FAYETTEVILLE SYMPHONY

Music Director – Stefan Sanders

Stefan Sanders, conductor and arts advocate, cultivates cultures of artistic excellence, sustained growth and development, and meaningful engagement within the communities he is fortunate to serve. The 20/21 season will be Stefan’s fourth year as Music Director of the Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra. It is also his eighth year as Music Director of the Central Texas Philharmonic and his third year as Music Director of the Spartanburg Philharmonic in South Carolina. In 20/21 Stefan is scheduled to make debuts with the University of Costa Rica Symphony Orchestra and the Filharmonia Kaliska in Kalisz, Poland. He will also make return engagements to the National Orchestra of Cuba in Havana and several weeks as the cover/assistant conductor for the New York Philharmonic.

Stefan has collaborated with many distinguished orchestras. Recent guest conducting appearances include the Naples Philharmonic, Sarasota Orchestra, Rochester Philharmonic, Virginia Symphony, Stockton Symphony, San Antonio Symphony, Buffalo Philharmonic, Austin Symphony Orchestra, Austin Opera, Corpus Christi Opera, Bozeman Symphony, Orquesta Sinfónica de Guayaquil (Ecuador), Filharmonia Warminsko-Mazurska (Poland), Filharmonia Padkarpacka (Poland), Symphoria (Syracuse, NY),  and the Round Top International Festival Institute. Stefan has collaborated with an array of guest artists, such as renowned violinist Gil Shaham, electric bass virtuoso Victor Wooten, banjo virtuoso, Béla Fleck, pianist and pedagogue Anton Nel, Broadway performer and Seinfeld co-star Jason Alexander, The B-52s, Pink Martini, Vanessa Williams, and many more.

Stefan recently concluded a four year tenure with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra. Appointed its Associate Conductor in 2014, Stefan was promoted to Resident Conductor in 2016. While with the BPO, Stefan lead over 200 performances on all of the orchestra’s series. Of note, Stefan began his professional career as a member of the BPO’s trombone section where he played from 1999-2007 before pursuing conducting full time. He also recently concluded a one year appointment as Principal Conductor for the Hot Springs Music Festival in Hot Springs Arkansas.

Stefan was also featured conductor for the League of American Orchestras “Bruno Walter National Conductor Preview.” The prestigious conductor showcase is designed to feature talented young conductors poised for music directorships with American Orchestras and was hosted by Giancarlo Guerrero and the Nashville Symphony in May of 2016.

Prior to a career as a conductor, Stefan was an internationally renowned trombonist, having performed as a soloist in North America, Asia, and Europe. His performance of Eric Ewazen’s Concerto for Bass Trombone and Orchestra, with the Czech Philharmonic, can be heard on the Albany Records label. As a trombonist, Stefan performed with several orchestras including the New York Philharmonic, Seattle Symphony Orchestra, the Florida Orchestra, and the Seattle Opera’s 2001 production of Wagner’s Ring Cycle.

Stefan was a fellow at the American Academy of Conducting at Aspen under the tutelage of maestros, Robert Spano, Larry Rachleff and Hugh Wolff.  He is a graduate of the Juilliard School, the University of Texas at Austin, and the Interlochen Arts Academy.

Featured Musician

Mallory Hayes

Mallory Hayes received her Master of Music in Violin Performance from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, studying with Fabian Lopez. She received a graduate assistantship to attend which includes a tuition waiver and a monthly stipend. She holds a Bachelor of Music degree, with a major in Violin Performance, from Converse College where she studied with Sarah Johnson. She attended Converse on the Paddison Music Scholarship, a full comprehensive scholarship, and graduated summa cum laude and with Distinction in Performance, an honor given to one music student awarded unanamously by the music faculty. She is currently a section violinist in the Winston-Salem Symphony, Greensboro Symphony, Fayetteville Symphony, and Carolina Philharmonic, and was the Principal Second Violin of the Spartanburg Philharmonic Orchestra for the 2014-15 and 2015-16 seasons. She performed as the first violinist in a group with renowned cellist Lynn Harrel during his residency at UNCG in 2018, performing Brahms Clarinet Quintet. She was a featured soloist with the Spartanburg Philharmonic Orchestra in December 2015 and was named the 2015 Presser Scholar in recognition of outstanding achievement as a music major at Converse College. She won the 2013 Greater Anderson Musical Arts Consortium Concerto and the 2013 Converse Symphony Orchestra concerto competition, performing the first and second movements of the Barber Violin Concerto, respectively, with the orchestras. She also won the Music Teachers National Association South Carolina State competition in the Young Artist Strings category in 2014 and 2015, going on the compete in the Southern Division competition. Mallory has studied and performed in masterclasses with many notable artists and pedagogues, including Charles Castleman, Mimi Zweig, Aaron Berofsky, James Lyon, Benjamin Sung, Will Fedkenheuer, Janet Sung, Rebecca McFaul, Jonathan Kramer, Vadim Gluzman, Carolyn Huebl, Amy Schwartz Moretti, Violaine Melancon, and Paul Kantor. She has also worked with members of notable string quartets such as the Penderecki Quartet, the Juilliard Quartet, the Beo Quartet, the Shanghai Quartet, the Borromeo Quartet, and the Fry Street Quartet. She received a full scholarship to attend the 2014 Brevard Music Center Festival, performing in the Brevard Music Center Orchestra side by side with renowned concertmasters and musicians Bill Preucil, David Kim, Noah Bendix-Bagley, and accompanying world renowned soloists, most notably Itzhak Perlman.

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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