Wednesday, January 11, 2017 at Sandhills Community College.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017 at Sandhills Community College.

Symphonic Strings

January 2017: more experienced students of the Junior Orchestra had the opportunity to perform next to the Carolina Philharmonic at Owens Auditorium as part of their musical training. 


A few years ago, due to statewide budget cuts in Education, Moore County Schools lost their elementary school Junior Orchestra Program. The Carolina Philharmonic, together with violinist/educator Karen Lewis, decided to relaunch the program in 2011 with private funding from Philharmonic patrons. Serving around 100 children annually, with beginner, intermediate and advanced classes, we continue to provide orchestra experience for ages 8 and up.

The Carolina Philharmonic Junior Orchestra (CPJO) provides an exciting performing opportunity for young musicians in Moore County, NC. Instruments that children play in the orchestra: violin, viola, cello and bass. CPJO participants learn and perform music written or arranged for string orchestra, while focusing on excellent playing technique, sight reading skills, and group ensemble skills.

Our Instructor

April Collins, a native of Moore County, NC, began playing violin at the age of 8 under the direction of Susan Grzesnikowski then later Karen Stefanik Collins. It was 'love at first sight'.  April participated in orchestra all through high school and received her Associates Degree in Fine Arts at Sandhills Community College.  Her passion has always been teaching and sharing with others the joy of music. April took over teaching the Carolina Philharmonic Junior Orchestras in the Fall of 2015, and she is so excited to be part of this amazing opportunity the Carolina Philharmonic is bringing to our area. For auditions, classes, schedules, contact Ms. April at:


Our Orchestra

Young musicians from different ages and backgrounds rehearse throughout the year and perform as a group ensemble in two concerts: Winter and Spring. There are numerous opportunities for Intermediate and Advanced groups to play in different places in the community for special events and holidays. For CPJO event updates, click here. At the end of the program in May, the Junior Orchestra performs with the Carolina Philharmonic in the Season Finale concert as part of their music education. The 2016-17 Season Finale: Symphonic Salute to America.

For more information about performances and tickets, check the Online Box Office.


The CPJO students meet regularly for rehearsals on Mondays at the Pinehurst Village Hall. There is an additional group for the Boys and Girls Club that meets on Thursdays at Aberdeen Elementary*. 

2016-17 CPJO program begins on September 12, 2016 and ends on May 13, 2017.

Pinehurst Village Hall (Mondays)

Beginner Group, 3:30-4:30 p.m.

Intermediate Group, 4:30-5:30 p.m.

Advanced Group, 5:30-6:30 p.m.

Aberdeen Elementary, Thursdays from 3:15-4:15 p.m. (Beginners and violinists only).

2017-18 CPJO registration starts in JULY, 2017

Friday Group (Boys & Girls Club) at Aberdeen Elementary.

Friday Group (Boys & Girls Club) at Aberdeen Elementary.

The Carolina Philharmonic serves several thousand children every year with Encore! Kids (grades K-2), Link Up (grades 3-5) and the Junior Orchestra programs, yet we receive no state or governmental funding. What we do is made possible only through private donations. The actual per-student cost to participate in the Junior Orchestra is $250 per year; thanks to the support of a broad base of local, private community supporters,The Carolina Philharmonic aims to meet these costs through year-round fundraising efforts.

Suggested Donation: $50 per student/year (tax deductible)

2016-17 CPJO t-shirt is $10 (mandatory for performances)

Music books:   violin, $5           viola or cello, $8

Make checks payable to: Carolina Philharmonic

Scholarships are available based on needs and commitment to the program. For more information, please contact Katia Weaver: Download scholarship form here.

You can download registration and payment form (below) and mail it to the box office: 5 Market Square, Pinehurst, NC 28374.

              Registration Form                                           Payment Form

If you have any questions about registration, please fill out the form below. 

Name *


- Orchestra experience for young musicians

- Formal musical training

- Performance opportunities in the community (Intermediate and Advanced groups)

- Performance with the Carolina Philharmonic (May Season Finale)

- Complimentary tickets for CPJO students to all Carolina Philharmonic matinee concerts (with adult general admission ticket purchased)

- Participation in the Carnegie Hall Link Up performance for fourth graders in the CPJO.


We are growing! We are looking for COMMUNITY LEADERS!

In order to build a stronger orchestra program for our young musicians, we need the time, effort and talents of dedicated volunteers. There are numerous opportunities to get involved in the Carolina Philharmonic, and you can dedicate few hours, days or even months to the organization. These are some of the areas we need your support:

Advertising, fundraising, class assistance, public relations, music education programs, grant writers, concerts and events.

Sign up to be a CPJO volunteer and make a difference by helping our young stars!

Fill our the form below to join our volunteer team. Have other skills or talents not mentioned above? Please share!

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Thanks to: Olya Tsuber Photography 


Thanks to our main donors:

First Bank

Jenie Gould

Area Real Estate Partners

Thanks to our t-shirt sponsors:

Bright Horizons 910-246-0586

Collins Custom Masonry 910-638-3803

The Violin & Fiddle Shop 919-444-4282

Advanced Mechanical Service 910-949-2114

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