String Sinfonietta

Registration Now Open for the 2021-2022 School Year!

First Rehearsal: Monday, September 20, 2021 @ 6pm-7pm

Registration Deadline: Wednesday, September 15, 2021

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, September 15, 2021. 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 $200 for the school year. You may choose to pay the year in full by October 1, 2021, or pay in two installments: $100 on or before October 1, 2021 and $100 on or before January 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, String Education Coordinator: Laurel Wachtler, violinist, has taught private lessons for eight years in her private studio, as well as Snyder Music Academy, and Edwards Music. She has been the instructor for the violin classes at First Impressions Academy for three years. Her students have participated in the Middle School Youth Orchestra (MSYO), Cumberland County Youth Orchestra (CCYO), Junior Eastern Regionals (JERO), as well as the Fayetteville Symphony Youth Orchestra. Several students were selected for the finals and have won prizes in the Kiwanis Talent Show.


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Featured Musician

Dr. Timothy Altman – Principal Trumpet

Dr. Timothy Meyer Altman is Chair of the Music Department at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke (UNCP). He is the Director of Bands, teaches trumpet, and conducting. He taught instrumental and general music at the elementary, middle school, high school, and university level in Virginia, Wisconsin, Kentucky, and North Carolina. The Varina High School band in Richmond, Virginia, under his direction, was a “Virginia Honor Band” with superior ratings in Marching, Concert, (and Jazz). 

The UNCP Wind Ensemble performed at the NC Music Educators Association (NCMEA) conference in 2005, 2008, and 2014 under his direction with guests Robert W. Smith, Jay Bocook, Sam Hazo, Brian Balmages, and Allen Vizzutti. He commissioned new music from Eric Ewazen, James Sochinski, James Hosay, Kyle Newmaster, Joe Sheehan, and Kevin McKee.

The Governor of North Carolina recently appointed Altman to the Board of the North Carolina Symphony. He completed his Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA) in trumpet performance at the University of Kentucky (studying with Terry Everson). He has performed at international conferences (Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic, International Trumpet Guild, etc.) and led the UNCP Trumpet Ensemble to perform at the ITG conference in 2012, 2014, and 2017. He performed or lectured at the Royal College of Music, London; Amman, Jordan, Bologna and Trento, Italy; Puerto Rico; Mexico City; Ludwigsburg, Germany. His latest CD “Baroque Music for Two Trumpets, Strings, and Harpsichord” is available on iTunes, Amazon, CDBaby, and YouTube. He is presently the principal trumpet for the Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra and the Carolina Philharmonic. He has also performed with The Four Tops, The Temptations, Doc Severinsen, Allen Vizzutti, Vince DiMartino, Bruce Hornsby, Al Jarreau, David Sanborn, Martha Reeves and the Vandellas, and many more international artists. Dr. Altman is a Bach performing artist (Conn-Selmer). 

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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