Music Director – Stefan Sanders

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Acclaimed conductor, audience builder, communicator and arts advocate, Stefan Sanders is thrilled to begin his 7th season as the Music Director for your Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra. Stefan is also equally excited to embark on his 5th season as the Music Director for the Central Texas Philharmonic in Austin, TX.

Having collaborated with an array of distinguished orchestras and guest artists, Stefan’s recent guest conducting appearances include the San Antonio Symphony, Orquesta Sinfónica de Yucatán (Mérida, MX), Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional de Cuba (Havana, Cuba), Sarasota Orchestra, Rochester Philharmonic, Virginia Symphony, Naples Philharmonic, Stockton Symphony, Tuscaloosa Symphony, Orquesta Sinfónica de Guayaquil (Ecuador), Filharmonia Warminsko-Mazurska (Poland), Filharomonia Podcarpacka (Poland), Symphoria (Syracuse, NY), Austin Symphony Orchestra, Austin Opera, and the Round Top International Festival Institute. Since 2017 Stefan has also served as an assistant conductor for the New York Philharmonic. This season, Stefan’s guest conducting engagements include return visits to the San Antonio Philharmonic, and debuts with the Canton Symphony Orchestra in Ohio.

From 2014-2018 Stefan served as the Associate and Resident Conductor for the Buffalo Philharmonic, where he lead the orchestra in over 200 performances on all of the orchestra’s series. In 2016, Stefan was one of 5 featured conductors at the League of American Orchestra’s “Bruno Walter National Conductor Preview.” This prestigious conductor showcase is designed to feature talented young conductors poised for music directorships with American Orchestras and was hosted by Maestro Giancarlo Guerrero and the Nashville Symphony.

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. Mr. Sanders was a member of the Buffalo Philharmonic’s trombone section for seven seasons and has 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, Larry Rachleff, Robert Spano, and Hugh Wolff. He is a graduate of the Juilliard School, the University of Texas at Austin, and the Interlochen Arts Academy.

Featured Musician

Dr. Scott Marosek – Piano

Pianist and educator Scott Marosek has shared his music with audiences in China, Israel, and
throughout the United States, appearing at such venues as Xinghai Hall, the Jerusalem Music
Centre, and the Wilson Center (Wilmington, NC). Recent concerto performances include
Mozart’s Concerto no. 9, Liszt’s Totentanz, Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 5,
Mozart’s Double Concerto, Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue, and Beethoven’s Triple Concerto. Scott
has performed at conferences presented by the College Music Society, the Society of
Composers, Inc., the North American Saxophone Alliance, the North Carolina Music Teachers
Association, and the Ammerman Center for Arts and Technology. He has also performed several
solo recitals sponsored by the Van Cliburn Foundation. As a result of his interest in new music,
he has given premieres of several new works and is co-director of the Cape Fear New Music
Scott holds a Doctorate in Musical Arts from the University of North Texas and a Master of
Music and Bachelor of Music from the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of
Music. As a Professor at Methodist University, Dr. Marosek teaches piano and music history. He
spends his summers teaching young pianists at the Methodist University Summer Jam, where he
also works as Assistant Director. He has also taught piano at Southwestern Adventist University
and keyboard classes at the University of North Texas.
Scott lives in Wade, NC with his wife Stephanie and daughter Laurel. His other interests include
guitar, jazz piano, reading, and walking his dog Beatrix. Please visit for
news about Scott’s upcoming performances and to listen to recordings.

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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