String Sinfonietta

Registration Now Open for the Spring Semester!

First Rehearsal: Monday, February 7, 2022 @ 6pm-7pm

Registration Deadline: Wednesday, February 2, 2022

String Sinfonietta is a string orchestra ensemble for students 12 and under who have some experience playing string instruments. This ensemble provides students the opportunity to excel in a collaborative setting with weekly rehearsals, coaching, and masterclasses by professional FSO musicians.

COVID-19 Safety and Precautions

We are continually monitoring the latest recommendations by the CDC and the state of North Carolina to keep you and your children safe and comfortable. The necessary safety measures will be updated as necessary. Currently, masks are required for everyone participating in String Sinfonietta due to the requirements placed by the venue. Hand sanitizer will be available, and seats will be wiped down before and after rehearsals. We will also conduct temperature checks upon arrival for rehearsals.

In addition to the above, we also ask that any student stay home if they do not feel well. Students and/or parents must communicate with the appropriate faculty of String Sinfonietta to let us know the student is not attending rehearsal.

If a student has been exposed to someone else who has COVID-19, they will be required to to stay home for a minimum of 14 days and must notify the faculty of String Sinfonietta when they were exposed and if they had attended rehearsal during the exposure window.

If a student tests positive for COVID-19, we will also require that the student stay home and they may not attend rehearsal again until they have been symptom free for a minimum of 10 days.

Any updates to procedures will be posted on the website and communicated via email.

How to Register

Please fill out the registration form by Wednesday, February 2, 2022. Once we receive your registration form, an FSO Staff member will then email you a link to pay your tuition online. If you choose to apply for financial aid, the link for the financial aid application will then be emailed to you at that time.

Tuition is $100 for the spring semester and is due on Monday, February 7, 2022.

Rehearsal Schedule

String Sinfonietta will meet every Monday from 6pm-7pm at Fayetteville Academy.

For questions or more information, contact us at info@fayettevillesymphony.org

About The Director:

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.


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Featured Musician

Warren Ferguson – Viola

Violist Warren Ferguson has been a member of the Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra since 2008. He is also a member of other regional orchestras including the Raleigh Symphony Orchestra, Musica Chamber Ensemble, the Wilson Symphony Orchestra, and the Carolina Philharmonic. He performs the majority of the weekends of the year. He is a past member of the Long Bay Symphony and Dayton Philharmonic and has played with the North Carolina Symphony and Durham Symphony. He also plays violin, including classical, popular, Irish and Celtic music, bluegrass, and jazz, appearing with other talented like minded musicians. He studied viola performance at the University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music where he received his Bachelors of Music, and went on to receive a Masters in Computer Science from the College of Engineering at Wright State University and studied Irish traditional music at the University of Limerick. His regular day job is as a software engineer. He considers written music in many respects, as the first programming language. He loves to play music and finds it helps provide a good life balance that brings enjoyment to many.


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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