Laurel has been a part of the Snyder Memorial Baptist Church orchestra and The Singing Christmas Tree productions for 12 years. She has maintained an active private studio since 2010 teaching violin and beginning piano.

Laurel was the assistant director for FSYO strings and Sinfonietta for four years and has now become the String Education Coordinator responsible for both string youth groups, including summer camps.

Outside of music, Laurel’s interests include flying airplanes, scuba diving, hiking, gardening, and singing with The Coventry Carolers. She is also a volunteer tax preparer for AARP’s Tax-Aide program.

Dr. Ronnal Ford, Woodwinds & Saxophone Instructor

Dr. Ronnal Ford is the second oboist and English hornist for the Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra, a visiting professor at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts and part-time professor at North Carolina A&T State University. Additionally, he teaches at Guilford Technical Community College and Forsyth Technical Community College. He obtained his Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Oboe performance from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and his Master of Music and Bachelor of Music degrees from the North Carolina School of the Arts, in English horn and oboe performance. Ronnal has also served as an Adjunct Professor at Winston-Salem State University, teaching applied violin, oboe and bassoon, along with Introduction to Music courses.

Ronnal began his formal oboe training at the North Carolina School of the Arts, studying with John Ellis. Ellis taught at NCSA while playing with the Hollywood Bowl Symphony and recording for many major motion pictures. Ellis’s oboe playing and reed making style became influential in Ronnal’s performance and research while studying with Dr. Ashley Barret at UNCG. 

In addition to his career as an oboist and English hornist, Ronnal has broadened his performance career to become a woodwind specialist. He began to seriously study the additional instruments and has performed all over the state of North Carolina and throughout much of the East Coast in various ensembles on the additional instruments. Learning these instruments not only broadened his performance opportunities, but it afforded him the ability to understand other players’ parts better, what is difficult on certain instruments, how to aid other players when he is playing with them, and intonation problems between different instruments. Playing other instruments enabled him to perform with those instruments in ways a lot of other musicians would overlook.  Ronnal has performed with such ensembles as the Fayetteville Symphony, Winston Salem Symphony, Western Piedmont Symphony, Orchestra Noir, Piedmont Wind Symphony, Durham Symphony and the Carolina Philharmonic on various instruments.

Ronnal’s primary teachers have included Dr. Ashley Barret and Mr. John Ellis on oboe, Dr. Kelly Burke and Dr. Anthony Taylor on clarinet, Dr. Deborah Egekvist on flute, Dr. Michael Burns on bassoon, and Dr. Steven Stusek on saxophone.

Dr. Timothy Altman, Brass Instructor

Dr. Timothy Meyer Altman is Professor of Music at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke (UNCP). He teaches trumpet, conducting, and is the Director of Bands (conducting the Wind Ensemble and Concert Band). He was Chair of the Department of Music at UNCP for 10 years (National Association of Schools of Music accredited). He taught instrumental and general music at the elementary, middle school, high school, and university level in Virginia, Wisconsin, Kentucky, and North Carolina. 

Altman was a Fulbright U.S. Scholar in Malta during spring 2019. North Carolina governor, Roy Cooper, appointed him to the Board of Trustees of the North Carolina Symphony in 2017. He had Lectureships at Ludwigsburg University (Germany) in 2017 and 2018. 

He led the UNCP Wind Ensemble in performances at the North Carolina Music Educators Association (NCMEA) conference in 2005, 2008, and 2014 with guest conductors Brian Balmages, Sam Hazo, Robert W. Smith, Jay Bocook, and his father, Ed Altman (a distinguished music educator in Virginia). Dr. Altman also led the UNCP Trumpet Ensemble in performances at the International Trumpet Guild (ITG) conference in 2012, 2014, and 2017. He has commissioned new music from Eric Ewazen, James Sochinski, James Hosay, Kyle Newmaster, Joe Sheehan, Kevin McKee, and James Stephenson. His music articles have been published in Teaching Music (NAfME), the North Carolina Music Educator, Keynotes, and the ITG journal.  

Altman completed his Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA) in trumpet performance at the University of Kentucky (studying with Terry Everson). He also has Music Education degrees from Virginia Tech (BA) and the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater (MME). He has performed at international conferences (Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic, International Trumpet Guild, etc.). Altman performed/lectured at the Royal College of Music (London); Amman, Jordan (middle east); Bologna and Trento, Italy; Ludwigsburg, Germany; Mexico City, Mexico; Malta, Puerto Rico, and throughout the U.S. He is principal trumpet of the Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra (NC) and the Carolina Philharmonic. He has performed with The Four Tops, The Temptations, Martha Reeves and the Vandellas, trumpets Allen Vizzutti, Terry Everson, Vince DiMartino, and many more international artists. The CD “Baroque Music for Two Trumpets, Strings, and Harpsichord” is available on iTunes, Amazon, CDBaby, and YouTube. 

Dr. Altman is a Yamaha Artist.  

Featured Musician

Nicole Wendl – Violin

nwendlNicole Wendl is an actively performing violinist based in the Triangle area and a recent graduate of University of North Carolina School of the Arts. She has been found performing on stages across the United States and Europe and was a founding member of the Giannini String Quartet.

She has performed in orchestras across the country including the Charleston Symphony, Port Charlotte Symphony, and Space Coast Symphony. On stage, she has appeared with leading artists including Idina Menzel, Clay Aiken, Kansas, Alan Parsons, Supertramp, and Irish Tenors, and with Florida State University’s Symphony Orchestra she can be heard on the Naxos label recording of Ellen Taffe Zwilich’s Millenium album.

Currently on administrative faculty as Resident Director at Green Mountain Chamber Music Festival, Nicole works closely with Artistic Director, Kevin Lawrence and Business Manager, Barbara Lawrence to ensure smooth running of the decade-old festival. She has been performing for the last 10 years at venues ranging from weddings to corporate events. Complementing her busy freelance schedule, Nicole has also enjoyed sharing the gift of music with others through teaching. As a guest clinician, she has consulted with many schools to facilitate orchestral and chamber music workshops and has taught with the Tallahassee Youth Orchestra and the Florida State University Summer Music Camps, and the continues to maintain a growing private studio.

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.

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