FSYO Summer Camps











The Fayetteville Symphony Youth Orchestra Summer Camps are individualized focused day camps that offer small ensemble playing opportunities, daily group and individualized instruction, and masterclasses/lectures for instrumental students ages 13 and up.

This summer we are offering two sessions:

FSYO String Camp will be held June 12-16, 2023 from 9am-2pm. This camp is led by Ms. Kristin Stiteler, Fayetteville Symphony Youth Orchestra Director and FSO violist. Ms. Stiteler will be joined by other professional FSO musicians to provide a unique learning opportunity for students in attendance. The cost to attend is $300 or $350 with lunch included. Some scholarships are available. Registration will open on February 1, 2023.

FSYO Band Camp will be held June 19-23, 2023 from 9am-2pm. This camp is led by Mr. Tim Parsons, Fayetteville Symphony Youth Band Director and percussionist. Mr. Parsons will be joined by other professional FSO musicians to provide a unique learning opportunity for students in attendance. The cost to attend is $300 or $350 with lunch included. Some scholarships are available. Registration will open on February 1, 2023.

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 FSYO directors and 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!
  • Culminating 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

FSYO String Instructors

Kristin Stiteler

Barbara Shipp

Laurel Wachtler

Kristin Stiteler is a native of Ohio and began playing the violin in 3rd grade.  She has taught both band and orchestra classes at all grade levels for over twenty six years in both Ohio and North Carolina.  She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from The Ohio State University where she studied both violin and jazz saxophone.  She also marched bass drum in The Ohio State University Marching Band, holding the distinction of being the first female bass drum player in the history of the band. Miss Stiteler is an accomplished musician on several instruments and has performed regularly with multiple ensembles.  She has performed with several symphony orchestras in Ohio, North Carolina, and South Carolina since 1997 and she is currently in her 21st year of playing Viola with the Fayetteville (NC) Symphony Orchestra where she held the position of Principal Violist for several years.

Barbara Shipp, cellist, performs regularly throughout eastern North Carolina as both a soloist and chamber musician. She holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree from East Carolina University and a Master of Library Science degree from NC Central University.  A former orchestra director for Pitt and Cumberland County Schools, she is now a freelance ‘cellist, private instructor of ‘cello, and co-director of Fayetteville Symphony Youth Orchestra and Sinfonietta. Barbara is a member of the Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra, Fayetteville Symphony String Quartet, Carolina Philharmonic, Barton Wilson Symphony Orchestra, Crystal Coast Musicians and Elegant Ensembles. She currently resides in Fayetteville with her son, Ryan, and their many rescued pets.

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 25th 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 13 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 director of Sinfonietta. She is involved with 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.

FSYO Band Instructors

Ronnal Ford, Woodwind Coach

Tim Parsons

A versatile musician, Dr. Ronnal Ford (@RonFordMusic and RonFordMusic.com) currently holds the second oboe and English horn seat in the Fayetteville Symphony and is one of the principal oboists of the Colour of Music Festival. Additionally, he performs with touring groups like Thee Phantom and the Illharmonic and plays in musical theatre companies around North Carolina. The Fayetteville Symphony has also featured him as a soloist on English horn (Aaron Copland’s “Quiet City”) and Alto Saxophone (John  Williams’s “Escapades” from Catch Me If You Can), and the Colour of Music Festival has featured as a soloist in the Vivaldi Concerto for 2 Oboes. In addition to his performance duties, Dr. Ford teaches at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts and at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University.  

Timothy Parsons is a graduate from the University of North Carolina at Pembroke where he earned a bachelor degree in Music Education and studied percussion under Wayne Campbell, and Dr Tracy Wiggins. While at UNCP, Tim was a member of the Concert Choir, Pembroke Singers, Concert Band, Wind Ensemble, a founding member of the Spirit of the Carolina’s Marching band, Percussion Ensemble and University Pep Band. 

Tim is currently the Director of Bands at Jack Britt High School in Fayetteville, NC. Throughout his teaching career his Concert Bands have received Superior ratings and his students consistently place in the SEDBA All-District Band and North Carolina All State Band. Tim has also served as the conductor for the Southeastern All District Band. Tim currently serves as a music arranger and drill designer for various high school marching bands in North Carolina. His marching band (Jack Britt HS) has won numerous First Place awards and have been named Grand Champions at several marching band competitions across the state. Tim currently lives in Fayetteville NC with his wife Anna, their daughter Elle and their dog Pink.

Registration is now OPEN!

Featured Musician

Dennis Malloy – Viola

Dennis J. Malloy, violist, is a graduate of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, where he studied with Sheila Browne. During his studies at UNCSA, Mr. Malloy was an active chamber and orchestral musician, playing in various large ensembles, such as the UNCSA Symphony Orchestra and the UNCSA Opera Orchestra, where he has sat principal under the direction of Jamie Allbritten, Chancellor John Mauceri and Ransom Wilson. Mr. Malloy has sat principal violist with The Little Symphony of Forsyth County and has substituted with the Salem Community Orchestra. Currently, Mr. Malloy is a member of the viola section in the Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Stefan Sanders.

Mr. Malloy received his Bachelors and Masters degrees from UNCSA, after switching from violin to viola his sophomore year. Since switching to viola, Mr. Malloy has performed in masterclasses for artist such as Matthew Daline, Don McInnes, Nokuthula Ngwenyama, Carol Rodland, Ann Roggen, and the Emerson String Quartet and for Cho-Liang Lin of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. His former teachers include Sheila Browne, Ulrich Eichenhauer, Joseph Genualdi, Kevin Lawrence and Sally Peck.

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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