Young Artist Concerto Competition

Applications are currently closed for the Harlan Duenow Young Artist Concerto Competition.

The Harlan Duenow Young Artist Concerto Competition and Scholarship is a competition hosted by the Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra for high school and college instrumentalists in the state of North Carolina.  The scholarship is named in honor of the orchestra’s longest serving conductor, the late Harlan Duenow.  The competition is open to different instrumentalists each year. The 2022-2023 season will be open to woodwinds, brass, and percussion. All applicants must compete on a piece chosen from our pre-approved list of solos for their respective instrument.

The winner of the competition will be awarded a $1,000 cash prize and the chance to perform their solo piece with the Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra on their side-by-side concert.

Applicants must be a full-time legal resident of North Carolina or a military family member stationed in North Carolina.

2021-2022 Harlan Duenow Young Artist Concerto Winners

Gavin Hardy is a high school double bassist from Winston-Salem, North Carolina. He began playing the double bass at the age of 12. He started his journey as a string musician playing the violin and cello, but after hearing the warm, resonant, and powerful sound of the double bass, he was hooked.

During his time in middle school, he was first chair of the Forsyth County “All County” Orchestra for two years straight. After playing the national anthem on the double bass before a basketball game in 8th grade, the video went viral, and through this, he was connected to professor Paul Sharpe at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. After the first lesson with Sharpe, all of his lessons were over Zoom due to Covid-19. Nevertheless, he recorded a successful audition tape for the National Youth Orchestra’s NYO2 ensemble, and attended there this past summer.

Due to an injury, Gavin Hardy will no longer be performing with us on this program.

Zirui Yin started playing the piano at the age of 6. He grew up in Shanghai, China and will graduate from Duke University in 2025. He is now a student of Professor Ieva Jokubaviciute. His former instructor is Professor Setsuko Shima from Nanjing University of Arts.

Featured Musician

Dennis Malloy – Viola

Dennis J. Malloy, violist, is a graduate of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, where he studied with Sheila Browne. During his studies at UNCSA, Mr. Malloy was an active chamber and orchestral musician, playing in various large ensembles, such as the UNCSA Symphony Orchestra and the UNCSA Opera Orchestra, where he has sat principal under the direction of Jamie Allbritten, Chancellor John Mauceri and Ransom Wilson. Mr. Malloy has sat principal violist with The Little Symphony of Forsyth County and has substituted with the Salem Community Orchestra. Currently, Mr. Malloy is a member of the viola section in the Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Stefan Sanders.

Mr. Malloy received his Bachelors and Masters degrees from UNCSA, after switching from violin to viola his sophomore year. Since switching to viola, Mr. Malloy has performed in masterclasses for artist such as Matthew Daline, Don McInnes, Nokuthula Ngwenyama, Carol Rodland, Ann Roggen, and the Emerson String Quartet and for Cho-Liang Lin of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. His former teachers include Sheila Browne, Ulrich Eichenhauer, Joseph Genualdi, Kevin Lawrence and Sally Peck.

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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