String Sinfonietta Summer Camp

About

The String Sinfonietta Summer Camp is a morning day camp for students 12 years and under who play violin, viola, cello, or double bass. The camp is intended for those students who have prior experience participating in their school’s strings program, have been taking private lessons, or have been participating in the Fayetteville Symphony String Sinfonietta.

Who: Students ages 12 and under with some experience playing violin, viola, cello, or double bass

Where: Berean Baptist Church

When: June 19-23, 2023 from 9am-12pm

Registration Deadline: Registration is now open!

What to Expect

  • Master Classes with professional Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra musicians
  • Fiddling
  • Orchestra and Chamber Ensemble Classes
  • FUN Music History and Music Theory Class
  • “Snack Time Concert Series” where the students will have the chance to perform for one another, and be able to hear their teachers perform for them as well!
  • Final Concert on the last day of the camp – parents are invited to attend!

Instructors

Barbara Shipp

Laurel Wachtler

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.

Featured Musician

Dr. Timothy Altman – Principal Trumpet

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.  

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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