2018-19 CPJO Registration (TBA) 

We are actively seeking for a new director for the junior orchestra. Interested candidates, please contact Dr. Susan Herrick at sbherrick@carolinaphil.org

2018 Carolina Philharmonic Season Finale 

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 exciting performing opportunities 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 Instructors

April Collins - Pinehurst

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 Mrs. Collins at: acollins@carolinaphil.org


Becky Anliker - Southern Pines

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I began playing violin and piano in the fourth grade in my school program in Peoria, Illinois. Violin was always my first love. We moved to North Carolina in 1984. I was a stay at home mom and I had always wanted to get back into my violin when my children were able to stay at home without a sitter. I did not play for 15 years. I registered for a violin class taught by Francis Grimmes and attended the orchestra at Sandhills Community College. While under the instruction of Susan Grzesnikowski, I was given the opportunity to teach orchestra for Moore County Schools. I received an Associates Degree in Fine Arts at Sandhills Community College and attended UNC Pembroke under the instruction of Karen Stefanik Collins and Yura Alexov.  I taught for Moore County Schools for 11 years. I presently am teaching privately at the Trinity Music Academy in Troy.

Contact Mrs. Anliker: banliker@carolinaphil.org


William Smith - Aberdeen


William Smith is currently the Music Teacher at Aberdeen Elementary and Primary Schools. In his 20+ years in music education, Mr. Smith has taught K-12 music and orchestra, as well as teaching at the university level for 10 years. An avid performer, Mr. Smith appears in recitals and as a soloist regularly.  His past teachers include, Lily Afshar (U of Memphis), Manuel Barrueco (Peabody), Laurette Goldberg (San Francisco Conservatory), David Russell, and Costas Cotsiolis. While his primary instrument is classical guitar, Mr. Smith’s minor instrument in college was contrabass. He is also an avid percussionist and a mediocre (at best) bagpiper.Mr. Smith’s true passion is outreach and serving under-represented populaces by making sure that opportunities exist for every child to have access to quality music education and performance outlets.  It is this passion that lead him to team up with the Carolina Philharmonic to direct the Aberdeen Junior Orchestra.

He can be reached by email at wismith@ncmcs.org or by phone at (910) 373-1750.

Our Junior 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 2017-18 Season Finale: Symphonic Salute to America.

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

 May 2017: CPJO students performed next to the Carolina Philharmonic for the 2016-17 Season Finale at Sandhills Community College.

May 2017: CPJO students performed next to the Carolina Philharmonic for the 2016-17 Season Finale at Sandhills Community College.




 2018 CPJO Spring Concert at Aberdeen Elementary.

2018 CPJO Spring Concert 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 $260 per year; thanks to the support of a broad base of local, private community supporters, The Carolina Philharmonic aims to meet almost 2/3 of the costs through year-round fundraising efforts. Please support The Phil to keep our program alive and offer this orchestra experience to more kids in Moore County!

Registration fee: TBA

2017-18 CPJO t-shirt is $10 (mandatory for performances)

Music books:   violin, $7     viola or cello, $10

Make checks payable to: Carolina Philharmonic

Scholarships are available based on needs and commitment to the program. 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.

                    2017-18 Registration Form                       

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 October 2016: Southern Pines Gracious Living

October 2016: Southern Pines Gracious Living

- String orchestra for young musicians with/without experience

- Formal musical training for 9 months

- Discipline, organization and teamwork

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

- Performance with the Carolina Philharmonic (May Season Finale 2018)

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

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

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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: Bethany Sachs (photography)

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